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A day in the life of Lacy the dachshund

My injury and ensuing recovery

February 1st 2008 6:30 pm
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These past two weeks have been the most traumatic of my life. Two Saturday's ago I woke up at 11:30 and realized something was wrong with my body. My Mom says she awoke to my struggling. I don't know what happened but I couldn't move my back legs! Mom put me on the floor and called me to her but I was having a hard time getting my legs to do what I wanted them to do. They just wouldn't move! So Mom took me to a scary place where I stayed for 2 days. She called it the emergency vet. They kept me pretty drugged up until Monday morning where I was then taken by my mom to another vet. They did a mylegram and found out that I had blown a disc. They said I needed immediate surgery if I ever wanted to walk again. I hate surgery. I didn't have a choice, Mom said "ok" so off to surgery I went. Mom came to visit me Tuesday and they told her if I wagged my tail that I could go home. First thing Wednesday morning I wagged my tail so my Mom came and got me.
It has been almost 2 weeks since surgery and I'm proud to say that I'm pretty much walking on my own. I still have problems with coordination and I don't walk like I used to but I've made tremendous progress in a short period of time. They say my recovery time is 6-8 weeks.
My Mom knew that with back injuries time is of the essence. In order to get the best results it needs to be done within a certain time frame from the initial injury. However, don't fret if it's past the time frame. We've seen dogs walk after being "down" for a while it just takes time and continued work. You just have to work on rebuilding muscles and teaching them how to use their back legs again.
I sure scared my mommy. She was inconsolable for the first couple of days. Mommy is not used to being without me and she hated that I had to stay in a place I didn't like. Well, I'm home now and back to my old antics. Just wanted to share my experience with you. To those of you who have bad backs and/or have gone down in the rear don't give up. Keep believing in yourself.


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