Spring Break 2013

by becky on April 14, 2013

Hi, There! I can’t believe my very late Spring Break will officially be over in just a matter of hours. That “gotta go to work tomorrow” feeling has been brewing in my stomach all morning. Though it hasn’t been the most eventful break, it was just nice to have a break. A true break. I’m not embarrassed to admit that on one or two of the past 9 days, I literally stayed in my pajamas all day. I don’t get true down time a lot during the school year, so I enjoyed every last second I had.

But, before I go any further, I did want to give a little update on my girl. The results came back and she has something called Copper Hepatitis. It’s a genetic disorder where her liver stores copper instead of filtering it out of her system. Through the biopsy we were able to find out her current level of copper in her liver. Forgive me, I don’t know the exact unit the doctor said, but basically a healthy dog’s liver can tolerate around 50 (mg, mL, ???) of copper. It becomes toxic at 1,500 (mg, mL, ???) but Lillie’s liver showed around 5,400 (mg, mL, ???) of copper currently stored. Can you say OMG??? The good news is that because we know what is wrong, we can actually try to clear her liver out over the next 6 months. We are going to do this through prescription food and many, many, many prescriptions. She is on a TON of medicine for the next 6 months in hopes that we can get this under control. Right now, I’m staying positive that all this will work itself out and we’ll get her on a maintenance plan. Believe it or not, there was no damage yet to her liver so we literally caught this in time. I never thought I’d be glad that she broke her foot. But, without those blood tests we probably would not have caught this in time. Her broken foot literally saved her life.

So, speaking of Lillie, I did spend a lot of time over break with her. One of the last ditch efforts I am putting in to keep her from having to have her ACL repaired surgically, is to do one last round of laser treatments. She’s had them in the past but I didn’t do a good job of forcing her to rest while the treatments were going on. This time, I went back to the original center where she did water therapy after her foot surgery. So, now, the princess gets laser on her knees, hocks, and hips, and then uses the water treadmill for 15 minutes. SHE LOVES THIS!!! And, I’m so happy to say, that I’m seeing a HUGE improvement on her walking. Fingers crossed that this may be just what she needs. Here’s a fun picture of her sporting her goggles before the laser began.

I was surprised that she actually kept them on for the majority of the treatment. Then, she realized she could swat them off and off they went. What a goof! πŸ™‚

Β Another thing I need to mention about my spring break is that it rained. A LOT. Which I guess turned out to be a blessing because I was forced to get some projects done/partially done in my house. Comcast came out, I ordered Hinckley Springs water for my house, and I made a new wreath for my door. Here’s a few pics of the supplies and then the final product.

It looks really nice on my door. I’d show you, but my front door is part glass and all you’ll see is the wreath with me reflected in the image. I’ll pass πŸ˜‰

I also FINALLY finished up 5 projects/units I’ve been working on for what feels like forever. They are currently being edited, but I thought I’d share some teasers of the covers.

This is a writing/craft project I’ve been working on since last school year. I’m really a big believer in only selling what you teach so I wanted to make sure I’ve gotten all the kinks out before I post this. More information to come… πŸ™‚

This is a kid-tested/teacher-approved math game that is PERFECT for fast finishers or math centers. My kiddos played this the week before break and they kept asking to play again. They didn’t even have the “cute” version, lol. More information to come… πŸ™‚

I recently had a very sweet visitor email me about an IL unit I had mentioned I was making. The unit itself is still a work in progress, but I was motivated to finish a few extras I had in the works. This is a super fun, IL-Fact filled scavenger hunt my kiddos always do before we start our IL unit each year. I’m very happy with how this one turned out, and even though I’m done teaching it this year, I can’t wait to put it to use next year. More information to come… πŸ™‚

Speaking of Illinois, this project is one of my all-time favorites each year. In my class it is part home project part school project, but it always turned out fun and informative. More information to come… πŸ™‚

And, last but not least…

I finally put an idea I’ve had into action. I get a lot of questions about my bulletin board letters so I finally sat down and created my first themed set of letters. In this download you will get letters A-Z (no numbers at this time) in three different animal prints. I created these because though I love buying pre-cut letters from the store, I usually run out of vowels and have to buy more packages than I really need. This way, if you like the design, you’ll have as many as you want to print out. But, again, More information to come… πŸ™‚

Well, looks like the sun is out… this may be the second or third time it’s made an appearance. So, I’m going to take advantage and take my goober for a walk. Have a great week!!!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Annie April 18, 2013 at 12:49 am

I cannot imagine your vet bills, but I also feel the same way about my dogs and would spend every last penny to save their little wiggly butts! Praying that the laser treatments will save you from the dreaded ACL surgery!


becky April 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Thanks, Annie! I know some people think I’m crazy, but she’s my baby, and I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I knew I could help her and I didn’t. πŸ™‚


melissa April 18, 2013 at 1:59 am

Couple of things…
1. I will gladly pay you to make a wreath for us πŸ™‚ Are you taking custom orders?
2. I am saying some prayers for you and Lillie πŸ™‚
3. My students loved your “handle with care” bulletin board. Pictures don’t do it justice!
4. We need to chat more about the Hinckley Water system.
See you Friday! πŸ™‚


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