My Left Foot (and why I should throttle our dog)

November 24th, 2007

First of all, I love my dog. We have a 9 yr. old black lab. We rescued him from the Humane Society 8 yrs. ago and love him to pieces. He is also not very bright. He is extremely sweet and “needy”, but our houseplants are brighter than he is. Although he isn’t the smartest dog, we love him just the same.

Today, I could throttle our wonderful dog. Why? Because I can’t ask him to move and he knows he owns the place. As the weather in Austin was cold and rainy today, I stayed in my pajamas with my family. We look forward to days like this where we can just be “vegetables in pajamas”. Watch a good movie, take a nap, etc.

This afternoon, our family had just watched a movie when I needed to go to the restroom. Our dog loves to be near me, so he was right under me next to the couch. As I didn’t want to disturb his nap (not like he doesn’t take half a dozen of them each day, right?), I tried to step over him. This is when our dog decided that he needed to stand up. My brain quickly realized this and tried to compensate for it by side-stepping. What a mistake! I stumbled and did a “football punt” into the corner of the coffee table. Can you say: “Seeing stars & little birdies?”

*sigh* The reason why I am upset with our dog is that I broke one of my toes. This wouldn’t be a catastrophe normally, except that I am TRAINING FOR 2 HALF MARATHONS! *Urgh!!!!* My toe is completely black & blue. As I have broken various toes 5 times in the past, I am 100% sure that this one is broken. What can I do about it? Tape it to the next toe and not go running for a few weeks.

This just hasn’t been my week. My husband gets laid off, we get an unexpected bill that our insurance refuses to pay (from my husband’s 2 carpal tunnel surgeries earlier this year), and I break my toe and can’t train for a few weeks. Someone once told me that bad things come in 3’s. If that is so, we are looking at brighter days ahead. I sure hope so.

This gets me to thinking…I wonder if there has ever been a study done comparing prodominant sides of the body and weakness. As I am left-handed, I have noticed that the left side of my body sure takes a beating compared to my right. I am constantly hurting my left foot, have pulled my left hip badly, and have gotten shin splints on my left shin. Hmm..I wonder…

As for my dog, he is curled up at my feet right now as I type this. I better ask him to move before I get up again. He will think I am being rude. I know that I am ensuring that my other 9 toes remain healthy and uninjured. Poor dog.

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