Monday, March 30, 2020

Awww Monday

Time for some fun with the Awww Monday blog hop sponsored by Comedy Plus.

Timber:  No worries, Mom.  Just hanging out with my big bro Lightning.

Lightning:  I don't think that is entirely true, Timber.  You are teasing me to play, aren't you?

Mom:  I know exactly what you are up to, Timber. But you KNOW gentle play is fine, but no rough housing.

Timber:  OK.  We'll just sit here quietly.

Later. . .

Timber:  You can't blame a guy for trying, right?

I really need to have some fun - after all I AM a Siberian Husky with lots of energy.

How about I just wait with him?

ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz. . . 

Poor Timber - anyone want to come play with him?

Some of you had some questions about how things are going with Mom's arm.  Well, as we told you in yesterday's Ussie post, she has stopped going to her occupational therapy twice weekly sessions because of concerns about Covid-19.  The facility is still open and is operating at half staff in order to put more distance between workers and their clients.  They are also disinfecting EVERYTHING in the room.  The facility is in the same building as her surgeon, and there is a strict protocol observed at the door for anyone entering, including the big questions about the virus, temperature taking, sanitizing dispensers every few feet.  But it is still scary given the ages of our parents.  So her therapist has told her to just keep working hard on her exercises to maintain or improve her mobility.  Here is a photo of some of her tools (a.k.a. torture equipment:)

She has to roll that ball up the wall as high as she can stretch her arm and hold it for at least 30 seconds. Then she rolls it down to eye level with her palm flat on the side of the ball and leans her body into the ball forcing her arm to bend at the elbow. She holds that for another 30 seconds and then repeats the whole procedure at least five times.  The dowel has a 1 lb. weight (a piece of 3/4" pipe with caps on the ends duct taped to the dowel).  She lies on the floor and extends the pole up straight with her palms facing out until she feels a good pull in her arm, holds for 30 seconds, then lowers to her forehead, holds for 30 seconds; then repeat up and down, this time to her nose for another 30 seconds; and then repeat up and down, this time to her chin for another 30 seconds;  repeat the whole sequence 5-10 times. Then repeat the whole sequence another 5-10 times (three reps per time) with her palms facing in.  

In addition, there are six more exercises she does with no special equipment that involve the straightening and flexing of the arm repeatedly with multiple holds and multiple repeats.  That black thing in the middle of the photo is her splint.  It was molded to her arm specifically and is designed to force her arm to straighten.  She wears it twice a day for 30 minutes.  It does seem to be helping.  But the flexing of the arm isn't moving along as much as she would hope.

There is still no weight bearing or resistance movement allowed, something to do with her triceps.  That is why she can't take us for walks; if we started to pull too much, she might unwittingly try to rein us in with that arm.  She sees the surgeon again in a couple of weeks (April 20).  Hopefully he will see progress and let her do some weight and resistance.  We still don't know when she will feel comfortable enough to go back to the facility for therapy.

And then the whole cycle of all those exercises have to be done 3-4 times a day!!!

Sorry to be so long winded, but that's where things are right now.

We hope you are all coping well, abiding by the whole social distancing plan, and remaining safe and healthy.

Woos, Lightning and Timber

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Ussies

 Let's join the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop sponsored by The Cat On My Head.

We are being serious here as we think of how different life is now for everyone everywhere.  We hope and pray life returns to something near normal soon.

But we must say we are happy to have Mom and Dad here with us ALL the time.  Mom is working hard at home on her therapy for her arm, but she reluctantly made the decision to stop going for her occupational therapy sessions due to this covid-19 thing.   She is doing her best to keep improving, but this is definitely going to slow down her progress.  Dad is still going to his eye doctor appointments even though they both have concerns about doing so.

Mom decided to do something different with our happy photo.  She used Lunapic but forgot what effects she used.  Hope you like it.

Happy Sunday.

Woos, Lightning and Timber

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wordless Wednesday with Timber

Woos, Timber (finding ways to amuse himself:)

Monday, March 23, 2020


We are joining the Awww...Mondays blog hop sponsored by our friends at Comedy-Plus.

We may get an "F" for Social Distancing, but Mom says she still loves us for being so cute together:)

Woos, Lightning and Timber

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Almost Wordless Wednesday

How do you like my new bling?  Hope my wishbone is lucky!!! 

Keeping Mom busy during these stay-at-home times.

Note: SomePup (and NOT ME, Timber) snitched a couple of pieces and got caught a few chomps too late:(  That would be Lightning.

Woos, Timber

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

We are here minus our "wearing of the green" because all that stuff is stored on top of our garage storage cabinets.  It would involve Mom getting on a ladder to get the box down, and we told her THAT was not going to happen.  And as you can imagine, we are perfectly happy not to be dressed up for you.

We are still happy Irish Sibes for today.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!!!

And here are a few Irish blessings we selected for you.

May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go,
and guide you in whatever you do--
and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.

May you have love that never ends,
lots of money, and lots of friends.
Health be yours, whatever you do,
and may God send many blessings to you!

I-rish you a very nice place to live,
I-rish God's greatest gifts he'll give.
I-rish you health, and wealth, and more--
I-rish your smilin' face were at my door!

May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

Woos, Lightning and Timber

Pee Ess - We hope you are all staying safe during this very difficult time.  Our Mom and Dad both have reasons to be seeing their medical professionals.  Mom needs her occupational therapy to keep moving forward; this is a critical time for her as the window for regaining her mobility is only open for a short period of time.  She may need to get a splint to get the flexing of her arm to move along better, but that requires monitoring in addition to her twice weekly therapy sessions. And our Dad needs regular visits to his eye specialists to monitor his ongoing eye issues.  Go or stay home - this is not an easy decision for them.

Saturday, March 14, 2020