August 18th 2011 9:47 am
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A friend just asked about me. We haven't been doing much on Dogsters and Catsters since things have been so messed up after the "upgrade".
My mobility, such as walking and doing stairs, has remained constant for about 3 weeks now. That is good because for a while I had some really bad days mixed in with good ones. So, with my boots, I have been going for my walk pretty well every day. This is about a mile walk with some hills.
My loss of voice and swallowing troubles is still a mystery. It has not gotten worse. Maybe a bit better over these last 3 weeks? The vet is thinking I may have "myasthenia gravis". It is a long shot. We may try the meds for that and see what happens. But we don't think that is what I have.
My elbow swells up whenever I don't wear the culottes Mom made for me. So, she will have to make me better and more permanent ones. Only, her sewing machine is broken and she is broke from all of my vet visits and meds.
We have successfully halved my dosage of prednisone without having me lose ground in my mobility. That is a huge plus. We may even be able to go lower. Of course, this was done very gradually.
The biggest thing that we are struggling with, in regards to my being able to go on the prairie trip, is my diarrhea. We have tried many things. Pumpkin and FortiFlora helped a bit but not enough. Now I am on some digestive enzymes prescribed by the vet. It is very early, but this seems to be helping.
Most anyone that sees me says I look a lot better than I have in a while.
Thank you friends for caring about me.
well that is some good news that things are a little better for you and you are still able to get your walks in.
Thanks Petey! It has been hard for Mom to judge how I'm doing but others around us notice than I am doing better and not having those major downs like I had. I've been pretty steady at a decent mobility level even though we had hot, sunny weather, which saps the energy out of me. We are just both adjusting to my old age and health troubles. It makes her smile when I get all excited about ground squirrels, which I did yesterday!
And right now! We have a man here installing a water meter. I'm all perked up and doing my duty as a guard dog. Mom says, I'm looking fine.
The news is more good than bad Sweetie. And... we did say... WRITE DIARIES !! They arent messed up now.. and havent been for a while. Many out here care.. and only you can really tell us.
You might want to try human Imodium for the diarrhea .. it is ok for animals too. Also.. plain simple live yoghurt.. and Arrowroot powder.. mixed with a little water.
You are doing good.... its Mum it sounds that needs to adapt.. its very hard for us humans to see our loved one slowing down.
Ok.. cheap padding to help your elbow... you can buy very cheaply foam "make-up" sponges... those used with elastic bandage.. also cheap if bought as own brand in a pharmacy or big supermarket. Mum might have some foam from something else laying about.
Also.. buy at the $ store .. kids long socks.. cut the foot out of them and slip it up the leg.. insert padding. These are all really cheap temp solutions.
We care.. you are not alone... and Mum has my Mum's email...
Many here care ... now go woof that loud and clear at Mum !!!
Flicka ∆,,∆ & Lucas /..| Cleo (I.M.) ∆,,∆ & Pam X
That is really good ideas from Flicka, I would have never thought of those sponges and the socks are a great idea too. Flicka and Mum are a great help!!
I know what you mean about us getting old, Mom says the same thing about me when I get some spunk in me...BOL
Hang in there pal!!
I really liked Flicka's suggestion regarding the children's sock but would like to add that the sock might twist and turn throughout the day depending on the amount of stretch it has and how much movement you do. If this should be a problem that can be corrected with your human wraping the whole thing with Dura-Tech® Vet Flex Bandage, or something like it, to make sure it stays as positioned. Don't wrap it so tight that it acts like a cast because you want to be able to move freely and be comfortable. I'd wrap it secure on both ends but semi-loose in the middle, just enough so that the sock with the padding stays in place. Be very careful about anything you put around your leg because if it is too tight it can cause additional problems.
Momma said if you send her your culottes she would be happy to make you something. Paw mail me and I will give you our address.
Yep.. its a good point Coco Roses Mum makes about not wrapping too tight. I have found those human/vet stick wrap bandages invaluable..and buy an "own brand' as well... alot cheaper for exactly the same thing... as the stay put.. and the tightness is well controlled.
Petey... those "make-up" sponges have been life savers. I ( me Pam not the Boys !) have to wear splints sometimes on various joints... those cheapy sponges are super soft.. and easy to cut. They pad out awkward bits on the splints.. and they dont squash flat and useless ! They wash time and again.. and they are also great craft sponges !!. Buy the biggest ones you can.. and cut to use.
They are great on animals/humans as they are firm but protective. I have never used them for makeup !
The vet & Mom have found that it is very difficult to bandage a dog's elbow so that it stays in place and isn't too tight. And, of course, doesn't get chewed off. I am home alone for long periods of time, so it would be short work for me to get most anything off of my front leg.
Mom bought some pretty expensive $8 stuff to wrap my elbow with. It was gone in less than an hour.
Thank you for the offer Coco Rose! Mom thinks that my culotte design made up for both front legs might be the way to go.