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Out of Left Field, Literally


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Friday, February 28, 2014

Know how life can sometimes hit you, out of left field? Well, sometimes that’s not just a figure of speech…


Out of left, (okay, really it was right) field

I like to call this incident “Death by Bulldog.” Wednesday evening, Bubba and I took a 45-minute walk. It was great. The weather was brisk, but it was sunny. I had just enough time to squeeze in a walk, before I headed back to work. When we got back home, Bubba seemed like he still had a lot of energy, so I took him in the backyard and threw a stick for him. Man, oh man, that gets him going. He was tearing around the yard at bulldog rocket speed. You’d be surprised how fast this guy can RUN. I was having so much fun, watching him run. But, all of a sudden, he took a corner a little too sharp. I saw him out of the corner of my eye, but he was a blur, no time to move. He plowed, full-speed, into the side of my right knee and I went down to the ground—WHAM.

As I was falling and my knee was bending sideways, I thought, “This must be what it feels like to break your leg.” Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. It was like getting hit by a very short, Mack truck. I had to dig my phone out of my pocket and call Audrey to come out and help me get up. I knew, right away, that my knee was über messed up. It was too late to get to the doc, so I went straight to bed, elevated it and iced it all night.


Not sure if I’m fooled by the guilty look on his face, since he kinda always looks like that.

I saw an orthopedic doc yesterday, for x-rays and stuff. Nothing broken, just bent. Woohoo! She gave me three options: A—a medial ligament thing that is exceptionally angry about being bent sideways. B—a whacked out meniscus. C—an ACL torn asunder. I told her I would like Option A, please and thank you. She said she’d be happy to comply, but I have to have an MRI first, to see. In the meantime, ice, elevation, rest (because I’m SO good at that), Naprosyn, and crutches. When I was a kid, I thought crutches looked like so much fun. I thought it’d be a ball to use them. At almost 47, I’m thinking I was a little off in that assumption. Randy made fun of me for watching a YouTube tutorial about walking with crutches, but hey, I needed to know. Even with the tutorial, I will not be entering any Crutches Relay Races anytime soon.


Bubba just wants to know why I won’t take him for a walk.

I told Coach Nicole that I thought I would probably have to break my workout streak for this. I mean, I can’t even hula hoop or do a slow walk on the elliptical. I was fine with that; it’s totally legit. But she encouraged me to at least try one of her seated workouts first, and then see. So, last night, I modified one of the workouts, just doing the upper body stuff.


WHAM! Keeping the streak alive one more day.

So, I’m hoping and praying for Option A, following doctor’s orders, and Sparking while seated. This can work. It’s all good. Death by Bulldog could've been so much worse. And Audrey is responsible for taking the killer beast on his walks, for the time being.


Magnet on my Fridge: I choose to remain wildly optimistic.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers! (even if it’s from a chair…)
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WHITEANGEL4 6/11/2014 10:14AM

    Take care and follow the routine and return to normal soon

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GRAMPIAN 5/27/2014 4:25PM

  Hope it's all cleared up by now. emoticon

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NASFKAB 4/7/2014 10:52AM

  feel better soon

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NASFKAB 3/26/2014 4:52AM

  feel better soon

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POSITIVEHOPE 3/8/2014 10:49PM

    Saw that happen to someone else (thankfully) in a dog park. Lesson learned. That can be a freight train at full speed. Ouch. Hope you heal quickly and get good news.

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BLUENOSE63 3/8/2014 5:19PM

  Been there most definitely....we have 80 lb Lab who moves quicker than you would think while running in the park.....clipped me right in the back of the knee and you know the rest!

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SUPERDAD55 3/7/2014 10:52PM

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Hoping All goes well.
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AMANDANCES 3/7/2014 10:01AM

    So, updates updates!!! How are you doing now?

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READY4CHANGE81 3/6/2014 11:50PM

    I hope that you feel better soon. I love how you are hopeful and continue to remain positive. It is so contagious!

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KIPPER15 3/6/2014 7:45PM

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CASEYTALK 3/6/2014 7:16PM

    Amazing how so much can change in an instant.

When I broke my foot, I did Nicole's seated workouts, too. You will keep your spirits up better if you manage to keep the streak alive through this.

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MRSRIGS1 3/6/2014 6:20PM

    I hope all goes well for you! emoticon btw, the seated workouts are great!

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LOPEYP 3/6/2014 12:15PM

    Good luck with things. I hope it's option A.

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SUSIEMT 3/5/2014 6:22PM

    Well, you can do anything you set your mind to!! Woo Hoo you!

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STARLTWANDERER 3/5/2014 2:07PM

  Good luck and get well!

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LORIVIOLA 3/5/2014 11:17AM

    sending hugs to you.
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DEBBYFROMMT 3/5/2014 10:33AM

    I am sorry your hurt you knee, but you have the best sense of humor dealing with this! Funny being hit by a little mack truck! I know how dogs can be when they get going! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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AMANDACOETZER 3/5/2014 5:52AM

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URBANAUDREYE 3/4/2014 8:56PM

    Hooray for keeping that streak alive!

Healing thoughts for your knee.

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WOOFERCOALBOY 3/4/2014 6:06PM

    Oh, poor you, and poor Bubba, who does look so guilty. Feel better SOON.

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JRRING 3/3/2014 8:02PM

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SUSIE505 3/3/2014 5:15PM

    Glad I have a small dog LOL...but they are a trip hazard too..lOL

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OMEGADIETER 3/3/2014 1:50PM

    Glad you can keep a sense of humor. Hoping you get well soon, knee problems are no fun.

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REDSASSENACH 3/3/2014 11:43AM

    Low center of gravity, lots of muscle, solid thick skull. I'm sure he hit you like a charging rhino. And even if he always has that look on his face, that's not a bad buddy to have looking over you while you're down. He just LOOKS like he gets it and feels bad for you.

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CHELL88 3/3/2014 10:34AM

  Hope Option A is the choice that gets chosen! Take care and get well soon.

Awesome job on keeping the streak going!

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VALKYR8 3/3/2014 10:28AM

    I hope you are soon on the mend. Poor Bubba probably misses you up and around.

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BARBARAJ73 3/3/2014 8:56AM

    Will join you in hoping for option A (having been down the road with option C myself or perhaps I should say down the ski slope which is how it all started...) Sending lots of good thoughts and encouragement your way - emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 3/3/2014 12:45AM

    Wow, take it easy. I'm so sorry this happened to you, and I'm sure that Bubba is sorry too!!!!
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GOSPARK45 3/3/2014 12:29AM

    So sorry about your leg. Glad nothing broke. Boo hoo!

Hope it mends well. Coach Nicole allows no excuses! Spark on!



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IRISHF 3/2/2014 9:09PM

    Randy shouldn't laugh. My husband broke his leg in 9 places, and the PT guy at the hospital put us both through at least an hour of how to use crutches, and how to use a walker while going up and down stairs (with me assisting). There definitely are details to know that make it safer and more comfortable. I wish I'd been instructed like that when I broke my ankle years ago.

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RENATA144 3/2/2014 8:14PM

  Here's wishing you a speedy recovery emoticon

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GORDON66 3/2/2014 8:01PM

  Hope you're felling better!

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SLIMLEAF 3/2/2014 3:07PM

    Really sorry to hear about your knee, Shelli. I'll pray for a full and swift recovery.

But in the meantime, you'd be surprised what exercise you can do on crutches! (You may recall that I broke my ankle and was on crutches for several months last year, so I can really sympathise.)

Even a 'hop' around the block, or to the nearest lamp-pst and back can be remarkably good exercise for your arms, shoulders and 'good' leg. And I, too, found the seated/chair exercises very helpful.

I'm sure that someone with your creativity will be able to come up with a whole host of new exciting workouts you can do even with an out-of-action right knee.

Best wishes.
Lindsay

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SLLYONS51 3/2/2014 11:22AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon Life does throw you curve balls. You have handled this well. Hoping for option A!!!

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AJB121299 3/2/2014 10:50AM

    nice

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 3/2/2014 9:40AM

    Get Well Soon

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MARTHAWILL 3/2/2014 7:56AM

    I love how your optimism and sense of humour comes out no matter what the situation you are in.
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KARLEIGH66 3/2/2014 7:49AM

    Hope you feel better soon. And you can't hold a grudge against poor Bubba - he is just too cute and after all, he was just being a dog.
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DRAGONSDAWN 3/2/2014 7:44AM

    Ouch! but it sounds like you have this under control. The seated workouts are pretty decent. Good Luck

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ROXYCARIN 3/2/2014 3:38AM

  Get well soon

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MARYJEANSL 3/1/2014 11:53PM

  What? No crutches relay races? I am sooooo disappointed in you! :-(

Hey, hope you feel much better soon. Tell Bubba he needs to find a new person temporarily.

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