Saturday, April 23, 2011

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Last week we were driving to Frostburg and went past this sight for sore eyes.  

The Mattress Place had all of these old mattresses tossed out back.  Eek! 

Easier on the eyes are these lovely trees that line the sidewalk right in front of our house and have come to life in a most beautiful way - welcoming Spring to the area.  When we first bought this house in '06 we sold a small portion of our corner-lot to the city .  They began work on a two year project then, and in the end our neighborhood boasted a sidewalk, soft street lights, benches, an extra lane of traffic for turns, and a bike lane.

We don't live in the big city... but it's not the country living that I'd been used to before.  Living in town took some getting used to.  There are perks though.  Dairy Queen is just minutes away, along with lots of restaurants and other fast food places.  The Mall is 5 minutes from where we live as well as several shopping plazas.  So I'd say convenient is a good word to describe our location.

Gracie's doing well.  She's on 2 perscriptions.  One is an antibiotic and the other is Tramadol for pain I suppose.  I hate giving her the pain medication because after she takes it her breathing seems to be labored and she's BLAH for the rest of the day.  Last night I was torn>  should I give it to her?  or not?  Finally I stuffed it down her gullet figuring it would be the best thing for her and that was in the vet's orders when she left the hospital.

I sat on the bed with her a few minutes later, caressing and loving on her...  and feeling guilty that I once again drugged my dog and knew she'd soon be in oblivion.  She was acting crazy, rubbing her face on her blanket, squirming, whining, and getting that far away look in her eyes.  That's when Gary entered the room with a little something he found on the dining room floor.

dear diary. nurse kratchet failed to zombie me out tonight after i hid the pill in my mouth, then spit it away minutes later onto the dining room floor. not wanting to over medicate me (just in case the discovered pill was from before) she didn't force me to take it again. i learned this technique from one flew over the cuckoo's nest.  jack nicholson is my hero. Gracie.


  1. Hi Bobbi! Why would they toss those mattresses out like that...

    Tramadol is a pain medication. I've used it many times, and I would only give it to Gracie if she seems like she's uncomfortable. But it seems like she's being brave and doesn't think she needs it! :-))

  2. Dairy Queen is always a good thing! Sorry to hear about poor Gracie. Hope she feels better soon.

    Your pal, Pip

  3. Hope you puppy is better soon. Dairy Queen that close could be dangerous for the hips. Ha ha.

  4. Hi Gracie... I know pills are yucky, but I took Tramadol too when I had my recent surgery, and it made my pain go away... I hope you feel better soon... doggie kisses!... your bloggy doggie pal Tessy PS Make your mama put it in turkey, I did!

  5. Doesn't sound to me like Gracie needs that Tramadol! Those trees sure are pretty!

  6. I'm so glad Gracie is home and on the mend; I'm certain she feels better just being home and doted on :)

  7. The trees are so pretty, are they Pair trees??
    I have one pair tree on our land.
    I would not give Gracie the drug unless she acts like she needs one. But that is just me.
    If I had seen that pile of mattresses and needed a dog bed I would have stopped to see if on could be useful!!
    Happy Easter Bobbi to you and yours!!
    xx, Bambi & Fern

  8. You live in such a great place!!! About the Tramadol, I know someone who took it, and it caused bad reactions, she couldn't think or hardly talk. I wish Gracie had some other kind of pain reliever.

  9. Gracie is adorable and do hope she is doing better as time goes on ....Seeing that you love your pet I must tell you of a pet portrait artist her website is ....She is also on facebook with the same name ..... She does wonderful work and she enjoys hearing about the pet stories you have to share with her .... I want to thank you for visiting me and wanted to let you know I appreciate those who enjoy reading my posts ....Have a blessed Easter day !!

  10. Yes, Tramadol is for pain. We've had to use it many times. But from the reaction (face rubbing, panting,) it almost sounds like she may be allergic to it. Years ago I had a dog who was allergic to many pain medications and had similar reactions. Currently our Max is allergic to rabies shots and his reaction is identical to what Gracie is having now.

  11. Hang in there Gracie. Things will get better. Tell nurse Kratchet to be a little nicer to you or you'll have to report her to Dr. Doolittle

    God bless you Bobbi and have a wonderful Easter


  12. LoL Gracie is pretty clever with that cuckoo's nest trick! I hope she continues to feel better. Maybe she won't need the pain medication now. Happy Easter!

  13. Gracie
    you are so smart,,, learning from the best to spit your pills out!
    I am glad to hear that you are feeling better.

  14. If she is feeling fine without that other pill, than I say why worry about forcing it down her either?
    I just googled it and is her dose low enough? Labored breathing is a side effect of overdose.
    It is an extended opiate pain relief - - and should only be taken if the pill can be given whole.

  15. The trees are so pretty! I love flowering trees!

    Poor Gracie! I hope she's feeling better soon!


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