Monday, April 15, 2019

Scenes From My Weekend

Things took a turn for the worse with my leg and instead of going to PT on Thursday I went back to my ortho in tears as I could barely walk.  He gave me corticosteroid injections in both my knee and hip and I was told to stay off my legs for the next couple of days.  What I didn't expect was the increased pain that came after the injections...I had all kinds of pain relievers, both prescription and over the counter, and nothing was touching it.  I iced, I rested, I cried...it was not fun.
As you might imagine, Nurse Paco didn't leave my side.  I think this dog is an empath because when I was feeling the worst, he would start shaking and try to get as close to me as possible.
Although cramming sugar into my mouth sounded like an excellent way to alleviate my misery, I did my best to avoid that by casting on sock after sock.  I swear if I had more needles I would have cast on even more.
I glanced out the window Saturday morning and saw a raccoon walking in our yard!  Even with my leg hurting as bad as it was, you know I had to grab my phone and go to the window to take a picture.  He saw me and started walking toward me...
and came right up to the window!
We had a moment and then he decided to move along.  I love him.  His name is Fred.  

And I'm sure you are wondering how Paco dealt with having Fred come so close to the house - well, he didn't notice anything.  There are some perks to having a senior dog and one of them is that his eyesight and hearing are not as acute, so as long as I acted normally he saw no reason to get off the couch. 

As you may have heard, Texas had a quite a few tornadoes touch down on Saturday afternoon.  Jeff was outside laying some bricks down for a little paved area when I saw the tornado warning come across my phone - a warning means one has been spotted in your area and you need to take cover immediately.  I went outside and got him to come in but the tornado activity was a little north of us and while it was really windy and rainy we weren't in danger.  Sadly the town of Franklin was hit pretty hard - we drive through it when we go to Dallas and I can't imagine how scary that must have been for the residents there.  This was a rough weekend across the south with tornadoes striking all over and I'm sad for everyone who was affected.

I'm going to physical therapy this morning and hopefully things will begin to turn around with my leg pain.  I'll have more on that in my WWU post.

22 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear you had such a rough weekend with pain. I truly hope you get relief soon in what ever form that comes the shots or going to PT. Be really careful with any heavy duty pain scripts they are way to easy to get hooked on. I'm glad you have your knitting to help take your mind off your pain some. Hopefully your doing easy mindless type of knitting. Funny how our animals know when we are in severe pain.

    I'll be thinking about you and hoping for a better report come Wednesday. Take care.

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  2. I'm so sorry about your leg! Did the doctor have any idea what is causing the pain? I hope you get answers this morning.

    Glad you are safe from the tornados. Crazy weather. We got 8 inches of snow from that weather front!

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  3. With apologies to both Of Mice and Men and Bugs Bunny: "Just what I always wanted. My own little raccoon. I will name him Fred, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him..."

    Well, I hope you are feeling a bit better today and are able to get some resolution soon. Good luck at PT!

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    1. Hah, I often think that hug him and pet him line whenever I see cute animals!

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  4. Man, I am so sorry about your leg. And especially sad you felt worse after you got help. I wouldn't expect that either :( It's nice Paco kept you company! And you got a lot of socks cast on!

    Fred is a cutie! I love naming the coons that come by! I think we named ours The Hound. (The opossum was Little Finger).

    Man, I am glad you didn't have the tornadoes but how sad it went through Franklin. I hope they can recover.

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    1. The Hound and Little Finger. Dying! Much more clever than Fred, LOL.

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  5. That raccoon looks so skinny compared to our CA raccoons. I wonder if they are just different raccoon types, or if he was really hungry? I feel so bad about your leg hurting so much. I'll be anxious to hear what the PT has to say about it. Paco--what a good nurse he is!!

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    1. He wasn’t a beefy raccoon...maybe he is on the younger side and hasn’t hit his growth spurt?

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  6. Boo to leg pain :-(
    Yay to empathic canine family members!
    Hope you get some relief, and quick!

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  7. Oh no!!!!!! Has the pain started to subside any? Tell Paco that he is doing a job job with his nursing duties....since his watchdog days are apparently over! :-)

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    1. I guess Paco has retired and started a second career, LOL!

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  8. Awww, how sweet that your dog took care of you and comforted you. Animals are so awesome. The pain part doesn't sound fun at all, though. I sure hope that is feeling better today! We get raccoons in our yard sometimes, and they seem to think they own the place, so I'm not surprised that Fred came right up to the window!

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    1. I haven’t seen a raccoon around here for quite a while so it was fun to have him, but I hope his entire family doesn’t come along as well.

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  9. I'm so sorry about your ortho issues. I hope the cortisone is giving you some relief now.

    We have raccoons around here, but no one likes to see them close because rabies is endemic in our area. Eeeps.

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    1. Oh heck yeah, I’d be worried if there was a rabies issue like that.

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  10. Oh my goodness, Shelley! I'm so very sorry to hear about your leg and I hope it feels better soon! Glad the crazy weather missed y'all. It bypassed us as well!

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    1. Thanks, and I’m glad to hear you guys were safe as well.

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  11. I hope your leg feels better sooner rather than later!! So sorry you're in pain. :(

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