Friday, July 30, 2010
Then maybe I'll have time to tackle some of my to-dos Saturday morning before my folks arrive from the cheese state. I think we'll have just enough time to grill out some Wisconsin brats (with real brat buns from Wisconsin) and maybe bake some cookies. Oh, and I've got a project list for Daddy.
Peanut is very much looking forward to the visit from the grandparents. He is off his muscle relaxer and I can tell he is much less lethargic. He is pretty mellow without drugs! He also has stepped down his dose of steroid by half, but is still taking pain killers. He is back to eating regular food on a regular schedule and having outside trips at regular times (not three times a night!). He still yelps out in pain occasionally if he moves wrong. So, I hope once the round of drugs is over that he will actually be better. Again... fingers crossed.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I did miss the cheese and tortilla, but you could add those if you're so inclined. Check out the recipe in the right column. Enjoy.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Speaking of which, he has been a great eater and I plan to go all dry dog food tomorrow morning. I just decreased his dose of prednisone (steroid) by half and he is all out of the muscle relaxers. He has been crying out off and on this evening, so I hope he is handling the change okay. The night will surely be our gauge.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Peanut has done fantastically today. He gobbled down more chicken and rice for dinner. Some cottage cheese with his meds embedded in it, and a side of dry dog food nuggets. With the strength of all those nutrients, he should start healing up in no time!
Friday, July 23, 2010
I began my day spoon-feeding Peanut soggy dog food with a little canned dog food to entice him to actually eat it. Since he has discovered that the pill pockets make him sick, he is less likely to take them, so I have to shove them down his throat. I feel like such a mean mommy. But I'm SO glad he's eating and keeping the pills down.
After eating a little last night, almost a full bowl of food this morning, and a half bowl tonight, Peanut seems to be regaining his strength. He is still pretty mellowed out, though. I tried his toe-pinching test and he seemed to react for the front legs, but not so much the one I could reach in the back. I've decided I should try before I give him his meds in the morning. After all, that is how I would want to begin my weekend...
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Peanut was pretty shakey at lunch today when I took him outside. He hadn't eaten since breakfast yesterday, but had taken his meds. So I guess that makes a poor puppy's tummy upset.
He had an accident in the bathroom and also threw up. I had two blankets and a rug that needed washing. I had to wash the floor and his food and water bowls.
Meanwhile I set him up with a temporary bed in the entryway to the bathroom. I force fed him a little soft food and shoved the pill pockets he refused to eat down his throat.
When the bathroom was all cleaned, I cleaned up Peanut the best I could. He is acting pretty lethargic and hasn't yet got up to move back into his bathroom suite.
I started the drug we had been holding off on, so maybe we can expect a miracle recovery any time now.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
He went down it (fast) but without much hesitation. Going back up is another story all together. He was still nervous on our last trip in for the night.
The toe pinch revealed he still has feeling in all four of his legs today. However his legs have been shaking. I'm not sure if that is from the drugs or weakness. He did eat breakfast today, but still hasn't touched suppertime.
Right away I knew I wouldn't be able to just hide his pills in his food, so I was thankful for pill pockets. He still loves their meaty goodness. I ran out tonight to pick up some more. Fingers crossed it keeps working. The second dose today he threw on the floor a couple times.
Peanut is less trippy today, but fairly mellow from his drugs. I spent some time on the bathroom floor petting him. It was quality bathroom time.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I feel so bad locking him up. I was never much for kennel training. The only time Peanut was restricted was during the seizure years for his own safety and cleaning purposes. But the vet told me we have to restrict his movement.
It is possible he has a spine disease that will end up putting pressure on the spine and causing paralysis. I have to pinch his toes every day to make sure he is still feeling pain. He is going to be taking three different drugs to ease the pain and relax his muscles. Best case scenario is pretty much that he just slept on his neck funny and it is out of alignment.
They've given me a two-four week recovery window where Peanut will be residing in the bathroom... doped up. My biggest concern right now is getting him in and outside. I have been instructed to carry him or build a ramp...no stairs. If anyone out there knows of a ramp store, please let me know!
Oh, and of course I'll be on pins and needles for the next month watching to make sure Peanut isn't showing signs of paralysis. Because, short of surgery, that will be the end of the line for my main man.
I'm trying to overlook the ironic circle of life that would be considering it took him losing the use of his legs in order for the vet to finally find a drug to stop the seizures when he was just a wee pup. I will say it was a lot easier carrying him outside and holding him up when he was only about 15 pounds. His current weigh-in at 80 makes my back hurt just thinking about it.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Things are starting to come back to me at work. And with Rock The Dock over, I'm getting back to thinking about updating and organizing. I'm finishing up the theatre work. The show opens tomorrow, so I hope so! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a little girly going out time tomorrow. By next week everything will be back to normal, right?
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I had a fantastic Friday at the Catfishestival after seeing my dad's play practice at the Holmen Theatre. One more evening and one more morning before my departure from Wisconsin. I'm going to try to make the most of that time.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
NOTES: That water pump does not exist anymore. Why doesn't the park have water fountains? Tomorrow I will bring a bottle of water....and some bug spray. Once I worked up a good stink, I had a hard time shaking the bugs buzzing around my head. Nothing feels more glorious than a shower after an all-over, down to your panties sweat. (TMI?)
Monday, July 5, 2010
I was a little disappointed that I was too tired and it was too rainy to attend the big Riverfest fireworks and have a few beverages under the stars along the banks of the Mississippi. I'll have to make up for it at Catfish Days next weekend. I'm also keeping my fingers crossed that the Logger's game goes on as planned tomorrow. I haven't been to a game since last summer about this time, so it is LONG overdue. I can hardly wait! I'm ready for some fun vacation action.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I packed my bags, did a few things around the house that had been neglected during my busy week, and got on the road by early afternoon. As the sun was sliding out of the sky, I rolled into Holmen to pay a quick visit to my sister before heading further north to settle in with Peanut and wait for his grandparents to get home. He can hardly wait to see them. Ah... vacation.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
They checked them an told me they were fine. Apparently that means they look at them and if they don't see anything wrong, they are fine. When I picked up the vehicle and told them that I asked to have them checked because of the shudder, they told me that the problem that causes that isn't detected by viewing the brakes alone. And in fact my brakes are probably bad and I should bring the vehicle back in.
So, the Vue is on day two with its buddies at Midtown Tire. It wasn't too long after I dropped it off this morning that I got the call with the estimate. I think my heart stopped a little when they told me it would be $385. Yesterday we discussed a $150-$300 range. And today we discussed me getting the brake special they are currently offering. Yeah, that estimate is with the discount. Ouch.
I hope for some reason I win a million dollars before my week-long vacation in Wisconsin. The good news is I will probably make it to Wisconsin safely with my shiny new brakes. So there is that, I guess.