Somebody needs to email me (or leave comments)…

…cause I’m going bonkers!

Really though, other than the almost total lack of connection (my blog here being my best connection) since I’ve been here, things are getting better.

I posted earlier that this morning was a crafty collage project. I had to go liberate some “men’s magazines” like Outdoor and Motorcyclist to get some decent pictures for my collages. But I got that all fixed so I’m a happier camper than I was this morning.

Telling me to do something and then denying me the tools to do the project really peaves me off. And makes me very grumpy too.

This afternoon was yet another physical but useful for getting all the things that need referrals. I got a referral to music therapy. 😀
I don’t know if I’ll have time to go but if I do have time I’m now allowed to go. And a referral to “kinetic therapy” which is just permission to use the teeny tiny gym during the limited hours.

So now I’m back at the main hospital waiting for prescriptions to be filled and sitting in the hospital library working on their very old computers, for which I’m thankful because there is NO wifi in the residential building no matter how many times they told me there was on the phone before I got here.

Most of my updates are being done on my iphone, which is why they’re pretty short and likely full of typos.

Anyway, so I come into the library and sign in and walk to my computer when the woman in the next cubie jerks up and away and says, loudly, “Get that dog away from me!”. Keegan was no where close btw. I directed Keegan to the other side of the chair into the cubie, away from the irate woman and said, “it’s okay, she’s supposed to be here, she’s a service dog” and the woman says “I don’t care what damn kind of dog she is” and starts huffing and puffing. I ignored her. She left not too long afterwards still muttering quite loudly. Fucking asshole. I can say that now, cause you guys don’t care what I think of her and I’m not escalating the situation now that she’s gone.
I really wanted to have a distinct vibrant conversation with her but managed to hold myself in.

So.. back off to stand in line again and pick up prescriptions.

Comment me! Or I’ll start singing Donkey’s song (You gotta have friends!) from Shrek and feeling sorry for myself. 🙂

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  1. Jerryprism

     /  May 30, 2012

    How long are you there for? Is there an Indian who can heave a water fountain thru the window to set you free? (SHades of “Cuckoo’s Nest!”) I’ve known peeps who were invol committed but it sounds like you’re there because the VA wants to regulate the meds you take. I remember seeing a play called “Steambath” where these people wake up in a steambath and they come to realize they’re in a waiting room for heaven or hell. Sounds like you’re in the waiting room. Fortunaley you’ve got something to look forward to when the wait is over. BTW, I might have missed this topic, but I’m wondering what Keegan does for you? Just curious, as I only know of service dogs from what I’ve seen on tv. I occassionally see pepople with service dogd and the person doesn’t have a visible disability. I know my two dogs keep my blood pressure down (except when they chase squirrels at night or bark at fireworks), but they do provide that unconditional love. Drop a line when you can, Jerry

  2. Katydid

     /  May 30, 2012

    Hi, Jerry. I have an acquaintance who has physical balance and stability problems. She has a very BIG service dog, that helps keep her upright. So they’re using them for all kinds of things.

    A blind friend of mine, who has a seeing-eye dog, tells me they’re trying to train miniature horses as service dogs – they live a lot longer, so they don’t wear out quite as quickly. Can you imagine someone trying to fit a miniature horse under the table in a restaurant, or on a bus? They’re not all that miniaturized!

    Anyway, this is just chatter to keep Rachel from feeling lonely. Hi, Rachel! We’re all following your adventures with great interest.

    Best wishes,

  3. Anonymous

     /  May 30, 2012


  4. ann

     /  May 31, 2012

    I think some people in the VA system may be extra sensitive about service dogs because there are people openly abusing the sytem and bringing poorly trained dogs with behavior issues into VA buildings and buses. I’m sure Keegan is nothing like those annoying yappers and is well behaved. She shouldn’t have to pay for their sins.

  5. Anonymous

     /  June 1, 2012

    Hey everyone, thanks for the comments 😊
    It’s very encouraging and let me tell you, there’s already been days I come back and read the comments to cheer me up.

    Yes, Keegan is very well trained and I hope she is a good service dog ambassador.

    A lot of people don’t understand what service dogs are, especially here in the VA. People don’t see the work they do so they think they’re just well trained pets. I can’t tell you how many times other vets have come up to me and talked about how they want to bring their pets in with them.


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