Stay in Your Crate: A man, a dog, and recovery

Jake, our 4 year old German Shepherd, recently had his left hip replaced. He was born with hip dysplasia and we got the right hip replaced about a year and a half ago. The recovery time is about 8 weeks of confinement followed by another several weeks of gradually increasing activity. We have two more weeks of him being confined to his crate for most of the day and he's pretty much over it by now. When we take him outside to toilet, we have to use a sling to support his back end in case he slips. He hates that and ends up just peeing all over it. Even though he's still healing from the surgery, he probably feels better than he ever has in his whole life. He wants to play, chase the squirrels, and run as fast as he can on his new hip and doesn't understand what the problem is.

At least we've trained him well, so he still follows our instructions (most of the time) even though he's frustrated. He seems to understand that we are taking care of him and not punishing him, but we are all ready for him to be fully recovered.

I'm having the same trouble as Jake. I feel better than I have in a long time, so I want to play, chase the squirrels, and run as fast as I can. But, I can't. I also have to "stay in my crate" for a while longer, even though it's frustrating. I'm continuing to make steady progress, but it's slow and difficult. Sometimes, like Jake, my patience wears thin. I'm lucky that my husband keeps reminding me to "stay in my crate." In other words, slow down, don't try to do too much, don't feel bad about what I can't do, and focus on getting better. 

In other news, I got a Daith piercing. My sister got one because they are said to help with migraines in some cases, so I thought I'd try it, too. Not much to lose and I have some cute jewelry even if it doesn't help.

Looks nice against my grey hair, doesn't it? It may be a placebo effect, but I think it might be helping a little. I notice that if I wiggle the left side of my mouth, it moves the piercing slightly and puts some pressure on the nerve there. That pressure seems to disrupt the pain that creeps down the side of my head when a migraine starts. Of course, I had a killer migraine last night, so this definitely isn't a miracle cure.

In Skywatch News, Venus continues to shine brightly in the west at sunset. Mars is below Venus, but you'll need a good view of the horizon and dark skies to see it before it sets. Jupiter is high in west at sunset and is nicely positioned for backyard telescope viewing.