Ivy has acquired a few new habits of late. Just in the past few evenings as I sit here watching TV, she has been jumping on my lap.
This is not like Ivy. She’s never liked to sit in my lap before.
But suddenly she’s putting her great big self right on my lap, hanging over the sides a bit. She waits for me to get her comb out of the drawer next to my chair to comb her fur.
Ivy loves to be brushed with the cat comb one of you sent to me. It is her favorite. But usually, she just jumps on my chair and makes me lean forward to comb her fur.
If I get distracted and accidentally comb her too hard, she will whip her head around and bite my hand.
Ungrateful cat. But aren’t all cats a bit ungrateful? Or maybe a better word would be oblivious. Oblivious to anyone else’s concerns or needs. But then, that is the nature of a cat.
If Gracie gets too close, there will be hissing and growling and tail thumping.
Ivy & The Moving Boxes:
Also, Ivy has begun to jump up to the highest empty box I have stacked up in the living room. Once there she will start ripping out the bottom of the cardboard with her teeth.
I imagine she’s telling me she does not like these boxes everywhere and is apprehensive because she doesn’t know what’s happening. Well, that’s understandable.
I just put something in the box where she can’t keep tearing it out.
Gracie has not broken anything since the jar. That wasn’t the end of the world. One less thing to pack.
It isn’t as though I don’t have more vintage jars.
On Thursday my physical therapist, Holly, gave me the name of a chiropractor she knows and has worked with. She said when I walk she can see that I’m completely uneven.
Dr. Riley has a whole rehabilitation office for all kinds of care. Post-surgery, back rehab, etc. It’s called Tulsa Spine & Rehab. They use chiropractic practices plus physical therapy, etc.
I hope my medical insurance doesn’t kick it back because it says physical therapy in the name.
I’m already seeing Holly for my ankle. And insurance won’t let you see two physical therapists at once. However, what he did was chiropractic care.
I had an appointment for Monday, but I called yesterday to see if they’d had a cancellation. And luckily they had. So I went in yesterday morning.
First, he checked me over and had me walk so he could check my gait. My balance is starting to waver, which I had not really noticed.
He worked on my back a bit and then had someone take me into another room with a TENS unit.
The TENS unit with heat felt great. I asked the therapist about a portable unit. She said the portable ones don’t have much strength. Boy, this one did, and it sure felt good.
Then I was back on the chiropractic table and he worked on my back some more, a little more firmly this time. I left feeling better. I’d not realized until then that I had not been taking deep breaths in and out of my lungs.
Walking to my car I could take a good long breath without fearing the backlash of pain.
Once Home Again:
I did a little bit of packing, and I mean a very little bit, yesterday afternoon. It didn’t take long for the middle of my back to clench up and stay that way. So I sat down and watched TV for a while with a heating pad on my back.
I’ll go back on Tuesday for Dr. Riley to work on my back some more. I’ve used chiropractors in the past, back in Texas. And have gotten good relief in the past. I just didn’t know one here in Tulsa.
Maybe this will help get me into better shape to move. Which is 2 weeks from next Wednesday. Fingers crossed.