Thursday, June 18, 2015

Good News-Bad News: Food Poisoning Hades and No Flooding (Yet!)

Sorry I have been MIA, but we have been busy here at the CoffeeShop Rita house.  After googling our symptoms (on the 4th day of intestinal issues) I found out we most likely don't have a stomach virus but instead have an intestinal bacterial infection.  Yes, we have a nasty case of food poisoning.

We ate at one of our favorite restaurants the day before getting sick, so that is most likely the cause. But it could also be something we had at home (eggs, fresh berries, salad, etc.) so I am tossing every likely subject just in case.

We are on a diet of rice, bananas, oatmeal, applesauce, roasted chicken, and coconut water.  We usually eat pretty low-carb, but right now we need easily-digestable food.  We made the mistake of eating a real meal the other day and really regretted it.  If we don't get better in a few days we will visit the doctor, but right now we are just sticking it out since we aren't dehydrated and able to eat and drink and have three toilets.

The other concern this week was Tropical Storm Bill.  We don't live too far from the Texas Gulf Coast so we take these things seriously, especially when the weather people convinced us we might have to build an ark. We bought a generator and stocked up on food and water. My husband even closed his clinic mid-day to make sure his employees could be home before the storm hit.

After the worst of the rains my dear husband put on his wading boots and went outside with Piper to check out the damage from the flooding.

 They both surveyed our property.  So far so good, no noticeable flooding.

Oh no, there is some high water, better check it out.

Thank goodness my husband had the foresight to wear his high rubber boots.  ;-)

I am making light of this, but I am really happy that Tropical Storm Bill was not as bad as predicted in our area.  I am very thankful we have incredible weather predictions so we can prepare for the worst-case scenario.  And I dare not laugh at Mother Nature because we live in a a low area and these types of storms can be deadly.

I am just happy I didn't have to deal with flooding AND food poisoning at the same time.  Hope all of you guys are high and dry and enjoying your week! New freebie coming out tomorrow.

Piper is growing like a weed and is now 10 pounds and almost 11 weeks old.  We found out his mother was part German Shepard and very fluffy but no one has any idea about his father.  All of his siblings died, but one of his sisters looked just like him and the other three puppies looked like German Shepards.  So I am thinking he will probably be medium to large.  He just needs to catch up in weight now that he is finally healthy.

Anyone have tips on keeping our skin safe when he goes bat-poop crazy and starts biting?  I am trying to teach him not to use people as his chew toys and it has been challenging.  95% of the time he is an angel, but that 5% crazy-time is really crazy!

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  1. Lucky you with Bill. We live just East of San Antonio and last night we were flooded in! We got so much rain from the fronts before that hadn't all soaked up yet that Bill just made it worse... And Austin got it even worse, they said... My sister came here (she lives E of Austin in Manor) for a few days to find dry ground!

    1. Stephanie, one of my sisters lives in Austin and luckily they have been fine. This wet weather is crazy! I am ready for some hot dry days...

  2. Hi Rita,
    I'm sorry you're family is not feeling well. I'm currently laid up in bed with a foot injury that is healing. A chef knife fell on my foot and severed the tendon to the big toe. So I have lots of time on my hands. Enjoying reading blogs, and having time to comment. I have 4 boys that otherwise keep me busy. So anyways, your puppy is adorable. What we always did for teething puppies was a wet wash that had been frozen. It seemed to help a lot. Have lots and lots of toys available for him to chew on too. The other advice I have for a healthy puppy is to check into titer testing. It's a blood test to see their levels of antibodies. We talked to a breeder who uses this practice. You only immunize the animal when the antibodies level calls for it. I'm no expert on it but it makes sense to me and is worth a Google search.

    1. Jennifer, that is horrible, I hope your foot heals quickly! Thanks for the tips, I will try them out. He is a biting fool when he gets activated. Otherwise he is a sweet little lamb, I am ready for him to grow up however. :-)

  3. Glad to hear you survived the storm and that slowly but surely you are all recovering.

    Lisa D.

  4. Sorry to hear you guys have been sick, but thankfully you're all dry. Flooding isn't a concern in my area (Vancouver, Canada) but I've been watching the news in horror at some of the issues. For the puppy, can I suggest getting a water bottle sprayer? When you see a behaviour you don't like use a verbal command and if he doesn't listen spray him in the face with the water. Doesn't hurt the pup but they hate it. (At least most do! LOL) Of course, that only works when you have it handy. The biggest thing is the same as you would say about children... consistency and patience. Good luck and feel better!

  5. ProBiotics!!! Take a good quality ProBiotic. I will seriously help load up your system with good bacteria to help you kill off the bad bacteria.
    Even yogurt will help a little, but not nearly to the extent probiotics will.
    Feel better soon!!!