Pneumonia / corgi nurses

Yes, like the title of this blog post says, I have pneumonia. Weeks ago I started to have a sore throat and bad cough. I don’t know what caused those problems exactly but somehow I got them. I took over the counter medicines but the symptoms got worse and because of the severe coughing, it was almost impossible for me to move around. I hate to go to see the doctor but even I admitted that I needed to go to see our family doctor. He prescribed azithromycin – commonly referred as Z-Pak – for 5 days and hoped that would clear the infection. But unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. I was still suffering from severe cough and chest pain. I couldn’t sleep at night and felt really sick. It was hard to live like that. So I went back to see the doctor again and after taking a chest X-ray, I got a diagnosis that I have pneumonia ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Our family doctor prescribed a more powerful antibiotic – Levofloxacin 500 mg – this time. I need to take this medicine for 10 days and today is day 4. He prescribed a cough medicine, too. “No exercise and strictly rest” was the doctor’s order. These medicine made me sleep. I’m ย still coughing and feeling yucky but today for the first time since I got sick, I could move around without coughing my lungs out like an old sick dying smoker. Also for the first time in awhile, I have enough energy to sit down in front of computer and write a blog post. – If anyone was curious about my long silence, Iย apologize. But I was that sick. I know you would understand. –ย Levofloxacin is working. But it comes with a price. Levofloxacin is a strong antibiotic which is used to treatย pneumonia and it is also used to prevent or slow anthrax after exposure.ย I’m experiencing some of the side effects from this medicine. I feel nauseous, and have some muscle weakness/soreness. And today is only Day 4. 6 more days to go. Sigh… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ And even after I finish the 10-day Levofloxacin treatment regimen, I still need to wait for weeks until I can run again. It is recommended to avoid doing any exercise for a while due to the risk of muscle tear and tendon rupture. So I have a long way to go.

Cappy and Jeter, my furry nurses ๐Ÿ™‚

My husband is worrying about me and taking good care of me. My two little corgis have been such great nurses. When I was coughing a lot and suffering, Jeter and Cappy came to the bed and stayed next to me. They warmed me up and licked my face as if saying “Mommy, are you okay?” They slept with me during the day and made me smile. I feel sorry for them because I couldn’t take them to run for weeks. But I think they understand. They are such great pups and I’m glad they are with me. It would be so lonely and hard to deal with the pneumonia alone.

“Taking care of Mommy is a hard work… “

“Don’t worry, Mommy! We’re here for you!”

“Let’s howl for Mommy’s speedy recovery!!”

Since I’m still sick and need to rest more days, maybe you will not read a new blog post for awhile. Hopefully I will be back soon and can tell you about my running and loyal corgis. Until then, stay healthy for me. Jeter and Cappy send you lots of wet corgi kisses.

Joy ride

My corgis love the car ride. Whenever I grab their car harnesses, Jeter and Cappy get so excited. They sit on the back seat and I connect the seat belt to their harnesses. Jeter loves to look outside. Cappy is more of a lounging type. Since we got a new car, I wanted to take their pictures in the car and today I took some pictures.

Cappy in the car

This is how Jeter looks during the car ride ๐Ÿ™‚

Jeter looking outside

My precious corgis in the car.

Ready for a car ride

I took these pictures with my phone at the parking lot when we went to get some milk.

About running, I ran around the neighborhood. I didn’t feel like driving to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail or the lakefront. It was just an easy, boring run. Nothing special. The weather was better than I thought but still too hot for my corgis to run with me. My quad felt a little bit tight but overall it was an okay run.

Adoption anniversary…Jeter’s story

Yesterday was Jeter’s adoption anniversary. Three years ago, he came into our lives. I still remember that day we first met him like it was yesterday. We are so lucky to be chosen by him. I don’t remember how we lived before we got him. He is such a wonderful corgi. I think it’s time to tell you about my little captain ๐Ÿ™‚

From the time we got married, my husband and I talked about getting a dog many times and went to many dog rescues but somehow we couldn’t find our dog. I always thought the corgi was a cool breed but it is quite hard to see any corgis at a rescue. Then one day in May 2009, everything started when someone offered us a female corgi. A sister of my husband’s coworker found a stray corgi girl on the street and rescued her. My husband’s coworker remembered I liked corgis and told him about that corgi girl. Even though the corgi was in Minnesota, we were kind of prepared to go get her but they decided to keep her. I was disappointed. So was my husband. But that made us determined to get a corgi. We started an online search and found the ‘Lakeshore Pembroke Welsh Corgi Rescue’ website. There were about 10 corgis available and one of them, an eighteen month old male tri corgi named ‘Corey’ caught my eye. We sent in an application to adopt him but the foster mom suggested another corgi ‘Bowser’ for us. I was a little bit sad because I thought Corey was adopted already.

On June 13th in 2009. we drove to Wausau, Wisconsin from Chicago to meet Bowser. It was a long drive but we were excited and nervous, because the foster mom said “it will be the corgi who will pick you. I can’t guarantee anything.” The moment we arrived at her house, several corgis came to the fence. I could recognize Bowser and Corey among them. We sat in the yard with her and talked about corgis. While she was asking some questions to us, the corgis were coming to us. Bowser was a good corgi but I felt a stronger bond with Corey. He stayed near me and looked at me as if saying “Take ME home.” It was love at first sight.

He is a good looking red-headed tri color corgi.Despite his young age and cuteness, he wasn’t adopted and stayed at the foster home about 6 months. The foster mom thought he could be too much for us, a first time corgi owner, because he had so much energy. That’s why she suggested another one. But after watching him, he is the one we wanted. And he choose us ๐Ÿ™‚ (Bowser, a beautiful red and white 2 year-old male was adopted just a few days later)

Before going to Wisconsin we borrowed a dog crate from a friend in case we got a corgi. I remember my little buddy was standing in the crate while we were driving back home. I could see his ears behind the back seat. And I remember how powerfully he pulled the leash when we took him out at the rest stop. He didn’t know how to walk on the leash. He didn’t know any basic commands like ‘sit’. He needed to learn many things. But he is such a smart boy and learned things so fast. Before we took him to the dog obedience class, I taught him so many commands without much trouble. And from day 1, he never chewed anything other than things we allowed him to chew, such as his toys and bones.

After the first night with us

According to the foster mom, his early life wasn’t that great. Rescue people assumed that he was abused, beaten and grabbed by the collar. I still don’t understand how people could have abused this cute little dog. The early days, when we tried to pet his head, he always backed away or turned upside down to prevent being handled. It was so sad to see this little guy acting like that. He wanted to trust people but didn’t know how.

After about 20 days since he was adopted.

We renamed him ‘Jeter’. Yes, that Jeter. Yankees captain Derek Jeter. I am a die-hard Yankee fan and Derek Jeter is my favorite player. He plays hard. He is athletic and classy yet goofy and mischievous sometimes. That was the same feeling I got from my little corgi boy. Even though he has shorter legs than the human Jeter, our Jeter definitely has a cuter butt ๐Ÿ™‚

He changed so fast once he came to his forever home. He made us laugh, he made us happier. He is a bundle of joy. He became a happy corgi and a cuddle bug. He amazed many dog owners at the dog park and neighbors by his smartness and blazing speed. His once coarse coat got smooth and soft. He loves us so much. He follows us everywhere we go. He graduated from three dog classes with flying colors as the best student ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday, he got extra hugs and love. He played with Cappy. And he enjoyed a special treat to celebrate the day he came to us.

“Did you see that?”

“nom nom nom”

I hope he will be always healthy and happy. We love you so much, Jeter!!

Spa day & lakefront run

My corgis needed a good bath. We clean their paws every time they come back from a walk and I bathe them when they got really dirty. I also use a FURminator. But once in a while, they go to the groomer’s and enjoy the doggy spa time. Today was the spa day for Jeter and Cappy. Last week I called the ‘Bark Bark Club’ to schedule their bath & brush appointment. It’s a bit of a drive to go to BBC but they do a really good job and the groomers love my corgis. When I tried to find a good dog groomer, I found out that some groomers don’t know about the corgi breed. BBC groomers knew about corgis and they got so many good reviews. It’s been about 3 years since I first took Jeter there and I am always satisfied with their job. And Jeter and Cappy love to go there too.

This morning, after I dropped my husband off, I took my corgis to BBC. Then I drove to the lakefront to run. It was such a beautiful day. It felt different running along the lakefront. There are always many runners, walkers and bike riders. You can feel their energy more. I love the Forest Preserve Bike Trail but you can’t beat the Chicago skyline and the lake. The lakefront was the place I ran before. I mean BC, Before Corgis ๐Ÿ™‚ I took Jeter to the lakefront a couple of time but the lakefront is a better place to run when I run by myself. It is narrower, more crowded, and no shade. I feel much more comfortable with my corgis at the Forest Preserve Bike Trail. So today was my chance to enjoy the lakefront. I planned to run about 2 miles. But I ended up running 4.5 miles. It felt great and the lake was so beautiful. I just didn’t want to stop. I couldn’t resist. My quad was good. No soreness at all ๐Ÿ™‚ I still coughed several times but not that bad. I was aware that I didn’t run many miles recently so I tried not to give too much stress to my legs. That was why I stopped at 4.5 miles. I wish I could have run more though. But the thing is I had a good run. And that made me happy.

After the run, I came back home and cleaned my corgis many beds. After I took a shower, I got a phone call from BBC. “Jeter and Cappy are ready.” I went there and picked them up. My corgis look/smell so nice.

My happy, clean, and nice smell corgis ๐Ÿ™‚

When we came back home, Jeter and Cappy fell asleep.

Sleeping beauty Cappy. ย (Jeter was sleeping in his ‘sanctuary’ crate)

I think they enjoyed their doggy spa day just as much as I enjoyed my lakefront run ๐Ÿ™‚

Lazy Sunday / baking doggy biscuits

I’m still babying myself. Last night I didn’t feel good. I felt like I got a flu bug. This morning after we took Jeter and Cappy out, I slept more. I felt a bit better but still my throat is quite sore. We didn’t go out anywhere today except to the PetSmart. This kind of lazy Sunday is what we needed. My husband felt the same.

In the evening, I baked some peanut butter doggy biscuits for my corgis. I got a set of dog themed cookie cutters from my husband for my birthday and today was the first time I used them. There are 3 sized bone shape, 2 sized fire hydrant shape, 1 big dog house shape, and 1 big dog paw shape in the set. I didn’t use big ones today.

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My corgis were getting excited while I was baking their treats. The new cookie cutters worked fine and I was happy about the result ๐Ÿ™‚

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I gave two little ones to Jeter and Cappy after the biscuits were cooled off. They were crazy about the homemade treats ๐Ÿ™‚

“Can I eat this now??? Pleeeeease??”

I made a little bag for one of my husband’s coworker who sometimes gives us treats for our corgis. No running today. Just relaxing and baking doggy cookies. Hope you had a great Sunday!

Things that changed

It’s been a while since the last time I wrote a post on my blog. Hope you were doing well while I was MIA ๐Ÿ™‚ There are some things that changed. I will tell you about them.

First of all, I recovered slowly but surely from the effect of the sudden chill I had. After shivering severely and uncontrollably for more than an hour, every muscle in my body got sore. Especially my legs muscles. It took some time for my hamstrings and quads to feel better enough to run again. Still my quads are not 100 percent so I’m doing easy, short runs every other day and going to increase the distance gradually before I resume my training – I had a couple of 1+ miles runs around the neighborhood this week with my corgis. I think I can run like before again sooner rather than later.

We bought a new car. It is our first hybrid car ๐Ÿ™‚ Our new car is Toyota Prius V(pronounced Prius Vee) which is larger than a regular Prius. It is about the size of a small SUV. Our 9 years old SUV was still a good car but we wanted a more fuel efficient/eco friendly car. We traded our car in and got this Vee. There are three levels of Vee – 2, 3, and 5 – and what we got is a Vee 5. Driving the Vee is quite different than driving our old SUV. It made us drive slowly and safely. Even though the Vee doesn’t have the same power, we are enjoying the excellent gas mileage, modern technology, and the roomy inside. Jeter and Cappy seem to enjoy the new car too. I especially love listening to Pandora radio while I’m driving. Using a smart phone via bluetooth for the internet connectivity is so cool ๐Ÿ™‚ The owners manual sucks so much and needs to be improved a lot though.

Our house has a deck but we didn’t spent much time out there. The builder completed our deck after we moved in 7 years ago. We were not satisfied the way it looked and even requested to replace some boards but they didn’t keep their word. In recent years, our deck was getting worse and worse. Several boards were rotten and getting so unsafe. Every neighbor has the same deck problem. A couple of weeks ago, when I came back from running, I saw a handyman’s van in the driveway. They were working on a neighbor’s deck. They were kind and seemed to know what they were doing. I got their business card and later asked our neighbor about their work. Then we decided to hire them to get our deck done. Yesterday they came to our house and worked on our deck and one more thing. I love our new deck! They did a great job. Jeter and Cappy played out on the deck. (I didn’t let them go out before.) I think I need to find an elevated outdoor dog bed for them ๐Ÿ™‚

The management company sealed the driveway last week and we need to paint our garage door and the front door before the end of this month. We planned to go to get the right paint today but this morning we saw a guy painting the front door of the next house. I talked to one of our neighbors and found out the same guy will paint her house door too. So my husband and I talked to the guy and decided to hire him. Instead of going to the paint store and paint around the house in the hot weather, we enjoyed a good brunch at Walker Bros and spent more time with our corgis.

Next week, I will run a little bit more but I will not rush. And maybe you will read my new blog post more often ๐Ÿ™‚