Pet Shopping

Vanessa and I had been exclusively dating for over 6 months now and it’s been a great experience. She’s really different with the past girls that I’ve dated because she’s mature and very understanding and that’s what I love about her. Next week is going to be our 7th month and I wanted to give her something that she’ll love. There are only two things that I can think of that she loves, Volkswagens and pets. Well, I don’t have the money to buy her a car so I think I’ll just stick with pets. She already has a dog so I can’t give her a cat so I thought, I’ll just give her something in a cage or aquarium like a hamster or some kind of fish. I decided to take a day to the pet shops around town to find her something good. I told her I was out doing errands for my mom so she won’t suspect a thing about my surprise.

First stop was a shop that specialized on fish tanks but I didn’t find a thing which she’ll find cute so off I go to a shop next door. It was a better experience as I saw different bunny breeds like lionhead bunnies, mini rex and the English lop. I really find the lionhead interesting as it has manes. I thought that Vanessa would really like that. I asked the salesman about the bunny to have more idea on what I’ll get her because I want it to be special.

lionhead bunniesThe salesman was kind enough to tell me bunch of things about it. He told me that those kind of bunnies have two types, the single maned and the double maned. Their name was coined because they have manes reminiscent of the king of the jungle, the lion. He shared that they originally came from Belgium and I was surprised that it wasn’t pure because it was a cross between a miniature Swiss Fox and a Netherland dwarf. They are typically docile, sweet, active and playful although it still depends on how the owner plans to nurture it. He also pitched that bunnies aren’t hard to care for as they just need the basics like water, food and a little bit of exercise. He reminded me to avoid overfeeding as it can cause weight problems for the rabbit. They also need grooming from time to time to avoid tangling of their manes. Bunnies also don’t need as much bathing as they clean up after themselves like cats do.

I finally have decided to get him a bunny of such breed. I got her a dark blue bunny which consequently also has dark blue eyes which matches Vanessa’s. I know she’s going to like my present. I also got her a cage, a water feeding bottle and lots of food. Now, it’s her turn on how she’ll care for it. My phone is now ringing and it’s Vanessa. I answered it and told me that she’s with my mom and mom told her that I wasn’t doing any errands for her. Now, I’m busted.

Bunion Scare

tailors bunion

Bunions have been hounding my family for generations and I am very wary whether I’ll have it or not, so I decided to make drastic and preventative measures to avoid them if possible because I don’t want it to interfere with my life especially with me racing with my car. I have no clue on which of our long lists of family members really started the trend of bunions and tailors bunion, but I know that almost all of my grandfather’s siblings, my mother’s side, had them and on the other hand, I know that my great grandfather, my father’s side, had them. Last week, I observed that my mom has it too, and I thought to myself that there is really a big chance that I’ll get it so I freaked out and search on the web to see more information about it like what causes bunions and how to prevent it.

I read that bunions are bony protrusions on feet that occur when there are misalignments of the bones of the feet. They mostly have inflammations on their surface as they are prominent thus always having contact with shoe wear. Over time, as bunions become worse, other toes also become affected as they are subjected to develop hammertoes, calluses and corns. Besides heredity, there are more common causes of having the condition which includes ill fitting shoes, arthritis, age, over pronation, past injuries and nerve conditions affecting the foot.

Treatments are two things, surgical and non surgical procedures. Surgical are more effective, but very costly compared with just buying foot splints and toe paddings. They basically open the skin above the problem area and they shave off the excess bone to properly align the bones of the foot. The full recovery period lasts up to 5-6 weeks depending on the condition and how the body recuperates. During recovery stage, the patient is needed to always elevate his legs for better blood circulation to heal the wounds faster. If there is pain, one can take occasional pain relief pills. Don’t be wary if you feel that the toe doesn’t have a full range of motion as it is really going to be stiff because of the operation. One just needs to stretch it every day to recover its flexibility.

For prevention, one should always be careful about buying shoe wear. It is imperative to always fit your shoes properly and try to walk on it for minutes before buying. It is not a good practice to buy shoe wear without fitting even if you already know the shoe size because shoe brands have different designers and styles. Bear in mind that low heeled shoes with plenty of space for the toes are the best shoes to have to prevent the condition.

I’ve already got rid of all my ill fitting shoes as I want to avoid bunions. I asked my mom about hers and told me that it often hurts when she walks for a long period of time. I told her about my concerns and suggested she see a foot doctor or a podiatrist to get proper treatment.