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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:03 pm

You think you have the latest model that will serve you for years to come. Sometimes you love what you have and other times, it is just a vehicle that gets you where you want to go.

Oh, you try to maintain it the best you can to avoid it falling apart. You check its engine to see if it is working properly. You check the oil to make sure it is doing its job lubricating! The frame or chassis is hopefully strong enough to last years because after all, everything rests on it. Have you ever put in the wrong fuel? Oh, it can make noises that you never heard and emit odors that make you cringe. And then there is the radiator. Sometimes it just heats up too much and lets off steam with pride while other times it could make you cry.

As it ages, more frequent trips to get it checked out seem inevitable. The older it gets, the more we wonder, when will it break down again?

Well, it happened again for me. The old chassis has failed. Yep, this past month I had to take it to two different mechanics to try to fix it.

By now you must think I’m talking about my beloved truck that I drive. Well, I’m afraid my Dodge Ram is holding out better than the model I’m talking about. You see, the thing I’m describing is my body!

I have tried to maintain this old thing. I go to the cardiologist to check my engine and to the lab to get my oil checked. I used to put in the wrong fuel, but I’ve worked on that, so I no longer have the horrible emissions…well maybe occasionally. My radiator is still over heating but that’s called menopause, so I live in my own personal sauna and try not to let off too much steam at Mr. Wonderful.

For the past year, my left hip has been very painful. Two weeks ago, it got worse, so I went back to my orthopedist, Dr. Evans, and he gave me my “happy shot.” Well, not happy when I get it but slowly it takes the pain away for a while. Then he referred me for therapy.

I called my favorite punisher…I mean physical therapist, Dickie Spiroff, at Homestead Physical Therapy who set me up for the month-long therapy sessions. If you don’t know Dickie and met him in a dark alley, you would scream and run! LOL! Dickie has more tattoos than I have freckles, and I’m loaded, but he is the sweetest guy.

When I walked in, I was happy to see Eric and Cavan were still there as they helped me when my left front fender (my shoulder) was operated on a few years ago. You know how it is with me, being the larger vehicle in the garage, I am very self-conscious about moving this body in certain positions in front of people. Juntree used to work with the guys before moving to Texas and I did a doubletake as there was a young lady there who looked like her and acted like her. Bonnie is new and let me tell you, this little lady has some powerful hands just like Juntree did! Her massages are tops and she has been the one putting me through my exercises.

During one of the exercises, Bonnie had me lay on my back and pull my knees up to my chest. Inside I privately screamed and fist bumped because my recent weight loss allowed me to do exactly that! Hallelujah…I could pull my legs up! Before my belly was too far extended to allow my knees to pull up! Woo hoo! Party! Oh, the little things.

Yesterday, Bonnie threw in a new exercise and I now believe that she is secretly training me to become a circus act. While tilting my pelvic area toward my chest, I must keep my heels on a rubber ball and move my feet in small circles. Yeah…I’m going to be the seal…arf…arf!

After all the exercises, I am rewarded with a wonderful massage of the rear end of my chassis…yeah…my left butt cheek while warm pads are put on my thighs. After that it is electrical stimulation and a cold pack on my rear end…I’m not joking! It feels great.

After therapy I head to work with one cold rear end cheek, feeling oiled and ready to go.

I don’t think this is the last time my model will break down…it’s bound to

happen, but it is wonderful to have a great garage and mechanics that make it work again.

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