Friday, November 21, 2008

Hazardous Duty

Having a tribe of Portuguese Water Dogs can be hazardous to your health. I spent most of the afternoon in the doctor's office. It seems I sprained my ankle leading the pack to the door. I was looking over my shoulder to make sure they were all heading in the right direction and twisted the ankle.I did this at the time of the obedience trial and didn't seek medical help until now.

This is just an ace bandage that I'll need to wear when I'm on my feet a lot, such as dog walking.

For the next injury I must give credit to Norma Jean. She loves me. When I walk into the yard where she's playing with the other dogs, she leaves them and comes racing toward me. About four feet away she becomes airborne, aiming directly at me at chest height. Someone told me to walk toward her to throw her off balance. Try throwing Norma Jean off balance when she's in the air coming at you like a missile.

I did the worst thing. I put my hand out to protect myself and she hit my pinkie finger. It's now swollen, painful and leaning at a strange angle. It's broken.

I learned that they don't do much of anything if you break your pinkie finger except put it in a splint. I can still knit, sew, blog and wrap Christmas gifts, just slower than usual and with a bit more pain.

This is Norma Jean. Doesn't she look repentant? Don't believe it for a minute. I'm sure tomorrow she'll fly through the air again. I'll turn my back next time. Maybe I can get her to hit my finger again from the other side and knock it back into position.


Nicki said...

I hope you are feeling better soon!

soulbrush said...

ouch, ouch, that used to happen to me when i had bulldogs (which i adore). you poor thing, who will walk them now? rest and get better. i have tagged you so see my blog.

SissySees said...

I'm going to read this to Sissy when I get home. She's my leaping lady, and this cold weather is making her extra-frisky. I keep telling her Mommy breaks...

Take care of you and heal well!