Baby Ben Update

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Ben had knee surgery yesterday.  The doctor stabilized the knee, so it will not pop out of place anymore.  He also repaired a torn ligament.

I picked Ben up this afternoon and brought him home.  He is doing as well as could be expected.  His leg hurts and he limps a lot.  He also spends a good deal of time crying.

I took the above picture about 30 minutes after he took his pain medication, so he was in a good mood.

I put tie-down stations around the house and in the back yard.  This will allow Ben to walk around, but prevents him from getting on furniture and from running.

The other dogs have been great with Ben.  They each walked slowly up to Ben and sniffed him.  They come and check on Ben from time to time and gently lick his face.

Ben’s brothers are all behaving well; however, Ben is not allowed to be unsupervised around any of them.  I don’t want any of our other dogs to accidentally hurt Ben or to mess with Ben’s stitches.

I know the next few days are going to be hard on Ben, but his family loves him and we are all going to take great care of him.

Happy – A Documentary

“The constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.”  Benjamin Franklin

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This documentary is available on Netflix.  It takes an in depth look at what makes people happy and how we can improve our own happiness.

Here are a few things from the documentary that I found to be interesting:

  • Dopamine is a chemical in the brain and it is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy.  Physical activity releases dopamine, so engaging in exercise is a natural mood booster.
  • Events have a limited impact on our happiness.  When something good happens, we may feel ecstatic.  However, those feelings will dissipate quickly.  When something bad happens, we may feel devastation, but those feelings will also dissipate.
  • A key ingredient to happiness is being able to recover from adversity quickly.
  • Once our basic needs are meet, an increase in income has a limited affect on our level of happiness.
  • You will always be able to find somebody that has more money than you or that has something you don’t have.  A constant desire for more will have a negative impact on our happiness.
  • The more people focus on money and image the less happy they feel.
  • The more people focus on relationships, personal development, and community service the happier they feel.
  • Changing your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have that you can share, will promote happiness.
  • The building blocks of happiness are play, new experiences, and relationships.

Take time to do something that makes you happy today.

 

Bell’s Palsy Recovery

I saw the neurologist today and he was impressed by how fast I am recovering from Bell’s Palsy.  I have regained 95% of muscle control in the last three weeks.

The doctor said I am very lucky, because a lot of people take months to achieve this level of recovery.  Also, I will not need physical therapy or facial nerve stimulation treatments.

I have an appointment in two weeks to see an ear specialist.  Since I had surgery on the mastoid bone ten years ago, I may need another surgery to clean out any leftover fluids from the infection.

I am pleased with my current rate of recovery and appreciate everyone that has prayed for me, sent positive thoughts, and helped me during this difficult time.

 

 

 

Binge Eating Disorder

I have a binge eating disorder.  I feel like my body and my brain are not on the same page.  My body is saying, “Stop, I’m full.”  However, my brain is always screaming out for more food.

For me, binge eating is a compulsion that seems impossible to control.  That’s why I started attending a Celebrate Recovery group.  Celebrate recovery is a 12-step program that helps people overcome their addictions and compulsions.

I have tried to stop binge eating numerous times in the past, but I always failed.  I admit I have become powerless over my compulsion and I need help (step 1).