Sunday, September 06, 2009

How it went down...

...or should the title be "How I went down"?

It began as a lovely Wednesday afternoon. I met Fame and Debbie at Lowe's where we walked around and Debbie showed me how to interact with people wanting to pet Fame, how to let Fame look around and experience new things. Then we went to Starbucks for an iced coffee and tea.

Once back at my house we unpacked Fames overnight things...crate, blankies, toys, stuffed bones, food, etc. Fame and I had a nice dinner, she slept well in her crate (I slept well in my bed) and the sun rose on Thursday.

We played ate breakfast, rested, played in the backyard, went for a short walk in front of the house and Fame had a stuffed bone while I had lunch.

Then it was off in the car for a trip to The Knitting Corner. She was wonderful. Laid at my side with only a few reminders. Sure, a few balls of yarn were tasted, but nothing harmed.

Once home, we had dinner and settled in with Judge Judy. I thought...hmm, how about another walk!

So off we went, just across the street, not to far. We met a neighbor and chatted a minute, and turned back for home.

And there he was...Evil Eyed Cat. Now I knew how Bailey reacted to this cat (barking a very high shrill bark) and I've even walked Nixon by this cat (barking and wagging of tail). What I didn't know was that Fame didn't have much experience with cats...and an Evil Eyed Cat at that!

I felt her stiffen and saw the hair on her back stand straight up and she stopped. I put the leash in my right hand, took her collar with my left and hustled her along, talking to her. She relaxed, looked at me. So I released her collar and as I went to put the leash back in my left hand she made her move.

She turned back to the cat and took off jerking my arm. I had no choice but to follow. But I lost my footing and fell forward flat on my stomach with my right arm outstretched.

My arm hit hard. Every muscle was screaming. Thanks to my neighbors I was able to get back home.

So here I sit, a week and a few days later, still not able to move my arm out to the side. But the colors are interesting...red, black green...from below my elbow to my shoulder. Each day it gets better. I went to the grocery store yesterday. The hard part was clicking in my seat belt. Never realized how hard it is.

So, that's the story.

But while sitting around doing nothing I've had the gutters cleaned. And replanned my backyard. They'll be out in the next week or so to rip out the azalea's, trim back the gardenia's, and put in more pathway's for pots. This winter we'll do a big trim on the 3 crepe myrtles. This should allow more sun the the yard.

4 comments:

katiegirl said...

Ouch! That really sounds like it hurt! Glad you are feeling better and able to type again. What do you do when the puppy makes a mistake? Would you correct it like a non-service puppy?

Becky said...

I'm so glad you're starting to feel better after such a bad fall. I'm glad your neighbor was around to help you back to your house. Have you been able to knit or does that make your arm hurt?

debajohnson said...

I am so very sorry Linda! I can't imagine how much that hurts! Falling as we age is such a jolt to your system. I know that from experience!! Rest good so your new puppy will have the best chance to receive your care and training to do his important work. Fantastic that you do this!! Hugs, Deb

debajohnson said...

Oh.... I heard today that you have a break in your shoulder..OUCH!!! I don't know how you've been walking around with it like that!!!! One day we must talk...shortly after my separation, I ruptured my achilles tendon and the ER Dr. said it was just a sprain. Three weeks later after much cajoling, I went to an orthopaedist and was soon in surgery. Luckily, I am 100% now - well, as much as I ever was and I wish for you the same good outcome!! Take very good care of yourself and let me know if you need me to come down and help you out. I'm available anytime after Sept. 27 hon (Mark and I are moving into a new house Sept.26). Gentle hugs, Deb