This year I'm going to try the same game plan and hope that Murphy stays away. I would like to leave in May and return in October as I did when Jack and I went. I've had a little return of SI joint pain the past couple of weeks which is discouraging, but I nursed it and I'm moving better. I think I'll wind up getting some more shots or maybe even another ablation before May, but I'll do anything I have to. After breaking my arm and wrist, I couldn't continue my exercise in the pool, and when I finally got back in after four months I tried to pick up where I had left off which was not smart because it put my upper back in agony. I remembered the surgeon telling me that about 75% of people develop upper back pain after lower back surgery, but I was elated that I was in the 25% Then, I went to Colorado so I'm even more out of shape although I didn't gain any weight back, but my upper back is giving me fits. I've had a bad couple of days, but today seemed to be a breaking point. The pain is under control in both places.
I purchased a couple of thermal shirts because the pool water seemed colder than usual the last time I went. My friend (and physical therapist) gave me some good advice. She said try 15 minutes and increase by 5 minutes per week. It will take me a long time to work back up to two hours, but tomorrow is the day. It's going to be 70 degrees according to the weather man.
Susan is going to get a Rhodesian Ridgeback when I get back in the fall when I return, and I will adopt an older small dog. I dog sat for a Chihuahua for a couple of days and he loved sitting on my lap and chilling. His name is Moose! Bogey will still visit when Michael travels, so they will all be socialized together.
|Laura took this picture of Bogey and his new toy|
|Goof Ball things he's a lap dog and that I won't notice him when he climbs up on me in the recliner.|
|Rhodesian Ridgeback--beautiful aren't they?|
I meant to post, but didn't get around to it, that Marian and Tom Kruger stopped by with their two adorable Yorkies, Chance and Maddie, on their way home from Knoxville (they live in Florida). I met them in Albuquerque when I went out to Colorado. What a great couple they are. Funny how you meet someone and feel like you've known them for years. I hope to see them, again. Unfortunately, the visit was short and with all our gabbing I forgot to take a picture. I did show them the video I had of them pulling out of Enchanted Trails in New Mexico and the two pups.
I had no pictures to show, really, except for a picture of Bogey, the Kruegers, and a picture of a Ridgeback. They are beautiful dogs. It was actually me who asked Susan if she'd be interested in the breed--I just wanted Lizzie and Jack to have their own special places in our memories. That sounds good, but I'm not quite sure why, really. At any rate, Susan was delighted. One good thing and the only thing I don't miss about L&J is the shedding. Ridgebacks seem much the same temperment, etc. as a Lab but shed a little less. The little dog I choose will be one that won't shed (I hope) and Bogey doesn't shed. It's great not to have to vacuum every hour on the hour, especially with a bad back.