Saturday, May 31, 2014

Roo update 15 days post accident

We are now 15 days post accident.  It has been a hard journey for our poocha and her entire family. It has been full of emotional ups and downs, worry and hope.  At times it is 10 steps forwards and then 10 steps back, but progress is being made slowly  in a positive direction.  Animals are far more resilient than their human family members.  

I really have to give Poocha Granny a huge bouquet because she has dropped everything to come and watch her furry grandpuppy.  Thank you mom.  

Roo is mending, but it is going to take 3-4 months before she is 100%.  The vet said around the 6 week mark she will be ambulatory, but can not run or jump.  She is starting to get a little stir crazy from being sequestered to her bed or the laundry basket. She is making overtures of movement. She is stretching and trying to stand, but her rear left leg is very weak and that is the side where the fracture was the worst of the two. I have been doing range of motion movements with all her paws to keep her joints mobile and massaging her as well. She surprised us today by standing and taking some wobbly steps before I could restrain her.  I helped her out by supporting her midsection so she could sniff in the backyard.  Yay Roo!  

She is off her pain meds which is awesome, drinking water and fussily eating.  I am now Grand Duchess Roo's executive chef and she prefers scrambled eggs.  

There is still concern about her bladder and I am worried there may be some nerve damage because she doesn't urinate for long periods, sometimes a day between, but this could be because she is not ambulating or sniffing, and her system is essentially upside down at the moment.  

All things being equal I think we are getting there and we just have to keep positive.  So please keep sending your positive vibes & healing thoughts.  

Friday, May 30, 2014

Look who came to dinner!

Look who came to dinner!  On Tuesday Trobairitz and Troubadour came to my fair city for a mini vacay.  We met for dinner at one of the most amazing vegan restaurants in Victoria.  After blogging for three years and following their adventures on their blogs we finally met!  

Motorcycle man and I had such a lovely evening and we shut the restaurant down.  We chatted about everything and it felt like we have been friends for forever.  

This is the fabulous Rebar restaurant in Bastion Square.  Fresh foods & juices in a funky location & with eclectic decor.

At the end of the evening it was sad to say goodbye.  Unfortunately with Roo's accident I was not able to get together with them again.  I was getting wonderful updates about all the great things they were up to, so you are definitely going to want to visit their blogs......

Friday, May 23, 2014

Roo 7 days later - healing process

(Roo's temporary bed, a well padded laundry basket. This has allowed me to put her beside my bed at night and I can sleep in my own bed) 

Well we are almost a full week after the event. There have been little steps towards recovery which is going to be the pace of healing, slow and steady.  My vet says at first it will seem slow, but then there will be more noticeable improvement. My vet service has been great because they check in with me and the on-call vets are awesome if you call them no matter what the hour.   

She is trying to move around a little more shifting her position and stretching quite a bit.  She can still not stand and bear weight, but that will come. She is so-so on eating, but I just keep offering it to her. She ate two meals yesterday and was drinking water a little more willingly. We are still giving regular pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds and the need for those won't decrease yet for a little while. In all honesty if I had two broken hips, I think I would not be tolerating it as well or with such grace as she is.  She is one tough cookie.

Best thing is my mom has come down to be with Roo when I have to work. I had no idea of what I was going to do with out her helping me. Thanks Mom you are the best poocha granny!

I am internet searching rehab & what to do for Roo a few weeks from now and am looking for a place that does water therapy.  Water therapy offers a supported non-weight bearing environment for the dog to exercise muscles & joints and ideally the water creates resistance. From research they say 5 minutes in the water is like running 5 miles. The water also has to be warm to encourage blood flow and loosening of the muscles, joints, and supporting structures. So I am going to investigate that a little more and work with my vet.

Interesting fact they don't cast things like this and if the fracture is non-displaced the dogs body acts like a natural cast due to the way they are constructed with muscles, joints, ligaments and supporting structures. 

So all in all we are moseying along and I think all of us are pretty tired right now.  I am so very lucky though because she is still with me an I am pouring my love into her.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Roo update

She has finally peed, which is good because there was concern about her bladder being injured.  She is still in pain and can not stand or weight bare, it is going to be weeks before that  comes. We are controlling the pain which seems to be helping and she is resting a bit better this afternoon & evening.  She is completely off her food and I am tempting her with little bits & favourite things & she is nibbling every now and then.  I am overwhelmed by her pain and feel very helpless to do more.  We are keeping in contact with our vet and updating them. It is going to be at least 3 months before she is almost her zippy self. But I am content just taking it moment by moment.  I appreciate all of your kind words, thoughts and prayers for her and us.  

Sunday, May 18, 2014

My dog, please say a prayer

I am struggling mightily right now, my dog escaped out of the yard yesterday at 4:00 and unfortunately was hit by a car.  She fractured both of her hips and the fractures are non-displaced so they aren't doing surgery at this point, and it is rest, no activity and pain management.  It has been a very rough, emotionally telling 24 hours with many more to go.  I am praying that she has no complications.  

Please hold Roo and her family in your heart and say a prayer to St. Francis of Assisi and St. Roch the patron saints of animals & one to the big guy upstairs.