Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Good Evening ALl,

Jake and I have had a very interesting week or so. First, Terry came for a training visit and we also visited the National Rehab Hospital and the VA Hospital in NW DC. Nobody said a thing about Jake coming into either hospital. Jake did not do anything wrong and went to sleep when we were having conversations with individuals in the hospitals. Interesting that Jake went into the mem's room and while resting his bones, somebody used the hand blow dryer vs using paper towels. Well, this thing sounded like the back end of a C-130 engine during take off. It was powered up and almost pulled itself off the wall. Jake never moved. I was very proud of him. When I went into the doctor's office, you could tell the doctor was not that wild about dogs being in her office. Jake made himself right at home, didn't bother a thing and had a nice nap. The doctor finished the exam on me and ended the conversation by saying that in India, dogs would never have been allowed into a hospital, but your dog is really nice. With that, Jake got up and we both departed her office. On Friday night around 2200 hours, I decided to make my bi-hourly trip to the bathroom. Unfortunately, I crashed about half way there and hit my head against the oak chest of drawers. I lost that battle and with the cuts on my head, I was out like a light for over 5 minutes. Peggy was frantic, Jake was calm and knew exactly what to do. Peggy mopped up the blood and Jake licked me from ear to ear. Peggy couldn't find a dry spot on my face. Jake tried to wake me up and did his best to help Peggy. I am so very proud of him for his efforts as well as his assistance to Peggy. Now we have a new routine to figure out and that is how to call for help when I fall and knock myself out. A good thing for everyone to ponder. What happens if you fell and knocked yourself out and were bleeding? Do you have a plan? This situatuion could happen to you and you need to consider what you or your wife would do. We have ordered a 911 phone and are going to train Jake to find and grab the phone and press the only button on the phone --911.

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