Monday, 20 November 2017

November 20th, 2017 - Photo 324 of 365

Views of Doncaster
I must admit that when I started doing the new bowel cancer book I never thought that it would take me to Doncaster to enjoy this quite magnificent view of the town from Cusworth Hall. It was a couple of weeks ago that I met Andrew White, and he gave me an excellent guide as to all the buildings on view. Of course all will be revealed in the book... πŸ˜‰

Sunday, 19 November 2017

November 19th, 2017 - Photo 323 of 365

Water Bowel
Having just completed the seven day black and white photo challenge, I now use another one for this 365 challenge. Yesterday we stocked up on new supplies for Prince to make things as comfortable, and as easy as possible for him. So this water bowl fits into a raised holder which will make it easier for him to drink without putting pressure on his spine.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

November 18th, 2017 - Photo 322 of 365

Watching Arsenal Beat Spurs
Prince has immediately taken to his new large cushion. This is especially good for his bad spine as not only is it comfy, but allows him to stretch out which is much better for him. You can also see his new raised food and drinking bowls on the left hand side, which will help his back too. So Prince had the perfect ringside seat to watch Arsenal beat Spurs 2-0. Saturdays don't get much better than this... GOONERS!! 😊

Friday, 17 November 2017

November 17th, 2017 - Photo 321 of 365

Selective Colour
I had a bit of fun with selective colouring with this photo, once again taken at Hambleden Mill. Even without editing the "DANGER" sign stands out quite dramatically, but when you remove all the colour apart from the red on the sign, and add some vibrancy to it, the resulting effect on the image is impressive.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

November 16th, 2017 - Photo 320 of 365

Hambleden Mill
Hambleden Mill is one of my favourite local scenes just a mile or so from work. The old water mill dates back to the Domesday Book, but was converted into flats during the 1950s. To see it from the this (river) side you can walk onto the weir. There are some wonderful paintings of it, and my personal favourite is one by local artist Howard Birchmore, which was on display at Henley Regatta a couple of years ago. Sadly I couldn't afford to buy it at the time..

November 15th, 2017 - Photo 319 of 365

Prince's Spinal Problem
Yesterday was a very difficult day. Prince has been having difficulty with his back legs recently, so he spent the day at Fitzpatrick's -the Supervets - where he had an MRI scan. The devastating result is he has five slipped discs! There is no way of knowing how long this has been going on or what has caused it. He has been such a brave boy not displaying any signs of discomfort.

We had hoped that it was a single disc, in which case he would probably have had an operation there and then. However the road ahead is now very tricky. An operation is still possible, although it is high risk in that the best case scenario is to stabalise the condition, and give him a quality of life, although he will be a different dog in terms of what he could do post op. However there is also a real possibility that the operation might not be successful, and the condition is made worst. Also due to the state of his spine there is a high chance that he could still have problems with the other discs in the future. The other option is not to have the operation, and for him to have complete rest, a course of steroids, and physiotherapy. This would hopefully stabilize things for a while, but over time his condition will deteriorate. The bottom line is that neither option will be a total cure. The vets are waiting for some test results to see if there is any infection around the discs, so we have maybe a week to decide what to do. I might well have not got all this information quite right, but it was a lot to take on board at the end of a very traumatic day.

So things like going up and down stairs are now out. He is on complete rest, and has to be lifted in and out of the car. The crate is his new resting place, and this will be a challenge as he has never been crated in his nine years. Going to try and get him used to it over the coming days. And although not in this photo, the living room is also my new bedroom as I will be sleeping on a mattress next to him for the foreseeable future. He was a very good boy last night sleeping with me on the mattress, but he did spend a little bit of time in the crate.

So uncertain times ahead, and lots of change. There will no doubt be huge impact on life over the coming days, weeks and months. Some things in the diary might not now happen, but for the time being it's a day at a time, and above all putting Prince first...

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

November 14th, 2017 - Photo 318 of 365

Autumn Scene
I always enjoy going down this driveway as the leaves create a kind of archway that you must drive through. It looks especially attractive during autumn. This was a favourite place of Storm's for a pit stop, as she could carefully choose her spot! Prince couldn't give two hoots - he just gets out of the van and does his business 😊It's also pretty close to where the folks are buried, so whenever I go here I try to go there too which is always nice for the soul.