I've had a large inflamation on my big toe for the past few days - it only hurt for one day but the redness and slight swelling is constant. I have no idea what could have caused it - it started out as a tiny little spot that itched, and then became much more problematic. Last night Jeannie drove me to an Urgent Care center near their house - I've been there several times and was always happy with it. The doctor prescribed me a round of medicine - I think it's an antibiotic and told me to stay off my feet as much as possible while keeping the sore foot elevated. He didn't blink when I told him I had a puppy to take care of, go for walks, etc. He just went on talking. I have to walk Rocky but I'll try shorter walks at a time, which I had already started doing. I am so sick and tired of doctors and medical issues I could scream.
I was full of plans for walking Rocky and had several ideas for training him in areas he definitely needs training. The woman who does the training classes is nice and means well. She often mentions her dog and uses him as an example, but it's a small dog. I don't think she has a clue in the world of what a lab is like to live with. He's absolutely adorable, but he's also absolutely maddening when it comes to something he has a different idea about.
My neighbor on one side has had a visitor for several days - probably a daughter or d-i-l. This morning there is a "For Sale" sign in front of the house, so whoever is there has probably been getting the house ready to sell. Ed is in his early 70's I think, but has had a lot of health problems over the years I've lived here, and he is brought home from a bike ride, or taken away in an ambulance, more times than I can count. Last time a huge fire engine pulled up in front of his place and he walked from it to the house. A fireman pushed his bike for him. He's always been pretty active for the shape he's in, but I've often wondered about the wisdom of riding a bike at his age and condition - he'd be better off walking. He has always been a good neighbor and is very friendly to all my family when they come by. He thinks my two sons who trim the bushes, work on the roof, etc., are the greatest. When Joe trims the bushes in my yard he will usually go do Ed's as well. It looks like a for sale by owner situation, and I hope it doesn't stay on the market long and end up being snatched by a real estate agent. If and when I sell mine I told Steve I'd let him handle everything and take a commission! When I see the grim details in the news about the economy, I think I should stay put right where I am, continue with the plans for fixing up the back yard for Rocky, and forget paying an extra $600+ a month for additional rent and utilities.
My dear puppy is barking at me and I haven't figured out yet what he wants, so I'd better go try!
Have a good weekend.