Last Minute Packing, Bad Backs, and Dog Sitters

by Kara on September 23, 2009

I don't have a picture of a suitcase or anything, so here are some fireworks to illustrate how excited I am about going to Bhutan.

I don't have a picture of a suitcase or anything, so here are some fireworks to illustrate how excited I am about going to Bhutan.

I don’t know why, but I seem to be incapable of getting my suitcase out more than a day before we leave on a trip. We leave for Bhutan in four days, and thus far I have simply contemplated packing. True, we travel a lot, so we already have a good idea of what is going in our bags, thus I am not worried. We did go get power adaptors to make sure Stephen could plug in his camera batteries, but we still need to go buy earplugs because we heard that the dogs in Bhutan bark all night long.

For this trip, I have no choice but to pack as light as possible. I ruptured a disc in July, and have to be exceedingly careful about my back. I managed to avoid surgery, but I am told re-injury is quite common. I happen to work with some of the best orthopaedic spine surgeons in the world, so I have no shortage of great advice. I am just not looking forward to a zillion hours sitting on airplanes. Obviously, our trip to Bhutan was planned before I got injured, but my doctor cleared me to go, thank goodness. I am being sent off with a bunch of “just in case” medications, hoping I won’t need to use any of them. Anyway, I plan to fit everything into my smallest roller suitcase and my backpack. Stephen needs a bit more space for his camera equipment, but he has that pretty well planned out.

Chiqui the spoiled dog asleep on one of her many beds.

Chiqui the spoiled dog asleep on one of her many beds.

Our trip preparation is made more complicated by the fact that we have to clean the entire house in preparation for our dog sitter. Yes, we actually have someone come in and live with our dog while we are out of town. We used to send Chiqui to a no-kennel dog care facility, and she loved to run around and play with the other dogs. However, she has a bum knee (“excessive slope of the tibial plateau” to be more precise) that makes her prone to torn ligaments, and since she doesn’t know when to stop playing and rest, she started coming home with a limp. So to avoid surgery, she has a buddy come and stay with her. We have the most fantastic dog sitter in the world and Chiqui adores her.

After all our planning, it’s hard to believe it is almost time to head to Bhutan. I can’t wait.

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Tek September 27, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I have got your blog from your comment on TP Mishara’s blog and interested on your Bhutan visit. I read your schedule . It shows that you are visiting only on the northern part of Bhutan. I am a Bhutanese refugee resettled in SF Bay area. The story of southern is different from the North and West. When you will back and share the story of southern then I will be more then happy. I will not get chance to visit my county because I was evicted from the country when I was just 11 years old. Now I am working as a reporter to the exile Bhutanese media. I am reporting for http://www.bhutannewsservice.com
Regard
Tek Mishra

Tek September 27, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Wise you a happy journey to Bhutan

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