What Finding Out My Dog Is Sick Has Taught Me

Being Lydia!

First of all, I apologize for not posting sooner. Life kind of got away from me. I have been down with a cold turned bronchitis and spending time with Violet. Also, this has been a very difficult and emotional piece to write.

Last Saturday we took Violet to the vet. She had a lump in her throat that seemed to be growing, was not eating and had other symptoms that concerned us.

We were quite worried on the half hour drive to the vet. Violet is 13 years old and has several health conditions. We know she won’t live forever, but we also want to make sure she isn’t suffering.

The appointment showed that all of her lymph nodes are swollen and sore. The vet alluded to the fact this is not good and may very well be cancer. He took some samples and on Monday called to say that…

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Invisible Illness – Hemotomawhatsis?

Being Lydia!


My husband has a much more difficult time with his invisible illnesses than I do, mainly because his are less known and definitely more misunderstood.

The one we are mostly dealing with at present is hemotomachrosis. The Mayo Clinic defines it as:

Hereditary hemochromatosis (he-moe-kroe-muh-TOE-sis) causes your body to absorb too much iron from the food you eat. Excess iron is stored in your organs, especially your liver, heart and pancreas. Too much iron can lead to life-threatening conditions, such as liver disease, heart problems and diabetes.

The genes that cause hemochromatosis are inherited, but only a minority of people who have the genes ever develop serious problems. Signs and symptoms of hereditary hemochromatosis usually appear in midlife.

Treatment includes regularly removing blood from your body. Because much of the body’s iron is contained in red blood cells, this treatment lowers iron levels.

My hubby’s cousin was the first in…

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About Me

My dad was a Jack of all trades, and he taught me quite a lot, like basic plumbing, carpentry, mechanics, electrical, painting, drywalling, etc.

Then computers came along, and that’s where I focused my attention.  Although I went to school for it, I learned much more than what was being taught.  I later went on to teach computers at the post secondary institution I graduated from.  Before that, I started my own consulting company and wrote a user-friendly accounting program in user-unfriendly DOS (remember that?).  Yes, I did it all.  I wrote a windows-like text-based menu system.  I created a database system, a background printing system, and more.  The accounting program had accounts receivable / payable, point of sale, payroll, inventory control, etc.

Once DOS died, I switched to writing web database sites.  However, I guess the one skill I didn’t have at the time though was business management, so after 15 years or so, it all died away.

Once it died, I tried to get as far away from computers as I could.  I went back to working in kitchens, I did janitorial, then a care home, and finally I ended up driving a bus for the disabled.  All the time, I really did want to get back to computers, but it just didn’t feel right anymore.  The industry had changed, and it is all database design now.  I don’t know if there is a need for someone who can program on both high and low levels anymore.

Back in the early days I met a lady who agreed to write a manual for my accounting program.  We worked well together, we became friends, and 10 years later we finally got married.  It wasn’t an easy relationship though, we had some really tough times, but we came though them stronger.  Now I think we have a better relationship than any other couple I know.