Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Home- Driving Mr. Barkley

I am home from Illinois to see my Doc for a referral to "ortho guy". I'm not used to being a passenger in the bat truck but there was no way I could flex the right foot and knee to handle the land barge.

So I got to "front seat drive" while my friend ferried me the 150+ miles home for my doctor appointment tomorrow. I was pretty good with the whole "keep your foot elevated for 48 hours", though with the spotted bruising on the sides of my upper torso from the crutches, I look less like "Victoria's Secret" and more like "101 Dalmatians". But I'm getting around and I could even stand on it for a moment today so it IS healing. Yay!

Barkley was picked up on the way in. He loves the friends he stays with but he's always happy to be home.

Tomorrow will be likely an MRI on the knee and picking up packages that are waiting at the UPS store. I have a couple holiday cooking and cookie posts to come up though even if I didn't get any Christmas shopping done this week as planned. But I'm not complaining. The knee will heal, I have friends, both furry and non furry, making sure I'm safe, a warm, snug house to stay in, and, even if I have to hop all the way up there, plans over the holidays with Midwest Chick, Mr. B., and the Og family.

Thank you all for your well wishes and your own knee stories.

Cheers -


  1. Looks like Barkley is a front seat driver too! Can't go wrong with six eyes on the road. So is he in the flight engineers seat built just for him?

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Glad you are on the mend!

  2. Good news! Be sure to ask the MR techs for the extra loud sequences.

    More bang for your buck.


    Thank you... thank you... I'll be here all week. Be sure to try the veal.

  3. Great to hear you're home and things are healing!

  4. Keads - Barkley has this leash thing that attaches to his harness from a point in the back of the truck. It allows him to move around, but he can't get into the front either on purpose or in an accident, and the harness point keeps any impact stresses off of his neck.

    I would have taken him with me, but it was a party with lots of people, and doors opening and closing to the outside, not the best place to introduce him to some folks. But he's welcome up north at all my friends homes otherwise, and usually goes with me.

    T.J. - if you have any good MRI jokes mail them to me. Honestly, I don't know if they WILL MRI it, will see what the doc says.

    Guffaw - hope you had a good day out. Will all you all later.

  5. So... Brigid's ridin' shotgun...

    Hope they can fix your knee up quickly...

    A quick modified quote from a 70s era TV show...

    "Gentlemen, we can rebuild 'her'. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic... Better than she was before. Better, stronger, faster."

    Dann in Ohio

  6. glad to see you are home. I too have foot, knee, back issues from long ago. Take of your self and stay AOG for awhile.

  7. For rehab, I recommend a staircase with dual bannisters, left and right, within reach of one another (typically in commercial buildings). The two bannisters allow you to support yourself while progressively applying a controlled load to the recovering joint.

    In my case, I dislocated my ankle during a motorcycle low-side. After re-locating it myself, the MDs graded it as a severe sprain.

    The bad news is that sometime broken bone heals faster than stretched tendons. The good news is that it will heal in due time.
    Take care of yourself! Enjoy some R&R.

  8. Good to hear that you're home and determined to get out again to see friends for Christmas.

    Hoping you heal quickly.

  9. Those bruises are what set me on the wrist/forearm braced "Stick" - which still hangs out in the closet for future challenges. Heal up and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, it's got to be better!!

  10. Friends are the people who will drive hundreds of miles for you.

    Glad you're home, with Barkley.

  11. A dalmatian...... interesting

    Fire truck escort for ya also.

  12. Hmm. I dislocated an ankle once. (Mine) No one would believe it. One should not be able to examine the bottom of one's foot without lots of flexing.

    My hip pops since the horse rolled on me. My knee, the one the camel stepped on, is full of cartilagenous pea gravel. The rotator cuff...Oh wait...At what point does litany become winging?

    Bones seem to heal quicker than soft tissue. I am sorry you got damaged and although soft tissue takes a long time to heal I hope you regain nimbleness quickly.

  13. Something about driving a real vehicle with your dog beside you. Our Doberman makes a great right-seater and navigator in the Chevy truck and he does pretty good in the boat too.

    Not too crazy about the Cessna. . .

    Best of luck with the knee. I know all about bad knees and agony that can come with them.

    My doc keeps pestering me to do a knee-replacement. Says I'll feel a hundred times better.



  14. Wishing you all the best - these things "come out of the blue" sometimes - but they can be managed. Happy Holidays!

  15. Nothing funny about MRI. Hydrogen is the least humorous of all the atomic elements, even when it's being exited by huge magnetic fields.

    Leave all your iron goods at home and bring your favorite tunes on CD or iPod. Demand special treatment. Grimace a lot. Ask if the radiologist is cute.

    The good thing is, no "fluffing" is needed afterwards.

  16. Be well Brigid!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Barkley!

  17. I'm not gonna bore you with my knee story. I will just say do as the doctors tell you. A torn meniscus is a pain in more ways than one.
    Take care of yourself and be careful not to over do it.
    Thoughts and prayers sent your way.

  18. Colder than a cowman's ..... this morning. Dang, no *snow* in the forecast. So the girls, & I are making paper snowflakes...
    Merry Christmas to you & yours from me & mine!

  19. Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  20. Merry Christmas Brigid and I'm assuming the knee has cut down on your 'clogging'...(evil grin)...

    All The Best,
    Frank W. James

  21. Brigid,
    Thank you for all of the heart-warming articles you have shared. They have made me smile even when I was feeling low. They have brought joy to my world with wonderful memories of times gone by.
    I hope that you have a quick recovery and that 2012 will be a very happy and healthy year for you!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  22. Here's a Christmas wish that you heal quickly, and Merry Christmas to you and Barkley.


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