Saturday, July 4, 2020

Saturday Update

It was a good night!!!

When Misty first came home last night, she was still pretty groggy and unstable on her legs.  We kept her in her crate and Mom hand fed her a little kibble and some ice chips.  After an hour, she had a little more.  Drinking water was tough with the cone on, but she was fine with licking some water from Mom's fingers and chewing some crushed ice.  Mom took her out right before bedtime - that was a big challenge.  Mom used a towel to support her but it was not easy.  Misty was just too disoriented. We do have a fancy HelpEm Up harness, but it is a process to get it on her.  Mom didn't want to stress Misty too much so she just brought her back inside.

The good news is that Misty (and Mom) slept all night.  Misty in her crate and Mom in her bed:)  This morning Misty was more alert and wanting to go out. She was much steadier on her feet and even tried to put the toes of her repaired leg down.  She seemed to be struggling with figuring out how to squat to take care of business and just wanted back inside.  But then she ate all of her breakfast by herself (cone removed) and had some water.  Of course, the cone went right back on.  A short while later she was looking to go back outside.  This trip was a success - she accomplished ALL of her business as soon as she hit the grass.  Mom says this is a big step for her so soon after surgery.  

Assuming one of her favorite sleeping poses holding up the wall - another sign that she is relaxing.

Misty is getting Rimadyl and tramadol for pain now.  She has spent all morning sleeping.  Since Mom and Dad are both around, she doesn't have to be in her crate as long as she isn't moving around much.  Lightning is afraid of the cone so he stays away. Timber is a little concerned about that cone, but he does try to sniff her.  He is such a good boy, he listens when Mom tells him "leave it" and walks away.  

Timber was here first and Misty decided to worm her way in behind him for a sibling snuggle:)

We know that as each day goes by, Misty will want to be more active and interact with her brothers. So she may be seeing more crate time and/or time in her favorite room - the laundry room.  She has at least two weeks of basically no activity other than a quick potty break as needed.  At the three week mark, she should be starting 5 minute walks on leash slow and steady, multiple times a day to get her to use the leg properly.  With each week that passes, she can walk a little longer. But throughout it all, there is to be NO running, rough housing, or stairs.  The bones need up to 12 weeks to heal well and be strong.  And then - we get to do it all over again!!!  Depending on how she does, she might have the surgery sooner than the 12 week mark.  
A little glimpse of the area although most of the incision is under the knee and not visible here.  You can see there is some swelling but all looks normal so far.

She woke up and made her way to the laundry room.  And back to sleep again:)

For the next two weeks she will have two cold laser treatments.  After that it will be once a week as needed.  The hope is that her staples can come out in two weeks, but we aren't in any hurry.  We want her to heal well.

 My Tramadol Look:)

Still trying to figure out how to make this bowl and the cone work well, but Mom says they say she will figure it out.  Meanwhile Mom helps her by lifting the bowl and placing it inside the cone.

We can't say thank you enough for all the kind words, prayers, good thoughts, and POTP that you have all extended to her.  It is wonderful to be part of such a caring group.

Happy Fourth of July!!!  We didn't get a patriotic photo this year, but we still have so much to celebrate.

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

Pee Ess - we DO have a comfy cone but the surgeon prefers we use this one for now because she could manipulate the soft one enough to get at her staples.  When the time is right, we will use the comfy cone.


Sandee said...

Wonderful news. I'm so happy for Misty and her brothers are happy she's back home. We all are and especially you. Keep letting us know how she's doing.

Have a woof woof Happy Independence Day. More healing hugs to Misty. My best to your mom. ♥

Molly the Airedale said...

We just love the picture of you holding up the wall, Misty. We can't wait for the day that you can run and play with your brothers but for now lots and lots of AireZen and POTP continues on its way to you.

Brian said...

So far, so good. We're thrilled to see a positive update. Keep doing good sweet Misty.

My Mind's Eye said...

Misty you are such a Warrior Princess...taking care of business and eating and
I'm loving how you are working on holding up that sagging wall.
Timber bless your heart for allowing a Sibbie sibling snuggle
Sending purrs and healing hugs to all and to your Momster the nurse
and Dad her helper, I hope and pray there will be no boomers near ya'll tonight

My Mind's Eye said...

PS Lightning I can understand the cone being disturbing. You wore one not too long ago and you want to make sure it doesn't end up on your neck.
You can be the Wooful Guard from a distance
Hugs C

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
it so good to read this news of improvements, slow and steady. Continuing POTP... hugs and wags YAM-aunty xxx

The Gang at LLB said...

What happy news, we are sending healing POTP your way Misty...Mama has tears of joy seeing you being being loved and taken care of by your Mama!!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

That is very good news that Misty had a good night and is coping well. Continued good thoughts winging their way across the pond for all of you.

Bouncing Bertie said...

So good to read that Misty is responding well to all your love and care following her surgery.
Happy 4th July!

24 Paws of Love said...

Such good news! Nothing that a little rest and being home loved won't cure. We know she has some tough weeks ahead of her (and mom too) but this sounds like a great start.

24 Paws crossed

Pinot and Angel Momo said...

Misty!! So glad to hear very positive news! You're doing very well!! :)

Pinot xo

Millie and Walter said...

Happy Independence Day! We're so happy to hear Misty is doing well. Our paws are crossed for continued recovery.

Sue said...

Sleeping in her favorite position and in her favorite room are both good signs. Off to a good start.

pilch92 said...

I am glad Misty is doing well. Happy 4th!

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

Fantastic news. We hope your Little Miracle is 100 percent soon.

CheerfulMonk said...

I'm glad Misty is doing so well, and still sending out love and best wishes for the recovery and new surgery. Again, I'm so glad she's home.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so glad to hear the surgery went well and are purring and doing POTP for a speedy recovery. Fenris says you eventually figure out how to eat and drink with the cone on and not run into things (except Mom, he never did figure out how not to poke Mom with his cone) but it takes awhile. Mom just took the cone off for meals most of the time, but then she has to sit right by Fenris to get him to eat anyway.

John Bellen said...

I haven't been au courant with what's been going on, but came over when I read about Misty on the Cat Blogosphere site. It sounds like things are going very well. I love it when a dog or cat who has been ill starts doing familiar things. You know they are recovering. Continued improvement, Misty!

The Oceanside Animals said...

Lulu: "Yay! We're very glad to hear that Misty is doing well! I send lots of fluffy tail wags for her speedy recovery!"
Charlee: "And we Hipsters send purrs!"

T. Maxx said...

Speedy recovery Princess!! Love and paws and hugs for you and your two sibelings!!!

Maxx and mommy and Dadster!

Marg said...

Misty is so lucky to have such good humans to take care of her. Good healing vibes to you Misty.

Pam and Teddy said...

YAY!!! So happy to hear Misty (and Mom) both had a good night. Sounds like Misty is coping nicely and I bet part of that is that she is simply so happy to be HOME AGAIN! Because she KNOWS she's in loving hands, she will recover quickly.....YAY MISTY!

Hugs, Teddy (and Mom too)

Idaho PugRanch said...

Restful nights are very important! Keep doing well Misty, we know you are getting the bestest care
Mabel & Hilda

Tails Around the Ranch said...

That is wagnificent news! The incision looks really good if that's possible. So glad she's doing well, all things considered. You're right, she will figure out the cone and learn to eat and drink just fine. Keep up the pawsome work, Misty and enjoy those resting moments Mom.

ZOOLATRY said...

You go girl. Where there is a will, there is a way ... and we know that in time you'll go all the way!

Gemma's person said...

Sounds and looks good!

Huskies622 said...

Yay Misty! She looks like she is recovering well for such a big surgery...and the cool tile floor in the laundry room would be our favorite spot too!

Kiki and Rosie