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Neither dieter nor dog doing too well

By CAROLKALLBERG Columnist Published: February 4, 2017 5:00 AM

I reported a couple weeks ago that Shiloh, our dog, was having health problems that theretofore had cost us a whopping $1,700. At that time we were waiting for the results of blood and fecal tests that had been sent to a special lab in Texas to learn what was causing his diarrhea.

The call came that neither test showed anything as the cause. So, after already having an X-ray and ultrasound and these tests, we still have no answer. The vet technician informed us that the next step would be to do both an endoscopy and colonoscopy where biopsy samples would be taken, and they could do it in two days.

When asked the cost of such procedures she said it was from $1,500-$2,700 and since he is a big dog it would be on the high end. We promptly answered we would think about that and get back to her.

In the meantime, Shiloh seemed to be getting better -- possibly as a result of being on a bland diet of rice or potatoes and chicken or lean hamburger for several weeks and taking $94 worth of antibiotics. We decided to continue with this regimen and forego further testing. That was over a week ago and we thought he was getting back to normal. We were gradually weaning him off the bland diet and reintroducing his dry dog food.

Just when we were optimistic that this is coming to an end and we could just give him dry dog food, he is starting to revert to his old situation. This will mean another trip to the vet for more intervention.

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As for me, the progress on Weight Watchers has been less than spectacular. The first week I lost 4 pounds and was quite proud of myself. The second week it was only 1.6 pounds, but at least it was down and not up.

This week has been difficult to stay with the program. One night we were taken out to dinner by our friends Glenn and PJ to thank us for helping them move into their new house. We had filet mignon on some kind of potatoes. It was wonderful. I also had an appetizer involving shrimp.

The others at the table had cheesecake or decadent peanut butter fudge brownies a la mode for dessert. I cleverly ordered the sour cherry sorbet thinking it would be one small scoop. I was wrong. It was five scoops in a big bowl. I stopped after two scoops.

Friday night was pizza at the Strong household. It was also Rebekah's 23rd birthday. Even though she is now living in California, a cake was made in her honor and eaten as we Skyped with her.

Then we had house guests over the weekend. Dave and Stevie Vodika, who stood up with us when we got married, stopped by on their way home to Ohio from their vacation in Florida. I cooked a big meal that included homemade cheesecake. Even though I made it with low fat cream cheese and fat free sour cream, it's not something you eat to lose weight.

Today is a birthday for The Man of the House. His favorite dessert is blackberry pie so that is what I made for him. That is not a major temptation for me. However, the homemade chicken pot pies brought over by our next-door neighbor, Ann, will be our dinner tonight. I will need to eat lots of vegetable soup the next two days before the weigh-in for the week. I will just be happy to have not gained anything.


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