laid up

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today to bring you up to date on all the happenings around here. You may remember me from such posts as “Biscuit Time”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.You can see that the snow is almost gone. It’s been here like forever. We are not used to having snow on the ground for so very long.

Because of all the snow, and especially ice, the guy I live with did something to his leg, and so he’s been laid up for quite a while now. He went to the doctor one day, and then to have ultrasound and an x-ray another day, and what it is is a ruptured Baker’s cyst. Behind the knee. He felt it snap on one of our walks.
If it sounds painful, well, it is. He’s been using a cane to walk, and lying in bed a lot, with an ice bag on his swollen leg. He’s very good at lying in bed, and so, as it turns out, am I.

Meanwhile, the weather has been very nice, that is to say “normal”, for once. In the mid-sixties, Fahrenheit. (Say about 17C.)
And there are now snowdrops.

A bunch are escaping into the front yard, too. The guy I live with says they might find more freedom to spread, there.This is one of the Greatorex doubles, called ‘Cordelia’.Well that’s pretty much it. There are some crocuses in flower, too, so the only complaining I hear is about the leg. I haven’t been able to go on my walks, though, but the leg should get better eventually. 

Until next time, then.

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41 Responses to laid up

  1. Meow meow Mani an yore ‘guy’ it iss mee BellaDharma here! What lovelee Snowdropss you have. THE Cordelia flower iss speck-taculer!!! Wee have over 2 feet of THE all msot 4 feet wee gotted last week….wee had a ‘easy’ Winter so wee not complanin 😉
    Butt mee will bee happy when mee can go out inn Condo an enjoy fresh air an sunshine again. Kinda like how you will feel when you can take yore ‘guy’ for walkss again.
    LadyMew has a Baker’s Cysty thing an all so Ganglion Cystyss so shee KNOWSS that pain. Shee sendss her guud wishess fore yore ‘guy’ to get bettur soon! An mee iss sendin POTP all so.
    Take care mee frendss…Spring iss ’round THE corner…sumwhere….reelly…..
    **purrss** BellaDharma

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks; the guy I live with says we could still get lots of snow in the next three months … But right now it’s nice.
      I think I’m missing my walks, but I did get to race around the back yard today. In the mud, too. That was fun.

      • Mee betss you miss yore walkiess Mani….butt runnin ’bout inn mud soundss like ALOT of fun!!!
        An maybee wee all see Spring now….it wuud bee so nice….

      • paridevita says:

        It was almost 70 Fahrenheit here today. There’s plenty of mud to run around in. Sometimes it’s better to do that than watch the guy I live with limp around the house, and sometimes cry out in pain. He said it was better that it happened to him than to me, though.

  2. barbk52 says:

    Oh Mani, any one of those morons who say dogs have no emotions has never seen the disappointment apparent on the face of a dog who has been denied a walk. A walk that is the usual habit. The deep sighs, the soft moans. So much more heart-rending than the moans and grunts of the disabled owner. Right? Those snowdrops make your garden a fairyland. Has the toilet paper apocalypse hit your neighborhood yet? Perhaps not, if you have no cases of Coronavirus.

    • paridevita says:

      I guess I don’t do the sighs and moans because I can tell how much pain the guy I live with is in. It sort of comes and goes.
      He said he better check for t.p.; he plans to go out tomorrow (he can still drive) for a bit, to get some supplies. There is maybe one case of the virus here, so far, from someone who had traveled to Asia, I think.

  3. I haven’t worked out why people are stocking up on toilet paper. Does it taste good on toast maybe? Hope TGYLW is up and about soon, and you get to go on your walks again

    • paridevita says:

      The guy I live with says people are stocking up on t.p. because of the virus. I never use it myself, though I did like to unroll it when I was little. So much so that the guy I live with had a huge stock of t.p. out in the garage.

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Rhody is good at lying in bed too. You know, terriers are actually of the same species as border collies, so are sort of related. It seems that everyone of your species is proficient at lying in bed when necessary, even though it is not nearly as fun as going out for walks and such. It makes it so much easier for those of us who must lay in bed while injured or ill, but are not very good at it. The guy you live with might not be so proficient at laying in bed if he needed to do it alone.

  5. Thea says:

    The Greatorex double called ‘Cordelia’ is gasp-worthy enchanting. I do love the drift of snowdrops too. If it’s not one kind of snow, it’s another. Dear dog, you are being very good at lying quietly to give the guy you live with company. You earned a good roll in mud. Although I wonder who gave you your afterward bath and did clean-up duty. Sounds as if it would be, um, painful if accomplished by someone with a Baker’s cyst. I hope you both recover soon from your enforced confinement and are soon romping about together.

  6. ceci says:

    I had to look up Baker’s cyst, another ailment I’d just as soon skip! Is it one of those things that elevation and icing help? The snow drops are lovely indeed – ours are going by but the bluebells and daffodils are starting to show up. Spring!


    • paridevita says:

      Yes, elevation and icing. Of course the guy I live with has to walk, sometimes, like for important things like fixing my breakfast and dinner, but otherwise he mostly does nothing. Kind of hard to tell the difference between this and a regular day, where he mostly does nothing, then, too.

  7. Mee-you yore poor hertin ‘guy’….LadyMew has been usin a cane even inn apartment so mee knowss shee is inn ALOT of bone pain. Shee liess inn bed at nite an queit teerss roll down her cheekss. Mee wishess mee cuud do sumthin fore her…..mee doess make biskitss bee-side her an *purrss*….shee told mee that mee iss a guud Purry-medic an mee helpss her…mee not sure how much mee ‘helpss’; butt mee does mee best!!
    Have fun inn THE mud Mani!
    **purrss** BellaDharma

    • paridevita says:

      Poor LadyMew; we hope she gets better. The guy I live with’s leg hurt a little less today, so we went on a walk. There was almost no mud at all.
      His leg hurts now, though. But he said taking me for a walk was worth it.

    • Mark Mazer says:

      “Mee wishess mee cuud do sumthin fore her…..mee doess make biskitss bee-side her an *purrss*” It has often been noted that cat purrs have therapeutic and healing properties.

      • paridevita says:

        The guy I live with said he used to have a cat that purred so loudly it kept the whole house awake….

      • Sorry mee typin was so bad…iiss guud you can understand mee Mani!! Mew mew mew….
        Lucky poochie!!! Iss freezin an wee had a North wind all day here an mee cuud not go out inn condo. Mee been pouty all day! LadyMew sayss mee iss THE Queen of Pout!

      • paridevita says:

        We certainly do understand pouting… But today, here, it was at least 60 F, with a little wind. Not all of the snow has melted yet, though.

      • Mee-yow wow 60 iss purrfect walkin weather Mani!!! Iss still bee-low freezin here an mee not want to go out in condo…so mee still pouty, mew mew mew….
        This too shall pass (it bettur!!!)
        **purrss** BellaDharma

      • paridevita says:

        Sounds pretty chilly. We had that for months. It could still snow here; March is the snowiest month of the year.

      • March can bee wild here too Mani! It was inn bee-ginnin…now iss jsut cloudy an chilley. Mee DID go out inn condo for 25 minuttss today. It iss 36 deegreess an dampy out butt at leest mee was
        O-U-T rite??? 😉

      • paridevita says:

        Being out is nice, at least most of the time. It was drizzling here this morning, and then it started to snow. That stopped; now it’s just chilly.

      • It was cloudy an North wind again so no condo time fore mee Mani!! FISHSTICKS!!! Glad you got to go out with yore ‘guy’! How is hee doin now??

      • paridevita says:

        It was drizzly this morning, then it snowed a little. But mostly it was gray and chilly all day. The sun came out for a bit.
        He ordered some food from the local grocery store. He’d never done that before and thought he might give it a try.
        Then he sat down at the kitchen table and cried and cried, for a long time. He said he was afraid he’ll get the virus and we’ll be separated.
        The leg is much better, thanks, though still swollen (but not so painful), though the doctor said he might need knee surgery in a couple of years. The knee doesn’t have anything to do with the current leg business but the doctor saw it on x-ray and it certainly explains why he groans a lot of our walks.

  8. HURRAH fore yore ‘guy’ beein abell to take you fore a walk Mani!!! Xcellent mewss!!! An there was nevurr any doubt that you were werth a bit of pain from walkin you!!! 😉
    LadyMew mewoed to Aunty Judith who was inn Diagnostick Imagin for 30+ yeerss…LadyMew has Nerve Impingement inn Pelvic bones…it is an ongoin issue. LadyMew has had it on an off fore 20 yeerss an no Docktur nevurr efurr told ehr what was wrong….now that LadyMew knowss what it iss shee can go back to Furamillee Docktur an ask fore a test an even Cortysone Shots! Whether her Docktur will agree iss another story….mew mew mew////

    • paridevita says:

      That sounds pretty unpleasant indeed. I got to go on a walk today, too. Such a nice day here.

      • Yore rite Mani this nervey impingement iss not fun! Now with corona Virus LadyMew will not bee abell to see Docktor fore her pain an must figure out how to self meddycate an use Arthritis rubss. How is yore ‘guy’ an THE Virus situation where you live Mani?? THE Virus arrived inn our town today offishially!!! FISHCAKESS! LadyMew iss goin to have to sray inn more!! 😉

      • paridevita says:

        The guy I live with got a handout on the virus from his doctor, when he saw her last Thursday.
        It’s definitely here.
        He doesn’t go very many places at this time of year; to the store, to see his friend, things like that, but now, I guess he’s going to be home for a while.

  9. christine says:

    I had that exact same thing happen to me a few years ago! I was walking to catch the train to commute to work…it was like a whiplash and I thought my kneecap flew off! The audible snap and then the pain. It does go away in a few days, as your body reabsorbs the fluid. I was told the cysts can come back, but no re-occurrence so far. Hope you feel better and stay better! Bless you and your boon companion.

  10. bittster says:

    Glad to hear your guy is already on the mend.
    Just in case you get some nice weather it would be good to finally be able to do something outside, going without walks for too long is completely unfair.

    • Iss bettur to bee safe than sick fore sure Mani!!! LadyMew has been stayin inn alot here too. Wee have to go to Aunty’ss on Fursday to escape THE Yeerly Fire Alarm/Heet Deetecktur testin….butt wee bee safe at Aunty’ss/! At leest yore ‘guy’ an mee LadyMew have LOTSS of bookss they can reed……

      • paridevita says:

        We haven’t done much of anything, really. Since we have a “smart TV” not only can we watch Q.I., but also Sherlock Holmes. The guy I live with has seen those a zillion times; his wife loved them too. The digital transfers are so much better than the ones that first came out on DVD, too.

      • Meow eekkk who iss shreekin inn pain?? Must bee yore ‘Guy’…iss hee OKay??
        Wee sirvived Fursday an LadyMew got all our foodss an stuffss an now wee self isolatin as Dogtur ordered…..
        Wee love Sherlock Holmess too! Hee iss so kewl….
        **purrss** BellaDharma

      • paridevita says:

        Yeah, the guy I live with’s knee often hurts him so much he shrieks. Since his doctor said he might need surgery later it doesn’t bother him as much as if he didn’t know why his knee was hurting.
        I’m not sure he has all the food he needs. I do; he made sure of that. But now he talks about things like Fritos and potato chips; food he rarely eats.

    • paridevita says:

      I have been able to go on walks, despite a lot of groaning and the occasional shriek of pain. The weather has turned nice enough that it must be about to snow again.

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