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Injury/New Emotional Support Animal/Thanksgiving



So since the cold front rolled in last month my allergies have left me coughing up stuff, congestion and sinus pressure, this happens every year.
Well Sunday I was doing chest/shoulder workouts with butterflys and DB presses, and I started coughing and heard a pop then extreme pain. Monday I went to my massage therapist thinking I pulled a muscle...she told me to go see a doctor. SO yesterday I went to see the doctor and he thinks I dislocated a rib (huh?). So I had 7 xrays done and was giving some strong pain pills and stuff for my allergies and waiting to hear back. The pain is debilitating, coughing, deep breaths, or moving a certain way feels like someone driving a knife under my shoulder blade between my ribs and out my chest then twisting it.

On to my good news, I went to a reptile expo Saturday, and started talking to breeders and sellers about getting a uromastyx a 16"-30" (between the Egyptian and red/yellow versions) vegetarian mild mannered desert lizard. I learned no one has actually imported or had success breeding the Egyptian uromastyx in a few years, and the entire imported stock this year of red/yellows has came in sick and dying and all the breeders I talked to had lost all their stock.  SO looking at other options of something that eats food I can get a grocery store, I found a breeder with Black & White Tegu Morph that was bred to be smaller, and I got a female one. She is black and white and I ended up calling her Xenia (dad called her that and she responds to it). She is currently 6" long and a picky eater only eating raw ground meats. I am still getting her used to me, putting used head band in her hiding area so she associates my smell with safety and not directly handling her yet just sitting next to her enclosure and talking to her and sometimes putting my hand inside to see if she will approach.
They are a omnivorous lizards and her version should get 2.5-3 feet long. They mostly eat meats, organ meats, and some veggies/fruit, pretty much anything I can get at a grocery store and pretty much my diet lol. I was told by the breeder to give her dog food to supplement but she keeps picking out the canned dog food from the ground meats and only eating the meat. She seems to be settling in slowly as a new family member.

Speaking on family....my family is opting to leave me alone again for Thanksgiving and helping out cooking the community thanksgiving dinner at the church (this has been their thing since my grandma on my moms side and my grandpa on my dads side died and the family stopped meeting up for holidays) I am donating 9 pound cakes, 1 lemon loaf, and 10 dozen gluten free/diabetic friendly cookies (this is great as my church provides the thanksgiving dinners to the local nursing homes)
I am sending half my leftovers to my parents though as they are diabetic and can not eat anything but the turkey and green beans from the church meals. I actually use my grandmothers dressing recipe with my Paleo herb bread made with poultry seasoning (in my recipe blog if you want to make your own just use 2tbsp dry poultry seasoning in it and no need to add more to the dressing) to make a low carb dressing, and made a bunch of desserts and low carb casserole and rolls. Doing something special and smoking the turkey this year.
I really have mixed feelings about the holidays but at least I have Xenia the Tegu to spend it with this year lol.



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17 minutes ago, cyclinglady said:

Did I miss this?  I am so sorry to hear about your ribs!  I hope you recover fast.  But glad to hear about Xenia.  

Most the pain resolved having it popped back in, then on some Tramadol. I am much better I just can not do any type of shoulder, back, or chest workouts for 4-6 weeks til it fully heals.


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