We have several friends who have been dealing with health issues recently, so I thought I would go over some tips I told you about last year when Kip was recovering from major back surgery.
I’ve learned so much since then that I have culled a few and added some that I think you will find beneficial. I’m the kind of person who likes to be helpful whenever possible.
After a three month recovery period, we headed out for a six week RV trip. I knew there would be many things we wouldn’t be able to do, but I thought it would be good for Kip to take a leisurely trip to a warmer place so he could take a break from the rehab routine.
We stopped at the beautiful Cattail State Park near Lake Havasu in Nevada. The next morning, Kip said he felt like going for a little walk. I knew we wouldn’t be going very far, but I brought his cane just in case it was needed. Please see the all important tips below.
1) Let the patient take the lead. That way they will automatically set the pace they are comfortable with. Even though you would probably speed walk, remember, this is not for you, it’s for the good of the weakened invalid.
Good a nice little walk. Oh, there’s stairs. Okay…see, I’m staying a little behind on purpose.
“DO YOU NEED THE CANE, KIP?”
2) Always wear shoes with laces
Slow down a bit Sammie and Pattie..You shouldn’t strain on your leashes. Oh shoot, “KIP, I HAVE TO TIE MY SHOE!” Good…he stopped to wait. He’s too proud to tell me he needed a break.
3) Always be the designated picture taker
“I see you! I just stopped to take a picture of this pretty plant.”
4) Watch out for danger of any kind. “Are there snakes up there? Did you see that cave? Pumas hide in caves!”
4) Be sure and stay back far enough in case a Puma flies out of a cave. That way he can’t get both of you, and I can run for help. Beat the snake with your (I mean Kip’s) cane.
I’m pretty sure that’s a mirage. I’m really thirsty. Maybe it’s the Blue Lagoon.
“I’ll just wait here until you turn around! My knee is really bothering me…and my allergies are too. I have a headache!”
I accidentally let go of Sammie and Pattie’s leashes. Oh well, they like to run free.
5) Don’t be too hard on yourself. Everybody has an injury flare up. Just look at poor Kip. He just had major back surgery. I can’t see him. I hope he’s okay.
“What are you looking at me for? I typed on your blog for a while, then I took a little cat nap.”
6) Just keep telling yourself. “The cat is fat! The cat is fat.”
We’re having pork chops. Murdo Girl is resting. She tripped over her cane and fell into a mirage.