October 16th 2008 1:24 pm
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I broke my back, well the technical term for it is a ruptured disc. But it happened to me. I NEVER thought that it would happen to me but it did and I am still here to tell you about it. Here is a break down of the past couple weeks.
Monday, October 6th, 2008
Late this evening I started feeling funny. I was in pain and I couldn't get down the stairs to go potty. Mommy noticed that I wasn't acting myself. She was very worried and promised to take me to the doctor in the morning.
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
When I woke up this morning, I couldn't move my back legs at all. Mommy took to me the Vet's Office around 10:00am. The doctor was very blunt in stating that mommy and daddy needed to decide if they wanted me to have surgery. He told them they didn't have much time to decide cause I would need to have the surgery ASAP. Plus the nearest hospital that would do that surgery was 41/2 hours away. I could see that my mommy was very upset cause her eyes kept leaking and she was shaking. When the decision was made to go ahead and do the surgery mom and dad hurried around packing the cars and making sure they had everything they might need. Before I knew it mommy and I were in one car and daddy was in another and we were driving for what seemed like hours. When we got to the hospital some lady named Jessica took me away from my mommy and daddy right away. It seemed like forever until I would see them again. I guess from what I could understand. I didn't get out of surgery until 12:30am on Wednesday morning. I didn't know where I was or who all the people were that were around me, but I could feel that my mommy and daddy were close. They waited in the waiting room till I was all done with surgery, but they couldn't see me cause I was all druged up and loopy.
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
I had a student taking care of me by the name of Jennifer. That was easy to remember cause that is my mommy's name. She was very nice to me. Mommy and daddy came to see me this morning. I was still very out of it, but very happy to see them. I slept most of their visit away but being in their arms felt wonderful especially in my darkest hours. Our hour was up too soon and I was back in my cage all by myself. Jennifer promised to call with updates every 12 hours and set up times for my mommy to come see me. Daddy had to go home so he could go back to work :( My 9:00pm update call to mommy and daddy was good. I peed all by myself (which is a very BIG deal) plus I was eating and drinking AND I had a small amount of feeling in my lower body.
Thursday, October 9th, 2008
Daddy had to leave early this morning so I didn't get to see him. But mommy came at 2:00pm and spent a whole hour with me. All I wanted to do was cuddle with her and nap. She guessed that with all the excitment going on with everything and everyone that I wasn't doing much sleeping but doing a whole lot of wining. She was right of course. I hated being alone without her. My nightly update was good and Jennifer told my mommy that I was moving my legs a little bit!
Friday, October 10th, 2008
2:00pm came and by this time I knew what was coming. Mommy could hear me barking all the way down the hall. It was a wonderful hour. I had to show off how I could kind of move my legs and I got to show mom how I could potty all by myself. It was a proud moment for her.
Saturday, October 11th, 2008
Today our visit was at 11:00am. Mommy and I got to spend almost 2 hours together. I was trying so hard to use my legs. I could tell that this made mommy so happy. Mommy took my picture with my student Jennifer so we could always remember her. She was so awesome. My nightly update was the same as all the rest. Everyday, a little bit stronger.
Sunday, October 12th, 2008
Mommy came to see me at 11:00am today, but I got a huge surprise. She wasn't just coming to see me, she was coming to take me to the car. But when I got to the car I got another big surprise, I wasn't just at the car I was in the car and Mommy was driving and then after hours and hours, we were home!!!! Daddy was so happy to see me as was I to see him. And my brothers, who were not allowed to actually be out of their cages at the same time as me where so excited to see me as well. My brother Gordon would sit by my cage and keep me company. He missed me lots and lots. He is a sweet brother.
Monday- Friday, October 13th - 17th, 2008
Everyday this week I got to go to work with my mommy. This created more work for her every morning, but she needed to work with me so I wasn't just laying around all day. We have to build my muscles up. Each day I get stronger and stronger and within a week I am almost back on my feet. Okay so I look like I'm drunk when I walk, but I'm kind of walking again. The surgery was a success. I still have a long road ahead of me, but I'm getting there.
I will keep updating as I go.
4 legged Gracie Marie
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