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


  1. You are such a good bro Timber - sending purrs and prayers and POTP your way!

  2. Awww, you are so precious. Well behaved too.

    Thanks for the update on your arm. It takes a lot of work to get back to normal.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Scritches to the pups. ♥

  3. You are a good fellow Timber, and we understand your frustration. If you continue being a good boy and being patient with dear Lightening, then your Mom will have more time to do her arm exercises and eventually be able to take you for walks again. Meantime, Gail and I send love and best wishes to you all.
    Toodle pip!

  4. Such cuties. Glad your mom is able to do some therapy at home. I hope she is back to normal soon. XO

  5. It is frustrating Timber, but the time will come when you can have good runs again. It is good that your mum can do her physio at home, but progress never comes as fast as we want it too.

  6. You boys are so cute together. We know you are doing your part to help your mom do her exercises every day. Our paws are crossed that she continues to improve.

  7. That is quite a regime, but stick with it! You boyz have a big job there, keeping her doing her exercises!!

  8. It reminds us of when Mom had a frozen shoulder. She had to do some strange exercises every day but couldn't do stuff with us. She got better eventually and now we're her main exercise partners.

  9. We are so very proud of you guys for cheering your Mama on. We are sending love of snuggles and cheers in hopes the exercises do their work!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  10. My GW sure remembers all the exercises she had to do for her knee replacement. But keep it up, and follow the rules. You can only get better!

    You guys look really cute in your pictures!

  11. Dear Lightning and Timber, So good to read that your mom is continuing to do her exercises at home. This is a scary time for all of us, especially those of us that are older(like me). You two are so beautiful. So you keep Mom at home with you!
    Noreen and Hunter

  12. WOW.....that's a lot of therapy but if it gets the Mom back to 100% then it will be SO worth it....walkies again! YAY! You two look very patient so just do your best to support your Mom AND your Dad as these times right now are a bit tough OK GUYS?

    Hugs to everyone

  13. Hari OM
    Timber, you are fine, just be gentle! That goes for mum too... I knows da rubs!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  14. Those sweet Woos are sure adorable! That is some PT routine but we are sure glad you are able to do them in the safety of your home. Stay safe, healthy and virus-free.

  15. Your poor mom. It sounds like torture. I hope the virus doesn't hinder her recovery. Your mom is a rock star.

  16. we cross all paws for your mamas arm and we hope it will heal like planned... we also have too much energy, the mama said we are nukes on 4 legs LOL

  17. Those sound like very strenuous exercises but at least you are home and safe. You are such handsome boys!

  18. Oh Timber, it's hard for an active pup not to play! I'd come up and play with you, but Momma says we can't go visiting right now. :(

  19. Timber I truly admire that you are respecting Lightning's desire to be gentle and am very thankful you two don't have to observe social distancing....
    being about to touch and comfort is most impawtant.

    Kathie I send you virtual cheers for your determination with your PT/OT.
    For sure being able to continue on your own w/o the ladies is a BIG DEAL

    Cheering loudly
    Hugs Cecilia

  20. PT (pain & torture in my mind) is a necessary evil for getting back to full recovery especially for arms/shoulders. Please tell your mum to keep up the good work. As for you guys, don't play too hard, but it never hurts to ask for a playmate.

  21. Paws cross for your mom's arm!! Stay safe and be happy!! :)

    Pinot xo

  22. bringing up the end here with all kinds of well wishes for Mom!
    and I love the pictures of you Timber... lying so sweetly there with Lightning.
    I know. you were "just resting my eyes!" lol!

  23. I'm so glad I have been able to sit and read all the posts that I've missed and have smiled looking at all the photos! :-)!!

    Let your Mom know I'm cheering her on!!

  24. Awwwww...So much cuteness and love!!!! Hope your mom gets better and well again soon! Stay safe!!

    Maxx and Mommy Yasmine

  25. A great big AWWWWW for you two boys. You are a wonderful pair of friends. I am smiling from seeing your sincere eyes.

    As for Mom, hang in there. It's lots and lots of work but it will pay off. I bet that you can make as much progress on your own as with your OT. :)

  26. We always happy to see you. We're glad your Mom can still continue some PT while staying safe.

    The Florida Furkids

  27. Thank you so much for the update. That’s a lot of work for your mom —- fingers crossed It helps!

  28. Those pictures of you both sleeping together are so sweet, we love them! And do you bother your mom when she is on the floor doing her exercises? When our mom broke her hip and did exercises on the floor, we thought it was so funny and tried to kiss her all the time! You should try that!

    Kiki and Rosie

  29. We love to see pictures of all of you and know you are okay. Your mom is a brave lady. There is no quit in her.

  30. we love that your mama is such a trooper and sticks with the eggsercising... our mama was a lazy one and her gripping device ended not as good as eggs-pected. we are full of energy too, you can come to play with us ... bet we will drive da hoomans crazy LOL

  31. We love how handsome and disciplined you boys are.
    By the way we miss getting your posts.


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