It seemed to have stopped growing so I wasn't too concerned. However at the beginning of last week he was starting to eat more slowly and it was bothering him, so an appointment was made for last Friday for him to go to the surgery to have it removed under anaesthetic. On Thursday he was back to eating normally again. I checked the lump and it hadn't grown anymore, so I cancelled the operation. Mehmet had hoped to call in last week and check it, but as usual he was very busy.
I checked again this morning, and it has grown bigger, and he now has a problem with eating again.
He is now booked in for Wednesday. It will be removed, and we have no idea if it will grow back again. I hope this is the end of it. Poor Sammy.
Mr A is a large man. He is overweight. He likes his food. He smokes far too many cigarettes and apart from the recent work our in the garden, he takes very little exercise. I have been
He had full blood tests, and a thorough examination and then had to return this afternoon for the results. The numbness is nothing to worry about, it seems that it's more to do with the recent strenuous activity in the garden and he has medication to help with this. He also said that he was told he had "too much blood" in his body and had to have some removed. This all sounded a little odd to me. He said it was a condition which began with "P", a long word, but couldn't remember what it was. So we searched on the internet, and he recognised it as being the following:
"There are some cases where you can have too many blood cells (polycythaemia) in the body and your doctor might recommend removing a unit of blood to treat the condition. This is not really due to having too much blood but rather, too much of a component of blood ie red cells or iron which is easiest to remove by removing red cells
Polycythaemia can cause strokes as the blood becomes very thick"
He was then sent to see a dietician who told him ...yes you've guessed it....to lose weight. To cut out bread and sugar, cut down on the smoking and to walk every day. Why does it take a doctor to convince him of something I've been telling him for years? Well, the doctor was a man of course...and they know best!
Finally, Annie arrived in the village today with blankets, quilts and towels etc for the dogs, along with a donation from a lady called Liz to buy some dogfood. Anna had driven from Bodrum to Guvercinlik with the items, handed them over to Annie, who brought them here. Liz had also sent a zip wire contraption which can be fixed to posts in the garden and then to a dog's collar. This is used primarily for exercising dogs, allowing them to move about whilst keeping them confined to a specific area. I am going to try using it on the dogs who refuse to walk on a lead. I think it might help them to get used to being on a lead if they can move about freely. It's certainly worth a try.
Thankyou to those kind people in Bodrum who have put themselves out to help me and the dogs. I am so grateful.
Mr A has been feeding some strays in the village for the past few days. There are only two or three turning up at the moment, but I have no doubt that the numbers will increase as soon as word gets around.
Mr A has heard that at some point next year a new Belediye (council) vet will be appointed in Milas, and we are hoping to approach him to try to get the village strays spayed and neutered. At the moment the village doesn't come within Milas Belediye control, but this apparently is set to change. Watch this space.
In the meantime I am going to provide them with worm and flea treatments to make them a little more comfortable, and if funds permit, we will try to get some of them neutered by our vet Mehmet. If you would like to help us feed and care for these dogs and my 6 rescues, please donate by using the Paypal button at the top of my sidebar. Thankyou xxx