Man, as they say in South Africa, it’s hard to come down to earth after a vacation. I felt restless and “blah”, couldn’t focus, tried to write a blog but ended up doing nothing all morning, until around noon when I got one of those “ah-hah” moments: “Ah-hah, didn’t the weatherman say today’s going to be a lovely plus 80 degree day in L.A.?”
I ran outside to water my little garden.
The sun felt so *good* I immediately felt better, and after I’d done the watering, I fetched the watering-can and the fertilizer – I use something called “All-Purpose Fish Emulsion” because I don’t want to use chemicals, and so far none of the neighbors have complained about the fishy smell.
After I put the watering can away I heard what sounded like lapping – you know the noise a cat makes when she laps up a saucer of milk. Looking across the patio I saw Monte Carlo drinking the fertilizer out of one of the pots.
Two nights ago when I came home from work I found the dog’s food dish upside down. Thinking Monte Carlo must’ve learned a new trick to let me know how hungry he was, I immediately fed him, and then went to listen to the messages. There was one from our neighbor who walks him during the day, “Hello,” she said, “Just to tell you I fed Monte Carlo and left his dish upside down so you’d know…” Heh heh no wonder he’d staggered to his bed after bolting down his second dinner in half-an-hour.
But back to the fertilizer problem. I wasn’t sure what to do. Should I panic and race off to emergency?
Manchester Terrier’s are short haired dogs and LOVE sitting in the sun. After his fish cocktail he looked fine, laying on his back in a patch of sun, legs splayed, totally at peace with the world.
The label on the bottle told me it was made by Liquinox Co, Orange County, CA 92865, [no phone number], listed the percentage of Nitrogen, Phosphate, and soluble Potash. Plus “Primary nutrients derived from seagoing fish“.
and under CAUTIONS: Harmful if swallowed.
I felt the panic rising…
What would you have done?
I said to myself, if Monte Carlo were my child I’d phone the Poison Control Center, and he is my child, so I googled it:
The California Poison Control System (CPCS) provides immediate, free and expert treatment advice and referral over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances.
Pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and poison information providers answer the calls to 1-800-222-1222 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Sandra, the pharmacist, answered on the second ring. We agreed that he’d had a very small amount – the water runs through the pots too quickly. She thought he may possibly feel nauseous and throw up from the extra nitrogren, and said to give him lots of water to flush it out. I tried, brought his dish right up to him, but he refused to drink.
It was now 1 p.m. I had to leave for my acupuncture appointment. I was concerned about leaving him, but he seemed OK and scarfed the treat I gave him with no problem.
Driving to my appointment I’ll admit I was worried about leaving the dog, so I didn’t pay much attention to outside stimuli, and it took me a while to notice the helicopters up ahead, that one up there was not moving, that there were several others flying around it, that there were police cruisers everywhere, all the cross streets were blocked off, and I was stuck in a serious traffic jam… Huh?
Just before 11 a.m. this morning, according to CBS local news on the AM radio, an officer on patrol in Studio City at Laurel Canyon and Ventura Boulevard, spotted a man -Luis Solano- wanted in connection with a November 2010 murder. The man fled, and police, assisted by the FBI hunted for him. He was found a few hours later.
Three schools in the area were “locked down” during the search.
My acupuncturist Reiko‘s office is right there at the corner of Laurel Canyon and Ventura Blvd. I managed to get through the road blocks and make it to my appointment ten minutes late.
Have I ever told you about Reiko? I’ve seen her regularly for several years now. If you’ve never had an acupuncture treatment, and you live in Los Angeles I suggest you go directly to see her, to give your body a much needed tune-up.
Last year when I fell running for the shuttle at work and had to have 5 stitches in my knee, I remember telling you that I went to see her.
Reiko felt my pulse today and said, “Oh Rosie-san you’re tired and you’re coughing a lot…” Yes and Yes. I’ve had a nasty cough and cold and had to call in sick several days over the past two weeks. I was better, then re-infected myself. The night coughing, which I couldn’t control and kept Mr F up, was the worst, but hey I caught the cough from Mr F, when he coughed all night.
Wikipedia describes acupuncture:as an alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles in the body. It relieves pain, treats infertility, treats disease, prevents disease, promotes general health, or can be used for therapeutic purposes.
I like the description of acupuncture on Dandelion Naturopathic’s website
Originating over five thousand years ago, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), involves the use of both acupuncture and eastern herbs. It is based on the theory that health is determined by a balanced flow of qi (pronounced “chee”), a way of understanding the vital life energy present in all living things. According the TCM theory, qi circulates in the body through twelve major energy pathways, called meridians, each linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. In this system of medicine, each symptom is perceived in relationship with the whole body, and treatments are accordingly developed as a means of adjusting an individual’s overall energy pattern. Acupuncture and herbs are used to balance the flow of qi, thereby relieving pain and restoring health. Acupuncture has now been proven to be effective according to western or allopathic scientific trials, for health concerns ranging from chemotherapy-induced nausea to musculoskeletal pain, to turning breech babies.
It’s now 7 p.m. I’ve been watching Monte Carlo all afternoon: he hasn’t thrown up, and he enjoyed his dinner, but he hasn’t had a single sip of water. I give up! I don’t know how to get him to drink. Even after our walk around 4 p.m. I came home hot and thirsty, and had a glasses of water. Not him.