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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
The future is creeping up
I've been avoiding thinking about the future for a while now. However, the future is almost here so I'm must now deal with it. And it's making me sad and depressed, like Shyla looked on a recent sunrise snowbike ride. Just so you don't worry - I don't think that Shyla was truly sad on our ride. She was just a tiny bit unhappy about the wild mountain winds.
Thank goodness - Shyla is very good at snapping out of it, kicking up her heels, and rejoicing in the moment.
Unlike Shyla, I'm having trouble with focusing on "now" rather than what's about to happen. Tomorrow, R will have elbow surgery. Our sweet dog will have a fairly long recovery after a surgeon "cleans out" his elbow that has congenital dysplasia. It will be his second elbow surgery in his life.
Yup, Shyla, that's the one. Funny, she's sniffed my bad shoulder the same way.
I feel certain that the elbow hurts him much of the time but he still romps with joy. That's something that he and I have in common - we ignore the pain and get on with life. However, sometimes it's more prudent to deal with the pain than to ignore it.
Sometimes I wish that I could explain the surgery to R and his sister so they'd understand why he's suddenly going to be unable to romp and play.
Like R, I am facing surgery, and I'm feeling very sad about it. I'm scared, and I hate knowing that I'll be missing out on some of the fun stuff that I normally love to do for the rest of the winter. So, perhaps it's better not to know ahead of time to avoid the anticipatory fear, sadness, and anger before surgery.
My surgery is next week. But, before that, we have to get through R's surgery tomorrow, and we'll help him get started on the road to recovery. He'll be in surgery early tomorrow morning.