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09 June 2007 @ 08:52 pm
Sydney is maybe a little better today...  
...she doesn't crane her neck so far back when we pick her up today and her side to side freaky eye movement thing has slowed a bit. She still can't get up, though - even though she tries. Her legs seem to not work and do nothing to support her when we try to get her back on her feet... :( She can't even seem to sit up for longer than 2 or 3 seconds without falling over (and to sit up takes GREAT effort!) But tonight she did actually drink water by herself from her bowl (even though we had to hold it up to her...) so that must be a good sign, right?

It's REALLY hard for us to see her like this. We can see she wants to get up and walk around, but she can't even hold her own head up for longer than 2 or 3 seconds without swaying and falling back down. :(

I did some research on the internet and came up with this which explains the whole vertigo thing. Apparently it's not uncommon in older dogs and some owners, not knowing what it is mistakenly put their dogs down because they can't stand to watch them in this state... :( I know it takes some time and I need to be patient, but I just want poor Sydney to be alright! :(

And today I really wanted to stay home with her to monitor her condition, but I had committed myself to volunteering at the 50th State Fair for my teacher... I might as well go ahead and explain what kind of classes I'm taking since this post will make no sense otherwise...

I think the reason I never mentioned it before was because to some, it seemingly came out of nowhere, and possibly to others, it may seem to have resulted from a fandom. I assure you both cases are not true... I've had an interest in this since high school and have always wanted to pursue higher education in it, however I didn't realize that such a comprehensive program was available through night school here in Hawaii. And yes, I admit that a show that I'd seen recently made me realize that I still did have an interest in it, but it wasn't because of the show (or any performer of said show...) REALLY...

And I know a few of my LJ friends have been taking similar classes, so I didn't want it to appear as though I'm "jumping on the band-wagon" either - but here it is... I've been taking ASL/Interpreter classes at KCC. So, in keeping with that, today was spent working at the 50th State Fair in a French Fry booth, being practically the only hearing person, to take customer orders for the others.

It was great - and because I knew NO ONE (my teacher was in the wagon next to mine with two other students from our class) I wasn't babied at all when it came to them explaining things or trying to talk with me. It was like being thrown into the fire (so to speak.) It was wonderful and I met so many nice people - not the least of which was an ASL instructor who teaches at my old high school. My weakness is the actual signing, I can receive information pretty well... My vocabulary isn't too bad, but my grammar really sucks! :( (For some reason I can't wrap my mind around ASL grammar) :( It was just nice to be inundated with all that information and have the chance to have all that interaction. Not to mention meeting such nice people!

But it was HOT and I think I lost 2 or 3 pounds from all the rushing around in the small, stuffy little wagon. Thank goodness the trades were back!! And thank goodness that it was only a french fry booth - my teacher was in a hamburger booth next to us and it felt like an oven in there! :P I'm going back to volunteer again next week Sunday (since most of you already know that I don't do Father's Day...very well, at least)

Finally, on a web note, the local business site that I was working on had me halt production on their site. Unfortunately due to monetary constraints they're putting a hold on the site indefinitely. :( It's sort of okay for me though because that site had "disaster" written all over it from the get go. :( So with Kara's site completed (and she was such a joy to work with) and this site on hold - I will probably spend my free time this weekend reading lovely due SOUTH slash since it's been SOOO long since I've had spare internet time... :)

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend. And thanks again for all the good thoughts for Sydney - they are always SO appreciated!! HUGS!
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Was I in it?: asl: ALLIGATOR AND MEalligatorandme on June 10th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
ASL grammar is so tricky! The best I ever did in pure ASL was kind of a mess...if I wasn't already parroting the text. ;-)

More good thoughts for Sydney. :-)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 10th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
It is!! As if I don't have problems sometimes with English grammar ;), ASL grammar is that much more confusing. My next set of classes focus heavily on grammar so I'm really looking forward to them.

Are you still taking your classes and is the entire interpretor program available where you are via night school?

Thanks for your good thoughts about Sydney!!
Was I in it?: asl: ALLIGATOR AND MEalligatorandme on June 10th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
Nope, I only did two semesters because then I ended up getting my full-time job and I wouldn't have gotten to the college in time after work, plus I think once the later classes started, they were only offering them in the middle of the day anyway. I still have my DVD and should keep up with it. (Do you have the 80s-tasting "Signing Naturally"?) ;-) I don't think there was an actual terp program, but they did go up to ASL 4.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 10th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
Signing Naturally is the textbook for our class. :) And you're right, it's very 80's... I do like the DVD, though - We just did the "10 Years Later" exercise, where you have to figure out what happened to everyone in a picture by watching a lady sign... I thought she said the little daughter grew up and had baby with her boyfriend... Then I found that she said that she entered HS and GOT a boyfriend... Whoa. Very different. I wondered why interpretation wasn't "family friendly". ;)
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on June 10th, 2007 07:27 am (UTC)
Hi, I'm sorry I was out of town and I didn't send you my thought and prayer for Sydney! It must be SO sad to see her like this. And I had an experience with vertigo myself and it's a frightening thing (sorry I don't want to scare you though) because even with my eyes closed, I felt like I was spinning uncontrolably :( Poor Sydney, get well soon!

About your class, I had a feeling that you might be taking an ASL class. Good for you!! It's very interesting to learn about Deaf culture too. Good luck!
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on June 10th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your good thoughts for Sydney! Mark & I appreciate it so much!

The program that I'm taking has a few deaf culture classes too and I find everything so fascinating! I never knew that our local community college had such a comprehensive ASL/interpreter program.
Smithasmittenbyu on June 10th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
oh that is awesome! I learnt it in high school! The grammar was hard!! Unfortunately due to no practice I just remember the finger spelling! sigh.... i eventually do want to re-learn it!!

Hope Sydney continues to get better!!
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on June 10th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
I love it! I started to learn fingerspelling back in the 4th grade(when a friend and I got hooked on "The Miracle Worker") - so I guess in some ways it did begin with a fandom. ;)

Thanks for your good thoughts for Sydney - Mark & I have come to the realization that this is going to be a long road to recovery. :(
Sabine: Micki Kaisergartensabine10 on June 10th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
I hope Sydney continues to feel better! I think I can imagine how hard it's for you and Mark to see Sydney like this and I'm very sorry to you all have to deal with it. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.

Yes, the link you've posted explains this vertigo thing well. I too tried to find information about it and everything I've read sounded very similar to your link. It seems to be different how much time they need to recover - one dog, a 14 years old girl, felt much better after one week and still one week later she was nearly completely healthy again.

The classes you are taking sound very interesting to me! Good luck and I hope you will go on to enjoy them (and to talk about it :)!

Big hugs and much love to all of you over there! :)
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on June 10th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Thank so much for all your good thoughts for her, Sabine!! And I liked the link because it explained all of Sydney's symptoms perfectly - in fact, when I read it, I knew that it was exactly what Sydney was suffering from... I think Sydney's case was a little more severe, though - since she couldn't even move her head when we first found her. :(

I'm loving my classes a lot!! I love the chance to interact with others as well so yesterday was a wonderful opportunity to try out the sign language that I did know... :) And it was a nice way to lose about 2 pounds. ;)

Much love to you, Sabine!!!
carush_girl on June 10th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
I was so wondering how Sydney was doing and then I go to LJ and I see you updated about 'the fuzzy one'.. I shall continue to think of all of you..

Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on June 11th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your continued good thoughts for Sydney! We really, REALLY appreciate it!!
Kananigirlkananigirl on June 11th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Wow! I finally get to hear about those classes you're taking. How cool is that! What great news!

On the same note, I'm glad Sydney is getting better!
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on June 11th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
The classes are great and I'm enjoying them a lot. The only thing that's really hard is the location - KCC is such a far drive from my house! :P

And Sydney's VERY slowly getting a little better with each passing day. We're hoping in a couple of weeks she'll be able to stand, at least. :(
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on June 11th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Good for you on the classes, and the opportunity volunteering! I've often thought I'd love to study that too, but I haven't noticed any convenient way to do it - perhaps I will look harder. Not that I'm looking for a career change at this point!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 12th, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)
The classes are just wonderful - I'm really, REALLY enjoying them a lot - though I do realize there's just A LOT to learn! And I loved working at the fair - the best part of it all was meeting all the wonderful people there! They were all so kind to me - being that I knew very little ASL... :)