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Thursday, January 9, 2014

R is home!

This new day dawned with R still in the hospital but Shyla and I were out and about on the trails.
We knew that R couldn't come home until the afternoon so we played in the rising sunlight. I'm afraid that my anxiety wasn't cured by Mother Nature, though. Shyla seemed to mirror my pensive mood. She seemed worried the whole time that R wasn't at home.
Finally, in the early afternoon, we were given the "go-ahead" to pick up R. To show us what they did during surgery, the hospital gave us a vial full of the bone fragments that they extracted from R's elbow joint (I promise not to show photos of them!). Those bone pieces told a shocking story of how much degeneration had been underway in his elbow despite his elbow dysplasia surgery by a top-notch orthopedic surgeon five years ago.

When we finally saw R after getting a whole packet of instructions about how to take care of him, he wore a cone of shame and a big thick bandage going from his toes to his shoulder. I'll take a picture of him in the coming days. Shyla is afraid of his cone and the bandage but I hope she'll relax about them soon. He'd love to curl up with her on a dog bed, like they normally do.

After springing R from the hospital, the Runner brought R home, and I attended a flurry of medical appointments to try to get the "all clear" for my surgery next week. I made progress. But, whew, it is stressful having two family surgeries in rapid succession.

I think that the next few weeks are going to be tough for everyone in our pack, not just the patients. But, I'll try to keep being Shyla's rock because she needs more reassurance than your average dog.
I'll also try to keep up with my blog but that might prove impossible on some days. Thanks so much for your support.

37 comments:

NanaNor's said...

Dear KB, I'm not sure how I missed all the news about the surgery on your guy-wow; I'm thankful it is over and he is home with you. I thought of you on Tuesday as I snow shoed in the park-you are always my inspiration. Will be praying for your surgery and R's recovery. I'll really be watching for updates.
Hugs, Noreen

Angel Keisha said...

Me hugs u!! {{{Hugs}}}

Nola said...

Glad he's home! POTP for his recovery and that your own surgery goes well!
Nola

rottrover said...

Hopefully R's scent will eventually reach Shyla and she'll recognize her buddy. Im so glad he's home!

Murphy said...

We're glad "R" is home! At least you can relax with all the pack as you prepare for your surgery.

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Millie and Walter said...

Glad to hear R is home and doing well. Don't worry about keeping up with blogging unless you really can. You know that we all have you in our thoughts and as much as we all want to know how things are going sometimes you just can't keep it up with all you have going on. You know we all understand that you and R come first.

Taffy said...

Yay! So happy to hear R is home. Mom and I hope that he will be pain free soon. That first photo is magnificent! I would love to have that hanging in my house. We will be thinking of you as you prepare for your surgery as well. You and R will be like kids again soon :0)

houndstooth said...

I'm glad R is back home, and hopefully resting comfortably! Here's hoping that he has an easy recovery, and you, as well. We know where you are and what you're up to. Nobody is going to be upset if you're not up to posting! We'll just all be hoping to hear that your surgery went well and that you're recovering!

Nancy J said...

I'm so glad R is home, is there anything else than the cone? I have seen what is called an " Elizabethan Ruffle" maybe a soft collar of sorts, but so frilled he cannot get his head down to where the stitches are?? Maybe soon Shyla will recognise his scent and voice and be there for him. Next week, are you in hospital long? What a start to 2014, it will definitely improve so much after all this. Fond greetings to you all, R and Shyla to0, and Runner. Jean.

Ruby said...

YEA!!! It's such good news that R is home!! I'm sure Shyla will relax, your right, it's just gonna take a little time. I'm sendin' all the healin' vibes I can to R, and some AireZens for the rest of you!!
I hope the preps for your surgery goes smoothly and that both you guys are gonna be on the way to havin' one helluva Spring!!
Now, don't worry abouts bloggin', we all know how hard it is keepin' up, just try and give updates when you can...Oh, I was just thinkin' you need that Dragon program they keep advertising that types what you say....
POTP!!
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We are happy to hear R is home now.
And of course everyone being together helps Shyla,, but so much she does not understand,, and I have a feeling she is senseing all the stuff going on in your mind.
Take care of what needs to be taken care of,,,,
just check in sometimes so we know your okay and how you and R are,
no worrys,,, we are your friends,,and were here for you
love
tweedles

Jo's World said...

Happy to hear Our Prince is back home. He will start healing faster when he is home with his peeps and his girl!

And you, we want to see you up, well and happy, tooting around on your bike, taking lots of pictures, and having fun.

Love and prayers to you,

Jo and the Petz

Laura DeSimone said...

Hang in there! Sending positive thoughts in your direction!

CheerfulMonk said...

Good luck! Our hearts are with you.

Tina said...

Glad to hear R is fine and at home despite all that bad stuff. I can't imagine not being there with one of my guys when they wake up after a surgery...
Couldn't you try to get a ProCollar instead of the cone? When we got Bisou and she had to have surgery on her broken foreleg to the procollar was perfect to stop her from getting to the bandage with her mouth.
Hope your surgery goes well. I know it will be hard having two patients but on the other hand it is better to worry about both at once than twice a year for one...
Tina

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

We're very glad that R is home and hope that Shyla will soon get over her cone fear and give R comfort the cuddling comfort he needs.

Jeanne Pursell said...

So glad to hear that R is home and recovering. I think Shyla will get used to the cone and the bandages...they are just "new" for now. My prayers are going out to you for your own surgery and for R's recovery. You are in my thoughts each day. We really are all here for you!! xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

Mitch and Molly said...

We are so happy that R is home! It's okay, Shyla - the cone and bandages won't hurt you.
We're sending lots of positive vibes your way,KB,and healing thoughts for sweet R.

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Cocoa and Melon said...

Hi KB, sorry I haven't been around to comment, my own issues have been bothering me recently. I have been keeping up more or less though. Glad to hear you have one step of the process out of the way with R back home. I agree that Shyla will get used to R having the cone and bandage soon. Boy must it be stressful as you said with both surgeries going on at once, but yes, maybe it is better they are over with together. It is good you are thinking about Shyla but don't forget to look after yourself first. Best wishes for your operation and take care. Best wishes to all.
Melon

Amber DaWeenie said...

Just get everyone back to normal. We'll be here rootin' for ya!

DianeTaylor said...

Thanks for the update KB - I am so glad R is home with his pack. How stressful it must be to have these surguries so close. We will be praying for you all as you recover.

xxoo

Diane and Indy Bones

Sam said...

We will be thinking of all of you in the coming days.

Monty and Harlow

TexWisGirl said...

i hope R will be okay and not dealing with a lot of pain as he mends. bless him. somehow i know you worrying about them doesn't allow you to worry so much about yourself. bless you...

Linda said...

Hang in there KB. And don't worry about the blog posts. We'll be here when you get back:) Know that we are all out here sending good healing vibes to you and your family.

T Myers said...

Glad to hear R is home! Jingles for a speedy recovery.

Casey said...

We're sending big vibes for R's swift recovery!

Two French Bulldogs said...

All my feets are crossed for you guys. So happy you are home R
Lily

Roxy the traveling dog said...

Oh poor R, he must have had such pain. He is strong and will recover fast though, Just like you will.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are so glad R is home. Just being home should help a lot with his recovery. Hang in there, easy for us to say, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

scotsmad said...

We're so glad he's home where he should be! Hopefully, Shyla will be cuddling with him soon.

Good luck with your op, too.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Quinn said...

Home is the place for mending! Glad R is back where he belongs, and I hope Shyla will soon be more comfortable and snugging up with the patient.
So much going on! One day - or one minute - at a time, for a while anyway :)

Brian said...

HOORAY! Now then, let the healing begin!

Barb said...

What? You're having surgery? You and R will recover together. I hope you don't have to wear a cone on your head. I'm thinking of you.

sophie...^5 said...

So HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY that R is home so he can heal and just be home!! This is such good news.
Now as for yourself~~~ please be kind to yourself and be in the moment ~ inhale if your have to and exhale would help, in other words try to laugh some times ~~~ LAUGHTER is a great healer.
Will be waiting for your return!
Ron

Murray's Mouth said...

Healing wishes being sent.

Christine Gillow said...

Sending you both our most healing thoughts and wishing a very speedy recovery so you can get back out on your beautiful trails together.

Snowcatcher said...

My heart is in my throat, but I'm happy R is home and hope your surgery is going well. You'll be in my prayers!