Acorn Woodpecker and Rehab

“Dewey” Acorn Woodpecker at Rehab Ctr by Lee

The steps of a good man (lady) are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. (Psa 37:23-25)

While on our vacation, we visited the Living Desert Museum and Rehab Center in California. One of the “rehab-ees” was an Acorn Woodpecker named Dewey. He is 25 years old and “despite being geriatric with multiple health problems, he is very active.

“Dewey” Acorn Woodpecker Sign at Rehab Ctr by Lee

As you can see by this next photo his beak is really in bad shape. He can not return to the wild of course and so is being well taken care of.

Dewey's Beak - Cropped

Dewey’s Beak – Cropped

I decided to share Dewey’s rehab because of what has been happening around Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures place. Dewey and I are becoming older and things happen.

About three weeks ago I started having sharp pains in my back and found it hard to stand up.  Long story, short, my vertebrae in my back has slipped. Nine years ago, my S1 and L5 slipped and I had surgery to fuse those two with a rod and screws. They were not able to do one side because my bones were too soft on one side to be able to put the normal two rods in.

Now the L4 has slid about 50%. That is considered serious and surgery is the main way to fix it. For now, we are going to try other options first. I started “rehab” yesterday to help strenghten my back muscles to keep it from sliding any more. They gave me a brace and walker. Today, we took a break and here is a photo of me with my new “gear.”

Lee at Brevard Zoo 8-13-15

Lee at Brevard Zoo 8-13-15

Because of what has been going on lately, I haven’t visited your sites as frequently as I try to do.

This “Rehab” does not stop there. My computer has been in “Rehab” also. We switched to the new Windows 10 and it has been a real challenge. Lost programs and have had other challenges that go with an upgrade.

No, that is not all of it. We upgraded to the new Office 365 and that is not working right either. It works fine on Dan’s Desk and Laptops, my laptop, but not my desktop. Days and two chats with the Office techs, and it still isn’t working. I have an appointment with a Level 2 tech on Saturday to try to get it running. I need the Excel to work on the new I.O.C. 5.3 version that recently came out.

See why we came to the zoo today? I needed to get away from the “zoo” at home. :)

Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. (Psa 71:18)

Thanks for your prayers as we work through these challenges. Not all that go in for rehab stay there forever. Many birds are patched up and released back outside to fly again. Soon these minor slow downs will be cleared up and the blog will be “flying again”. We still have more birdwatching adventures to share yet. The Lord’s creations are just waiting to be shown to our next generation.

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Gideon

2 thoughts on “Acorn Woodpecker and Rehab

  1. Oh, my goodness, I am so sorry you’re going through all of that. I’ve been kind of swamped with work and haven’t had opportunity to visit sites as much the past couple weeks either. I’ve hopped over to check to make sure everyone’s still on line and that’s been about it. I managed to get a couple posts up, but that was sort of on the fly.

    I got a new laptop about two months ago, and when it came, it had an automatic update scheduled for Windows 10 when it came out. So I’ve switched to that as well. Mine does seem to be working, but, of course, the computer was evidently already programmed to receive it correctly, so I don’t think I’ve lost anything. And actually, since it originally had Windows 8.1 — and that was a trip all by itself — I’m rather glad to have the 10 for now. I’m rather partial to Windows 7 and older myself, but this laptop was a gift because my other one bit the dust, so I didn’t ask any questions or express any negative feelings about the new Windows systems involved.

    One positive thing I can give you: I’m so very glad you quoted Psalm 71:18 in this article because I’ve been going through a pretty rough battle the past week myself, and this particular verse was exactly what I needed to be reminded of today. The Lord has been giving me the victory, and this extra word from Him has been a shot in the arm. Thank you.

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    • Thanks Sandra. I’ve been asking the Lord to continue to give me a positive attitude. So far I have. Was a little down when I found out about my back, but a few tears and prayer is helping me bounce back. The computer problems and the new rehab are more time-consuming than anything. Win 10 is better than 8 for sure.
      Will be praying for you as you work through your battle. The Lord knows all about our issues and it never caught Him by surprise. :)

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