Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2022- ‘Lucky Dip’ – #Sightimpaired #Dailylife – Paws on the Street-by Patty Fletcher

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’. I have posts scheduled for another few weeks but that will bring this current series to an end. Another series will begin in the new year.

In this series I will be sharing posts from the half of 2022

Today author Patty Fletcher shares the adventures that can occur when making a routine visit to the doctors and how a combination of good planning, helpful staff and her amazing dog Blue, can make a difference. Posted in January 2022.

Hold Tight to the Bright Spots and All Will Be Well – Paws on the Street-by Patty Fletcher

Moon Phase Waning Third Quarter – Mercury Retrograde

I never realized how very much wintery weather and lack of sun can affect us. I must admit, I’ve been having a devil of a time. The past week or so has been more than a bit difficult for me. In truth, the entire month of January has been so. I find myself having a tough time concentrating, becoming more frustrated than usual at stupid things which should mean nothing and at times, dissolving into tears for reasons which totally allude me.

Yet, amongst this hideous wintertime depression, which I know shall soon pass, I’m finding bright spots with which to keep my spirits up and along with my hard-won coping skills I’m able to keep my head above the roiling waters mental illness can cause.

Unbelievably, it is the following offering about a trip Blue and I took to a new doctor’s office which is one of those bright spots for me.

Before I share this with you, I’d just like to say, Bipolar Depressive Disorder is quite real and at times is a beast to live with. There are moments when this monstrous disease takes both hands and all one’s strength to manage. But if you do that which you’re taught by your therapist, keep your routines no matter how badly you feel and make certain to take meds, eat and get proper rest it can be done.

I feel I’m on the backside of it now. Coming through the darkness into the light and am comforted by the knowledge that spring shall soon arrive.

I enjoy wintertime weather, but between mental illness, fibromyalgia, and arthritis my body doesn’t always agree so when I can find a bright shining star amid the dark dreary days, I cling to it with all my might.

I hope this story brightens your day in some way as well. Thanks in advance for reading.

When Blue and I arrived at the building which housed the doctor’s office, we’d never been to before for my consult with the surgeon about possible gallbladder surgery, I discovered the nice lady who had so thoughtfully given me instructions into the building, to the elevator and then to the correct door once I was on the second floor had accidentally reversed her directions and so though we’d found the elevator with ease, when Blue and I got off on our floor, we became immediately lost.

Thankfully, I had the presence of mind to reverse the directions and that along with running into someone Blue and I could follow into the right place and blue’s work being flawless we made our way into the office where I must admit we met a lot of nice, helpful people.

The first thing I noted upon my arrival was that the office workers didn’t leap into help, but they asked, “How can we best help you and your dog?” Also, they had no problem whatsoever assisting me with the small amount of paperwork I had, and they were grateful I’d called ahead to let them know I would need their assistance with that when I arrived.

Finally, we were called back to an exam room and once again Blue bounced along following beautifully, leading me along in his wiggling, waggling, bouncy wake. Which as usual, made me smile and feel proud. When we arrived and had gotten settled, the nurse set about taking my vital signs.

My oxygen levels were fine but when she took my blood pressure, she said, “Your blood pressure is extremely high. Do you normally have trouble with it?”

“I’m on blood pressure meds, but there was a problem with my prescription, and I missed a dose or two over the weekend. How high is it?”

“It’s 170/100.” She said, with concern in her voice.

“Well, I reckon I best get onto the phone and get this medication issue taken care of straight away. I’ll do that while I wait on the doctor.”

“OK.” She said, gathering her things. “The doctor will be in shortly. By the way, your dog is beautiful and so well-behaved. I know I’m not to pet I just wanted you to know I think he is simply gorgeous.”

Smiling, I said, “Because we’re not working and since you behaved so respectfully, I’ll be glad to let you pet. His name is Blue, and he loves to meet the people who are going to work with me. It makes him a bit more comfortable in the situation. Unlike my last dog, Blue doesn’t really like for people to touch me that he doesn’t know.”

After giving him a quick pet, she was on her way, and I set about the task of calling to see whether I had refills on my meds or not.

Before I could get the call to the drugstore completed, there was a knock on the door and then it opened and a lady stepped in and said, “Hello, I’m Doctor Jackson. I hear you’re just totally in love with all the beautiful gallstones in your gallbladder.”

Not only was I jaw droppingly amazed at the speed with which she’d gotten to me, but I knew immediately I’d like her.

I laughed, and after answering all her questions, we were soon ready to pick a date for my surgery.

“Would you like to do it on the first or the fifteenth of February?”

Feeling a bit taken aback at the suddenness of it all, I asked, “Would there be any danger in waiting until the fifteenth? I am assuming there will be some restrictions after the surgery and I’ll need to get a few things in place.

“No danger at all. You’ll just need to be careful what you eat until then.”

“I’m already doing that.” I said with a grimace. “What exactly will I not be able to do after the procedure?”

“No lifting anything over ten pounds for two weeks, no straining, pulling, or pushing you’ll also be a bit sore. If all goes well, you will go home the same day but if there are any concerns, we might keep you overnight.”

“OK. The fifteenth it is.” I sighed. “That’s gonna mean, no tug-of-war with the doughnut for you.” I said, giving Blue a pat. As I did, he raised his head and giving a big snort asked, “Where is my doughnut?”

After checking out at the counter, Blue and I followed someone back to the elevator. When we got off and walked into the lobby, Blue bounced ahead of the lady who had walked down with us and at my urging, “Blue, find a seat.” We made our way to a bench by the door.

“WOW! You all didn’t need me at all.” The lady who had been assigned to walk down with us said.

“I’d expected him to do well.” I said, “But I sometimes find it easier to accept offered help rather than discouraging it because it makes others breathe a bit easier. Besides, it allows me to show others what a Seeing Eye® guide dog can do.”

We chatted for another minute and after I’d allowed a quick pet from her, she was gone.

I called my door-to-door service and settled down to wait.

I made a few phone calls, the first being to the drugstore and then when finding out there were no more refills for my meds, called the doctor’s office to get them to call in a refill for me.

After a bit of time, our van had arrived, and getting to my feet I said, “OK Blue. Forward, outside!” And with that, Blue bounced out the door and all the way to the van.

Once home, I walked Blue so he could relieve, fed the prince, for according to him he was near the edge of starvation and then feeling quite in agreement with him where my own stomach was concerned, I made some lunch.

Later in the day, my dad picked up my meds, brought them over and to Blue’s delight he visited a while.

Before I knew it the day was ending, and it was time to settle in for an evening of reading and playing with the boys.

Well, that’s the latest from Patty’s Worlds. Thanks for reading if you made it this far. May Harmony find you and Blessid Be.

Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms.

About Patty Fletcher

Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020 she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020 King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. It is her hope to one day return to The Seeing Eye® for a successor guide.

Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.

Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn.

She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast.

Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled.

Books by Patty Fletcher

A review for Bubba Tails

Robbie Cheadle 5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book that all ages can read and enjoy  Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2020

Bubba Tails: From the Puppy Nursery at the Seeing Eye is a delightful story for all ages, told from the perspective of King Campbell, an older and more experienced Seeing Eye dog (trained to guide the blind). King Campbell appears at night to the puppies at the Seeing Eye School, and their mothers, and tells them stories about how he came to be selected for the school, his training process and meeting his forever mother. His stories help to allay some of the puppies own concerns and anxieties about the future when they undergo their training to be Seeing Dogs and eventually become companions to a blind person.

This is a most insightful book about how Seeing Dogs are selected, including the qualities they need to have to do this job, as well as the training process they go through before they are matched with a blind person. I say matched because that is exactly what happens, the person is paired with a suitable canine companion. I thought this was very interesting as I had never really thought about how close the relationship between a blind human and their Seeing Dog is prior to reading this book.

The second part of the story when Campbell meets his new forever owner was the most meaningful for me. It was a wonderful experience for me to learn about how the Seeing Dog and their new owner must adapt to working together. The Seeing Dog needs to learn to read their human owner’s body language and respond to subtle signals. The human must also learn to trust their dog and this is quite a difficult thing to do. I can understand that putting your faith in a dog, no matter how much you love it, must initially be difficult when you are unable to see and protect yourself. I loved reading about how this amazing trust developed between Campbell and his owner.

This is a book that everyone can read and enjoy for the story and also appreciate for its detailed insight into the relationship between Seeing Dogs and their owners, and also the world at large. 

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon USAnd :Amazon UK – Follow Patty: GoodreadsWebsite and Blog: Patty’s World Twitter: @Bubbalee04

My thanks to Patty for allowing me to share posts from her archives… and I know she would be delighted to hear from you.

73 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2022- ‘Lucky Dip’ – #Sightimpaired #Dailylife – Paws on the Street-by Patty Fletcher

  1. Hi everyone.
    I’m so pleased to have this post featured here.
    The funnest part about participating in this series is, you never know what Sally’s gonna pick.
    This is one of my favorite posts from the Paws on the Street series but I hope you’ll hop over to my world to see the others.
    In the meantime,
    Thanks for reading, liking, commenting and sharing.
    May harmony find you and blessid be.

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  4. Blue is a gem and the new doctor sounds like a winner. Good to read about Patty’s adventures, and I hope that she can manage her bipolar disorder,, with all the help, as well as she has been doing. Thanks for sharing it and I wish the best of luck to Patty.

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  5. It must be hard work, frustrating and upsetting coping with a bipolar disorder, but you’re clearly doing all you can to manage it. I really enjoyed this account of your trip to see the doctor, the kindness of the people there and the respect that they showed to both you and Blue.

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    • Hi Alex.

      I have multiple disabilities.

      I’m totally blind, have Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Neuropathy, and bipolar disorder and since an illness in 2017, I deal with short term memory loss as well.

      However, the self-discipline required to deal with those things is also helpful in having a guide dog and when all works together as it should I go through my days without too much thought.

      However, this time of year requires more work than ever.

      Soon the winter days will come again and I’ll depend upon adventures filled with kind people, bouncing dogs, sunshine and success to help me keep symptoms at bay.

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      • I love your approach to life! Sorry to hear about all your health issues – I’m glad that you can rise above them. That’s true courage!

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      • Hi again, Alex.

        There are many days, when other than going through the necessary daily routines for living with illness I don’t think of them much at all.

        Then, there are times when something sets one or the other thing off and next thing I know I’m having to move back into one or the other of my various safe plans until things settle down.

        I have a rating system for depression, mania and many variations of the two.

        I’ve also got a rating system for pain and brain fog.

        It all kind of bundles together at times but for the most part it’s livable.

        The biggest problem I have now is trying to keep a homemaker worker once a week.

        For reasons unknown to anyone it’s hard to get people to keep working once they find out that unlike most of their other clients, I actually expect them to clean, put things back into place when they’re done and run errands in a timely manner.

        In short, I want them to do their job.

        This, is causing trouble with my Fibro, because large amounts of the kinds of things I need to do for housework leaves me in pain and without as much energy for going out to do things on the bus Etc.

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      • Again, that must be so frustrating – and you having to do the work instead is bad for your health, as must be the added stress. All the best, Patty.

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