Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thankful Thursday and a Quick Update

It's still Thursday, right?  Still time to join in on Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

So here I am after getting home from my follow-up visit with Dr. H., my orthopedic surgeon.

As you can see, I am still a conehead and will be for at least one more week.  Dr. H. said my incision is looking a lot better after Dr. B. put those stitches in and Mom drugged me:)  BUT he doesn't want me to open up my incision again.  His assistant will reassess next Thursday and see if the stitches/staples can come out then or if I have to wait another week.  I am still on a no stairs restriction. leash only outside time, no more than 5-10 minute walks.  He also suggested Mom keep me on the sedation medication since it seems to be working well.  Sigh . . . . 

But Mom and I are thankful because Dr. H. said that, despite the problems with my incision, my leg seems to be healing well and I am walking as well as he would like to see.  He added that the third week of healing for a TTA surgery is critical for the full recovery of the knee and bones.  That is why all my restrictions on activity are still in place for next week, and probably beyond.

So are you wondering why I am smiling?  Well, you may remember that one of my human sisters had surgery in January for breast cancer.  After a bilateral mastectomy and seven weeks of radiation and weeks more of healing and getting stronger, she was given the A-OK for reconstruction.  She had that surgery today, and it looks like all went well - another reason for all of our thankfulness.  She was able to go home late afternoon.  Mom will be even busier than she already is helping out with the kids and some of the housework stuff.  So I promise to be as good a boy as I can.

My eyes are starting to feel a wee bit heavy - and I know I will sleep well with Mom right there by my side.

Woos - Lightning

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Woozy Wednesday

No, I am not woozy despite that benadryl I had yesterday.  I am happy to report that my vet visit went well.  Dr. B. gave me only two of my vaccines, my rabies and my distemper shots.  In two weeks I can go back and get my lepto and bivalent canine flu vaccines.  This way IF I have a reaction, we can narrow down the culprit.  NO reaction at all this time. Dr. B. said Mom could give me some more benadryl last night, but she thought all was looking good, so no more sleepy meds for me.

Now Lightning is a totally different story.  Mom showed Dr. B. a photo of his incision which had gotten a lot worse overnight Tuesday night.  He thought he saw a hole and told Mom to bring me right over.  So she brought Misty home and took Lightning back.  We have been to the vet's place so much lately that her phone shows "7 minutes to *** Veterinary Clinic" whenever she gets in the car now:)

So the center part of Lightning's incision had pulled apart quite a bit.  Dr. B. wanted to try putting in a few big stitches to close the gap some but not totally.  He wanted it to be able to drain some.  He didn't see any sign of infection but thought it would be wise to do a culture just to be sure.  Lightning had a 14 day Covenia injection the day of his surgery which is probably still working.  But just to err on the safe side, Dr. B. put Lightning on a four day treatment with Baytril to tide him over until the culture comes back and/or the surgeon sees him tomorrow.  

Dr. B. felt pretty confident that he could do the stitches with just some local lidocaine rather than sedating Lightning.  If Lightning wouldn't lie still, he could still do the anesthesia.  Of course, Lightning was very good and let Dr. B. take care of him with just the lidocaine.  Now it is looking more and more likely that Lightning will not be getting his stitches out tomorrow:)

The "woozy" part of the visit is shown below.

Misty is keeping her very sleepy brother company.  After much discussion, we opted to put Lightning on some sedation medicine for a few days to keep him off his feet as much as possible.  Mom asked if he could stay at the clinic, but Dr. B. was concerned about him having an open wound and being in a hospital setting where he could be exposed to too much.  So he is home again and dreaming of his freedom as the meds work on him.  

This morning the incision is looking a lot better, but we will keep him on the sedative for a few more days.   Yesterday he was really out of it, but today he is more alert but still looking to lie down almost all the time.  That is a good thing.  Mom is trying to keep the sedation dose at a minimum.  Mom wishes this had been an option from the very beginning so we could have avoided all the stress of the past week.

Lightning feels quite fortunate to have an extra set of nursemaid hands today - our dancerina girl Ms. C. had the day off from school and decided to pay us a visit.  She has been stroking his furs for over a half hour now.  When she stops, all he has to do is tilt his head back and look at her, and then she starts all over again:)

Meanwhile, Misty and Timber are enjoying some really beautiful fall weather here and hoping it won't be long (dream on) before Lightning can join them.

While they wait, they will work together to keep the OP kingdom free of all those tree rats.

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Monday

The start of a new week - here's to a better one than last week.  At least the rain has stopped, and the sun is shining.  But big sighs from Mom - Lightning's incision continues to leak off and on:(  Mom is at her wit's end and dreams of the day this nightmare is over.

Meanwhile Misty and Timber discovered a big box that was delivered last week from  It wasn't time for our regular delivery, and we already had our October review item delivered. What could it be?

Misty and Timber decided to investigate since Lightning will not go near a big box like that one. But Misty told Timber that they needed to get Mom's help.  So if you look closely, you can see that they dropped their Froggie toy inside to make sure Mom came to help.

Hey, Mom.   Somehow Freddie Froggie hopped into this big box, and we need your human paws to open these flaps so he can hop out AND we can see what is inside.

Thanks, Mom.  Freddie is out now, but what's in the box? Even Lightning wants to know.

Look at that!!! The very nice Ms. Natalie from the ChewyInfluencers Team sent Lightning a care package to make him feel better.  So very kind and thoughtful.

Some of you may have seen Nurse Lamb Chop on our Instagram account yesterday.  

She is lending her paws to helping Mom, Misty, and Timber with Lightning's recovery.

We just know that Lightning is really going to enjoy this peanut butter flavored nylabone - it is huge - once he is out of his cone.  His cone is so big that he can't reach anything on the floor, can't hold a bone or a kong, and can't eat or drink unless Mom takes the dreaded cone off:(

And then there is a very large pet blanket that is reversible (the other side has a very soft fleece material), and it is even big enough for all of us to fit on it at one time.  We don't want to crowd Lightning now, but it really is BIG.  Mom says it is totally washable too.

So how about another update?  Mom is very frustrated with this whole process.  The heavy rain we have had made it no picnic for her and Lightning going in and out for potty time.  And over the weekend his incision started to leak again. Mom says she is pretty sure the cause is the darned cone.  Lightning tries to get at his incision, but the cone is so big now that he can't get to it at all thankfully.  But he still tries, and he licks the area through the plastic.  Mom thinks he may be rubbing the cone against the incision and causing it to be irritated.  It seemed to stop yesterday and this morning.  He had another cold laser treatment at the vet's this morning, and by the time Mom got him home, it was leaking again.  More than likely he hit it on something in the car:(  The vet tech who did the laser treatment said the incision looks pretty good, but she thinks the surgeon may opt to leave the staples in longer after he sees him on Thursday night.  Big sighs from Mom AND Lightning.

Lightning: I am trying to be a good boy.  I have been doing lots and lots of resting, no running, and no wrestling.

And my little brother Timber has my back and tries to remind me to leave that area alone.

And there there is Misty who keeps guard from the front. 

But once in a while, she does need a break and a little nap:)  She would like to ask for a little bit of good thoughts for her too - she is headed to the V.E.T. tomorrow for her annual checkup.  Last year she had a major bad reaction to getting all her vaccinations. So this time the doctor is going to spread them out.  She will also be getting some benadryl as a precaution.

So that's a wrap from me today - I hope my ears go back to normal position once this torture helmet is removed.

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Silly Sibe Serene Sunday Selfie

How did he do this???

Happy Serene Selfie Sunday from the Silly Sibe Lightning who won't go in a crate and hates the laundry room, but LOVES to put his head (super-sized lampshade and all) under the coffee table!!!  But if it makes him happy, go for it, Lightning.  Just wait for help when you decide to come out from your hidey space:)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Today we are trying to turn a not so great day into a thankful one as we join Brian's Thankful Thursday blog hop.

As you can see, I am not very excited about my plight.  I had some fluid leaking the past two nights. Last night there was some blood too.  I went to the Vet today for my second cold laser treatment.  The surgeon's assistant was there to check me out.  I had some more bleeding while I was waiting in the lobby for my turn.  I must say that I was thankful for all the wonderful people at my clinic who all love me and give me lots of nice petting.

In this photo you can see my knee.  It looks a lot worse than it is.  The bloody part is just where all my furs are stained.  The nice Melinda lady said my incision is still nicely intact but that I have had some fluid and blood seeping. She says it is probably from when I stand for too long.  Mom and I work very hard together to keep me off my feet as much as possible, but when I smell dinner cooking, I just have to see what is happening.  And so now Mom and I have to figure out a way to let her make dinner and keep me down.  Dad is going to sit with me and see if I will stay down.  And I still cry most of the night, and I do nt always stay lying down.  But Mom says we have to be thankful that my incision is doing well despite the draining.  We are both struggling to get through this ordeal.  Mom hasn't had a good night's sleep since I came home, and I just want things to be back to normal.  Melinda says we just have to get through next week, and then life should improve.

Here is a little video that Mom put together of my first five days of walking.  We think you can see the improvement with each day - slow but it IS there.

So another reason to be thankful - progress is being made.

Lastly I am thankful for all of you for your encouragement and support.

Woos - Lightning

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wondering Wednesday

Misty and Timber:  We are wondering when Lightning can come play with us outside?

Lightning: I am wondering the same thing, but I am also wondering if this lampshade is going to be a permanent part of my body!

Mom:  And I am wondering if this nightmare will ever end.  It is going to be at least another 5-6 or more weeks before Lightning gets to even be outside off leash and then only under supervision, Misty and Timber.  And at least another 8 days before the lampshade comes off, Lightning.  But the good news is that today is the first day we are seeing a decrease in the swelling of his leg.  His body is finally starting to absorb the fluids.  We had some minor serum seeping last night, but the vet said it is OK, just a sign that he needs to take it very easy.  I have also been doing a short video of him daily when he walks so we can see the very slow improvement.  It is amazing to see how far he has come since Saturday, first day post-op.  I will post them later this week.

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Zoolatry Tuesday Fun

I will gladly trade my conehead for this getup any day!!!


You can find us having fun at Zoolatry's Boolatry today!

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber