Today Ruby went for her sonar and x rays. I am happy to report that her sonar was clear no obstructions or tumors.
Ruby has inflammation in her hips, shoulders and joints and will be on anti inflammatory and pain meds for the next 4 weeks. I must keep her quiet and warm for the next 4 weeks. So Ruby is sleeping indoors even if she don’t want to.
From tomorrow Ruby is going to be eased into a high protein diet. According to the doctor her metabolism is very fast. When she was small we had her on a special diet because she did not pick up weight. So now we are going back to basics for her again.
The doctor said before we know it Ruby will be back to normal and we will be playing ball again.
Now she is sleeping. I did managed to get her to eat and give her her meds.
Thank you for all your prayers. Ruby and I really appreciate it.
Stay safe. Till next time…
“If you can dream it, you can do it. ” Walt Disney
Without further delay, let’s continue our road trip to St Andrews and Knockhill Farm, where we will spend the night.
Our next stop was Dalgety Bay. The 8th largest town in Fife. We did not spend much time exploring Dalgety Bay due to a very long list of places to see. Also, at this stage, I struggled with the Tom Tom trying to get to the places of interest on our list… We were trying to find Donibristle Stable Block but ended up with a view of the Fourth Road Railway Bridge instead. Not that I am complaining. The views and flowers were stunning.
Our next stop on our list was Cornerstone Full Gospel Church. I got the names on my Google Maps when I planned our trip. What I did come to realize on our Grand Tour of Scotland was that the names on Google Maps and the names on the signboards are not always the same…
Dad and I saw the church on our way to Dalgety Bay, and on our way back, we took the turnoff to the church. Next to the church, I found this beautiful cottage with fields and sheep.
I walked up to the gate to see if I could enter, and it was open, so I walked inside and took a few photos. Now this is what I call a peaceful place. Normally I don’t like walking in graveyards, but one thing that stood out for me was how peaceful it was here. Maybe it is the surrounding pastures with sheep and horses grazing. One doesn’t even hear the cars passing on the road to and from Dalgety Bay.
Thank you for visiting Dalgety Bay with us. Our next stop is Aberdour, and I look forward to sharing some of the photos taken in this beautiful town.
I don’t know if you remember Ruby my German Shepard. In 2013 when we got her I posted every Tuesday about her. I called it Ruby Tuesdays…
Well Ruby is 7 years old now and up to a few months ago she still loved playing ball then in February she just stopped. We were working in the garden taking out a Cactus and we thought maybe she had a thorn in her back foot. I tried looking but she made it very difficult. Then after a few weeks she started playing ball again and I was relieved….
As suddenly as she started again she stopped. You throw the ball she walks to it pick it up and go lie down with the ball between her front legs… She also started to loose a lot of weight and my first thought was worms… So we dewormed her 2 months earlier than usual. Still she keeps losing weight and don’t want to play.
On Saturday evening she started crying like mad and Armand came to me and ask if I can see what is going on. So I let Ruby in to see but her front leg was not right. She did not want to put any weight on it. I thought maybe she dug a hole again.Ruby has her spot under the braai and she did not want to stay in the house so we let her out again.
On Sunday morning I went out to see if there was new holes but nothing. Then Ruby came out and her front paw flopped around like a ragdoll…. I thought it was broken…. I panicked and yelled at everybody to get bandages…. I could not stomach the fact that my child is in pain… So we put a bandaged around her leg to help keep it in place…. It seem to be working because she stopped moaning….
Due to the fact that I do not earn a cent during lockdown I can’t afford going to the Animal hospital with her on a Sunday. I am still paying off Shadow our cat’s week stay at the Vet in January… But I can’t let her suffer so tried to keep her comfortable till I can take her to the doctor on Monday…
Monday morning I took her to the Animal Hospital. She thought it was Christmas as she came in the door there was treats for Africa and it was there just for her. It wasn’t even covered by anything just there for her to take one and eat….
We had to weigh Ruby before her examination and she decided that she is staying just there… She was in too much pain to walk any further. Ruby has lost a lot of weight over the past few months and that in it self is very troublesome.
The doctor took a look at her and started doing tests. First she wanted to know if Ruby maybe diabetic because of the amount of water she drinks but her levels was 100%. Her blood pressure and temperature was also 100%. She draw some blood and clipped her nails. She hoped the blood tests will reveal what is wrong.
Then she looked at Ruby’s legs and said nothing was broken and ligaments was not torn. But it can be a lot of different things. Inflammation, Arthritis or it could be neurological…. But she said she thinks that we must wait for the blood results…. She did say that if it is neurological Ruby must go for a MRI and CT scan…. She gave Ruby an injection for pain and and Anti inflammatory. She also gave me some pills to give to Ruby till the blood tests came back.
On Thursday morning another doctor phoned me in connection with Ruby’s results….
She told me that she would like to see Ruby for herself and ask me some more questions…. She told me that Ruby’s protein levels is elevated and her red blood-cells are abnormal….
Yesterday we went back to the Animal Hospital to meet up with the other doctor. She explained to me that the high protein levels can be Cancer or caused by inflammation over a long period of time….
Ruby is scheduled for a Sonar of her Liver, Stomach and bladder on Tuesday. They are also going to do x rays of her legs to see what is going on there.
I am trying very hard to be positive. I tell myself it is just inflammation. She has so much life in her still. Yesterday she started chasing the birds in the garden again and her paw don’t flop anymore….
I would appreciate it if you can all keep Ruby in your prayers. I don’t want to loose my four legged child, but I am not going to let her suffer either….
At long last, we can start the next phase of our Grand Tour of Scotland. We will drive to St Andrew’s along the coast and spend the night at Knockhill Farm. I must admit I was very nervous on that Cloudy Tuesday morning. This would be my first time driving in Scotland, and I did not know what to expect. The only comfort for me was that I was used to driving on the left side of the road.
The driver that picked us up at the airport on Sunday gave me a few tips and told me to avoid the bus lanes and never to park in parking places for taxis. He also explained to me how the passing place works.
The people at Arnold Clark were very friendly, and before I knew it, we were on our way to Inverkeithing, our first stop.
We stopped in the first parking lot we could find, and from there we walked and explored for a while. While touring through Scotland, I fell in love with the buildings, the decor and details on the buildings, the shapes and sizes of the windows, the colorful and detailed doors, and lastly, the bright colors used to paint the houses and shops. I we could, I think we would have stayed much longer in the different towns, and I would have taken building by building, street by street, to make sure I captured every little detail… But we had to cover around 100 to 180 miles per day depending on our route, and we had to be at our final destination for the day at a certain time… This was one of the reasons we decided that our next tour of Scotland we will do in a campervan and we will stay in Scotland for about 76 days.
It took me a while to get used to driving 20 miles per hour. But I made sure that I kept below the speed limit just to make sure I did not get a ticket. Now let me explain why the speed difference was so difficult. Here in South Africa, the speed limit in our towns is 60 Kilometers per hour which equals around 37 miles per hour. The most confusing part while driving is you get a sign that says 40 Miles per hour, then about 2 meters after that, it is either 30 or 20 miles per hour. For someone who is driving in Scotland for the first time, it is very nerve-wracking, but by the end of the day, I figured out the pattern…
In our rental car, we had a Tom Tom, and oh my word, did it frustrate the living daylights out of me. First, when I typed in a castle name or Church name, it kept saying not found. Before we came to Scotland, I mapped out our tour in Google Maps and saved it to my phone. All the places on our list were on google maps, but for some reason, I could not find it on the Tom Tom, not even when I typed in Street addresses. So, when I saw that some streets have more than one name, it started to make sense. I switched to google maps on my phone and only used the Tom Tom as a guide to the flow of the road ahead.
After exploring, we remembered the sign at the church that offered Tea, coffee, and home baking. Dad and I decided we still had time for a nice cup of tea before leaving for our next stop.
We were welcomed with open arms and felt right at home. We sat down at a table, and it was not even a few seconds when the first man came to greet us. He and Dad hit it off and talked about Scotland and South Africa. He was a retired doctor and came to visit a few times here in South Africa around 15 years back. Dad explained to him how everything has changed and that nowadays, one can’t just go out at night and walk as one pleases; it is too dangerous.
While Dad and the retired doctor talked, I excused myself and took photos of the church’s beautiful windows.
Thank you for reading my post, and I truly hope you enjoyed the photos. Our next stop is Dalgety Bay.
At long last I can post about our night at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo…
Dad loves bagpipes since I can remember he played a 7 single with bagpipe music on it. He always said that before he closes his eyes permanently he want’s to go to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo…
Then in March 2018 he got very sick and was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. One day out of the blue he asked me if I could choose any place overseas to visit where would I like to go… “I have a list as long as the National road” I told him…
Then I remembered his words and said Scotland. Dad asked me to see when the Military Tattoo is his only demand for our holiday was that it includes the Military Tattoo…. After doing some research I contact Nordic Visitor for a quote and put the plans in motion. Sarah told me that I better book our tickets for tattoo early because it sells out very fast. 24 January 2019 I booked our tickets for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August 2019.
Dad was super excited and I could see in the way he walked that he could not get there fast enough… I did take some random photos while walking…
Dad was so excited that not even the stairs was to much for him. The closer we got the less dad talked… He was getting a bit emotional…
The views behind the stands was so beautiful I could not just pass. So while dad was visiting the bathroom before heading to our seats I took the opportunity to capture it.
Thank you for joining us on our way to the Military tattoo. I won’t be saying much in my next post. Will mostly be photos of the Tattoo.