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For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Feb 8, 2017

Just a Quickie About Bogey and My Back

I've been taking him in the truck when I have errands, and he's adjusted very well. He whimpered when I left him to go into a store at first, but after a few times he knew I was coming back.

He has room to sit, stand, and lie down so he's taken to the seat belt very well. He's very smart. He actually steps into the harness without any problem at all--I suspect it's because he's walked on a harness. After Michael divorced, it became so difficult because if Laura wasn't in Atlanta he had to either leave Bogey alone, get a dog walker, or leave him with me. I can't emphasize enough what a good job he and Laura have done with this pup. He's no trouble. He doesn't even go in the garbage any more.

He does pull a little when I walk him, but when I stop he comes back to me and continues to walk, nicely, so he's learning very quickly. I know that when Michael and Laura have him, he gets to go on nice long walks, but I can't do that. He enjoyed his short walk, though. Except for the rain this week, if Susan's hours permit, she walks him for exercise as she used to do with Lizzie and Jack.

I went to the doc, yesterday. I was surprised that I got in but Susan happened to be working with the doctor who did my ablation a year ago last June and knows the young woman doctor at the pain clinic (she's actually the one who diagnosed the problem for what it was after the back surgery). He told Susan to tell me to have her call him because he had done things a little differently because my left SI joint is so deformed. They know each other because they used to work at the pain clinic he worked at before it closed. I found out he actually sent her a text and when I spoke to her she said she would also talk to him. I have an appointment for the 20th, the day after I get home. As far as my thoracic pain, she examined me and gave me a strong muscle relaxer--she said I was probably right that the cast and sling may have caused the problem. I told her it felt muscular. She said if the muscle relaxers don't work, there are trigger points where she can inject steroids and lidocaine that will definitely do the trick. So, I'm hoping that this ablation will last as long as the last and the muscle relaxers work for my upper/mid back.

One good and different thing about this pain clinic is because I declined sedation, I don't have to have anyone drive me and stay with me throughout the procedure like the last clinic. I don't like talking about my back, but I think if it helps just one person who reads, it's good to do. Had I known about SI joints before back surgery, I could have avoided a lot of pain and the pain of recovery.

I'll leave with two cute pictures of the Bogster. Jack and Lizzie wouldn't mind, I'm sure. :)




11 comments:

  1. My Internet connection us lousy down here near the border so reading blogs and commenting is tough. But it sounds like you and Mr. Bogey ate coming along just fine. Back to A J on Friday.

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    1. Yes, he's a good pup, Sandie. I think we will enjoy the weekend with our friends.

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  3. Looks like you have a new travel companion and the fact you didn't have to train him is even better.
    Just getting caught up since our last move.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Thanks, Rick. I don't think I'll ever get caught up. So much going on. I'll try when I get back. Hope you and Kathy are well.

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  4. He's adorable! I'm sure Jack would be pleased that you have a new companion.

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    1. Yeah, Jack liked Bogey. He used to let him share his bed. Still miss that furry yellow guy. Thanks for stopping by. You can post, now!

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  5. Sounds like things are going well with Bogey. I know all will go well with this round of treatment just like the first.

    Sure hope to see you this side of the mountain.

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    1. Oh, thanks, Jo. I sure hope so. It's been such a let down--very depressing. I hope to see you on your side of the mountain, too. And your buddy, Fred, too. Pats to him.

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  6. Can't comment on your new post. Hope Bogey doesn't give you anymore problems and calms down.

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