Aftercare visit with Nitro!

I just got a phone call from the guide dogs school, someone is coming out next Tuesday morning, to do an aftercare visit with me and Nitro!
It is time for Nitro to retire! I’m not exactly sure if it will happen next week, but it will definitely be happening soon!
He’s 9 this coming Friday!
He’s at that age where they retire!
The trainer whose coming out, I dont know him. I sorta wish it was Nitros trainer Nathalie who was coming out to visit me, but you dont get a choice in who does the aftercare with you.
I am really nervous about this visit! I just hope things go well.
Please keep us in your thoughts, its happening next Tuesday at 11 AM!

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Mobility assessment

Well, just got off the phone, had a mobility assessment, I need to brush up on my cane skills, and I had an assessment to see where I’m at, and how the NCBI which is the organisation here for people with sight loss could best meet my needs.

Turns out I have a new resource worker, I had one for years, but now she’s working with ageing adults, and this new girl is working with 18 to 65’s. So I will have to get acquainted with her. She seems nice, which is good. She’s young too which I like.

Anyway, she asked me a bazillion questions, all about my life, my mobility skills, my dog, my independence, my emotional wellbeing etc. She’s going to email the mobility officer now and tell her I need some training, she said there is a waiting list, but hopefully I wont be waiting for too long.

I have to do this, as Nitro is retiring at the end of the year. I’m not getting another dog, mainly because I want to keep Nitro until he passes away, and I dont have room for two dogs. I wouldnt manage two of them. Also I do want to brush up on my cane skills, learn some new routes, etc. So I hope that can happen soon. I was hoping that it would happen over the summer.

It was a good phone call though that we had. I think it was positive. Looks like it will work out for me which I’m very glad about.

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Aftercare with Nitro!

Nitro’s trainer just left. We just had our aftercare visit. It went really well. She was very pleased with him. She said he looks good, she said he looks really healthy, and that I have been looking after him well. His ears are a problem, he has had a lot of ear issues. She told me to change his food, I am to change him from hills dog food to royal cannon. She said there is a special one for skin allergies, she told me to put him on that one to see if it makes any difference. She said hopefully his ear issues will subside a little if his food is changed. We didnt go on a walk today, I told her that I hadnt been working him a lot lately, due to his age, and him being easily stressed out. She said its normal for him to be stressed, he’s 8 now, so an older dog. His age is starting to show. The good news is he doesnt have to retire yet. She said I could continue to work him, minimally for now. She said they’d see me in a year and we’d talk about retiring him then. The age of retirement has gone up from 9 to 10 now. So I am happy that I dont have to retire him yet. I told her I wasnt bringing him to college, I told her my parents look after him on the days when I have to go. She said thats probably for the best. She said that if I want another dog, I’d have to learn some routes, as I dont have a lot of work for a dog to do right now, and when they interview people to see if they are eligible for a dog, you have to prove you have work for the dog to do, you have to know some routes, she said minimum work load for a dog is 3 times a week for a half hour a day, so over the next few months I will get in touch with a mobility instructor in the national council for the blind, and learn some routes using my cane, so that when the time comes which wont be for another few years yet, but when it does come I will be able to get another dog. I told her I was keeping Nitro, and when he retires I’d keep him and wouldnt get another dog until he passes. She seemed happy enough with my decision. So I am very happy with how things went with her today. I feel relieved to know Nitro doesnt have to retire yet. Thats a huge relief to me.

I’ve had a healthy day so far!

so even tho I am not joining slimming world until wednesday evening, I decided to start as i mean to go on. so today is the day I start eating healthy, and being mindful of what I put in my mouth.

breakfast this morning consisted of a banana, and a yogurt.

Lunch consited of a ham sandwich and a cup of tea.

Not sure what dinner will consist of yet but I will be picking the healthiest option on the menu. I think I’m doing well for my first day. Now to just get some exercise in, in a little while I’m going to walk to the bus stop with Nitro, because we need to practice that route again.

that’ll be my exercise for today. it will take me around 10 minutes to do that. I have to start off slowly though and build up from there.

rundown of my day

so today at the ils course was really good. on tuesday mornings our first class is digital media. i like this module. its all to do with computers and doing stuff like recording videos, facebook, making itunes playlists and using itunes, etc. its fairly simple for me since i already knew how to do most of the stuff they ask of you in the module. it has taken the rest of the class 5 months to complete the module where as i completed it in a month. my teacher was so impressed with me this morning when i completed the last of the work for it. next week we have an exam and then that module will be done. the exam is pretty simple so I am not worried in the least. I will ace it and I know that. after break we were meant to be cooking but we didnt, because our tutor said she wanted to use the time to catch the others up on their work, some of the class had been out sick and on holidays lately and so had gotten behind on their work. i was irked we didnt cook since cooking is one of my favourite modules. i like to cook and then i like to take photos of what i’ve cooked to share here and on facebook. it gives me a great sense of achievement. after lunch the main tutor wanted me to go to the bus stop with nitro. but i really wasnt in the mood. i said i had a headache which wasnt a lie, and i said i would prefer to wait until tomorrow. she let me but she said she wasnt happy. oh well. i think it should be up to me how fast me and nitro learn the bus route. makes no sense to push and push me does it? i know sometimes you need an extra push and i would be the first to admit that sometimes i do need the encouragement. but today i just wasnt up for it. our afternoon session was a little scattered. we all did different things. normally on tuesdays i am volunteering in cork city partnership but i didnt do it today since the driver couldnt take me as he wasnt free. so it meant i was in class for the afternoon. i just caught up on college work while the others did bills and budgeting and employment law. i missed not volunteering today. hopefully i can do it agan next week. after class ended i went upstairs, set an alarm on my phone and lay down for an hour to sleep. i was wrecked. i’m not sure what is making me so tired lately, whether its a med or something but I seem to never feel rested lately. I seem to always be tired. its hard to know which med might be causing my issues since i take a few. all i can do is keep a check on it and if the tiredness continues talk with dr. barry. enjoyed a nice dinner of home made burger and fries and a chocolate and orange cheese cake for dessert. i had never tasted orange mixed with chocolate in a cheesecake before. it was delicious! after dinner i went to my room and played on my new apple tv for a while. i am loving it. i went on net flicks but man there was so much choice that i didnt know what to watch. ha that is the thing too much and then i cant choose lol its the did ok? i’ll blame the did! ha. in the end i watched killer kids, and i watched an episode about kids who were into the occult and so committed murders to do with the occult. it was so interesting, a bit gorey but fascinating to watch. i highly recommend it if you have net flicks. its the first episode of the killer kids show. i want to start watching 13 reasons why this weekend. it looks good.
carol anne