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Post by The Walrus on Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:32 pm

This morning I woke up with that “Today is the first day of the rest of my life” feeling. I wore the splint all night and feel that it’s really going to do the trick, and I’m having positive results already from the intensive physio. No running today, but I dialed up an old playlist that I made some time ago and danced around my living room, interspersing with exercises like abs and planks and such. That was fun! Conveniently I have no furniture in that room, just yoga mats and meditation cushions.

Lucy the greyhound strained a muscle in her leg, fortunately she is much better today. The vet gave her an anti inflammatory shot yesterday and it seems to be working.

Today I’m going to KonMari my wardrobe.


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Post by Narrowminded on Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:28 am

You sound so amazingly wonderful. The dancing around the room sounds lovely. I also love thinking of a room with nothing but yoga mats and meditation cushions.

So sorry for poor Lucy. How do they think she strained the muscle.?

Yes, for the fresh wardrobe when you are done. Smile
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Post by tomi1000 on Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:43 pm

What fun to dance around and just enjoy being the moment! Smile Glad your wrist is feeling so much better!
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Post by ONTARIO on Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:46 pm

What a great attitude you seem to have today!

How is your dog? How on earth did she do that to her leg? Poor pup. I'm a big dog-lover and it bothers me when they are not well or hurt.

I hope tomorrow turns out to be as great a day as today!

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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:55 pm

2nd what M2M mentioned - It will take a while to heal, esp. if tendons are damaged.  It's about 10 months since I bent the ankle and it still feels slightly swollen on the inside.  It has that odd dull pain when I bend it forward like in a crouch.  Doesn't like it.  BUT, I can do so much like uphill walks and downstairs quite well.  

If I didn't mention before, to help it mend lots of vitamin C helps to build new tendon tissue.  That and protein plus your therapy-resistance will build it right back up, often, I understand, stronger than original tissue because of scar layers.
Anyway, patience.  It will heal.

As for the knees, it maybe needs time to build those tendons there as well. Slower to grow than muscle. I have muscle imbalance in one knee which moved the kneecap to the outside - painful to put pressure on. I notice when I strengthen the inner muscles it doesn't hurt as much because it's slowly re-aligning the knee cap to center.
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Post by The Walrus on Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:55 pm

Thanks all for your thoughts and suggestions, all of which are useful! So nice to have a tribe. Smile

Today my hand is happy/sore from all the physio and an orange has been consumed. Also had a glorious run this morning, my knees are fine and I’m starting to feel like an actual runner. This week the C25K is 5 minutes running/3 minutes walking repeated three times. Instead of walking I hop around like a lunatic, dance, walk backwards. I went back to the cemetery today as it is such a perfect venue. No one can see me except the angels

Today is a public holiday in Victoria, some sporty thing or other. I find it odd that a public holiday is dedicated to footy, but it is. And it’s nice to have an extra day with Dream.
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Post by The Walrus on Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:08 pm

Lucy probably injured herself racing around the track like a mad thing. We try to get them a good run 2-3 times a week and they don’t know the meaning of holding back. Greyhounds are very competitive with each other and can’t be stopped . But she is much, much better, and no running for her until Monday at least.
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Post by Narrowminded on Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:31 pm

Love hearing how your running is coming along. I’m joining in vicariously Smile
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Post by The Walrus on Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:48 pm


It would be so great to have a training partner!  I hope to have one someday; my goal, other than running 3 miles or 30 minutes, whichever comes first, is to join a running club.  I've greatly enjoyed such in the past, runners tend to be pleasant and social people, very supportive.  The last time I was in a club, ten years ago Sad in Melrose, Massachusetts, I made some great friends and had a great time every week on the fun run and the social hour afterwards.  And so my running update - I have been going on with my C25K and am in Week 5 and all is well!  I'm somewhat impressed with my progress, if I may say so.  I've stuck with it and am right where I should be in the program.  And my knees are fine!  Apparently they just needed a little time to get used to running again.  To think that it was only a week ago that I was giving up...just goes to show...

On that note, I have found a ChiRunning instructor in Melbourne (3 hours away) and I'm going to try very hard to book a session with her.  Even a private lesson is not very expensive, and my health insurance will reimburse half of the cost.  I will be in Melbourne now and then - it is the nearest large city - and that leads me to the next activity that has occupied much of my time, looking after Dream.  He has had a couple of episodes of unexplained acute illness and had his belly scanned.  As often happens, unexpected things get found.  He has a very small mass at the base of his spine, possibly a teratoma.  Almost certainly not a malignancy, but removal is generally recommended for a number of reasons.  Also a tiny mass on one of his adrenals, which could very well account for the weird symptoms he has had a couple of times now (vomiting, diarrhoea, lightheadedness, very low body temp).  As he has always been almost disgustingly healthy, this is cause for concern.  And he has not had a colonoscopy ever, so one has been booked along with an MRI and a PET scan.  His doctor is a high flying specialist who trained at the Cleveland Clinic, and he is in Melbourne, so we will be making frequent trips over the next couple of months.  Dream's employer is picking up the tab for all of this as well as providing a company car complete with a fuel card for our excursions there.  The next round of scans and colonoscopy will require an overnight stay - we're not sure if his employer is actually going to pick up the hotel tab, but no matter.  We could stay with his brother, but given the colonoscopy prep we both agree that a hotel room is the way to go.  

Not much else to report - the usual dog walking, etc.  Lucy's leg is all healed and she is romping and playing normally.  She is such a gloriously joyful dog.  I don't think I've ever had a dog as happy as she.
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Post by perennialpam on Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:48 am

Such concerns.  Very glad that the problem has been found and is scheduled to be taken care of.  It is so easy to put things off. 

Your running sounds good for you.  Glad you are taking your time and enjoying it.
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Post by Narrowminded on Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:25 am

Wow a lot to report. I will be praying about the concerns with Dream. I too am happy they are getting checked and taken care of quickly.

Love to hear how well your running is coming. I so miss it.

What a lovely picture of Lucy. So very, very sweet.
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Post by tomi1000 on Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:57 pm

Such a pretty dog!

Sorry to hear about Dream's health concerns - it will be good to have answers I'm sure!! I hope the procedures and tests get scheduled in a manner that reduces the number of trips. Three hours is a long way to go. But, its wonderful that this top notch doc is there and available to you.
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Post by Pedidoc on Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:41 pm

Will be praying for Dream.

Lucy is gorgeous.
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Post by The Walrus on Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:14 am

Pedidoc wrote:Lucy is gorgeous.

And doesn't she know it! Laughing

Very good day today, Dream back to work. I went to coffee with a couple of acquaintances and baby sat a two year old and a four year old. Whew! I'm not good at that sort of thing. But I kept them safe and happy so it's all good.

Dream has a work dinner tonight so I'm a bachelor girl. I have a brisket and a steak! I think I will cook both and let the brisket sit overnight, it is always better on the second day. I'm going to have a steak, baked potato, peas, and a green salad. I also bought a bottle of red wine. drunken
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Post by Narrowminded on Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:29 am

Sounds like a good plan for tonight.

Happy to hear Dream is back at work.
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Post by Meant2Move on Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:58 pm

You sound well and happy. I hope things go well for Dream on the medical front. How fortunate the issues were diagnosed and a care plan is in place.

Love the pic of Lucy, she is a beauty.
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Post by The Walrus on Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:49 pm

I'm flying high right now - I just completed Week 5 of the C25K! A 20-minute run! I'm ridiculously pleased with myself, and yes, swimming in endorphins. My knees are fine, and I'm finding it challenging but most definitely doable - I'm not pushing myself over-the-top too hard. Not saying this to brag, but more as a relief that I still have the ability to do things like this.

Last night Dream had a work dinner and I was on my own so I made the best of it. I cherish my time with him but it's nice to have a night to myself every once in a while, especially when I know he is enjoying himself as well. (Yes, he thoroughly enjoyed the work dinner, more of a ceremonial thing and a chance to catch up with old friends.). I made a brisket in the IP, which is for tonight, and an eye filet for myself. And a baked potato with sour cream and fresh peas. No, not primal, but not all that bad either. It was a magnificent dinner. I had also purchased a bottle of red both to cook with and to drink, and that made it special.

Well, I'm off to stretch!
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Post by Lovebird on Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:16 am

TW wrote:an eye filet for myself. And a baked potato with sour cream and fresh peas. No, not primal, but not all that bad either. It was a magnificent dinner.

Sounds like a very tasty dinner to me... not paleo, but certainly primal.

Hope Dream will be back to his 'almost disgustingly healthy' self soon, after the tests and whatever needs to be done to get there. *hugs*
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Post by Narrowminded on Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:41 am

TW - congrats on that run. I so know how that feels and I am so excited for you. I know you are over the moon right now.

Sounds like a very delish dinner last night. One that also was quite relaxing.
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Post by The Walrus on Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:23 pm

Very busy last few days! Time is rocketing by - a bit of stress as we have had no word on Dream's contract renewal - we knew the odds were against it but still had hope that it would happen. If it is not renewed, we will have to leave in the middle of December. I'm trying not to think about it too much, and when I do think about it, I remind myself that when a door closes, another opens. We have to see it as an opportunity, not a setback. Also, the contract was a gift in the first place, it has been wonderful and we are so fortunate to have had this six months no matter what happens in the end. And now we have two enormous dogs! I don't want to go back to Queensland, however. I'm a Victoria girl! (Unless we can manage to move to the Sunshine Coast...bit pricey there...one can hope...)

Anyway, we have had a lovely weekend, we walked our feet off, almost literally. We probably did 20 miles from Friday to Sunday. One of our favourite spots is a little lake in the centre of town with a path surrounding it. We circumnavigated it both Saturday and Sunday - Sunday night I was looking at Facebook and learned that a tiger snake has been happily living there, right near the parking lot. It has been caught by a professional and relocated. I don't worry so much for myself as for the dogs, who mostly stay on the path but not always. We know, of course, that snakes live here, and most are poisonous, but it is still disconcerting to find we have been very close to one.

Another of our favourite walks is down a nearby country road, very scenic with little traffic. We often walk there on weekends - on Saturday I spotted a very small brown snake that slithered away into the grass when I walked by. I don't know that it was a Brown Snake as in one of the most venomous in the world - even a juvenile can kill an adult - but it was a snake and it was brown and it was too close to me and too close to Starri. Here in Oz one has to assume that any snake is dangerous, unlike my former home in Maine where there are lots of snakes, but no venomous ones.

Spring has well and truly sprung here. It is still chilly at night but the days are mostly sunny and warm. The trees have budded and every day is greener. This is a wonderful climate for growing things as it is temperate and my beloved Mediterranean plants as well as more tropical things grow beautifully here. Also roses and most any sort of flower. There are pretty blue daisies all over the roadsides, as well as the yellow ones. If I get my own forever home in this part of the world I will become a flower whore and have blossoms bursting out in every corner of my property. And some vegetables too!

Yes, I'm keeping up with my running program and am working on signing up for a ChiRunning workshop later this month. I really want to enjoy running and not get injured and not beat up my body.
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Post by Meant2Move on Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:37 pm

You sound great. I will hope for good news on the contract front.

The Walrus wrote:I really want to enjoy running and not get injured and not beat up my body.
Oh this! So desirable, so challenging. I wish you well!
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Post by Pedidoc on Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:28 pm

All seems well in your world.
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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:52 pm

What wonderful update once again. I know your wrist is feeling better as you didn’t even mention it. Smile

That’s crazy about the snakes and that you were so close to one without knowing.

You’re signs of spring sound awesome.

Will be praying about the contract to stay in Victoria.

I bought new running shoes today. It’s been on my mind a lot with your talk of your C25k. I’d love to join you.
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Post by ONTARIO on Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:34 pm

Oh my....your dog! I love you I love dogs. She's beautiful! Very Happy

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Post by The Walrus on Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:08 pm

Yesterday Lucy pulled up lame again after an ill advised run around the cemetery. Obviously she should not have been allowed to gallop unleashed, but she loves it so much...from the number of little dog figurines decorating the graves, I’m guessing that many who lie there would welcome her canine exuberance - however that is not the point. Oddly, Starri makes a shockingly fast dash in a straight line and comes right back. Lucy, however, goes madly leaping, seemingly in three directions at once. Dream hung his head and promised to do no such thing again. I gave her anti inflammatory med last night and she seems fine today. Let’s hope! I will admit that watching them run is thrilling - they are soooooo fast and graceful, true athletes.

My own plodding program continues successfully. I am now in Week 7 and ran for 25 minutes yesterday. I have also started a companion program, stretching and strengthening (These are both NHS podcasts). I felt the arm exercises were a bit easy and probably ineffective until the next day when I was very sore! Obviously they are effective!
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