Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thankful Thursday

Lately it has been tough to come by reasons to be thankful, or maybe we should say it is easier to find reasons to be unthankful.  But today we are going to put on a happy face and just be grateful for life as we join Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Mostly we are grateful to have so many good friends in our Blog Pals who continue to send us good thoughts and wishes for all of us.  Cards, gifts, messages, posts, and prayers - we thank you all.

We pups are doing OK.  Lightning is trying very hard to take it easy when he goes outside on his own.  The system we have with our neighbors to make sure their dogs are not out at the same time as Lightning is working very well.  The stairs are the biggest problem for him.  We have had some icy days when he has slipped a bit, but for the most part he takes his time.  A neighbor tried to create a ramp for him, but Lightning is not one for change, and the ramp really freaked him out.  He has some days where one of his back legs bothers him more than others, but we are doing our best to manage his comfort level with meds.

Timber is more or less OK too.  He definitely shows signs of missing his sister Misty.  He can be pretty mopey at times, and he has only just recently started to play more with his toys.  At night he is very quiet and usually just lies down with his head under the sofa:(  But we all know that with time he will adjust.  Once Mom can get out walking again, he will be happy to go for some long walks. 

As for the peeps, well, let's just say it has been a slow road to recovery.  Dad has had some scary eye issues, no surgery, but some emergency visits to the eye specialists.    This week the pressure in his good eye skyrocketed to 41!!!  That is considered dangerously high.  He does not tolerate steroids very well, but the steroid drops are needed to control the inflammation in his eye.  If it isn't monitored carefully, his glaucoma gets out of control.  The problem is that it isn't easy to recognize the symptoms of high eye pressure because he has so many other things going on in the eye.  For now, he is off the steroids and the doctors managed to get his pressure down to an acceptable level with some diuretics and an additional glaucoma eye drop.  He will be checked again next week.  Then the decision will be made about whether or not to try the steroids again.  His doctors don't always agree on the path forward.  One says he should never take steroids, and the others think he needs the steroids for his scleritis and inflammation.  A real catch-22 for him.

Now for Mom - what can we say that is good?  Well, for starters, she is finally getting some sleep at night.   The pain in the HELLbow area still wakes her up multiple times a night, but at least she is able to get back to sleep.  She is also happy that coffee and tea now taste like they are supposed to taste.  It took about three weeks for the aftereffects of the anesthesia on her tastebuds to disappear.  And that is a good thing because our Mom loves her hot beverages.

She now can use her right hand for a lot more things, like typing, writing, using a manual can opener, opening the mail, showering, etc.  She can't get food to her mouth very well with that arm, though, and fixing her hair with just her left arm and hand is really funny to watch.  She has OT 2-3 times a week for 45 min.  Then she has to do her exercise routine - heating pad, massage, exercises, icing - 3 to 5 times a day.  Each session takes about 45-60 minutes to complete.  It literally takes up most of the day. The therapist says she is doing well and is about where they expect her to be at this point.  There is still a lot more to be done to get the "bend" and "straighten" close to 100%.  She is just hoping she can get pretty close to that mark.  About a week ago, she saw her surgeon who was pleased with how the incision was looking , the little bit of movement she had, and how the hardware inside her arm was holding up.  He removed about 35-40 (!!!!!) staples from her incision.  She has some steri-strips in a few spots where the skin still needs to heal a little more.  She also has to wear a compression sleeve to keep the fluid retention down.  One of these days we will see if she will post a photo of the artwork the incision has left on her arm:)

Lastly a number of you have asked if we have had any news about Misty.  The lady who has her now called Mom a week or so ago to ask a few questions about Misty.  The call was so upsetting for Mom to go through that Dad has said he thinks it is better for now if we don't try to keep in touch.  From what little came of the conversation, Misty is doing OK but still pretty confused and anxious.  In due time, Mom will have to take one of us to the vet place for one reason or another, and that will be very hard for her since this lady works there.  The first conversation with our vet will be hard for her too.  Enough said.

We are also trying to get Mom to help us with commenting on your posts, but it still makes her very sad when she has to sign off with just two pack names and not three.  We also need to change our blog look, but we really don't want to forget our little girl.  Thinking on that one . . .

So as we read back through what we have shared today, we are trying hard to focus on the good things happening.  That is the only way to move forward, right?

Woos - Lightning and Timber


  1. Big hugs all around. I think of you often. Sending love and hugs.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Big hugs. ♥

  2. Been hard for me to be thankful these days too; still missing Beckett. Today as pretty good, it's very cold but sunny, I made it to aquafit and swimming and my brother in law installed my new dishwasher.

  3. We send many encouraging woooos mates, play bows,


  4. My ghostwriter sometimes works with people who are recovering from injuries at the nursing home. The one thing she always promises them, is that they WILL feel better. It may seem like it's taking forever, it may seem that life is just awful right now, it may feel like there will be no end to the pain, but we promise things will get better. Hang in there!

  5. We're glad to hear you are mostly doing well (paws crossed for your dad the most). Your mom is working so hard to make sure she gets back to 100% or as close as possible. We are keeping our paws crossed and sending warm hugs to all your family during this difficult time. We think you boys should try to get a video of your mom fixing her hair left handed. We can only imagine how our mom would look. BOL!

  6. Hari OM
    Life can really be turnips at times... but then, with care and time, fresh sprouts and flowers show up. Seems a long way off for you all just now, I know. Just believe you have our Love and Blogville is one of the best places to find balance. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  7. It is no wonder, you are feeling down. You had way too many things to deal with all at once. Sure wish there was something I could do to help you. Just call me anytime and we can talk about cats. What fun????
    Take care Kathy.

  8. I can't even imagine how hard it is for your mom to be without one of you. Sending healing prayers to you all. XO

  9. Well I'm so thankful to see you posting and that you joined our Thankful Thursday, we did a happy dance here. It can be hard to find that thankful feeling sometimes but it does help when you find it, even a little bit of it. We think about all of you so often too and send you lots of gentle healing hugs and all our love. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

  10. We so admire your parents and the two of you for showing such grace and dignity in the face of such misfortune. I know it may not seem that way to them, but we can see it. I know you will come out of this a stronger pack. We are sending you lots of hugs and prayers.

  11. I'm so sorry you all have to go through this. I'm sending you lots of love and hugs, but I wish it could be more. My heart aches for you all.

  12. we hope the docs can find a good plan for your daddy... and we understand your mama... it is better to stay not in contact when it hurts so much and when every call or mail makes your heart as heavy as a rock... hugs to you and lots of positive thoughts for a happy end of this long way through dark clouds of sorrows...

  13. I am sorry you all are going through so many bad things. I hope the doctors can find a good treatment for your dad's eyes, and the pain for the operation gets less for your mum.
    I can't imagine the pain of having to give up Misty, but there was no choice and it was the best decision for her well being.
    My thoughts are with you through the dark days and hope you can soon see the brighter days again. (((hugs)))

  14. We are sending tons of love and hugs your way♥

  15. Thinking of you and yours, All of you. How lovely it was to talk ...
    hugs, love, Ann

  16. You guys have been through SO much lately, and so much still to go! Momma and I wish we lived closer so we could help you through all this. Big boxer kisses from me, and hugs from Momma!

  17. Don't get discouraged about the therapy. When Mom had a frozen shoulder she went to pt twice a week and did all that heat and ice and exercise stuff. The therapist said she'd get about 85 to 90 percent movement back. It took a long time and lots if bad words but her shoulder works perfectly and doesn't bother her at all. Persistence pays off.

    Oh by the way when Fudge used to slip on icy steps Mom put old towels on the steps for him to walk on. It gave him some traction so he felt safer.

  18. Dear Dear Dear sweet Woofriends and Momster.

    I personally think you mom is a super woman for all that she has been dealing with....just the surgery but coupled with all lack of sleep, pt and ot...
    yikes. Giver her 2 big Sibie kisses from me.

    Lastly I agree about Misty...Mom needs to concentrate on her healing.
    Love and hugs

  19. Sweet Lightning and Timber, we continue to send oodles of poodles of POTP to both your mum and dad and hope the two of you will return to your regular selves soon. It's always hard when a member of the pack goes away and while you may think of your sweet sister, I hope it's always through eyes of love knowing you tried to do the right thing. I hope it gets better for you all soon.

  20. You all really do have a LOT on your plate(s)! One thing at a time though. First is that Misty is in a good situation even if she may be a bit confused about it - it will get better for her even if it's still painful for all of you. Timber and THE BIG GUY look good but I'm sure they have heavy hearts without their sister around. I know it must be confusing for them. We hope your Dad's eye situation gets better and better and of course that Mom's therapy and recovery keep going well. Too many things happening at once - it's a very hard thing to balance everything but it sounds like you HAVE. We keep you in our prayers and send POTP for humans and pups to use as needed! Thanks for the update!

    Hugs, Teddy and Mom Pam

  21. So many 'unthankful' things and all at the same time. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We know all the grandkids will bring smiles to your faces. And be rest assured IF you ever update your blog to two dogs, we'll NEVER forget Misty.

  22. One step at a time. All of you have a lot of healing to do, and you need to take your time.
    Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. If there is anything we can do, just let us know.
    Cam, Mags, and our mom

  23. Oh Woos ~ you're oh so brave! All of you, (okays, especially your Moms) have had so much in the last month, butts you are gonna gets through this....promise. Just remembers we are all here for you, and you can post, email, comment anytime and we will be there for you!
    I am happy to see your faces, and that your neighbors are so pawsome and understanding abouts keepin' our boy as calm as possible. Oh, and abouts the ramp....I GETS IT! Ma bought a new ramp the other day, cause Gpa isn't always gonna be available to lift me into the truck, so Ma though it was time to gets a ramp....yeah, scary! I did make it across a few times with lots of beefy treats, and towels on it, butts it wasn't margaritaville, if you gets my drift! Ma says it'll gets easier, butts I am not convinced...
    Sendin' lots and lots of POTP, healin' vibes and AireZens to your Peeps...eye problems are the scariest, and missin' a wing is NO FUNS at all!
    Ruby ♥

  24. It's really good to get your update, even though things are still so difficult for you. We are crossing every paw and hoof that things will improve all around.

    #1 says she knows exactly what you mean about names. When we lost our Beebs, she found herself incapable of using the name "The Chans" anymore, and now we sign off with our individual names.

    We are sending lots of purrs, woof, neighs and good thoughts,
    Ollie, Tama, Genji, Viock and Violette

  25. Lulu: "We're sorry that things are still kind of in upheaval there but we're glad that your arm is doing a bit better."
    Chaplin: "I understand about not wanting to use the ramp, Lightning! After Dennis got his osteosarcoma diagnosis Mama and Dada tried to get him to use Tucker's old ramp to get onto the bed and he wanted nothing to do with it. Ramps are for motorcycle jumps and boats, he said!"
    Charlee: "I'm pretty sure Dennis never said that."
    Lulu: "Anyway, guys, I am sending lots of fluffy tail wags for your mom's arm to continue to feel better and for your dad's eye to stay stable."
    Charlee: "And we Hipsters send purrs!"

  26. Oh gosh, what a very hard time for all of you. I think that I understand better than most how awful Misty's situation is for you because we've had to contemplate the unthinkable for Hachi (but he can't be placed in another home so the alternative is worse). So, we get it to at least some small extent.

    I am sending love to all of you. And lots of POTP. R has had skyrocketing eye pressure too but drugs got it back down. I hope that it can remain controlled for your husband. Hugs.

  27. We are thankful for the update and to hear that everyone is doing as well as they can. Recovery is a day to day process, for sure, and hopefully every day gets a little bit brighter for everyone. And happy to see your beautiful pups giving you sweet husky smiles---nothing better! Take good care!

    Kiki, Rosie and Lesley

  28. Hello Friends! I was glad to read your update, because you continue to be on my mind as you work through this emotional and hard time in your life. Just know that so many like me are here and are cheering you on, and hoping the brighter days and moments of happiness outnumber the darker ones as your hearts and bodies heal.


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