Getting Through A Day

I am chronically ill.  That means I have an illness that doesn’t go away.  I don’t have the flu, or a cold.  I don’t just get better.  Sometimes I may do things like spending a day out with my kids, but the next week I may not be able to the same.

I have a collection of braces and supports.  I use these to keep myself walking and moving as much as possible.  Each day I take a large collection of pills and supplements.  I don’t do this because I enjoy taking medication.  I do this because I want to maintain my health as long as possible.

There is no magic cure.  No matter what people say about fad diets, salt lamps, meditation, yoga, vitamins, essential oils, or whatever else they are trying to sell there is nothing that will stop my illness from existing or being degenerative.  So I go to physical therapy twice a week.  I do my exercises every day, even though I am often exhausted.  I do cardio as often as I can.  I try to rest when I can (I’m a mother, it is hard).  I try to be forgiving of my body (also hard).  I use supportive wear.  I take my medication and supplements as directed by my medical team.

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Just a few of the things I need to get through a day, including my cup of coffee.

Halloween at Home Depot

Took Yarrow on another training outing.  Of course we made a stop at Petsmart for a weigh in.  She did great but unfortunately she has slowed down on her growth, only 52.8 this time.  She is looking taller though so we’ll see next time.  Fingers crossed she picks up again.  She did excellent with the other dogs, no reactions, and with people.  She did actually go up to a teen girl, so she is becoming more social.

Then we stopped in at Home Depot for some more training.  I knew they had a bigger Halloween display and I wanted to expose her to the “scary” decorations.  She did great at first but we did find a shambling Frankenstein Monster she was freaked out by.  While she never would accept that particular monster she did come around to the other decorations and displays.  She was fine with the giant pumpkin head reaper, and the small Frankenstein.  So we will just continue desensitization.  All in all it was a good experience though she also had some “puppy” behavior.

Big Dog

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What is that I see?  Yarrow fits in the big dog harness!!!  This is a huge deal for both of us.  This harness belonged to my first SDiT (I had to give him up because I broke out in a horrible rash if he touched me, I am now being tested for MCAD).  Not only does this harness have sentimental value, it shows just how large she has gotten.  My biggest concern with Yarrow was height.  I’ve been afraid she would stay short and stocky and never be tall enough for mobility.  However when she stands by my side I can take hold of both handles on this harness.  Obviously she is far too young for actual mobility work, but she is now officially tall enough and heavy enough for light mobility (I have lost a lot of weight because of my health issues).

Yarrow was very excited to wear the new harness.  We worked on some placement skills and a little leading, she pulled my son a little using the momentum handle (not hard, just learning the lead command) and we did some work on waiting at the front door in harness.  So much work for the puppy.  Such a happy face.