True Selflessness

Rickys kneeMy fur baby Ricky is getting his stitches out today! You may recall that he had to have his knee surgically repaired. It’s been quite the ride and it’s going to be another 6 weeks or so before he’s healed.

To add a little twist, R.J.’s back went out when he lifted Ricky into the house on the first or second day. We live in a ranch but have at least 3 steps leading to each exterior door which we never gave a thought to until we had to get a 70 pound dog up them every time he had to pee. So, yeah, R.J.’s back went out.

Now I have to lift Ricky in the house and the car that matter to go to the vet today to get his stitches removed. Ever the problem-solver R.J. found a ramp that is supposed to hold up to 600 pounds so we won’t have to lift Ricky anymore. It won’t get here until Monday, but I’m excited now.

Anything to make Ricky’s recovery easier.

This has been such a great learning experience. I’ve been with Ricky 24/7 for over a week other than being spelled by R.J. so I can shower and cook and whatnot. We haven’t even been able to leave the house together.

When this all started I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal. It’s not like we run around town all of the time, but damn. 10 days of being confined to one room, of having to think about how long I’m going to be out of the room before I leave, of having to think before I do anything.

It really caused me to think about how much I take my freedom and mobility for granted. It also caused me to think about all of those amazing people who care for others with physical limitations. All day, every day – without complaint. Wow!

If you are one of those people I want you to know that someone appreciates everything you do. I may never know how hard it really is, but I have had a taste of how hard it can be and that’s enough. That’s enough to make me want to make sure that all of you wonderful, selfless people know you’re recognized and appreciated.

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