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He talks about taking stress off your neck at about the 00:45 time hack of this video.
My able bodied helpers took Milo out for some sunshine when I left to go shopping yesterday. He's been a little out if sorts with Bob out of town and me sleeping in a recliner across from the bed, lying at the edge of the bed staring at me at night. They said he's a different dog when I'm not there and is a little interested in new things like puppies crawling around but loses his smilies. She remarked that he comes to life and gets excited as soon as he hears me walk in the door. I noticed a weird reaction in Milo this week. I gave him an empty Mountain Dew bottle to play with and he skittered away like I tossed a monster at him. Every time I moved it closer and presented it like a toy, he turned completely away. A couple days later he asked for water while in the kitchen and I reached for the nearest water bowl to place in front of him; he had the same reaction. The only thing in common is that both are bright green. I've read that dogs can only see blue and yellow, so it would make sense that they could also see green, but he doesn't freak out over blue or yellow toys. Evidently fluorescent green is such an alien color to him that he deems it potentially dangerous.
So...you messed up the good shoulder? And now your original painful arm hardly hurts. Didn't there used to be an old joke where a doctor tells a guy to give himself a bigger pain in order to forget the pain he already has? Guess you proved it works! I've been thinking about Covid shots lately and I realized if you wanted to get one, it would probably have to be in the right arm... [EDIT: Correction, they can give the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in the anterolateral thigh so you still have one good arm to change malewraps with.]
That was a great idea about moving the recliner. I'll bet mentally it feels better to be sleeping in the bedroom, too, in addition to making Milo smile again.
He's not quite smiling in the puppy picture, is he, but it's still a great picture. They're so intelligent, it's sometimes hard to believe that this intelligent being has only been on the face of the earth for 5 months or whatever, and is still figuring everything out. You are his sunshine.
That is funny about the color green. I wonder how many quirks dogs have like that, but people often just don't take notice.
You were driving? You sure are handling this whole injury thing well. It's been 2 weeks, hasn't it? How many male wraps have you changed? How many loads of laundry have you run? How many dog bowls have you filled? How many chores have you NOT left for others? I'll bet by the time you're back in gear, everyone will have a greater appreciation for how much work you do to run the place every day...but not a full appreciation, because you're still doing it!
I guess green only freaked him out that one week. Since then he has played with a green stuffed frog, a green squeaky toy, and has thoroughly inspected and rejected the original scary Mountain Dew bottle.critters wrote: ↑Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:47 amAwww!! I'm glad you found a way to sleep that y'all can both live with. That seems SO weird about the green stuff. I think I'd try a few more green things to see if that's it. My Bo doesn't like plastic bottles because of the noise they make, and he never has (but he's only 1 1/2).
Happy Easter to the Milo family.
Lori's broken sternum hurts every time she moves her arms or bends over, Bob cannot bend over at all without hurting, and I can't feed myself without someone opening the jar, can or package. We are quite the trio.
Other than that, life is fine around here. We do manage to get Milo into the kitchen daily so he's not languishing in the empty bedroom. Every night I sit beside him on the bed awhile so he can play Sumo time, making sure my broken arm is far, far away. He hasn't been in his wheelchair, but we are keeping him busy and happy.
I can see bending over to clean the puppy pen if nobody else can bend and all your helpers absconded. Again. You can't just sit there and stare at a mess in the kitchen and not take care of the puppies. But I'm almost sure holding a 10-lb dog in the bad arm would be a no-no? I mean, maybe I'm wrong, I've never had a broken shoulder but...I would have thought just holding the dog would hurt? What do you think the doctor would say?
It must be hard to do anything in a careful way while surrounded by puppies tumbling over each other and mama dogs milling/darting about. It would be hard to even walk and you'd have to pick your way carefully even without a bum shoulder. I used to always think my biggest risk of falling was over my golden retriever in the kitchen. If you're going to fall, I'm glad it was on Solarium and not tile or concrete, but it must have taken an effort just to figure out how to sit up with your left arm out of commission, after jarring your whole body and banging the heck out of the good arm. I think I would have just laid there in the mess! You'll remember that fall for the rest of your life. I wonder if it would help to add an extra step to every job. Step One, pick up all stray articles off the floor around the job site. Step Two, do the job. I hope you can get through this in one piece, literally.
Climbing the farm gate...?
I don't know if the nerve feelings in the arm would be from the break, or from neck and shoulder strain from constantly tensing up and holding it a certain way. I get a little of that in my elbow and the outer edge of my hand because I did something to my shoulder socket, and I've never broken my arm. It comes and goes.
I hope your 11-yo is still there.
I wonder about getting a can opener that can be operated one-handed. Here is a model a guy recommends and it looks like it is still available.
Hamilton Beach Type CA25 Can Opener Model # 76501G
Gabapentin increases the risk of falls.
Gabapentin takes 48 hours to be eliminated from your system.
You must surely be tired from constantly coping, if you have time to stop and think about it. It's amazing what you can still do if you try, but I hope you'll be careful. Week Four begins... I hope you get a good report from the doctor Thursday.
I banged the heck out of the forearm on the BAD arm, thus the five minutes concentrating on breathing. Forearm was okay, but vibration reached the owie bone. Step One was stepping over the puppy fence into the puppy area and right onto the puppy pad I couldn't reach without stepping inside.
I have tubular steel, 54' tall, fencing covered gates all over the farm. If you have two hormonal females with puppies to protect on either side of the gate, it's easier to climb over than to open the gate and have a dog push past you to battle with the other mama. I've broken up dog fights alone before by dragging the aggressor by the tail to a neutral area, but that was with two good arms.
Nerve pain is from inflammation in the arm compressing the nerves. I'm allowed extra strength Tylenol four times a day and 800 mg Ibuprofen twice a day for inflammation, but with my lifestyle it's not enough.
The 11 year old went with her mother to Kansas. She was supposed to go back to school today here, but I guess her mama doesn't care.
Bob can open cans for me. It makes him feel useful.