This time, it was personal. I have ‘Plantar Fasciitis’ in my foot. That is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon that runs down the back of the leg and along the bottom of the foot. The inflammation makes walking on it VERY sore. So I had to have an steroid injection for that. I also have Bursitis in the shoulder, so I had to have a steroid injection for that as well.
Both had to have an ultrasound, and then when they found the problem area, the needle had to be guided using the ultrasound. I won’t go into details, but will just say, they hurt.
As I was going into the hospital I saw a sign. Obviously it doesn’t apply to Rassilon, because when I got into the hospital I was asked where he was.
And, when I went into the pathology rooms for the injections, and said I hoped my foot would be okay to walk on by Wednesday because I bring the therapy dog around, they asked me to take him into their reception area so the staff could meet him, (and probably the patients too). Most visits I think the staff need the therapy visit more than the patients. (Actually I hope my foot is better by tomorrow, because I have to go to the ophthalmologist first thing in the morning). (Friday update…everything is fine, go back for a check in 12 months)
I miscalculated Rassilon’s birthday by a month when I bought him his 4 new collars, so, when I got an unexpected insurance refund, I decided to spend some of this non-money on Rassilon. As I like to have him wear a different collar every hospital visit, I ordered him 6 new collars. I think that will be his last for a while. I will start back at number 1 again and recycle them. After all, 29 collars is probably enough for any dog.
Later this month Rassilon and I have an extra therapy visit to a school. Like the university last week, they are having their exams, and the dogs, (Abby and Bella will also be there with their handler), will be a therapeutic break for the kids to take their minds off the exams for a while. Although if it is like the university, we will have trouble getting the kids to go back to class. The good thing is, Rassilon has met Abby and Bella and they get on all right together.
I applied for this as an extra shift because Rassilon loves kids, and I think he enjoys a change from the hospital. He seems to be getting bored with the hospital, but he still likes going to the dementia ward. Rassilon has an empathy with people with mental health conditions.
Although known as Therapy Dogs here in Australia, I prefer the American name that is given to their therapy dogs now. It is far more descriptive of what the dog is there for…