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Monday, February 17, 2014


It seems as if there is lots of "stuff" to fit in each day right now, leaving me feeling frazzled. I have all my own recovery stuff - icing my shoulder, doing my exercises, going to doctor's appointments, and having physical therapy sessions. In addition, our Duo still needs my attention.

Although I am not at my usual speed, Shyla is a young and healthy dog who needs to burn off lots of energy every day even though I can't snowbike with her. In the morning, we've been heading out onto the trails together, with both of us on foot. I'd love to put a GPS tracker on her to find out how many more miles she covers than I do! I'm definitely lagging these days.
Every time I look, she's galloping one way or another, keeping a radius around me.
I stop sometimes to look at things or take photos, and Shyla keeps busy nearby. Sometimes, she chomps on sticks.
I'm proud of those white teeth in the photo above. I brush her teeth every day (except since my surgery - but I plan to restart soon). Shyla actually seems to like having her teeth brushed - and she loves the "poultry" flavored toothpaste (yuck!).

After our morning walk, I hop on my exercise bike, keeping my legs and heart strong for when I can ride a real bike again. It also keeps back spasms at bay - I've never found a better muscle relaxant for my back than pedaling a bike.

This evening, although my shoulder was aching from a rigorous physical therapy session in the afternoon, I needed to walk the Duo. It's especially critical for R, who needs multiple walks per day as he rehabs from his elbow surgery. We saw the mountains during that walk. I'll never tire of the view.
Now, I am sitting at home with a throbbing shoulder, and wondering what ever possessed me to make a list of "extra" things I was going to do during my recovery! I can barely keep up with the essentials. I suppose that might change as my typing speeds up and my sleepiness abates, but looking back at that post makes me laugh at my ridiculous expectation that I'd have extra time on my hands.
Here's to the hard work of recovery and to the wonderful help from the Runner. I am hoping it gets easier for everyone very soon.


  1. awww. it'll get easier. it has to! :) love your pups and i know it does you good to make sure they're taken care of, too.

  2. Recovery and exercise are so much harder than the actual surgery, you might be expecting, (or even doing!!) a little too much too early. I'm sure Runner will be managing very well, and keep those meds up, pain free as best as you can be, makes the movement bearable. Wish we had cooler days down here, yesterday about 29Celsius. Cheers to all at your home, Jean.

  3. I am laughing because my plans for my last surgery included watching like 20 movies! You are far more ambitious then I am! Take care!

  4. Recovering from surgery is indeed hard work. We brush Lucy's teeth three times a week. She doesn't care much for grooming, but really enjoys having her teeth brushed.

    Don't try to over do. Still thinking positive thoughts from here.

  5. I hope you heal fast and your recovery is smooth!

    Shyla's teeth look like Nola's! Great job!


  6. I'm chuckling because I've had similar delusions in the past! Here's hoping that things keep getting easier for you and R as well as Shyla and the Runner. Just take it easy! The good news is that none of those things will disappear. They'll all be waiting for you when you're feeling better! (Gee, now don't you feel better already? :P)

  7. I loves those action shots of Shyla!! Way to go gurl! And, wowsa! Those toothers are pearly white!!
    I sure hopes your shoulder heals real fast so you can keep up with Shyla! BOL
    Ruby ♥

  8. Whenever I make a list that has too much to do on it, I just make a shorter list. Works every time.

    Hugs all around, pups and humans alike.


  9. I'm very impressed with the tooth-brushing. Piper tries to convince me she has no mouth whenever I try to brush her teeth! I must have been doing it wrong...will try again, with poultry-flavored (blech!!) toothpaste. (Made me shudder, typing that!)
    One foot in front of the other, KB...I think the dogs understand temporary limitations better than we think. Or perhaps more accurate to say they accept the present situation easily. Which after all is just another way of saying they live in the moment. And are happy :)

  10. You are not lagging, KB - you are recuperating.
    You do have the whitest teeth ever, Shyla!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  11. One day at a time...and each day will be better than the last.

  12. Healing always takes a lot more of your energy than you remember. Oh, and those teeth are spectacular!

  13. Happy healing, you WILL get there. I love that stick chomping photo!

  14. A little more time and all of this will be behind you! :)

    Monty and Harlow

  15. Beautiful shot of the mountains. I bet you never do get tired of that. Things will get easier, it all takes time.

  16. Hope each day finds you feeling less pain and more strength. The list can wait. Just let things heal and enjoy your time with Shyla. Hugs - gentle ones:)

  17. Hi KB, I know how hard your recuperation must be-you are so active and being restricted has got to bite! Before you know it though, you'll be up and back to your normal routine.
    Hey, last night we were watching the news-and there is a big mountain lion in one of the canyons(probably not yours)but he has killed about 5 dogs-large ones, the biggest dog was a Rotie. I was concerned for your pups-I know they have bells on their collars(I think)but if there is a rogue lion hunting down large dogs-please be careful. I wouldn't want anything to happen to you or your pups. You just are too important to all of us!
    The snow is almost gone here from the high winds-yippee. I imagine you are getting some strong gusts too.
    Have a peaceful day friend!

  18. Boy, do I understand not having the energy to do all the "extra" things you'd originally planned on for your recuperation. I expected I'd have two months of nothing but lovely knitting time after my back surgery, and instead? I think I knit three inches on one sock the whole time. When the body wants you to take it easy, it doesn't give you much choice!

    I'm just glad that Shyla is so good off leash so you can still let her get enough exercise to keep her happy. She is such a beautifully healthy girl! And I'm sure R will be feeling much better soon, too. With you and the Runner making sure both dogs have the best life possible, I can't imagine any other result!

  19. Those are some beautiful choppers! We brush our teeth everyday too but mom worries we might not do a good enough job on some days when I really like licking the toothpaste while she is brushing. But I like to have my teeths brushed too!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  20. LOL! The only things I accomplished during the height of my down time was to read more books than usual, wasted time watching TV (not proud of that!) and did my annual closet/drawer purges. It won't be long before I'm back at the office wondering how I could have wasted so much time.

    I wouldn't worry about your "extra things" and just concentrate on feeling better.

  21. Poultry flavored toothpaste.
    I think I'd rather have stick flavored :-)

  22. You will get through this...just keep doing what you can, one day at a time.

  23. Recover well but take care during this time.You will be hiking soon as usual. You are a tough woman.

  24. Shyla's teeth look perfect! Hope you're feeling better soon. :)

  25. We keep hoping for you that it gets better KB,,
    remember- its gonna be okay,, it just takes time
    ps yay to the pearly whites!

  26. I bet that list would be helpful to start the fireplace. Oh Shyla those beautiful teeth!

  27. I was about to comment on how white Shyla's teeth are until I read that you brush them everyday. Go figure. I brush Beamer's maybe every other week. He doesn't mind, but my schedule is just so hectic that I always forget to do it.

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

  28. Wow! I didn't realize you were already on your trainer! You'll be back on the real bike before long!

    I know it's not the same, but everyone I know who has retired thought they'd have loads of free time after retirement. Never, ever happens. So I don't expect it to be much different when someone has surgery, unless they are totally incapacitated!

  29. Hi Y'all!

    Oh we've all had surgeries of some sort. My Human thinks the worst part is the anesthesia which causes a type of amnesia. As a result our minds slow down and we have trouble getting "it together" to do anything.

    We all think you are doing remarkably.

    Hawk aka BrownDog


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