Guinea Piggoos Galore

My mom is in town staying at my place for a week, and I’m able to go home on 4-hour passes with her. That means I get to see the piggoos!!!

Here are the boys, Peanut and Butternut.
This is Casper the friendly ghost frolicking in the hay.
Here’s Brownie looking rather suspicious as to what I’m up to.
Here’s Toffee hanging out with a piece of carrot.

Trying to read blogs when I’m on the ward has been hard, because people tend to be fairly noisy. There’s one dude who’s floridly psychotic and animatedly talks to and laughs with his auditory hallucinations. I find him particularly distracting.

I found out that over the next couple of weeks, they’re going to bump up my ECT frequency from 2 to 3 treatments per week. We’ve also gone up on the dose of one of my antidepressants and restarted Cytomel, which is a form of thyroid hormone that works as an add-on treatment in depression. I’d stopped taking it a few years back when I didn’t have medication coverage and I didn’t think it was worth the amount of money that it was costing me, but it’s covered now under the provincial drug plan I’m currently on. I think I’d mentioned that I was kind of contemplating the MAOI selegiline (Emsam), which unfortunately isn’t covered under the crazy folks drug plan (Parkinson’s is its primary use). I haven’t looked into how much it would end up costing me.

On the less cute rodent front, I’m fairly sure I saw a mouse in my hospital room yesterday evening. This particular building is probably over 100 years old, so it’s not really surprising that it’s got some critters. I’ve also noticed rodent traps in various locations, including the ward dining room. I prefer guinea pigs to mice.

The guinea pigs send lots of kisses to all of you. xoxo

95 thoughts on “Guinea Piggoos Galore”

  1. I’m glad you get to see the guinea pigs. I see mice on the London Underground sometimes, and saw a couple of mice and rats in New York earlier in the year.

  2. I love Casper’s flowy, wispy (?! how do I describe it? lol) fur. He’s got style! Glad the piggies are bringing you some joy!

  3. Awwww your fur babies sure look happy to see you again!
    I hope the bump in treatment will help you, that in combination with the meds.
    It’s weird here too, this is covered, this isn’t, but if you get worse and need more help which is more expensive, then it’s covered again 😂… I hope you find what works best for you and that it will be covered in your health care!

  4. I love to see that your spirits are better even with the possibility of mice in your dining space…ewe!! Lol. I know your fur babies are happy to see you. I bet it makes all the difference in the world having them to go home to. I am also pleased to hear of your family helping during this time. Support helps ease symptoms. Cheering you on!!

  5. Adorable pictures for the fur babies as usual! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Hope that they’re able to figure out exactly what works for you and that you feel better soon.

  6. It must be so nice to go home to see your babies for a little bit! I’m sure they’re missing you too.
    I agree…I’d much rather be roommates with guinea pigs as well 😬

  7. A four-hour pass seems a bit stingy, I assume the ward isn’t super far away from your place? It’s good your mum’s at your place and that you’ve been able to see the fur balls.

    I’ve been amazed at your efforts with blogging and replying to comments since you’ve been there. That takes some special skill, not just to do it with all you’re going through, but to focus when there’s more than a little distraction around you! I’m glad you’re able to keep in touch with us all, very glad.

    It’s good they’ve sorted the medication route to try, even if it means no MAOI. Was Cytomel okay for you when you last used it? I’m hoping it’s better the devil you know in terms of side-effects. Are you happy to do 3x ECT per week, and feel okay with the new med regime?

    I’d prefer ghosts in old buildings rather than rodents. Seeing rat traps when you sit down to eat would deplete my appetite pretty quickly, particularly if they’re not empty. 😆🤢

    1. Yeah, I think I’d prefer ghosts as well. Yesterday was the first time I’ve actually seen a critter, although I had previously noticed the (empty) traps.

      My place isn’t too far away, so I get about 3 hours of time at home, although I’ll ask the doctor when I see him today if he can bump up the amount of time.

    1. She had already started cleaning, whether I wanted her to or not. That’s been a bit of a bone of contention in the past, as I’d generally like to be left alone, but since she doing it when I’m not there I can live with it.

  8. Glad you got to see your guinea pigs. I bet they were happy to see you, as you were too.
    And we all got a guinea pig fix off you too.

    I hope things go well with your treatment and you can have your hours extended, to be at home a bit longer.

    Hugs. Xx

  9. Piggos are good for the soul…as are most animals. I do get pretty squeamish at mice/rats scurrying around. I hope you’re able to negotiate a couple more hours out- it must be good to get away from the constant noise.

    1. Today my passes got bumped up to 5 hours on weekdays and 7 hours on weekends. Hopefully by the time my mom heads back home, the doctor will be happy enough with how my passes have gone that he’ll let me go out on my own.

  10. Looking at your Guinea pig pics I could actually smell them from some weird muscle memory that triggered the familiar scent of sweet Guinea pig aroma mixed with hay! 😂

  11. Congratulations!! Piggos are the BEST therapy! <3 I'm glad your mother could come and help out, so you can go home to visit the fur babies. What adorable photos! <3 Ziggy sends best wishes too! 🙂

  12. Hugs and kisses to you, Casper, Brownie, Butternut, Peanut and Toffee 🧡

    That psychotic, self talking patient reminds me of myself many years ago. Time flies and can do amazing things. I hope you will get better after the intensive treatment regime. Let’s hope that your preferred, regular psychiatrist will be around more frequently.

  13. I love your guinea babies. They are so cute. I love Casper’s floor.
    Please tell me more about Cytomel.
    I have severe hypothyroidism.
    My tsh (0.4-4.0) has been about 260+ for the past 3 years. It is miserable. Thanks Ashley

  14. I read mouse as moose hahaha. When you said it’s not surprising, I had to go back and read it again lol. I was thinking maybe seeing a moose in Canada isn’t too surprising, but I’d think having one in your room would be quite surprising lol.

  15. Love the piggos pictures…! Here’s hoping the new (old) meds work as you need them to. Such a blessing that that drug is now covered on your insurance plan. Feel better soon – we miss you!

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