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Dec 30, 2020
Krog Street Tunnel in Atlanta
The last few days have been the perfect end to this crazy year.
If you read my blog often, you know I like walking around Atlanta and that I take my dog, Bauer, out walking a lot. We both need the exercise.
When we're on our exercise walks, I usually don't take my camera. It's too hard getting photos when I've got Bauer on the leash.
Let me show you what I mean:
That's Bauer after the doorbell rings. And, yep - that's my messy house.
Since my youngest came home for a few months, we've had a lot of extra stuff in my little place, plus moving things around so we could fit a tree.
Organizing - one small thing in a long list of things I have to do...
When we're out walking and Bauer sees another dog, he has a similar reaction to the one in the video, sometimes worse!
I get some looks, y'all. Sometimes I get the stink eye, sometimes it's a look of profound pity, others burst out laughing.
I've talked to a trainer and follow his recommendations (carry treats, make him sit and stay a lot, etc).
Bauer IS doing much better when we're out around other dogs, but he's almost 11 years old. I don't think he's ever going to be completely comfortable when he's on a leash and we come across another dog.
Lately, he's barking at people too. Ugh.
I was out on Sunday afternoon with Bauer. It was a beautiful day! The weather was nice, and the sky was blue.
We walked by several other dogs and humans, and Bauer was out of sorts.
I don't think the masks are helping.
As we approached Irwin Street from Auburn Ave near the Beltline (not on the Beltline - I never take Bauer on the Beltline!), there was a chainlink fence fallen across the sidewalk.
I walked back over to the scene of the crime yesterday and got a couple of photos.
Fence fallen across the sidewalk
There was no room to navigate around it on the sidewalk. There were cars coming down the street going a little too fast, as usual.
I turned to look over my left shoulder to check traffic as I stepped down into the street. Bauer saw something and pulled in the opposite direction.
My foot went down...half-in and half-out of a nasty little pothole.
As I flailed my arms in an attempt to stay standing, I heard a pop in my ankle, and I fell forward onto my right hand and knee.
Bauer yelped, and I swore.
Oh. my. gosh.
It hurt so bad.
I was trying not to cry while reining Bauer in on his leash so he didn't get hit by a car as he jumped around me to see if I was okay. I was afraid to stand up.
I've finally got health insurance, but it's a catastrophic plan only. My deductible is about $12,000.
The LAST thing I need is a broken ankle. The LAST thing anyone needs right now is a broken ankle!
I sat for a minute nursing my right hand, contemplating standing up, and calming Bauer.
Finally, I stood up and gingerly put my left foot down.
I had a huge sense of relief and gratitude flood over me as I realized my ankle was NOT broken! YAY!
I could feel every tense muscle in my back, neck, arm, and right quad. My ankle was throbbing.
Thankfully, we were less than a half-mile away from home. I hobbled home and took a look at my ankle.
It was swelling but there wasn't any bruising. I sat down and put the leg up and put a bag of ice on it.
It's Wednesday now and the ankle is better.
I walked about two miles yesterday at a slower-than-normal pace. It's sore and swollen, but okay.
I'll take it easy for a few days.
So...that's my last few days. Seems like a fitting end to 2020.
My constant refrain this year has been, "Well, at least I'm still standing!"
I meant it quite literally this time!
I hope you're having a good week!
See you between the raindrops!
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