Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I, for one, do not like going to the doctor, and thanks to...

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I, for one, do not like going to the doctor, and thanks to the good Lord above, I have not had to go very many times in my lifetime. However, when I need to go, I do go. For the past few weeks, my back has been acting up. Most would think “lower back,” but my problem is higher up on my right shoulder….about halfway up under the rib cage in the perfect place that makes it difficult to reach. It is an old injury I received many years ago I go when I was horsing around with my teenage son. My shoulder froze up like it was wrapped in a tourniquet, and it took many, many weeks of therapy to get it back to normal. Ever since that time, there has been a weakness at that particular spot on my back. I can usually work out the kinks over a short period of time. However, this time my back refused to cooperate despite sessions with hot rice socks, TENS unit, stretches and medical pain creams. It is a constant nagging pain, and at times very painful when I do things like lying down or making a sudden twisting, turning motion. I called for an appointment in hope that my doctor would prescribe some physical therapy. I explained my situation and what I wanted, but he took an approach I had not expected. He looked at me and said, “Well, that is up where the kidneys are…any problems with urination?” I told him my bathroom trips were not an issue. Then he said after listening to my chest, “The bottom of your lungs comes down to just about that spot. There might be something going on in there, even though you sound clear.” Then he proceeded to tell me, ”Well, the liver is in that area too.” [Oh my! My mind is starting to rev up a bit.] So he ordered blood work, a chest X-ray and a urine test. I went in expecting a simple back rub, and I got more medical checks than I received when I got my physical a few months ago. Anyway, good news. After that battery of tests they all came back negative. So get this, I asked the nurse if the doctor was going to write me a prescription for some physical therapy. Her response, “Oh! You are not better yet?” Really!? LOL I did finally get the prescription, so I am hoping I am on my way to getting my old back back again.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Problems are like washing machines. They twist, knock, and turn us in all directions, but at the end of the day, we come out better, brighter, and cleaner than ever before.”
Dogpound Wisdom [Well, truth be had…some of us require a good pre-soaking. LOL]

STOPPED
Fifteen days ago, I read that smoking can kill you. The next day I stopped smoking.
Twelve days ago, I read that too much red meat can kill you.The next day I stopped eating red meat.
Eight days ago, I read that drinking can kill you. The next day I stopped drinking.
Yesterday, I read that coffee can kill you. This morning I stopped reading.
That is all I have for today. As always, be good, do good, play safe, and remember, if you take care of your back it will take care of you.