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They All Said Wow!!

October 14th 2012 4:49 pm
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Yup, they sure did, and they also all said Praise the Lord!
Growlmy said I had to do guard duty this morning, and she helped pawppy get into the van, and off they went to church!
Pawppy walked into the sanctuary with his cane, and evfurryone turned to look...and smile at him & growlmy...
After the service he was 'mobbed'...growlmy giggled and said peeps you better not get too close, cause he has a weapon! BOL!

Then as is likely natural, a lot of peeps began to share their own similar health stories of woe...OMD!
Soon, pawppy & growlmy came back home. I sure was glad to see them, because it had been storming off and on since they left, and still is...thunderstorms and buckets of rain all day long! UGH! A while ago we would have been rejoicing at that amount of rain...sheesh, peeps are nevfur happy, BOL!

The peeps here are happy too, because the Tigers have a 2 game lead in the current series...go Tigers!!

Well, that's all folks!
BAYL!

 

On The Mend!

October 11th 2012 11:05 pm
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Growmy took Pawppy to PT, today. Other than he is stiff, he seems to be doing furry well.Usually PT starts at 3 times a week, but they thought he would do fine with twice...that makes it easier fur Growlmy to 'regulate'!

It was a bright sunny day, not too warm, and still furry windy, but much nicer with no rain.

Growlmy took her medicine early in the morning, and then realized that she hadn't needed it until the afternoon...progress!
She feels rather washed out, and fuzz-headed as she puts it, but the major headache hasn't come out of the closet today at all...yeah!
Thanks fur all the woofs and pawyers, today growlmy has felt the best in several days.

Those orange burds known as Orioles won their game tonight, so perhaps the Tigers may be playing against them later, since they won their series tonight! Hooray! Go Tigers! Go Detroit Tigers!

I got to bark like a silly pup at the dude who came to pick up some equipment at the house today...but that man just grinned at me, and didn't touch me at all:( I would have enjoyed a nice rub.

Well,I laid under the livingroom bed while growlmy watched that baseball game, those rascal kitties were on top of her, the nerve!

Now I am off to my nest, because that is where the pawrents are going...OMD, they are late tonight!! BOL! Baseball and politics will do strange things to schedules.

 

Fevers...EB and Cabin

October 10th 2012 7:13 pm
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It was a grey, dreary, cold, windy drizzly day, here, today...just the right combination for feeling yucky and getting cabin fever!

Growlmy went to her MD today...sure enough, the EB Monster bit her again...sigh...so she got to tell the work place that she had a note for yet another week off, of course they were not too happy about that, but She didn't think they wanted her to be there as ill as she is...so I too will have her feet to snuggle on! Yeah!

Pawppy said he needed to go and try going into a restaurant...but I really think he wanted some time out of the house, he seems to be suffering from real cabin fever! BOL!
So I watched him get ready,and Minko tried to help by playing with the cane handle's loop...and Pipo was trying to put furs on the pants he wanted to wear. I was better behaved...until he tried to leave...then I shoved myself through the door first...until growlmy coaxed me back in with a treat...then she had pawppy go out while that bribe occupied me...hmmm a new way to get treats, who would have thought!?!

Well soon enough they were gone!
And Growlmy said they got to use the placard with a wheelchair on it, though pawppy doesn't even use one of those! Growlmy calls that placard the privileged parking ticket! BOL!

Eventually they came back, and I of course was ready to load him up with plenty of my licks...

Growlmy feels not too bad, if she keeps loaded up on the meds to control the fever...she alternates acetaminophen with ibuprofen...she also has special headache meds but they make her feel furry strange...

 

Pawppy Is Home - Growlmy Is Sick

October 9th 2012 10:47 am
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Pawppy is HOME!
He came home yesterday afternoon.
Doing so well, that they said he could even use the stairs to go to bed! Wow! And of course he did. But Growlmy told him that he needed to choose his clothes before going to bed, so she could take them downstairs with herself, so he would only need to negotiate those steps once a day...

Me and my brofurs swarmed him! Growlmy made sure he was sitting down before she let us get near him...
I gave him some of my patented MJF licks, right on his nose! OMD, I was SO excited!
So that chapter of hospital junk is now closed.

He starts outpatient therapy on the 11th.

Now we have another problem...all this stress has wreaked havoc on Growlmy's body, and the EB Monster she had in June, has returned with a vengeance, UGH!
Her head feels so awful, She can hardly function. Her teeth chatter every evening, that seems to be the time when her temp elevates. She can smash down the headache by alternating motrin and tylenol, but how long can a peep do that?
She tried to get into the doctor today, but they can't see her till tomorrow, since she thinks she knows what her trouble is, she doesn't think she needs to go to an urgent care, just to get a note to get off of work this weekend...won't they love her!? Its almost funny, except her head says no it isn't...

I hope you had an enjoyable time with the Thanksgiving gatherings, if you are Canadian furs.

Well, my dogretary needs to rest her weary head again...and stew about all the chores not getting done, BOL!

Pawppy says hello! (He is almost not using his pain meds, wow!)


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Growlmy got a note from a non-Dogster furend who just adopted a dog...here is her news quote:
"We adopted our 10-month-old, 90-lb. beautiful mutt (Lou) on Friday afternoon. He was a good boy (did not jump up) meeting all members of the family (my parents, P & girlfriend (E) after dinner yesterday. We gave him a raw meat bone to eat (from a place that sells that sort of thing for dogs) while we ate dinner. We have to put him in our fenced yard with his own food & water while we eat our meals and we have been giving him three long walks a day. When I go back to work tomorrow, I will give him a 30-minute walk before leaving for work and then he will be partly out in the yard and partly indoors with J (who still has his right arm in a sling most of the day). He understands the command “sit” and “no”, but not “heel” so M and I are trying to train him with that. My plan is to walk him again when I get home from work. However, he is very high energy and I wonder if this will be sufficient for him. He goes to bed the same time we go to bed each night on his doggie bed inside his wire crate (really a cage). He is good during the night. Fortunately for the neighbours, he is not a barker."

She didn't provide any pictures...
I would love to go and visit this furmily sometime, I have been there befur, but then they had no pup!

 

Strides, Steps and Smiles!

October 6th 2012 3:16 pm
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Yes, and grimaces too, like when the PT gal challenged pawppy to do some things he could do, but OMD, it was hard...
Pawppy did a lot of walking using a quad cane, graduating from constant use of the walker. He walked all the way around the whole building with that device. Then he grinned and said it would be great to use as a weapon(!) if I try to get under his feet...what?!!
He got into the bathtub, not to have a wash, but to try & see how that would go when he gets home.
He practiced some more stairs and did some strange exercises on a squishy sponge...to work on balance he was told...and to make some other muscles and tendons get stronger, too.

He had a big grin on his face when the PT said how awesome he was! I, of course, agree!
Then he got to finally sit down and get time to himself...to watch the football game: Go Blue!!

 

Hard Work

October 5th 2012 8:18 pm
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Pawppy is amazing!
He wowed the PT Peeps, he wlked so far that they finally told him to sit down, BOL! He could have kept on, and he told growlmy & the PT Gal that this walking thing was great, it was good to get out of that chair, moving with little pain, and feel like he didn't need to be there, BOL!
He did a lot of other exercises, too, finally conceding that yes he was feeling some discomfort...then after a rest, he was challenged to try the practice stairs...yup, you guessed it...he did them 3 times!


Then back in his room he asked for a pain pill, BOL! And an ice pack!

He might be able to come home earlier than the predicted Oct 10th! Hooray!

And on another note of hard work: Go Tigers! Well, OK they are cats of a sort, but we were all happy to see them win their division!

Hard work does pay off!

 

A New Home

October 4th 2012 8:33 pm
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Pawppy has a new home...temporarily, BOL!

He was discharged from the hospital and transferred to the rehab hospital for a few days.

He is getting stronger evfurry day...and more bored, too.

I can't wait for him to come home.

When growlmy gets home I can smell pawppy on the laundry she brings in, but then I wonder where the man is that usually is inside those clothes...sigh...I shall go cuckoo when he comes back!

 

Productive Day

October 3rd 2012 8:06 pm
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Here is the update on Pawppy for today:

Growlmy has been spending long hours at the hospital with Pawppy.
Today he was so much better already.
Making treks with the walker to the hallway, to the chair and to the potty...the place where he, Growlmy and the nurses all rejoiced in his production...BOL! (Those were his own words, I am not kidding!!)

Well, he agreed to go to the rehab hospital for a week or so to be more independently mobile and stronger. so tomorrow the plan is to be 're-homed' there.
Growlmy was glad with this, because she felt so scared to have him home so early, needing all that help. No one else here to help, it is daunting...he will have about 3 hours of therapy each day, and then upon discharge from there he will go to out patient PT 2 - 3 times a week for several weeks.

Growlmy will of course be his chauffeur or is it chaufesse?
She sure will be looking forward to the emergence of an 'new' Pawppy...thank the Lord that his level of pain is not that bad by now, and that he even told peeps that he can tell that the damaged hip is not there anymore to cause that kind of discomfort.

Patience will be learned by this, and more of the same for Growlmy!

I have noticed that that camera box is a lot less visible lately...so I don't think any new pics will be forthcoming...that does not make me sad at all, BOL!!

 

Update #3 Twentyfour Hours Post-Op

October 2nd 2012 2:12 pm
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Well, today is 24 hours post-op and counting.
The PT peeps came in early this morning and tried to get Pawppy up...well he sat up, that went OK, he stood up, about 30 seconds and his BP dropped under the floor., he went back in the bed.
'Phew!
Good thing those were strong men, and they had a transfer belt around him.
So, then a few hours later they were back. More of the same, and this time pawppy took about 5 - 6 steps with the walker into a chair.
Progress!
He went in that recliner chair to an exercise class with others who also had joint replacements yesterday. Growlmy was there to learn what she has to do.

Later back in his room pawppy said he felt like he had just finished a full day's hard labor. He couldn't believe that yesterday he walked into the hospital unaided and now he can hardly even move his legs let alone walk...OMD The road is stretching out long befur him...uphill all the way. Good thing he is motivated.

Growlmy is trying to find out if there is anyone who can come to our den to see what still needs to be 'fixed' so he can come home...otherwise he may need to be at the rehab hospital for a week or so, till he is more mobile.

BAYL!


PS:
Thanks for all the gifts, and comments and support.
Those balloons were a fun thing! My page is going to float away, BOL!!

 

Update # 2

October 1st 2012 7:24 pm
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Here is some news about Pawppy's surgery today.

There was a bit of a wait at the hosp. this am, but then pawppy was taken back, about 15min later than first thought. He was in the OR about 90 minutes, then the surgeon came out to talk to growlmy, he also showed her a picture of the old joint. There was NO cartilage left on it at all.
He said that he thought this was caused by a shallow joint 'cup' a congenital malformation.
Pawppy then told everyone in the room that he had been having a soreness there most of his life...go figure.
Maybe he thought this was just how he was until recently when it got to be unbearable, and likely worsened by that fall he had 4 years ago.

He had a lot of severe pain right after the op, but once that got under control he did much better.

He had a good liquid lunch...YUCK!

Then he had some rest until before supper.

Well, when the nurses let him sit on the side of the bed, he felt very faint, so it didn't last long...
But he was eating a solid real food dinner, and looking 100% better at 9pm than earlier this afternoon.
So that is progress...and he isn't using morphine anymore, just a more ordinary analgesic.

Tomorrow the PT & OT peeps will assess him and design a 'plan'.

Well, thanks for your thoughts and prayers and my tired growlmy is going off to bed!
Tomorrow will be another busy day!

 
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