Over the last couple of days I’ve enjoyed talking with friends in Sweden, Denmark, England, Canada and around the U.S……I love Facebook! But you already knew that! 😉 Several have asked why I haven’t updated my web site which I had always been so good at updating on a daily basis. After all, I have two new puppies, “Tove” and “Bayeux”…”where are their web pages?” I was asked.
It was a little over a year ago when I had the first of three grand mal seizures that I would experience in 2009; seizures that kept me medicated and trapped at home for the remainder of the year. I spent much of the past year dealing with post-seizure amnesia and an inability to concentrate, dealing with memory loss and dizziness and a whole host of side effects that were difficult to come to grips with. My neurologist had done a series of tests but there was no physical explanation for the seizures, as is often the case, so we tried one medication after another and with each change of medication I would spend four to six weeks sitting like a zombie as my body adjusted to the new drug. I had allergic reactions to some of the medications and some of the medications had additional side effects that I wasn’t willing to live with but the toughest thing to deal with was the lack of mental clarity. My head would grow foggy and my seizure threshold would rise with the slightest stimulation: too much caffeine, too much sugar, too much alcohol….noise, fluorescent light, halogen light, gluten, talking….just “too much” was enough to trigger another seizure. And “too much” for me was not “normal human” too much….”too much” got to the point where a cup of green tea was “too much”caffeine. A piece of toast was “too much” gluten. I might have to excuse myself from a conversation with a friend because my head was starting to spin from “too much” stimulation.
My husband, Larry, is a realtor and he works from home in a home office that we have shared since we moved here in 2002. As a realtor, of course, the phone and fax machine, even in this depressed housing market, ring at all hours of the day, seven days a week and he spends long hours talking on the phone throughout the day. This was clearly going to be “too much” stimulation for my poor brain to deal with and using my computer in the office wasn’t going to be possible. I got a small netbook so that I could sit quietly in the living room, or out in the courtyard on a warm summer day, and stay in touch with the world via my blog and Facebook.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the software on my netbook that I need to update my web site so I’ve created a Talbot Hill Beagles blog instead. The blog exists online so I don’t need to take up space on my netbook and I can update it from anywhere. And, since I don’t have any litters planned this year and my showing will be very limited, there won’t be a lot of updates to post anyway. I will create a web page for Tove and for Bayeux this weekend at Talbot Hill Beagles.com but, for now, you can find Tove and Bayeux on my blog.
I’m doing better and better each day. It’s now been more than six months since my last seizure and I’ve slowly been working on regaining my stamina so that I can get back to work. After losing half of my stomach to cancer and spending the last year in a very sedentary state, I’ve had a long, slow road to physical and mental recovery from my illnesses. I am still “in dogs” but on a very limited basis for now as I focus on getting my life back on track. I have two puppy bitches who keep me constantly entertained and a very special boy who is constantly by my side…