Carol is still progressing slowly however, she has developed a sore throat. Under normal circumstances this would not be an issue however, that is exactly how this whole business started so she is taking it easy! The other day she managed a 2-block walk with her walking frame thingy in front (official name unknown), and her physical support as necessary at her side (official name Ray)! In hindsight, two blocks may have been a bit ambitious so we all agreed to scale back her activities.
Ray is performing almost precisely as expected. He is not going to let her get away again if he can prevent it, and is constantly in sight of her, and usually within reach. The “almost” was very deliberate because as attached as he is to Carol, he is still more attached to food!
Yesterday I was trying everything I know to get him out of our living room where Carol was resting. It was an exercise in total futility. At around dinnertime however, one shake of his food container and Carol was furthest from his mind! The only other reasons that he will leave her are if he has to go (REALLY, REALLY has to go) out to the garden for some basic bodily functions.
Under these circumstances, and with our hot and humid weather, he is certainly not getting the exercise that we would like… but he does seem very content in his guard/protect role. Fortunately, our back garden is heavily shadowed by a very old Maple tree and so, while I am writing this, Carol and Ray are chilling out in the back garden! Must be nice!
Given all the activities in the trees and around the garden in general, Ray is consistently preoccupied mentally so perhaps he can accommodate a lack of walks at least in the short term.
This evening I am going to to see of he will follow me on a walk simply by knowing that I have some turkey on me! More news tomorrow!