Just when things start going well and your ex-injury boyfriend (my heel spur Wolverine) appears to be gone for almost good, what happens? My best friend and adventure buddy gets injured. Yup, Kobi is injured.
This started back in January, but I did what I do with my personal injuries, I deny them and try to “run” them off. That worked about as well for Kobi as it has for me. I gave her two weeks rest, but rest meant no long runs. She was still running off-leash on our morning, afternoon and evening walks which added up to almost 5km a day. That isn’t really rest is it?
The limp went away and I tested her out by taking her for a short fat bike ride. The thing with Kobi is that when she sees the bike or me in running gear, she has to run like she stole something regardless of how slow I’m going. Of course the limp came back.
I took her south to see her doctor 4 hours away and spent on x-rays what could have bought me a lot of new gear, like an awful lot of new gear (don’t get me wrong, I’d spend ten times that on her if I had to).
The good news is there was no evidence of arthritis or joint issues. The bad news is they don’t have a CT scan so we have to assume it’s some sort of soft tissue injury. The vet said I had to get serious about resting Kobi. She went so far as saying kennel her, limit the stairs, and no walking off-leash – even to poop! If Kobi could talk or had a middle finger she would’ve expressed what she thought of that plan. So we compromised, we go for short walks on a leash down the driveway, she gets to poop off leash, and we try to limit the number of trips up and down the stairs.
We’re at day 22 now and I haven’t seen a limp for a while. This is good. The plan is to limit her walks for another week and a half and then re-introduce short running stints with a few days off in between. I’m optimistic this will work and she’ll be right as rain again.
I feel so much guilt that I haven’t skied or biked or snowshoed since the visit to Kobi’s doctor. I run at lunch from work so she doesn’t see me leave without her. On my weekend long runs she does see me and shoots hot, sad daggers of “how could you cheat on me like this” into my heart. The rest of the time I run on the treadmill or ride my bike trainer while she rests on her princess bed. I don’t feel as much guilt on those days.
I need to name Kobi’s injury. Any suggestions? Ever had to deal with a running buddy who gets injured? Coping suggestions?