Nickie Coby (puppybraille) wrote,
Nickie Coby
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Celebrate good times!

I could write an entry with so many exclamations it'd crash everyone's screen readers, but I'm not that mean. I'm positively floatingly happy! I woke up this morning to the sound of Julio barking because something startled him. I wish I could say that my response was a firm "quiet" like they taught us in training, but I'd have to ly. I think my response was a groan. I really didn't have a good night to sleep, so I wasn't feeling that awake.

After grabbing doughnuts and coffee, we went to the doctor. First, I had to get x-rays, and then wait for the doctor to come in. When she did, she said the films looked great. Then she said we should start getting me into a normal shoe. I can walk without the walker in the boot for the first few days (guided by pain levels etc.), then I can transition to the shoe. I have to have the walker available in case pain levels are high and I need it.

I can't tell you how happy that made me. When we went out to the lobby, I asked Julio if he wanted to have his job back. He just looked at me like "What are you talking about?". But when I picked up that harness handle, he was sure happy! He was so attentive to my pace and pain levels. What a great doggy!

I'll admit that getting used to not having a walker when I walk is challenging. But it's going to be worth it! I think that my foot needs to get used to this new method of moving, but it will happen. I'm going to have to ask for all of you to be patient with me as I learn to move and inevitably run up against obstacles, however small they may be, that might challenge me in getting back to my life. But I'm walking and working Julio!!!

We went to the mall briefly, to pick up a few things. It wasn't a long trip, but it was probably a little too much, even if it was only one store. Then we went to Boston Market for lunch. We also went to Walgreens to grab a few travel necessities, including heat patches which heat when exposed to air to help keep the pain and swelling down. (Yeah, heat does help if used properly.)

Now I'm home, trying to stay cool and rest. I want to have enough spoons to deal with this week. Which, btw, is a vacation, so I may post more infrequently. I'm very excited, though I hate flying.

Hugs!
Nickie

Tags: guide dogs, health, life milestones, surgery
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