Thursday, August 5, 2010

Feeling Great Again!

I just sat down with a cup of this:

and three cookies from the Dollar Tree Store, where they have the best cookies for, yes, just $1.00.

This is a short update on my recovery from the fall:

My shoulder has healed; my left arm is going to physical therapy; my left hand has now been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, so that's why it hurts so, and it has been provided with anti-inflammatory medicine that I seem to tolerate well (for a change). The very nice physical therapist I saw yesterday gave me some instructions on how to stretch out my fingers…right now, I can neither stretch nor bend them fully.

I liked the physical therapy place and the therapist assigned to me, Christine. At $20.00 a session, I will only be going once a week and now that I know what to do, I have homework…a lot of homework to do. I HATE to exercise, but this guy:

will be my motivation – I want to be able to walk him come October. Poor thing, he misses his walks so. While dogs live in the now, they don't forget, and he puts a big guilt trip on me every morning. Then he forgets and lives in the now for the rest of the day.

An interesting and really great thing has happened: My left arm has sort of taken on a life of its own: It is beginning to do things, unbeknownst to my thinking and planning self. Without thinking about it, I'm using it more and more. Yesterday, it reached out for the steering wheel and could grab the bottom of it; then it started to do the dishes, holding them while I wiped them off with my right hand; and then last night, I wrote a whole e-mail, using the Shift key and capitalizing everything that needed to be with one finger on my left hand. I swear, I had no idea until I was going to do it the way I have all this time, with the Caps Lock key. This morning, I wrote an email using both hands. I am so excited about this – it's happening fast and I'm feeling really great, like a cloud has lifted.

Feeling really good, I was out early this morning walking Angel and Princess, throwing balls to Princess (more about her and her ball tomorrow), and taking a few pictures:

Of the sun coming over the eastern mountains. 

An abundance of juniper berries.

A small bird above. 

And another one in a tree.

Princess with her ball.
Princess says:  Please tune in tomorrow!

Have a great day!


  1. Sounds like you're coming on in leaps and bounds! Don't do too much at once though! xxx

  2. Yeeeee Hawwwww! This is super news. I'm so glad that you are recovering well. Just keep on doing what you are doing. It's obviously the right thing to do. I'm anxious to see what is going on with Princess and her ball!

  3. LOL, Soldier is giving you "that" look! Jack does that when he is trying to "will" me into a goody.

    Great about the left arm! The therapy will help with your hand too. I know when i am stiff and achy, typing at the keyboard helps to loosen me up. (Even though I hunt and peck still)

    Lovely morning picture!

    Have a great day now!

  4. I am so glad you are doing so great! And that arm of yours cooperating without you even asking? Swell:)) Enjoy the everyday progress.

    Staying tuned....

  5. Yes, our bodies are interesting like that. I had a sprained right wrist and a broken thumb one time many years ago, and while my right hand and arm were splinted I started using my left to sign checks, write short notes, type. Now many years later I can still write with my left hand, sign my name at the store while holding my bag with the right hand, or type, or even cut.

  6. Tracey: My arm seems to tell me what I can't do. So far so good!
    Louise: Princess promises a very cute blog post!
    Sharon: I tried to find the saddest looking picture of my boy.
    Sandra: I will enjoy, thanks. Princess says thanks for staying tuned.
    Polly: I broke my right elbow as a kid, but I never could learn to write with my left hand, so good for you. Before this accident I used my left arm for all heavy work, so we'll see if it can come back.

  7. Good for you Inger! Isn't it amazing how 'little' improvements mean a whole lot to you? Listen to Tracey....go slowly.
    Looking forward to seeing/hearing from Princess tomorrow.

  8. Funny how your body's kind of know what we can do and not do, and sometimes when we haven't been able to do something for so long, when the time is right we all of a sudden can again.
    Just keep taking it easy, anyway.
    Sure looks like you had a great time with the dogs and taking pictures.

  9. Jabacue: I'll let Princess know. Well, I have rested my arm today, but I'm using it to do light things. Will exercise it tomorrow.
    Tina: I didn't know your body could have a life of its own. You live and learn.

  10. Had to giggle over your arm taking on a life of its own.
    Very happy to hear you are healing with each passing day.
    Before you know it Soldier will get his walks.
    Oh, I went to the library and checked out Angela's Ashes. Going to start reading it in the next couple of days.xoxo

  11. Sounds like the homework is paying off, muscle memory is kicking in and I hope you will be able to use your hand and arm soon.
    Lovely photos! My daughter just got through with physical therapy and now she is much better. Hope you will soon be taking your dog for walks.

  12. So glad to hear about your improvements. Yeah! Great pic of bird in tree.


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