I Know, I Know, I’m Not Supposed to Be Here…

I just had to tell you about yesterday.

I went to the doctor to sit down with him and get the results of all my tests. The bad news was that I have a genetic predisposition for high cholesterol. That just annoys the heck out of me, but what are you going to do? I’m now taking a statin, which I really didn’t want to do, but diet won’t fix it. The numbers did drop a little after eating a plant based diet, but not enough. I also am giving up coffee (again) because it raises your LDL and my LDL is out of sight. Bummer.

Good news: my A1C dropped to 5.7 which means I’m officially not pre-diabetic anymore.

But the really, really, really good news that I wanted to share with you was about Stanley.

He got car sick the other day when we went to the drugstore. He was just miserable. I knew something was wrong because he wasn’t whining. Stanley HATES riding in the car.

So, yesterday when I had to run to the drugstore to get the prescription for the statin I decided to leave him at home. Remember the two times I tried to leave without Stanley? The first time he was screaming because he was in a crate. The second time he ate through the wooden baby gate.

I told him that I had to go bye-bye and that I’d be back soon. I turned on the TV in the living room to a dog series, gave him some cookies, closed the door, and turned on the security system.

As I got into my car I didn’t hear any screaming. Nor did I hear anything as I pulled out.

Unfortunately, I was longer than I thought I’d be because the drive-thru wasn’t open. I had to go into the drugstore and stand in line. (I did grab a dog toy on the endcap as I was waiting, however. A bribe for Stanley.)

When I got home, about a half hour later, all was well. There were no accidents anywhere. Stanley hadn’t chewed anything or destroyed anything in a fit of pique. He just wiggled his little butt at me. I petted him all over and told him how wonderful he was, then gave him his new stuffed hedgehog.

I know that Stanley being alone for 30 minutes sounds like something minor, but isn’t that brilliant? Maybe his separation anxiety is going away, or is helped by having the run of the house. All I know is that I was so relieved and proud of him. I wanted to share that with you since you know how anxious he’s been from the beginning.

(One of my first thoughts was that I wanted to tell y’all about Stanley, so I guess that answers the question about the blog. I’m not giving it up. I’d miss all of you too much.)

23 thoughts on “I Know, I Know, I’m Not Supposed to Be Here…”

  1. Karen, That is awesome news! So glad Stanley is finally comfortable and not stressing out when you leave the house.

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

  2. Karen,
    That is wonderful news! I know I don’t comment on all of your posts but that would have been sad not to see your blog notifications in my email. You’ve done wonders for Stanley and I’m so glad you have each other.

  3. Ya for Stanley!! Yay for the continuation of the blog! I do so love reading it — makes me feel like I really know you.

  4. Glad you will keep blogging , we would miss you and also happy for ol’ Stan , looks like he is growing up

  5. YAY for Stanley!! 🐢
    He’ll get use to being alone for a bit over time.
    πŸŽ‰YAY for you on your A1C reading!! 🎊
    That’s great news, it pays to watch your food intake, congrats!!
    Boo on that dumb cholesterol, you did try changing your diet, but sometimes your body just doesn’t seem to want to work with you.
    🎊 BIG YAY for keeping your blog, LOVE your choice!! πŸŽ‰
    πŸŽ„ MERRY CHRISTMAS!! πŸŽ„

  6. Ma’am, tell Stanley how proud he has made everyone. Did you ask your doctor whether any of the other things you take could make your cholesterol too high?

    I know you and your doctor will figure out a way to get things where they belong.

    Like everyone else, I am pleased that you have decided to keep doing the blog. You know, I don’t believe any of us have a set demand that you do it daily. Simply decide how often and then that is what you do. We all would like you to be happy and comfortable with your choices.

  7. Our little man is growing up, such good news. So happy you are keeping your blog, I always look forward to your post. πŸ™‚

  8. I was so glad to see your blog today! I really look forward to them & really miss them when they are not here. I am sure that sounds weird, but it is like I have missed a call from a friend I was looking forward to hearing from. Your blog is like a daily pick me up.

    Merry Christmas!

  9. I’m really happy about Stanley and your A1C. I don’t see how you can give up all that you do. I would go crazy. Main feeling here, I am so glad you are keeping your blog. You really have no idea how glad. No need to comment on this. For some reason I never get to see them. Have a Merry Christmas Karen.

  10. My doctor told me that I have high cholesterol. I told him that maybe my number is what my cholesterol should be. Not everyone in the world has the same numbers. I was born in Finland so my number may be different than someone born in Tahiti. Different parts of the world may have different numbers. He really couldn’t argue with me. We are all different. Also I take a Thyroid medicine which I read can raise your numbers.
    I was happy to see you will be keeping the blog. I would have missed it.
    Great news about Stanley.

  11. Yay on the good medical news.
    Great news on Stanley!
    Glad to hear you won’t be giving up the blog. May not comment often, but I do read them all & would miss hearing about Stanley & your goings on greatly.
    Merry Christmas!

  12. Karen,
    That’s fantastic news about Stanley! I’m also glad you decided to keep the blog because we would have missed you too. We would have understood your decision and supported it, but we still would have missed having this little peek into your life and mind. Happy Holidays.

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