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Percy Tail Update [Oct. 9th, 2008|03:46 pm]
Yes, it is indeed broken. But apparently, the nerve to the end of it was also broken and he feels no pain whatsoever, and so far, no phantom or other weird feelings that would make him mess with it. So we're just leaving it alone to heal wacky. (Before you suggest splinting or bandaging...well, obviously, you've never dealt with a greyhound tail.) I suspect it's Percy's memorial to Willow, whose tail had been broken in two separate places and healed a little funny.

Percy's is pretty dramatic, especially when he gets perky and excited and it curves upwards in a happy arc...until you get to the last 1/3, where it does a darn near 90 angle downward. That's Percy, always looking for ways to enhance his inner goober.

My body, not wanting to be outdone by Percy is in full-blown snot fairy infestation. Gobbet, flinger of lung chunks, has come to the party and he is one right bastard. Sadly, they've also been joined by the Back Pain Pookah who is right now introducing me to the Hag of Sciatica. And right now the only position that is at all comfortable is fetal ball in bed, quietly weeping. Okay, not really weeping. Not my style. Muttering desperate expletives. Yeah, okay, that would be me.

Any nondrug suggestions are welcome. I will be funny tomorrow. Promise.

[User Picture]From: pyllgrum
2008-10-09 08:13 pm (UTC)
Rum. Kills the germs, kills the pain, and if not, with enough rum you just do not care anymore.
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[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2008-10-09 08:25 pm (UTC)
And if you mix it with pineapple juice, it's a health drink, chock full of ascorbic acid and powerful antioxidants! Wait, does that make it too much like medicine? Oh, bugger the pineapple juice then.
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2008-10-09 08:25 pm (UTC)
Drambuie because it tastes better than rum.

OK because it's just got that smooooooth sticky taste?

Hot bath.

I mentioned the booze didn't I?


((while that may not help the back - it might scare away the snotfairy))
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[User Picture]From: fountaingirl
2008-10-09 08:22 pm (UTC)
Dammit! If I had known sooner, I would have seen if the H-Mart has some stuff called "Magic Plaster Not to be Exchanged for Gold." It is this stuff in a paper envelope with green edges. It is sticky and unpleasant, it is a plaster and is the color of tar only not so fragrant thank god. You put it directly on the back.

It has SAVED my ass more than once, made me mobile with limited pain when nothing else could. And I have a history of ruptured disks, my back is "fuxxored" as the kids say.
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[User Picture]From: dawntreader90
2008-10-09 08:33 pm (UTC)
i drink Echinacea Tea with honey in it when i'm hacking up the lung butter. it's soothing on your soon-to-be raw throat.
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2008-10-09 09:02 pm (UTC)
Oh - sciatica-related suggestions. Snot and Gobbet are being dealt with with Mucinex, Emergen-C, Fluids and as much bed rest as the Hag will tolerate.

I'm struggling with the whole "don't lift anything, don't bend, don't sit on low surfaces..." I find it hard to be awake and not violate one of those every 15 minutes. Sigh.
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[User Picture]From: queenmaggie
2008-10-09 09:38 pm (UTC)
Try an adhesive heat pad on the sore back. When sleeping, grab an extra pillow for under your knees (if lying on your back) or between them (if on your side)

Do you have a chiropractor? I've had really good results with the whole adjustment/'electric current to relax muscles' thing.
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[User Picture]From: pyllgrum
2008-10-09 10:43 pm (UTC)
And some Captain you know has a good chiropractor.

He did wonders for Sestrees back.
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[User Picture]From: 3fingeredsalute
2008-10-09 10:03 pm (UTC)
Whenever I get what it sounds like you have (congestion-wise), I go for chinese hot & sour soup (obviously chicken brother with vinegar and sinus-clearing hot oil).

Another phlegmish suggestion? Boil a pot with hot water, sliced ginger root and a few slices of orange -- honey to taste. The additional benefit to this is that it is beneficial solo, or goes enviably well with the aforementioned rum.

Both the flooded sinus-caverns and the shrieking back pain are helped by the simple effort of a leisurely, relaxing, hot and stress-reducing bath. Just make sure the dogs don't knock the candles into the tissue filled wastebasket or the curling iron into the tub.

Your mileage may vary. I don't have a dog (anymore) or a curling iron, (or, at the moment, a usable tub) so I may or may not have any clue what I'm talking about.
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[User Picture]From: warriorsway
2008-10-10 12:34 pm (UTC)
You're funny now. Which is not to say that I laugh at your pain, but...the Hag of Sciatica? I don't care who you are, that's funny, right there.

< lascivious >

As long as you're on the bed...

< /lascivious >
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