Yesterday I was standing perfectly still, one second laughing at SheBop being goofy, the next yowling in pain as she body slammed me, knocking my right knee out from supporting my body weight, which sprained my ankle. And I'm leaving in a couple hours to go run (sic) Gris-Gris and Shammie in the Flash Paws agility trial. I guess we'll be practicing distance handling... (Anyone going to be there? Wanna run a couple extra dogs? ;-/)
If the *** wasn't so cute, I'd kick the tar out of her - no wait, I can't stand on one foot to kick her. So I'd just beat her. And not feed her dinner. Yeah, beat her and starve her, that's what I'd do. Damn her cuteness!!
Susan "Pushover" Fraser
and the (pushy but cute) AuH2Ok9s:
GulDurnSheBop, Shammie and Gris-Gris
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Yesterday I was standing perfectly still, one second laughing at SheBop being goofy, the next yowling in pain as she body slammed me, knocking my right knee out from supporting my body weight, which sprained my ankle.

Youch! Of course, our laughing at their antics is the adult equivalent of those childhood admonishments, "you'll put your eye out" and "it will end in tears." If I laugh too much at Q, she runs right toward me and jumps and pushes me it's a permissible play move, but sometimes it's a bit much.
You're right, though, it's a good thing they're cute! Hope your ankle heals fast.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
Yesterday I was standing perfectly still, one second laughing at SheBop being goofy, the next yowling in pain as she body slammed me, knocking my right knee out from supporting my body weight, which sprained my ankle.

Yeowie! That must have hurt! Dylan was responsible for a similarly caused sprained knee, a broken finger, and skin scraped almost to bone off a knee and palm.
If the *** wasn't so cute, I'd kick the tar out of her - no wait, I can't stand on ... beat her. And not feed her dinner. Yeah, beat her and starve her, that's what I'd do. Damn her cuteness!!

Yup, cuteness is the only thing that saves them!
FurPaw

Better dead than Red.
To reply, unleash the dog.
Susan,
I am sorry to hear about your attack dog causing injuries. I hope you feel better soon.
Your dogs sure do have cute names She-bop, Shammie and Gris-Gris..I like em..cute!!
Be Free..Judy
If the *** wasn't so cute, I'd kick the tar out of her - no wait, I can't stand on ... beat her. And not feed her dinner. Yeah, beat her and starve her, that's what I'd do. Damn her cuteness!!

Well let's look at the bright side. I'd rather it be my ankle than my knee. Knee injuries suck twinkies. Ankle injuries, at least for me, have been non-debilitating long term.
Get some Arnica Montana and take it. Strap the ankle and go. My own self-medication, which flies in the face of what most doctors say, is to be on it as often as you comfortably can while keeping it braced enough to prevent reinjury. I think the more you move on it the less swelling there will be, and the more circulation that's in there the quicker it will heal. Some MD will come on here and scream at me for the advice so take it or leave it.
FWIW anecdote. At a NADAC trial in December I very unwisely tried a front cross on Cala during a Tunneler's course. She sent me flying and my ankle buckled and popped. I rolled around on the dirt for awhile thinking "Ow, ***, OW!!" Then I got up and hobbled through the rest of the run (and was even clean but .02 seconds over time). I had 6 more runs to do that day. I did 5 of the 6, dropping one. The ankle swelled, but not as much as it would have and though it took a couple of weeks, it was healed within that time.
Get some Arnica Montana and take it. Strap the ankle and go. My own self-medication, which flies in the face ... heal. Some MD will come on here and scream at me for the advice so take it or leave it.

You aren't that far off base. I've sprained both of my ankles on multiple occasions. I still have 2 severed ligaments in one ankle (I opted to pass on the surgery to repair them). With ankle sprains, a day or 2 max of staying off, but with lots of intermittent RICE - rest, ice, compression and elevation, every few hours. Add to that exercise as pain allows, which should start off very gently with a focus on strengthening the supporting muscles in the feet. Use those therapy bands. Then graduate to heel raises, etc.
The best supportive ankle brace out there: Active Ankle. You can wrap underneath it for compression for as long as you need it, and use it in nearly any shoe. I've tried them all.
http://activeankle.com /

Lynne
Robin Nuttall advised:
Strap the ankle and go.

Yup, that's what I did. And with good results Saturday - Gris-Gris took 1st in ExA Std and 1st in ExA JWW! But it was pretty sore today so not so good. Plus today, the courses were not as rear cross friendly and I struggled on front crosses, so of course Gris knocked bars, but Shammie (who runs at a more, um, limp-accessible pace ;->) did Q.
Get some Arnica Montana and take it.

I'll get some in the AM. I do agree Robin and Lynne, with the practical advice - this isn't the first time I've sprained this ankle - probably not in the single digits of times. I quit mollycoddling it since I started running agility, but my ankle has been a bigger impediment to Gris-Gris' agility career even than all the upheaval with Katrina. But I am sick of it, and am going to an ortho doc this week.
Lynne commiserated:
I still have 2 severed ligaments in one ankle (I opted to pass on the surgery to repair them).

I figure I'll hear something similar - might I ask why you don't want surgery?
The best supportive ankle brace out there: Active Ankle. You can wrap underneath it for compression for as long as you need it, and use it in nearly any shoe. I've tried them all. http://activeankle.com /

Thanks - I saved the link in my "ankle brace" file - I've tried quite a few too (what makes me mad was that I wasn't even taped because I wasn't doing anything when the Bopper bopped me). I have one that looks similar, but the plate under the foot is bigger and curved, supposed to support the arch, but it just bugs me, and also doesn't fit well in ANY shoe. Depending on what I find out at the doc, I'll order one of these for my collection...
Meanwhile, I get good results from taping : http://www.smartplay.net / ouch/injury manage/taping.html
At least, that is, until the skin starts to peel off with the tape ;-O

Susan "Hop-a-long" Fraser
and the (happy to run on ahead) AuH2Ok9s
BeBop a lu SheBop SH,
Shamma Lamma Ding Dong UD MH AX AXJ,
and Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya 1/3 AX, 1/3 AXJ
I figure I'll hear something similar - might I ask why you don't want surgery?

By the time my ortho determnined the ligaments were completely severed and not going to heal, I was 6 months out from the injury. I was still having some pain, but was strong and fully functional and I didn't want to start over with my recovery. Also, I have a bleeding disorder and am a slow healer. Surgery is always a risk, and I've had enough surgery to last several lifetimes.
Looking back, I don't regret not having the surgery. So long as I keep my feet strong, I don't really notice that the ligaments are gone. Once in a while I do freak people out when I turn that ankle and it touches the inside of my leg. On the bright side, no ligaments to tear! I just hope I don't regret that decision when I'm an old woman.
Good luck with your recovery. Lodge a complaint with the powers that be about ankles they really are a *** poor design.

Lynne
I figure I'll hear something similar - might I ask why you don't want surgery?

I'm not Lynne and I haven't had the surgery either but I really shy away from ankle surgery the (very few) people I know who have had it really haven't seen that much functional improvement. Ditto wrist surgery. I've had friends with somewhat more improvement with knee surgery, but some really haven't had much improvement at all including my nephew, who is now on his 2nd knee surgery at less than 20 years old.

So though I'm not anti-surgery, I think that joint surgery in active people is not something I'd do unless I really had no choice.
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