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  • Thought I'd begin a new thread where we could share or link to heartwarming and uplifting stories and images , or get philosophical about life, the universe....I've already shared one story in the Soothe Me thread....
    In the last few days my adorable Yorkie / KC Spaniel has developed mobility problems caused by severe arthritis in her back legs and is struggling to walk more than a few steps. I'm desperately hoping she responds to medication quickly. Her closest companion, my border terrier, is obviously concerned too. A friend put me on to a wonderful tale on the internet about a rear- paralysed BT who uses wheels to get about and it is such a heartwarming video, you must watch! It's on YouTube, under Benson The Border Terrrier. I believe he has Twitter followers too!
    I'm trying to remain positive...
    Maybe I should've named this thread Hopeful Tales Of Us?
    Post edited by KatRobin at 2014-06-15 16:14:32
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  • Hi Kat - our border collie, Willow, has a similar issue and we took her for a course of laser treatment - I can't say it's a miracle but she has gain a massive amount mobility back. Ask your vet - it's not what you'd call cheap, £80 for a course of 6 but it does make a difference.
    What if the Hokey Cokey is what it's all about?
  • Thanks Appy, I will be taking her back again this week.
    Admin- sorry for putting this thread in the wrong category. I don't know how to move it to Off Topic. Sorry x
  • I'll start by answering your question.  If you edit your original post, right at the top it gives you the choice of topic.

    So, I don't know if my story is exactly uplifting but I'll go with hopeful...maybe.  First you need to know a little history.  I smoked for about 40 years and quit about five years ago and I have had back problems all of my life due to a couple of incidents.  It was so bad that I had a dislocated collarbone and didn't even reallize it.  I started working on the back about fifteen years ago (and just, altogether, my physical health), mostly with Tai Chi and walkng an insane amount.  So, I had fixed it quite a bit, including fixing the dislocation purely through Tai Chi exercise.  With all of that, I just couldn't quite get the back into completely proper shape.  I could go into a alot of tecnical detail but, in general, the right-hand side just wasn't quite right and I was running out of ways to fix it any further.  When I started, I couldn't hardly sit at the piano, for example, for more than a handful of minutes without being in agony.  I got to the point where I could sit at the piano for a couple of hours but it was still terribly painful by the time I finished.  So, being an ex-smoker without a lot of willpower, I occasionally smoke a cigarette and it knocks me right on my ass every time.  Literally, sometimes.  So, I'm outside smoking a cigarette and do exactly what I know better than to do.  Bend over.  The blood rushes to my head and I lose my balance.  So, that is exactly what happened and I fall on my back on my right-hand side and it knocks my ribs in such a way that it straightens out that final little kink that I couldnt' get out of my back.  My back is now in just about perfect shape.  Now, there are no problems at all with the back.  I can sit a the piano for hours without end without a single twinge to the back.  So, that is what I call a Serendipitous event.  A fortunate accident that, when enough of them happen to you, you start to have a hard time giving it all up to coincidence.  Especially when one of them is as dumb a falling on your back to fix it rather than damage it further.
  • I'm really pleased to hear it Whickwithy :)
  • I'm still not sure it even fits the hopeful category.  Strange is more like it.

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