Pupsters, Braces & Books


Cold out today, per usual. I have my little black stove purring along. Don't know what I'd have done without them in this apartment. 



Abi and Charlie are still not perking along very well. As you can see, they both need to get a fur cut, but I hesitate in this cold. Plus, it's hard for me to drive across town, park in the back lot, which is the only place to park, and then walk with them up to the front which is bordering a busy street.

They are at least accustomed to this woman. And I don't want to add any additional stress to them right now, like changing groomers.

My vet has mentioned that trachea collapse could be a possibility here. It is more common in Yorkies. Vets have mentioned it before, and I just cross my fingers that that isn't it. 

They honk like a goose. And exercise, excitement, variations in temperature and stress seems to make the coughing worse.


Yesterday I was standing working on a oil cloth project in my kitchen. I was wearing the brace with a sneaker over it. I'm just not sure this brace is going to do the job. I am in pain much of the time I am wearing it. 

In the photo below, I have pointed to the place along the bone where the pain is today. It was pretty severe until I got my cereal and coffee, and got in bed and elevated my foot. 

I guess the next step would be to get shoes fitted. But what if the brace just isn't going to do the job, and I've purchased expensive shoes? Which will probably have to be in a size bigger.

When I went back to the place where they fitted me for the brace several weeks ago, he put some pads in the toe portion of my shoe. 

But the fact is, I am in more pain now than I was several months ago. 

I walked down to the office yesterday to pay my rent. It would be about a block or so, I guess. But I could see I wasn't sure I could make it back.

Luckily my neighbor Charlie walked in to pay his rent. And though he was headed out to run errands, I asked him if he'd drive me back. And he did. He is a wonderful neighbor.


Today the pain is running from the top arrow about halfway to my knee. But I couldn't distance myself with the camera enough to get a photo that went that high. 

I am just frustrated. I think I could handle not going out much, because I never really did. But I am having a hard time handling the fact that my place isn't as clean as I'd like, because I simply can't do it. 

And I really miss being able to start projects and not be able to finish them as readily as I used to. I hate waiting a few days in between working on them in order to let the pain lessen. I want to finish what I started. 


I am almost finished with "The Forgetting Place"by John Burley. This too is a race-through-the-pages thriller. 

The back drop is a state psychiatric hospital where much of what is going on is corrupt. A patient is spirited away. A patient that came in with no paperwork and no med sheet.

The young female psychiatrist who was treating him kept asking where his paperwork was, and was told each time that it was just taking awhile to get there. 

She knows this is against policy. She knows it's dangerous to treat a patient that she knows relatively little about. 

Then she discovers what they are covering up, that the patient doesn't even belong there, and now she is in danger as well. 

I will give the full review when I'm finished. The author himself is a doctor, though not a psychiatrist. 

On the back cover, it says that "author John Burley, a master of medical and psychological detail - showcases the many ways in which the dangers of the outside world pale in comparison to the horrors of the human mind." 

I found this quite apt. And eerily true.

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  1. The poor pupsters AND you. And this just doesn't sound right, as in I don't think if the brace were correct for you that your pain would increase. Something's not right :(

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  2. Brenda have you ever tried essential oils for the swelling and magnets for the pain? It might give you some relief. Its not a cure but might help the pain be more manageable.

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    1. I have tried a magnet brace. What essential oils would help? I do have some.

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  3. I sure hope the pups get better soon! You know what? I would get on the phone demand to speak to your Doctor, the one that is making you wear the brace and tell him to go F himself....because you should not be in pain. I am about done with my physical therapy and I loathe it. I come home and I am in pain...then I am no longer myself for the entire evening/night because I am in pain. Pain makes me crazy, crazy like a junebug! $700.00 so far out of my pocket...for what? PAIN. So frustrating I know.

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    1. Yeah, it is very frustrating. I gave up on PT after the first surgery because they kept pushing me till I got a stress fracture.

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  4. I agree w/the others, just doesn't make sense that you are in such pain. And I can tell from looking at the picture and your description of the shooting pain up the leg, that has to be so uncomfortable. I never realized Yorkies have so many problems. My Ziggy is a Morkie, as I've said, and he seems indestructible! Runs around the property like a crazy boy. I hope it isn't what you said. They are so cute now, I kinda like it when Ziggy gets shaggy. And I'm so happy you have such a great neighbor.

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    1. I wish my Yorkies were more on the healthy scale. Abi has had so many problems from the get-go. Charlie can no longer jump on the couch. They're 8.

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  5. So sorry for your continued pain and discomfort. Did your doctor send you back to the same place that gave you the illfitting brace in the first place?

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    1. Yes, and he said it fit properly. But maybe the shoes they mention might help. I just don't know how much they'd cost. I've heard it is pretty pricey!

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  6. I think it sounds like your brace isn't fitted right, Brenda. Is it adjustable at all so that you can tighten and loosen it? Does it hurt when you wear it without shoes?
    I am sorry the pups are not doing well but that sure is a cute shot of him with one ear up in the air.
    Good that you have a great neighbor like that, Brenda. There are lots of good people in the world.
    That books sounds FANTASTIC. I love books like that-will have to look for it. xo Diana

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  7. You can't wear the darn thing without shoes or you'd fall over because it's rounded at the heel. Yes, you can tighten and loosen it. Around the ankle area you can loosen or tighten it because it winds around and ties.

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    1. What's more, my back hurts so much since all this started with the brace.

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  8. Brenda I have found peppermint oil to be the best for pain.

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  9. I believe I have some. I'll try that. Thank you. I do wear a tight stocking hose they gave me to keep the swelling down.

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  10. Wow Brenda, you need some let up from that pain and now the pupsters are sick. Hoping things change for the better soon, maybe when it warms up. I've been so sick with bronchitis and this cold air just makes it so much worse. It's been a miserable winter, ugh.

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  11. I hate that you are in so much pain, my friend and that the pupsters are sick. Keep that stocking on. It really should help with the swelling and pain. My doctor gave me Cymbalta yesterday to take along with my gabapentin. It is sitting on my bedside table where it may never be opened. I just don't want another med. I am loopy enough from the gabapentin. As my mom always says, getting old it not for sissies. xo Laura

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    1. Nope, sure isn't. I actually said that to someone today.

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  12. I'm sorry to hear that Charlie and Abi aren't feeling well. I hope it's nothing major and that they'll be okay soon.. I know you worry about them.
    I wish there was a miracle something that would make your foot/ankle feel much better.. After all you've been through it seems like you shouldn't be in so much pain.
    So glad you have a good neighbor in Charlie..
    Thinking of you !
    Charlotte

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    1. I know you are, Charlotte. I think of you every time I make eggs!

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  13. ... my busy behind is so behind reading your blog, and now two more books that look terrific, sorry to hear that your brace and such are still such a frustration, do persevere and keep your spirits up ... shooting back ten fold everything i get out of reading your blog, wishing you well x7,000 ... and my poodle does the same thing as your pups and the vet has me give him either a honey-homemade elixir and or a robitussin-type cough syrup by syringe and it easy his hacking when he has a bout ... he's typically a snorer, like every night and i swear he's human when i hear him in the dark, and also makes "snoring" sound when he's being pet or played with, all part of his quirky respirations ... now, here's hoping you more wellness, warmth and sunshine!

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  14. Brenda, I hate to hear that you are in such pain. The brace not fitting correctly sounds like a big issue. I hope it can be resolved so you can get around better. Poor pups and I hope they feel better soon. It's just been a hard winter for sure.
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. I did better today just wearing the stocking and not the brace at all. And I was on my feet some. Sure, it hurts now and I've got my foot elevated. But it isn't as bad as yesterday.

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  15. Put my name on the list of those that think something is wrong with the brace. It may be perfectly contoured to you extremity but if the angles are even a bit off it will be quite uncomfortable, painful even, when you're moving. Casting errors do happen caused either by the caster not having the limb in the exact position (having the angle off) or by the client moving, even a bit, during the casting procedure. If cast fits non weight bearing but feels awful with weight bearing and ambulation it's because the angles are off. It is a science and an art to get those things to fit.
    I wonder if it is a change in temperature or humidity that care causing the pups to have problems. Could the heater be making the air too dry for them? When was your hearing filter cleaned or changes last? I cough if I don't change my filter frequently.

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    1. I actually have Volare, the maintenance man, change mine every month. You seem to know a lot about these braces. Wish you were here!

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  16. wishing your pain would go away. poor lil pups.. that cough syrup sounds like it might be a good idea for them..
    its just tooo dang weird they cant find out whats causing your pain.

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    1. Or yours, Sonny. I worry about you so much. Maybe I'll call the vet about the cough syrup.

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  17. I am sorry that you are hurting and that the pupsters aren't feeling good yet either. My little Fuzzy pom has a very sensitive trachea, and some scents are very hard on him and cause him to really cough and choke up. When I read about the peppermint oil to help with your pain, I thought I would warn you to be on the lookout because it could set off their trachea irritation. I have to make Fuzzy keep his distance if I have just brushed my teeth or am chewing peppermint gum. Peppermint really sets him off. Your pups might not have the same sensitivity to peppermint as Fuzzy does, so they may be just fine with peppermint oil. I hope that if they are fine with it that it helps you. I am not happy with a couple of my doctors right now, and I think I might be just as well treated by Fuzzy's new vet. He is very kind, and he takes more time with Fuzzy than my docs take with me.

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    1. I haven't had time to dig the peppermint oil out yet. But I hesitate now that you said that about the sensitivity. I'd rather hurt than listen to them cough so.

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  18. I'm very sorry to hear about your pain. I'm just wondering if on a practical level if a motorized scooter would be of use to you? What about herbal therapies found online to try treat the pain? And if I were you I'd consider ditching the brace and going with the stocking. The increased pain doesn't sound good to me. It takes time for the body to heal and if you decide to leave off the brace you need to give it time to see if it's making things better. Just a few thoughts.....

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  19. Could they be allergic to something in your new apartment. Years ago my sister couldn't bring her dog to my apartment because we figured out he was extremely allergic to something in it. We thought it was the carpeting. From walking funny trying to acomadate your foot you're throwing your back and possibly your knee out of whack. Sounds miserable. I'd be tempted to just use crutches. Sorry to hear it's. Ot getting better.

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  20. I hope your puppies feel better soon! They are adorable and remind me so much of one of my first babies I had when I was first out on my own. I had a tiny little Yorkie named Delta - sweetest little baby ever! I also hope you feel better soon! Oh, and I don't know if they would do it, but my dad's dog groomer comes out and get his two dogs from him. He is not able to walk very far - he is on a walker or in a wheelchair. He calls when he is on his way and they come out.... Just an idea. I wouldn't want to get a new groomer either once the puppies are used to someone.

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  21. Sounds like a great book. Hope your ankle feels better soon!

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  22. Does sound like your brace isn't fitting right, which could also be causing your back pain cause it 's causing you to be out of kilter? Hope you and the pups are doing better soon Glad you felt a little better today without the brace, which makes me think more its the brace

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  23. Poor puppies, sorry they are not feeling well. We used to have a dog clipper that came to our home for our last dog as he used to get so stressed at the groomers! Our new dog Molly is fine going to the parlour though. I am sorry too that you are in such a lot of pain with the brace still....I hope you can get the help you need to sort the problem out, Brenda.
    Wishing you a more comfortable and happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  24. Hi Brenda! I worry about the dogs (and your foot) - I was wonderiing if the recent painting or maybe dryness in the air from the heaters could be causing them trouble? Like a respiratory issue?? Think about what the last fews weeks have been like since they developed this and maybe that will help narrow it down. I keep water out all over the place in the winter because our air is so dry - maybe you need some humidity??
    Praying for you all.
    Margy in KY

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  25. I'm so deeply sorry that you are in such pain and suffering so. I hate it that I can't help you, Brenda. I would love to. All I can do is continue to send positive and loving thoughts your way. As always, thinking of you...

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  26. Hi Brenda, I had a Pom that had the trachea problem. My vet didn't find it but another vet did but too late. She would start to bend her head down to eat and have to rise it again and get so frustrated that she couldn't eat.. When they bend their heads down it closes off the trachea. I thought it was her teeth. Also as she got worse she would have to prop her head on her little blanket that she would scrunch up to make a hump she could rest her head on to keep her neck straight. She had the cough, etc. If they don't have a problem breathing with the head down and not stretched out it may not be the trachea. I am not a vet so don't put too much into what I say. I just thought it might help.

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  27. Brenda, I am sorry to hear of the problems you and your pups are having. Someone mentioned a motorized scooter. I know they can be a great help to some people, but personally I hope you can figure out something else first. My late mother-in-law got a scooter because of knee problems, and her overall physical health went down the drain because she relied so much on the scooter and quit doing her physical therapy exercises. She gained a lot of weight and her muscles got weaker. (Plus, she just about destroyed her apartment by running into walls and doors, and she ran over more than a few toes. Not to mention she came to regard the scooter as a car, and got hit by a truck when she drove the scooter out the wrong driveway of her apartment complex on her way to the grocery store, which resulted in several of her own broken toes...not saying you would do that, of course! The point is, a scooter brings both positives and negatives. Like everything else, I guess.

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  28. Gosh, I hate to hear that you aren't doing much better with your foot. i know you've struggled with it for so long. I'm sure you're getting impatient with it. I'm like you and hate not to be able to get things finished. Maybe Spring will bring better things for your health and your spirit. I'm sure it doesn't help that it's ugly outside. Sorry to hear about your dogs not feeling well either. My dog, Max, was sick when I got back from my trip last Sunday night. We took him to the vet on Tuesday after he wasn't getting better. they put him on a bland diet after running many tests not finding anything. We think he may have ingested something. He was even given hairball gel that is usually given to cats. He is better now. That was a very expensive vet visit. It set us back $469! Gulp! vet bills are so expensive but what do you do when you can't let them suffer?

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