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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2018 6:22pm (Jan 24th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I couldn't find the other mouse thread, so thought I'd start another :rolling:

    I'm really proud of our most recent litters. Not only are we moving forward and really developing our lines in terms of colours, but the recent litters have been so exceptionally friendly...it's just been total cuteness overload :bigsmile:

    So recently we've been working on satin mice and selfs (solid coloured mice). I looove pied mice, but I thought it would be cool to have a line of selfs too, and in just a few litters we've got some really beautiful babies ^_^

    First, a few videos to show how sweet and affectionate these little guys are!

    Brux being adorable (gorgeous satin girl with huuuuge ears!!)



    Couple selfs and satins :)



    Video from a few nights ago of all our youngest babies :smile:

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2018 7:47pm (Jan 24th 2018)
     
    They're lovely! Making them friendly, sociable and handlable (is that a word?!) is very important. I assume you home them as pets to local folk?!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2018 9:22pm (Jan 26th 2018)
     
    Beautiful babies!! You sure have a lot of them. I hope you have a good market for them.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2018 3:56pm (Jan 29th 2018)
     
    they are so sweet I love the one with huge ears xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2018 8:35pm (Jan 29th 2018)
     
    Soooo beautiful...if you want any more, Tuppence has released one under our fridge...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2018 9:13pm (Jan 30th 2018)
     
    LOL
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2018 9:55pm (Jan 30th 2018)
     
    No, NOT lol. CGITWSFUFAIM. Cat Getting In The Way Staring Fixedly Under Fridge At Inconvenient Moments.:sneaky2:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2018 2:38pm (Jan 31st 2018)
     
    Ha ha CC Maybe she is telling you she needs more cat nip ones !!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2018 10:59pm (Apr 26th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Too tired and hurty to start a new post, so I'll share a little update here & attach some mouse pics hahaha!!

    We've been having a crummy time recently. We told the disability benefit about seizures last autumn, and after an assessment where I was extremely ill they completely stopped the benefit saying if I'm as ill a I say I am, the NHS would have done something by now...HA, I wish!!! So we've had a really scary time making ends meet, we've been extremely careful with money (just bills, rent, necessities) for the last few months and still aren't breaking even. We started an appeal but there's no timeframe, & after this we might have to take them to court.

    I have a few recently discovered health concerns, symptoms I've struggled with for ages but kept getting told I was making it up. We now know I have POTS, & we want to get ME checked but my GP is awful so no point asking her for help. I'm tired & in pain 24/7. I don't get to do much these days, I'm just normally in bed exhausted...I try do a dog walk a day if I can! My bipolar (which had been doing the best ever) was also triggered by my crummy GP and has been terrible this year, but since Lyle took over dealing with her we're slowly getting it back to where it was. It's all a big cruddy balancing act :tongue_smilie:

    Oh we did discover recently my pupils go weird during my seizures - check this out!

    https://youtu.be/ka8MM6Mw-OY

    Lyle is, as ever, a HUGE support and I'm constantly blown away by how hard he tries to help me. And how much he's sacrificed, without ever complaining. He's one in a million :heart:

    And the dogs + other pets are good too. Kasper will be 8 next month, which is just unbelievable! Still as barmy as ever ;)

    Hope everybody else is okay?! I wish I could get on the forum more haha.
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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2018 3:10pm (Apr 27th 2018)
     
    How wonderful to see your communication on Hencam.
    I have missed your messages. Occasionally spotted information on a few other places but lost track of you over the months.
    It is so amazing how you bounce back from those depths and write so elequantly about all the trails and tribunals.
    You are having a very tough time and I do admire Lyle enormously for his unfailing support.
    Keep in touch on your own stamping ground, hencam.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2018 7:38pm (Apr 27th 2018)
     
    We HAVE missed you! I can't believe those fools on the panel - they think you do those tricks with your eyes for fun? Hang on in there kid - you're one of the bravest people I know and Lyle is an absolute diamond. Love to you both, :heart:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2018 6:12pm (Apr 28th 2018)
     
    Wow its really made my day to see a posting from you Red, Sorry you are having such difficulties and going through a tough time it seems to be the story of your life, Lets hope things get better for you real soon. Stay strong and keep battling.... so glad and grateful that Lyle is by your side doing all that he can Bless him you got a good one there that's for sure. Do keep us updated when you can we all love and miss you xxxxx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2018 6:14pm (Apr 28th 2018)
     
    PS I meant to also say what beautiful little mice, so much cuteness in such tiny little bodies. Amazing xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2018 4:04pm (Apr 29th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey everyone!!! Thank you all :heart: :bighug:

    Ollie, Lyle is honestly being incredible. He does so much for me (I can't stand long so I'm hugely limited in what I'm able to do, & when I do stand he keeps me safe) - he never, ever complains. He does everything, & he keeps me laughing. I am so damn lucky :lol:

    CC the whole PIP thing is beyond ridiculous. I can't buy medical equipment I need because they have decided I'm not ill, so can't afford it :001_rolleyes: I need a rollator, it would mean I could go on bigger walks, any semblance of a day out, go food shopping, visit museums etc...feel slightly normal...but I can't afford one because they're £45 & I'm not getting disability benefit! Yesterday my parents came to visit, we had an hour long walk on the beach (LOTS of sit down rests) & ate at a pub, that was it, and today I'm hugely paying for it with my POTS. My resting heart rate is 60, today just from getting up & going to the loo my heart rate reached 225!!!! I'm exhausted, nauseous, dizzy, almost passing out...we've discovered my seizures tie in hugely with POTS (eg they're triggered by sitting down, standing about), so they might actually be POTS related...I'll be bringing it up with my neuro in a few months time!

    NN, aren't those little babies adorable?! I thought hencammers might like to see them haha. My parents held them yesterday and couldn't believe how cute or calm & affectionate they were!!
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2018 12:49pm (Apr 30th 2018)
     
    yes I love to see the pictures Red you both do a real good job breeding and raising them. xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2018 9:21pm (Apr 30th 2018)
     
    Beautiful mice Red!

    So glad to see a post from you after so long. I can't believe the way you're being treated - no, actually I can. It seems the benefits agency go after 'easy' targets, and people with mental health issues are easy prey because often their condition is sparked/worsened by stress so they do whatever they can to avoid it - hence they often accept the judgement without putting up a fight and have a bloody awful life. Anyone would think the money comes out of their own pocket. The NHS obviously knows everything, cures everything, and who is a patient to say they're sick? Those people are a disgrace and should be ashamed of themselves.

    I'm so glad you have Lyle. I am also a big believer in fate / karma / whatever you want to call it. You are good people going through a bad time. Despite this you make the best of life, love your pets and more importantly each other. Keep fighting the good fight. Xxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2018 1:33pm (May 3rd 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you Kate :bighug::flowers: It's all a huge pain in the arse but I'm just plodding along haha. Thank you about the mice, in super proud of our little ones!! :heart:

    Big news guys, Lyle's parents bought me a rollator & it's been helping SO MUCH!!! I went into my first supermarket THIS YEAR yesterday!
    :gasp:
    Discovering that I have POTS (& the vast majority of my seizures seem to be triggered by that, not lighting but *moving*!!!) has actually been incredibly helpful. I can DO things, & when I feel at all unwell, I sit down and can sometimes recover without a seizure or pre syncope. Albeit journeys are incredibly slow & I'm left very ill afterwards, but hello world haven't seen you in a while!!!

    I finally have a GP appt next week, but I'm quite worried as I'll most likely have to do a 10 minute stand test as he measures my HR. Does anybody know if I can (/have any advice on telling him if I need to) stop before the ten minutes is up?! I've been trying the test out at home & usually get to about 6 minutes before I REALLY need to sit down (see video), but I don't want him to be an idiot about it, or me not know what to say and end up super ill :bored:

    https://youtu.be/W3BPq7K1BpQ

    I'll attach a pic of me feeling over the moon in Aldi too HAHAHA :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2018 1:46pm (May 3rd 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and NN, I thought you might like this video! The baby is Cane, a 4 week old boy, and the pregnant girl is Rhea, a lovely inquisitive girl...we're going to get black eyed babies!!! :heartsabove:

    https://youtu.be/6AjitEP7k50
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2018 4:34pm (May 3rd 2018)
     
    So glad you have been able to get out and about Red, it will do you the power of good to get a change and I know how you do love the fresh air and out door life. Also its nice to do your own shopping now and then although I am not a great fan of food shopping and try to get G/N to do it if I can !!! I had to google Rollator as wasn't sure what you meant....it summed up a vision of you whizzing about on a motorised skate board type of thingie hat on and goggles with a big grin and poor faithful Lyle running along behind puffing and panting with a worried look on his face!! Anyhow I am all clued up by what you meant now and am so happy it helps your confidence. Don't worry about the Docs appointment just do what you can and if you need to sit then do so, Tough if he don't like it and after all he needs to know what you can and can not do I'm sure. The more you worry about it the worse it will be, just think to yourself a few more minutes and I can go home that's what I do when I'm in the flipping dentist and I am terrified of going, I just don't like to show it!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2018 4:38pm (May 3rd 2018)
     
    Had to put this separate as I was worried I might loose last post as it has happened before on a biggie. Anyhow the mice vid really hit the spot for me what little sweet hearts made me so happy to see how calm and beautiful they are. Maybe you will have to just think.... I am one of my mice babies so calm and comfy....... during your docs visit, well worth a try xxxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2018 10:48pm (May 5th 2018)
     
    I've never heard of that test Red - what's it for? Does your doc know about your seizures etc? Does he understand the cause? If so he should understand if you can't manage 10 mins.

    I'm off to google rollator too - never heard of one of those either!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2018 12:52am (May 6th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is basically where when you move (standing, sitting, walking) your heart rate goes crazy, & you get symptoms accordingly. Standing still also means your heart rate continues to climb, which leads to pre-syncope or fainting. To be diagnosed with POTS your heart rate has to increase AT LEAST 30bpm after standing, & stay up for 10mins as you stand still. For me, my resting heart rate is 65, & just from standing my HR jumps to 150-160, continuing to climb as I remain standing. Most people have to run a marathon to get their HR that high, but mine does it from standing...so I feel like I've run a marathon just when I stand up, & walking, going up stairs etc makes it worse. This was completely missed by the NHS because it's so little known, & my symptoms were blamed on my MH conditions :001_rolleyes:

    My seizures are triggered by lack of oxygen to my brain when my HR gets to about 160. IT'S THIS THAT CAUSES ALMOST ALL MY SEIZURES!! This is quite common with POTS...but again, it was missed. Anytime I'm not lying down I'm dealing with my HR, seizures, exhaustion, pain, struggling to breathe - all this has been normal to me for so long, & all I've been told by Dr's was it is "all in my head". But now I know what it is, I can tell them about POTS (as it's so little known, the NHS website even says to print it off & take it in because GPs won't have heard of it), take in my HR monitor & do the stand up test in the surgery. From there I should be referred to a cardiologist, where I'll probably have to do a tilt table test, & be diagnosed. POTS has no cure & is a chronic illness, but just to KNOW what's wrong & triggering my seizures, symptoms etc is incredibly helpful & freeing
    :)

    Obviously as this is something that gets a lot worse when I stand/walk (currently I can only walk a few minutes before I struggle to breathe, risk seizures, falls etc), the walker provides balance, support, & somewhere to sit until my HR goes down and I feel ready to carry on.

    Next weekend we're off to the zoo with Lyle's parents & my walker. This will be my first day out in months & months...I'm so excited!!

    This is my rollator, I've named em Sparky :rofl:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2018 12:55am (May 6th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northHad to put this separate as I was worried I might loose last post as it has happened before on a biggie. Anyhow the mice vid really hit the spot for me what little sweet hearts made me so happy to see how calm and beautiful they are. Maybe you will have to just think.... I am one of my mice babies so calm and comfy....... during your docs visit, well worth a try xxxx


    I CANNOT WAIT for Rhea to give birth!!! We separated Dumbo from her cage tonight, & now she's being left in peace to nest down & prepare for birth...it could be any day now!! Here's a photo of Rhea's brother, Rhys, with one of my satin girls, Saturn. Aren't they both beautiful?! I'm desperately waiting on babies from Saturn!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2018 1:02pm (May 6th 2018)
     
    The beauty of the rollator is that you will always have somewhere to sit down. Brilliant!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2018 2:50pm (May 6th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenThe beauty of the rollator is that you will always have somewhere to sit down. Brilliant!


    Yes, exactly!!! It's also really helpful for Lyle when I'm having a seizure, because he doesn't have to worry about me falling :smile: I owe Lyle's parents big time for alerting us to buy it, as my quality of life has already improved so much :woohoo:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2018 8:22pm (May 6th 2018)
     
    Little beauties Red and so super shiny xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2018 9:50pm (May 6th 2018)
     
    Saturn - wow!!! Stunning!

    I'm not surprised the NHS missed your POTS diagnosis - it sounds like it's very unusual and specialised. Have you already raised it with your GP? If you take the info with you he can be reading it while you stand up! If you do have an episode while you're there at least he can see what happens and will have a heart trace showing what happened. The body is amazing how it learns tricks to cope - heart rate is too high so to correct it it will force you to stop / sit / blank out until your heart is back to normal. There may not be a cure now, but that doesn't mean something won't be found to help with it in the future.

    I didn't know that was called a rollator - see them around all the time! Glad it is being such a great help to you.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2018 2:02pm (May 7th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'll have to post some decent photos of Saturn, Kate/NN! You guys would love her; she's huge, shiny, very gentle & adorably chunky!!

    Thanks Kate! I have an appt this Friday to bring it up with the GP; I'm taking in the page on the NHS site, my HR monitor, videos I recorded at home & info from Pots UK too...better to be overprepared & not need most of it, than under prepared!!

    Yes, as my HR goes wacky anytime I stand up, it's a really easy condition to demonstrate...I just have to hope he can look past my bipolar disorder & actually believe this is real & I need a referral...I've already been through two GPs at this surgery, so don't have many choices left if this Dr doesn't listen :rolling: The problem in the past has been GPs unwilling to think I could possibly have anything wrong with me that isn't bipolar related :angry: , but this is so easy to see for themselves I'm hoping it will be different...

    Hopefully I can get a referral sent off on Friday, & that will take as long as it takes, then on Monday I have my EEG for my seizures. I don't think it will show anything, considering my seizures are related to my HR and most likely not epileptic, but it's good to check it out just in case!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2018 8:21pm (May 7th 2018)
     
    Is there not another surgery you fall into the catchment for? If you are unhappy with your surgery you can registrer elsewhere. If they refuse to take you contact your CCG or NHSE complaints and ask for help.

    Do you see anyone professionally for your bipolar? Just wondered if they could support you to get a referral if the GP isn't forthcoming.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2018 9:37pm (May 12th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I hugely fell out with the other surgery after some shocking treatment from doctors, so unfortunately this one is my best bet :rolling:

    I had my appt &...it actually went really well :gasp:

    It wasn't the Dr I booked in to see (the surgery's so small that the GPs only work one day a week), but thankfully it wasn't one of the ones I'd already seen :smile: I went in & explained about POTS, the Dr said she'd never heard of it, so I offered the info page I'd taken along & she declined. She was nice, but clearly thinking I was wasting her time at this point.

    She took my blood pressure, listened to my heart, then got the surgery's heart rate monitor out (mine was the exact same model, but she didn't want to use mine :rolling:). I'd been sitting in the exam room 10 minutes, but after walking to the surgery, standing to walk from the waiting room etc, my HR was 140...all of a sudden she was super worried & asked me to re-explain all the POTS stuff :rolling:

    Because she was so concerned she asked us to wait in the waiting room while she sorted out an immediate ECG, despite me explaining my heart's fine, it's moving that triggers it. I had the ECG & when I saw her afterwards she'd been reading up on POTS, bless her! She's referred me for a 24hr ambulatory ECG, to catch the differences when I move.

    We talked about ways to stay safe despite POTS, such as walking around the house holding furniture, using my rollator & getting a wheelchair for bigger days out...so yeah, it went as well as it could have done! :woohoo:

    My details were also passed on to a POTS charity and we spoke with them too, they were also very helpful. They debunked a lot of myths that spoonies get told, & we're shocked when I told them what my symptoms wee and how long it had been miss for.

    I need to save up £60 for a wheelchair now, but it's Lyle's birthday at the end of this month so I guess we'll spend birthday money on that...just have to last another few weeks!!
    :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2018 7:29pm (May 13th 2018)
     
    If your tests com through as you expect, then surely the NHS will give you a wheelchair, Red? It's good that you frit the doctor - now perhaps something will get done for you. :fingerscrossed:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2018 7:53pm (May 13th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenIf your tests com through as you expect, then surely the NHS will give you a wheelchair, Red? It's good that you frit the doctor - now perhaps something will get done for you.<img src=" title=":fingerscrossed:" />


    I think because POTS is such a varying condition (some people's HR is barely over the 120 cut off point after walking, whereas some people are bed bound & can't walk at all), I think it'd be a huge battle to get a wheelchair through the NHS, CC. Plus it would mean waiting until I'd been referred to (& had!) the ECG *and* seen a cardiologist afterwards...after being stuck in the house so long, I'm super inpatient to get out! So I want a chair asap, then I can enjoy the summer and celebrate Lyle's birthday! Luckily people who are disabled/chronically ill can usually buy chairs VAT free, so we saved £10 and were able to get it now :bigsmile:

    I spoke with my parents today & asked if they could buy me a chair with the money they owe me & they said yes! My dad was so funny - he'd bought an exercise machine recently & a 30min work out left his heart pounding, unable to breathe or talk, and exhausted...yet his HR was still lower than mine!! And he said "when I felt so bad, I realised that's how you feel just standing or walking"...it was a real YES, THANK YOU moment!
    :bighug:
    It was really nice to find a way to get him to understand. And now because they bought it, I'll have a wheelchair by Tuesday! I'll have it for Lyle's birthday, I'll be able to go on day trips...yaaay, I'm so excited ^_^
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2018 7:57pm (May 13th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And this baby will be here next week :)

    Tomorrow I have my EEG, which is gonna be a big day out and leave me hurting, but for my other two medical appts this week I'll have my chair!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2018 8:12pm (May 13th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And if anybody wants to know more about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, here's some information :)
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2018 8:34pm (May 13th 2018)
     
    Well done with the appointment Red and I am so happy that some one has finally recognised the need for help and the support that you need. xx
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2018 10:08pm (May 13th 2018)
     
    This is such fantastic news. At last you are getting somewhere.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2018 3:57pm (May 14th 2018)
     
    I'm so pleased you'll be able to be out and about. You're suh a crusader that I'm sure you'll be onto authorities about wheelchair access in no time (nearly put 'in a heartbeat' but thought better of it :face-smile:). It's such good news - you deserve it! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2018 7:56pm (May 14th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you so much Ollie, NN & CC! :rainbow: Also, CC :rolling:

    I had my EEG today (measuring brainwaves) so that's FINALLY over & done with!! The nurse was absolutely wonderful, she was just fantastic...I was talking about POTS with her, as she was asking about my walker, and she was furious that I'd been told it was 'all in my head' for the past 2yrs. Now my EEG results will be sent off to neurology, so I'm waiting on an appt with a neurologist and then also an appt with a cardiologist and an ambulatory 24hr ECG. Enjoy the pic from my EEG :rolling:

    My EEG meant I was out the house several hours, walking from the station to the hospital etc. For most the trip I was dealing with dizziness, panting for breath, heart pain, headache, leg pain...on the way back from the station my heart had really had enough - walking back home I was talking nonsense, slurring my words & couldn't balance :rofl:

    Getting home my heart rate was extremely high, 185!!! :gasp:

    I'd love to say that's over & done with, but I've got to make the exact same trip on Friday for a benefit assessment :crying: (this isn't the disability benefit we're appealing, but for this one I need a work capability assessment so they can decide themselves if I'm able to work or not :angry: )

    Tomorrow I've gotta get to the GP for a blood test, which will be awful after a busy day BUT hopefully my wheelchair will arrive tomorrow too!! If we're out for the delivery I will cry :rolling:

    I'll post baby mouse pics next too!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2018 8:02pm (May 14th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And now I've bored you all, here are Rhea's adorable babies!!! :heartsabove:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2018 3:24pm (May 15th 2018)
     
    so tiny and delicate yet they grow so quickly....amazing xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2018 10:24pm (May 15th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They grow up so fast, I wish they stayed small longer!!! Beautiful babies in this litter, here they are yesterday at 6 days old :)

    Look at that lovely milk belly on the baby in the bottom pic! She's my favourite in the litter ;)
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 10:12am (May 16th 2018)
     
    They are adorable what other pets do you have at the moment Red. Its so long since we had an update about them all. I still got Ben the snail, three cats Sootz, Mickey and Minnie. and the koi and other fishes. I would like more animals but its just not practical now I am so much older.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 6:07pm (May 16th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    As well as the dogs & cats we have (obviously) a lot of mice haha, 2 musk turtles, a canary, leopard gecko, cornsnake, & we also breed mealworms & dubia cockroaches :bigsmile: We still have our outdoor fish too!! We had to rehome our chickens due to the bird flu scare unfortunately, our area was hit bad & we didn't have the option to keep them outside, but we are lucky to get updates from their new home with their new flock mates :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 6:16pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    Love the milk belly; she looks blissed out!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 6:59pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    that's a lot of mouths to feed Red you do really well as I know you like to give them the best. Yes that bird flu hit some areas hard. Such a shame but so pleased you get updates xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 7:24pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    Red, I'm sorry to hear you couldn't keep your chickens, I know how much you loved them.:face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 10:12pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    I remember one of the cats was disabled and predicted to have a short life but I can't remember his name. Have you still got him? How's he doing?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 3:53pm (May 17th 2018)
     
    Well remembered Kate you have jogged my memory about it. Hope it is doing good it was a pretty little kitten xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 6:04pm (May 17th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    There are two satin babies in this litter CC, one being the pink eyed baby!! I'll post pics next:bigsmile:

    Thank you Lynn. It was really sucky but unfortunately had to be done. I don't think we'll be risking chickens again now that bird flu hits us a few times a year :( I miss my girls like crazy, especially Bea!!

    Thanks NN! They are a lot of effort & I have to rely on Lyle a lot, but you know how wonderful he is & I get so much enjoyment from my pets I'd be lost without them (:

    Unfortunately he passed away Kate :( But we did successfully introduce a new play buddy to try ease the grief. We also had a foster cat for several months too, a small adult female calico - she was super intelligent but hated the boys (had only ever been a solo indoor cat), she thankfully found a brilliant home not far from us :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 6:05pm (May 17th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    In the first photo, see the satin fawn baby at the top & the satin white-faced agouti at the bottom!

    Also the baby on their back is my favourite - totally chilled out, totally relaxed! :heartsabove:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 6:11pm (May 17th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Much easier to see that gorgeous shine on videos!

    https://youtu.be/3AgbFuP4I2Q
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 7:45pm (May 17th 2018)
     
    Sad about the kitten Red. The meecers are beautiful and as you rightly said you can see that sheen wonderfully on the vid. Its amazing I never seen such a fantastic sheen in a coat before. Many thanks for sharing. Do you manage to find good homes for them all, or do you just keep them? xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2018 9:53pm (May 18th 2018)
     
    They're gorgeous Red!

    I'm so sorry about your kitten - calico cats (or tortie and white as us oldies call them!) are notorious for being bossy! They like to be in charge!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2018 12:18pm (May 19th 2018)
     
    Tell me about it... :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2018 11:09am (May 25th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you both! :heart: NN I mostly keep them now, and of course some become feeder mice (snake food!), it's not a part I enjoy but is much nicer on the mice & much better for my snake. Rodent farms, where pet shop frozen mice come from, are worse than battery farms, so I hated supporting them. And no, we don't live feed...another thing I don't agree with!

    The babies are now 16 days old and have entered the crazy hopper stage (eyes open around 14 days old, thereafter they will run full speed & jump EVERYWHERE, at the speed of lightning..if you're gonna lose a mouse, it will be at this age!!!). They are a STUNNING litter though, I'm so happy with them!!
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2018 2:31pm (May 25th 2018)
     
    So beautiful you do a great job that's for sure. We don't often think about all these other factory farmed animals. It is so awful when you think how they are treated. You certainly do the right thing for your animals and respect them and care for them all not matter how small or ugly they are. I admire you greatly xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2018 4:13am (May 26th 2018)
     
    Your little mice babies are soooooo cutee, Red!!:heart:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2018 9:16pm (May 26th 2018)
     
    Hopper mice made me laugh xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2018 8:54pm (Jun 14th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you so much NN! (: And I have a video where you can see why it's called a hopper stage haha - bear in mind this is when they were pretty much out of it too!!

    (Bugger I can't find the right video of the young uns hopping like crazy!! Oh well, this one's pretty cute anyway!)

    https://youtu.be/APXFdE2tEEc

    Thanks Lynn!! I'm really happy with some of these babies, and little Tama (the fawn) was a real surprise! :smile:

    The youngest babies are now 4.5 weeks old, mum and the daughter we're keeping have been added to the female group cage (6 females total), & the boys each have their own cage now (:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2018 10:43am (Jun 15th 2018)
     
    Lovely vid thanks for sharing Its so nice to see them all clamouring to hop on you are have a fuss. That little bronze one is superb I have never see such a shiny sleek coat its almost metallic.. totally amazing. I see what you mean about the hopping as well it made me chuckle as I could imagine a whole box full doing it xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2018 5:49pm (Jun 15th 2018)
     
    You're right NN - that golden mouse is so SHINY!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2018 5:55pm (Jun 16th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh yes I love Saturn, she's a beauty. I wanted a litter from her so bad, but she just wasn't having it :P

    Tama is satin pied, and only slightly lighter though, so when he's old enough I'll match him up with some girls & hopefully see results :bigsmile:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2018 9:13pm (Jun 17th 2018)
     
    awe Bless them they are so pretty
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2018 7:12pm (Jun 19th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I can't wait until they're old enough to pair with the next girls!! Only another few weeks :heartsabove:

    Speaking of girls, here's everybody on a holding tub whilst their cage gets cleaned out...the little ones are looking so big all of a sudden! Also if you love the satin mice, this is definitely worth watching :bigsmile:

    https://youtu.be/4fs4fIrxnGg

    And exploring what will be my new female group cage (:

    https://youtu.be/jLvcB1PoZJM
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2018 7:47pm (Jun 19th 2018)
     
    Those satins are STUNNING!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2018 2:00pm (Jun 20th 2018)
     
    I agree with Kate they are the stunning Ive never seen mice so beautiful xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2018 5:19pm (Jun 28th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well the boys from my last litter have girlfriends already!!! :heartsabove: I paired Arthur (big agouti boy) with a small argente female, to try get some larger babies from her. And Tama, my gorgeous satin fawn boy, has been paired with one of my favourite argente pied girls...I'm super excited about their babies!

    Here they are together - ain't they a pretty pair?!

    https://youtu.be/oOgBDoHoTj4
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2018 6:52pm (Jun 28th 2018)
     
    They are beautiful and it will be exciting to see their babies xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2018 12:54am (Jul 1st 2018)
     
    They are lovely, Red..how long before they will have babies?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 8:03pm (Jul 3rd 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you both :bighug:

    If we're lucky, Lynn, about 4 weeks...but the boys are totally new at this so we could be waiting a while :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2018 8:52am (Jul 4th 2018)
     
    Ha ha that's funny Red xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 6:16pm (Jul 28th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I forgot to post our recent litter!!

    We have some gorgeous babies in this litter - four about a year I've been working on getting mostly white mice (not all white as you can't achieve that with pied mice & I'm not a fan of PEW), but I just love mainly white pied mice...well, WE'RE GETTING CLOSE NOW!! There's one boy in this litter in particular, Wii, who is just perfection - he's the baby in the first & last photo :heartsabove:

    And Switch is close behind too (the baby on the left in the second photo) ^_^

    Moana, the white & agouti girl from our litter before this one, is now 14 weeks old & expecting herself!! I'm super excited about these babies, I'm hoping for a mainly white female that I can pair with Switch! :heart:

    Video!
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 7:11pm (Jul 28th 2018)
     
    Lovely babies I love how they all snuggle up in a heap xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2018 1:10am (Jul 29th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I love their teeny paws so much :p
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2018 6:52pm (Jul 29th 2018)
     
    So pretty... :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2018 8:00pm (Aug 2nd 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm hoping Moana has given birth & we will get to say hi to her babies tonight! I'm really excited about getting pups from her, so I hope she's managed to have a good healthy litter!!

    Everybody's eyes in our other litter are open now. They started opening really early, at 9 days old! This puff was from a few days ago, little squinty faces!
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2018 10:12pm (Aug 2nd 2018)
     
    soooooooooo cute xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2018 5:19pm (Aug 3rd 2018)
     
    Absolutely beautiful...how do you part with them?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2018 12:32am (Aug 5th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They are utterly adorable...and CC I placate myself by keeping at least two from every litter :rolling:

    The older litter is now 16 days old, & very advanced for their age. They're starting to calm down from the hopper stage already, which is crazy.

    And Moana's babies are now 2 days old & doing great! She's being such a good mum; very attentive & the bubs always have very full bellies!! The first photo was when they were about 24hrs old, the second is 1 day later (today) :)
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2018 9:20am (Aug 5th 2018)
     
    such sweet delicate little sweetie pies xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 9th, 2018 6:39pm (7 days ago)
     
    Moana's babies are so cute, Red!!!:043: