Friday, December 23, 2011


Well, after all the waiting and wondering, there is only one more day until we get to snuggle up all cozy and warm in our beds and wait for Santa Paws to arrive.

Lightning is practicing but his perky ears say he might be peeking.

Ciara and Lightning:

Mom, you keep saying we have been bringing lots of mud in the house, but do you see any mud on our paws? They look pretty clean to us.


Yes, you two have been tracking mud in the house all week, every time you come in from outside. And you KNOW it isn't very much fun for me to clean your paws and wash the floors. I may be using two arms and hands now, but that gimpy arm still isn't working that well.

Many of you have been asking about Mom and her broken arm. It has been seven weeks since the disastrous fall. Things are progressing, albeit VERY slowly. She is now able to do many things, but she is still not able to do much that involves lifting more than five pounds or twisting her wrist into a palm up or palm down flat position.

As you can see, it is looking much better, still some swelling, but healing nicely.

She has to wear this wrap for 12 hours at night. If you look closely, you can see a bandaid-shaped pink thing under that wrap. It is a piece of silicone that is supposed to help flatten the scar and soften the scar tissue so more mobility can be achieved.

Here are her "torture" tools. She has physical therapy twice a week and comes home very sore. On the far left is her wrist brace that she wore on her wrist at night until about a week ago. It helped to alleviate some of the pain at night, but it also made her wrist very stiff in the morning. Now she goes without it but wears the wrap we described above. In the lower center of the photo is that pink strip of silicone. Next to the silicone you can see her "silly putty". Actually it is called theraputty. She does a whole bunch of exercises using that blob. The little twin bipeds like to get their play-doh out and do the exercises along with the Momster. At the top of the photo is a green stretchy band that Mom uses to help her be able to turn her palm flat down and flat up and to build strength - a very painful trick. You can also see the weight - she has graduated from a one lb. weight to a two lb. one this week. She has more exercises she does with that. And lastly you may be wondering about that hammer. No, she is not doing any construction work here. The hammer is what she calls the worst of the torture tools. She has to hold it at the very bottom of the handle, keep her elbow tightly at her ribs, and then turn her palm face up and face down for a count of 30, then repeat three more times. The weight of the hammer head helps pull the hand farther than it is willing to go. It hurts a lot, but she says she won't get her full range of mobility back without the pain. She is just grateful for the many little things she can do now that were impossible just a few weeks ago. The doctor says it will be at least another five to six weeks for full recovery.

We are her cheerleaders, rooting her on as she spends time on her exercises. But we have a hidden agenda. We are all hoping to get our walks back on schedule. So far Phantom and Thunder have each had one short walk, the first in over seven weeks. Once again, we thank you all for your good thoughts and wishes for her.

Dear Santa, we are all trying very hard to be good, look at what a great photo op we let Mom have.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning


Remi said...

Oh my gosh. Those DO look like torture tools! Hope recovery continues and that the new year is injury free for your mom!

T. Maxx said...

We have just one word for the tools- OUCH!!
Glad to hear that mom's hand is getting better!
She must be very happy that the four of you were good sports for that beautiful pic together!! Very nice!!
Happy holidays to you!!

Maxx and mommy

SissySees said...

Never have there been better looking cheerleaders! Hope Mom heals completely, and soon.

Merry Christmas!

Dozer and Coop said...

Wishing you a blessed Christmas with your family by your side, and a wonderful New Year.

Love, Dozer and Cooper Edwards
in Oregon

Sarge said...

Wow, that really is a great photo op! Looks like you wiped your paws really well. I'm sending healing vibes to your Mom so she keeps getting better and can quit using those nasty looking things! BOL
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Ruby and Penny said...

We are so happy that your mom is getting back her left handiness.
Love the photo you all gave her.
Love Ruby & Penny

haopee said...

Dear Santa,

I hope that everybody's mom is happy this Christmas. It would be pretty awesome if all the doggies in the world get to be hugged by their mommies.

This said I hope you like the photo as well and consider making their mom's arm heal faster.

Huggies and Cheese,


The Heartbeats said...

Merry Christmas to our furry pals!!

The Heartbeats


Mom almost passed out when she saw those torture tools!! It was nice of you to pose so nicely for your Mom!!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

K9 Katastrophie said...

Glad your mommy is doing better! Lightning, you are such a big boy now!


rottrover said...

NICE photo, Woos!! Momster, we're glad your arm is getting stronger. After a certain point it will just get stronger from using it, but you have to cross that threshold. That silicone stuff really does work, BTW.

Merry Christmas to all!!

-Bart, Ruby and Lisa

Piappies World said...

Oh wow! Those tools are a bit frightful. We are happy to see her arm getting better.

You guys sure cooperated in the photo op and we are soooo proud of you. Hope we can say we can be THAT behaved in a photo. waaaah

A blessed Christmas to you ---- Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, Lightning and your Mom and Dad. We love you guys a lot!

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...

That cheerleading picture is truly priceless! And that hammer did have us worried until we read the explanation!


3 doxies said...

Oh dear heavens, Momster...I knoews you had a tumble and broke stuffs but I didn't realize it was THAT bad. I was squinching up my face da whole time reading bouts your therapy! Ugh, I is so very sorry!
My mum couldn't lift overs 5 ils when her had her surgery and it was extremly frusterating fur hers so we can sympathize a little bit.

Lightening's expression in dat foto is crackin' me uuuuuup!


Bobby said...

Those paws all look very clean to me. your last pose is wonderful Santapawz should leave you loads of
goodies for being so good.
Wow when we saw the hammer we got quite worried, it does take a long time to heal and feel normal again.
Licks Bobby

Julia Williams said...

Your arm does look like it is healing but has a ways to go yet. Talk about an ordeal!

Your doggie photos are always so amazing, but that last group photo is simply delightful.

Ginger Jasper said...

Oh your poor mum her arm looks so sore. Mum says she feels so bad because she has been so preocupied with me that she hasnt checked in with your mum and she is sorry for that. I have to say that the last photo is stunning.. HUgs GJ xx

Frankie Furter said...

Tools of TORTURE fur SURE... I think she should just sit on the floor and use that hand to give each of you 87 minutes of Tummy Rubs and Furs Brushing and just to round out the SCAREapy... a tad of Furmanitor time fur each. What do you think?
I want to wish EACH of YOU and your Peeps and the grand Peeps and everybuddy that you Love... a Merry Christmas and or Happy Hanukkah.

The Thundering Herd said...

Hey, we have had Sandy Paws all week long. Oh, not THOSE Sandy Paws.

Anonymous said...

That hammer looks and sounds brutal! Poor Momster!

We can't wait for Christmas either! Lightning looks like he has been awfully good this year! So do Ciara, Thunder, and Phantom of course!

Merry Christmas to you and your family from us!

Elyse and Riley

BeadedTail said...

Ciara and Lightning, you two are just too cute! The photo of the four of you is beawootiful! My mommy can't even get a photo of me like that let alone having four of you! The Momster must have some good stuff!

We're glad her arm is getting better thanks to the torture tools. We hope each day gets a little easier until she's all better!

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

I is so glad you eggplaned about that hammer coz I woz gonna say if'n you whack your momster in the arm with it, I think she mite need to have it fixed all ofur again and that would be a major setback. Just be sure none of you is standing unner the hammer when the momster is holding it in case she drops it and it falls on your head then you be needing fiscal thereapy. Just woofin.

Cyber-sibes said...

Woo, that is an awesome photo of all of woo! woo are being furry, furry good doggies!
Poor mom, that's a lot of torture to go thru, but it will be worth it in the long run. Still.... but we're glad to see Mr. Hammer is a helper. Our dad's Mr. Hammer seems to be prone to whacking him on the fingers lately.

Merry christmas, pupperoos!
jack & moo

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh my gosh. We have all fingers and paws crossed that your poor wrist will soon be better. Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year. Its been great getting to know you all. Merry Christmas. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory (and Carol)

Anonymous said...

Oh you all look so BEAUTIFUL! No mud on the paws? Is that possible? I thinks not! Maybe you can teach the little twin bipeds to clean up and tell them it's a grrrreat game???

I sure is happy that your Momster is gettin better. Mom and I sure was worried bout her!

Those exercises sure sound painful! But if they work thats a good thing!

Happy Howlidays!

Hugs an Woos, Tessa

Nola said...

I hope she feels better soon!
Dachshund Nola

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

We hope all of you guys have a Merry Christmas!
Glad to hear your mom is doing much better :)


Finn said...

Beautiful pictures guys! Tell your momma that we thought the hammer was being used in another way! Hope you ave a wonderful Christmas!

sprinkles said...

I haven't asked about your mom but I've wondered how she's faring. Good to know she seems to be progressing. I keep her in my prayers.

I did physical therapy for my hip but didn't have to use any of those fancy tools your mom does for her wrist.

Just in case I don't get around to visiting before the big day, Merry Christmas!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Wow! Your mom really did a number on herself, didn't she! We hope for a full recovery soon!
What a great photo of the four of you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Clive said...

That last photo is just magical - we really love it!

Your poor Mom - that was some accident on her arm. Her medical equipment looks pretty intense too - those hammer exercises don't sound fun at all! But Murray's Mom knows from past experiences that exercise is certainly the way back to full mobility! We're wishing her all the very best for a complete recovery!

best wishes from us all
Clive & Co

Anonymous said...

Oh Dog! I hope your mama heals up quickly. Happy holidays guys!

Sue said...

You guys must be posing so nicely so that Santa will be good to you. We're trying to be really good, too.

Mom says she's familiar with all those torture instruments and the hammer is the worst. She said she could barely control it.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Stella said...

The amazing thing about PT is the changes you can make over a week!
You think you won't be the same again and then you notice some strength you didn't have before. You will do fine, your attitude sounds good and thats the biggie!

Jo, who has been there twice for long periods of time!

Gracie =^o.o^= said...

OMC, I didn't know that your mommie broke her arm. I am sorry to hear of that and more sorry that I haven't been a good visiting friend. The mom here is so far behind in things but tonight I said that I had to visit with you before Christmas so she let me come over. Wishing all of you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year. Please take care of your mommie, I know you are. Love the last photos of you. You all are really cuties.

Stewey said...

Oh my goodness - what an arsenal of tools for your Momster! I'm glad she is doing better, though!
What a pawesome group photo! I love Lightning's smile :)
Wishing you all a very happy holiday season!

Summit the Super Mal said...

Yipes...that hammer trick sounds icki!!! Woos out to all for a furri Merri Christmas down in OP.

Mummi sez thanks fur all the nice thoughts. She sez woo make her smile.

sagechronicles said...

I glammed on that hammer and thought: "WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?" Torture tools for sure!

But I know that kind of torture is necessary for a decent recovery and back to fun walks! I know you guys are VERY good and Santa will be there with a whole bag full of goodies!

Merry Christmas to you all!!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Your mom is so lucky to have such a wonderful team to cheer her on!
One day at a time and she will get better!
And you cutie pies,, I heard Santa is on his way!

bichonpawz said...

Mama says she doesnt know how she missed this...didnt know that your mom had a bad fall and broke her arm!!! We are sending MANY healing thoughts and hope things are back to normal soon!!!! Merry Christmas to you all!! We just cannot get enough of your beautiful pictures! Mama wants to go out and get a Siberian puppy now!!!!! Xoxoxo. Chloe and LadyBug

scotsmad said...

We were a bit worried when we saw the hammer....glad it's just for exercise.

You look beautiful....Santa will have to bring you lots of stuff...even if you occasionally bring in mud.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Mango said...

Those physical therapies sound kind of owie. Not to mention BORING! Right? Like who wants to do something hard AND boring, so hooray to mom for sticking with the program.

However, I wonder if all the exertion is causing hallucinations because I see nothing but shiny white paws in the photos.


Two French Bulldogs said...

your last photo is wonderful. For sure Sandy Paws wuill see you cooperating. Poor momma's hand, ouch
Benny & Lily

Dory and the Mama said...

We are glad your Mama is recovering and hope that things get a little less painful real soon!!! But guys, if your Mama gets as umm....."upset" as our Mama about the whole muddy paws thing....maybe you should stay away from the mud for awhile....

Love your group pic!!

Dory, Jakey and Bilbo

Bunk said...

This is so adorable! Your mom must be a very proud human. I am only one fat pug and it takes hours to get one good photo to me (even though I have been going to PetSmart Intermediate Training) and you guys are not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4!!! AHHH. Awesome! Congrats to your mommy.

The Thuglets said...

crikey..they do look like torture tools! Thanks goodness your mom has you all to cheer her on.

Absolutely fabulous photo.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Woo are a pawesome cheering skhwad fur The Momster!

And that LAST pikh: PRICELESS!


Sagira said...

I sure hope the wait for Santa was worth it and you guys got lots and lots of goodies.

Sure hope mom's wrist feels better soon. It still looks very painful. :(

houndstooth said...

Mom says she still has Theraputty from her surgery. We hope the Momster is feeling much better soon!

That last picture of you guys should be next year's Christmas cards! It's a great picture of you!


Zoolatry said...

Ouchie-Oowie, big time.
If I had a hammer ... I'd ...

KB said...

I am so happy that I didn't miss your update. I know that it's a long road but it sounds like the momster is heading in the right direction. PT is such a benefit - I'm glad that you're all cheering her on.

I adore the photos in this post. Thanks for cooperating with your mom and letting her show us photos of you in all your glory.

ArtemisiaFSS said...

That was a pawsome photo op. Our Mom is jealous, she says the chances of getting the four of us to sit like that is nil. Well considering 3 of us are cats what does she expect. She did get the 4 of us in the same room, no pictures though as one of us (not Fenris) was in the Mom's lap and the camera was on the other side of the room.

Sorry your Mom's arm is taking so long to heal. We are sending healing purrs and hope she makes a full recovery soon.

dw said...

That is an awesome picture! I hope your Momster is healing more and more each day - those things do take their time!

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

We still feel bad for your poor mom, but know that with the four of you as cheerleaders, she can't help but get better.

Steve and Kat