Gosh, what a lovely sunny day on the Oregon Coast. We have been blessed with sun and more sun. Zen and I took off happily for our daily walk in the forest.
Along the way, he jumped off the trail to find a place to go. He has always has done that…off into the brush, he rarely goes out in the open. How strange.
Anyway, I waited for him to emerge. As he jumped out and over bushes, his leg caught on a branch or something and he came tumbling out landing headfirst on his nose and forehead!
I have to admit it was a comical sight. However, that all changed, when I saw that he could not walk. He held his paw up and came over to me and sat down, I reach over to pet him, and he yipped. My hand and fingers came up with fresh blood; I suspect he had bit his tongue.
And in the process of being concern for him, I must have stressed my body because: I could not straighten up. I had pulled a back muscle or at least strained it.
Okay, so here we are both lame and barely able to walk… in the middle of the forest. And, Zen is bleeding. What do you do? I remembered something that stuck with me of what people said when Mt. St. Helens blew and they were trapped and trying to walk out in the dark: “You just put one foot in front of the other and keep walking!”
That was somewhat workable for me. However, Zen could not walk… he had to hobble. So, we began a very painful, long, walk home. We stopped and rested a lot. I encouraged him and he seemed to respond. We both needed an ice pack ASAP.
We arrived home exhausted. When I checked Zen’s mouth…no blood! This is a good thing.
He started to bare more weight on his leg and soon he was as good as new. I however could barely walk, stoop or sit without pain. It has been a very long time since I have had any back problems. You can read about a former injury (click here) it is titled "Dust Bunnies) and is humorous in spite of what happened.
As a rule I do not take, even aspirin but I did find a bottle of ibruphren and it has eased the pain.
This has pointed out to me that although I am very active with walking and such. I need to get back to a routine of daily stretching. Because this “Ouch” routine sucks!
I am very grateful that Zen has recovered unharmed.
Enjoy your week.