On most days I wake with a headache. I have accepted this fact as a part of my life and most days the headache eases within an hour of waking - most days. For the past five days I have woken with an ever increasing headache that lasts the entire day. It's a sign I had done too much and was both over tired and stressed. The week before I had over extended myself and needed several days to recover, so I suspect the extended headache was a left over from my not slowing down enough.
I woke with a migraine just before Emma stirred in her crate. The moment she heard me she gave a yelping bark and then went silent. As I stood I found my balance was so unstable that I needed Max to help me maintain it for a second. He stood quietly waiting for me to gain my balance while I rested my hand on his head and then headed out of the room with a typical German Shepherd half bark, half whine, half yowl. I felt it shoot right through my skull.
I let Dieter out of his crate and then went to Emma and released her. Emma has developed a habit of bouncing off of Max and me while barking and racing around the room before doing a yo-yo bark and bounce run to the door. This high level of activity sets off Attitude, who barks with annoyance from my bed, causes Max to do GSD Speak with a bit of grumbling and growling at the puppy and Dieter to sound like a bag of marbles has hit the floor while he trots around me with his nails clicking. The cat joins the fray as well, yowling at me to tell me she's starving and I've never fed her in her life. With my head about to split I had to make a choice between screaming at all of the animals or finding a way to convince the instigator (read, Emma) to stop winding up the household.
I chose the later. I stopped in the kitchen and faced a wall while Emma bound and barked behind me. In short order she fell silent and I turned to continue to the front door. She started again and I turned away from her again. It took three rounds, but she finally decided silence would get me out of the kitchen.
Because I was running on a migraine and low energy I decided I couldn't train more than 2 items each day and will continue to focus on one or two items in a day while she is with me. I am also training Max and by the time I finish his meal and hers I have spent almost an hour straight training in the morning and evening. I just can't keep up this pace and thus will focus on a couple of items each day and really get the idea in her mind before introducing a new item the next if needed or continuing with something I think she needs more focus on.
By the evening my headache was raging, but not a migraine any longer. Only problem was my back had lit on fire and I was aching all over. A sure sign I was staying up too long and not getting enough me time. I decided to delay this blog post until the next day as a result. So, this is actually Wednesday's blog post and contains Wednesday's lessons.