Mom and Bailie are on the road again running 124 days after Mom slipped and fell on a patch of ice, breaking her ankle. It hasn’t been an easy road since that dreadful morning of January 30th, but I think we are finally, completely back to normal!
If you know Bailie, you know she loves to give hugs! When Mom was sitting in the snow on the sidewalk crying after her fall in January, Bailie, her running buddy, came over and hugged her tight. They hobbled home together, and Bailie gave her more hugs. It was fitting for Mom to get another hug from Bailie prior to their first run since Mom broke her ankle.
For many, a broken ankle is a bummer, but not life changing. For Mom and our family, it was a disaster! We don’t have depression issues around here but the first two weeks with the broken ankle, Mom fell into depression. Thankfully, we dogs were able to help cheer her up and we had lots of help from friends and neighbors who walked us, and brought Mom Culver’s Concrete Mixers. Our whole active lifestyle came to a screeching halt, Mom had an appointment with a really bad doctor who pretty much scared her to death, and simple tasks became so hard for her. After going to another doctor at TRIA, life started to improve. She found an orthopedic doctor who was willing to listen and help. Mom was given the okay to walk a couple blocks at a time, and we started putting life back together.
Despite the boot, Mom took us to all our classes – nose work, obedience, and agility. It was hard, but we didn’t give up and Mom refused to let the ankle change our lives. We were fortunate to have a driver to Appleton, WI for Bailie’s element trials! Not even a boot can stop a dog from getting a title, and Mom wanted a photo to prove it!
The boot came off on March 10, and Mom was cleared to run two weeks later, but she was afraid. For a while, lots of walking was good enough, but she wanted to run. Mom has been a runner since she was a little girl. No matter how young she was, she always wanted to run. May 30 was four months since she broke her ankle and the day she decided to start running, but it didn’t happen. She was afraid. June 1 was the next deadline, but that also didn’t happen. Finally, yesterday, 124 days after the fall, Mom laced up her running shoes, put on her Umbilical Belt, hooked up Bailie, and they got back to running. It was just a two mile run, and they will ease into it for a couple weeks, but they are both so happy to be on the road again!
Now life is officially, back to normal around here! Mom says nothing beats a morning run with a dog!