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Give thanks

On this day (after) ¬†of giving thanks, I can’t help but think of the obvious things I am thankful for…..family, friends, a roof over my head, a kitchen full of food- albeit frozen and mostly in need of preparing, etc.

You know, what everyone is thankful for. Usually.

I must interrupt this bout of obvious with a splash of sass.

I am coming off of a three day bender of Klaus’ tantrums- one lasting 8 hours- this occurring after I ran all over hell’s creation running last minute errands. All I wanted was a moments peace to sit and drink a blasted cup of tea! Alas there is no such thing as a moment’s peace in a house with a 5 weeks THR post op dog.

Couple that with his tantrums starting at 8 in the morning these last two days I’ve reached my stress level mental breakdown limit, to say the least. At this point in time, I am thankful to still be able to hold onto any shred of sanity. Here is a 25 second clip of one of his tantrums. I apologize for the darkness but it’s only the audio you should concern yourself with. This is also early on from his surgery so imagine this for 8 hours straight but louder and more intense. I will snap a photo of his crate that he has bent as well so you can hopefully appreciate the intensity of his freak outs some more!

Another thing I am thankful for? My hearing. I seem to be unable to shove my earplugs far enough into the canal to even take the edge off. The fact I can still hear, is a testament to the lack of damage I have done (and Klaus has done) thus far.

I am thankful I haven’t given in to the drink, because lord help me I have considered all the things that would take the edge off. And that my dears is just too reminiscent of my father’s alcoholic days – and in the end just really pitiful.

I am thankful we can begin short walks with him this week because I foresee them helping to tire him out. He has had two already and he has done great- though he wasn’t as tired as I had hoped after.

I am thankful my husband is now truly enlightened to Klaus’ over the top tantrums and is more understanding to why I am in such a terrible mood 12 plus hours out of the day.

One day at a time right? I am trying to stay realistic about the situation, it is really stupid all around- especially for Klaus- he is after all the one locked up on the crate. It’s just very hard when one- you can’t hear yourself think to talk yourself out of a total cloud of rage and two- there is no moment of peace or joy during my day except when my head hits that pillow at night. I would think 5 weeks in, his tantrums and fits would be more manageable and tolerable, and dare I say less frequent? How is it things have only increased in intensity and terrible-ness?

In the end I really do hope everyone had a moment’s peace to relax and enjoy their family and friend’s company. I am also very thankful for the opportunity to have left the house yesterday and shared such a beautiful meal with my in-laws!

 

 

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Three weeks!

That’s right folks, it’s been three weeks since the surgery and you can color me surprised by how fast Klaus has been healing.

Yes he was walking the day of surgery but aside from the shaved fur you’d never know he had surgery! He’s so full of energy. Here’s a pic of his fur pants growing in. The incision looks great.

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It’s all so exciting but terrifying all at once! He is back to barking and freaking out at the neighbors. He is pulling super hard on the leash. His tantrums haven’t subsided.

The other night Klaus broke out of his crate! Thank goodness we were home. But I hope that paints a better picture of the type of energy we are dealing with and trying to contain.

We have reinforced his crate and thank goodness Cornell sent us new meds to try. We are unable to increase the dose on the trazadone so we have another rx in our arsenal.

Next week we can start rehab. Though we can’t afford it right now we are going in for one appointment so we can get a refresher course on the types of exercises we should be doing. Also we can begin three short walks a day.

Which I have to say I’m super excited about. The other day all I wanted was to take Klaus for a walk. I wonder if any of my neighbors would let me walk their dogs?

He’s sitting straighter in the hip and even stood on his right leg to pee! Pretty mundane to most but a big deal for us. I look forward to next spring when we can get back to puppy play dates and back on track with his training!

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Death to the “idiot collar”

We removed his cone of shame, and not a moment too soon! I don’t think it would have lasted another day.

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That was two days ago. Here is what’s left…..

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He is definitely a much happier pup. Way more comfortable that’s for sure. I even caught him sleeping on his back, paws curled close and pointing to the air like the good ole days!

I was able to grab one last “tug at your heart strings” shot last night before we removed it…..

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When he stuck his big little paw through the crate for me to scratch, I actually forgot what a little shit he’s been. I know, I know. What do I expect? He’s bored and cranky and wants out.

Perspective.

Two weeks. Now that’s perspective! Things get easier each day that passes. The idiot collar removal has helped his mood and from there it has been a domino effect. Less stress all around!

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Alright, that’s it!

(this was supposed to have posted a week ago! WordPress what gives!?)

Not sure if its the PMS talking but I am literally on my last bit of energy reserve in dealing with Klaus’ tantrums. When I say I suffer from cramps each month- it is a severe understatement. My pain is so intense I pass out, either from my blood pressure dropping or from my body being utterly exhausted from battling with myself.

Of all the days I could use a break from Klaus’ barking and whining, today would be the day. Except I can’t even stand let alone walk out that door. Klaus, I am begging you. Please understand me when I say, this isn’t a forever thing. When you are all healed we will have all your friends over. You can eat all the peanut butter you want. If you want to chase the cat, I’ll even let you do that.

Just please please pretty please lay down and fall asleep for like an hour so I can breathe through this pain. I swear, every time you bark my ovaries pulse with electrifying pain!

I appear to be having difficulty uploading video. I wanted to show you all a snippet of my time spent with Klaus and his freak outs.

I’ve put a call into Cornell hoping they can help us out. My husband and I spend time with Klaus in the pen- giving him love (and cuddles if his majesty will allow) when possible. We let him chew on bones and raw hides. I’ve even started tying the leash around my waist to give him more time outside the crate while keeping him safe.

How can you reason with a dog? You can’t really. You can only take it day by day.

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Klaus! You’ve given us no other choice!

Since Klaus has been so excited to show off his new hip by utilizing the extra space in his pen to romp about and rattle the sides- even jumping and pushing up against it, he will now be spending the majority of his time in his crate.

Sorry pal, but you have pressed your luck, when really there is no luck to press! We can not and will not risk you hurting yourself. If you fracture that implant, so help me I will have a heart attack.

A fractured implant equals emergency FHO surgery which is merely a salvage procedure and wouldn’t allow Klaus the kind of life a THR would.

He is not taking to being crated. Even with an increase in his sedatives. It’s a pretty stressful time for everyone. Imagine a two year old throwing a tantrum, all day long with only 20-60 minute breaks in between when they pass out from exhaustion!

I was happy to have access to the car today even if it was just to drive around for awhile! Like writing in this blog, driving serves its purpose as a form of therapy for me.

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Everyone has more fun without pants….

Even fur pants! Between our cat Phoebe’s furry chaps and Klaus’ inch thick coat (even more apparent now that we can see the shave line) there’s a whole lotta fur pants in this house!

How Klaus is shaved makes him look like he’s misplaced his pair.

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We are starting to see more and more glimpses of the good ole Klaus we knew before the surgery. I’m being slightly snarky as this behavior does not bode well for taking it easy and embracing the whole rehabilitation process.

Cue rattling the crate. Lots of barking. Pacing. Whining. Just relax dog!

Once we are finished with one of the meds we will be able to play around more with when we give him his sedative. This one med has to be given two hours before or after his last med given.

Its a tricky schedule when you consider some must be taken with food. Some are every 8 hours, others are every 12 hours.

I’m currently waiting for his meds to kick in so I can get to some housework without him trying to get out of his crate.

The incision site looks great still. I can’t wait until we can take his idiot collar off. The edema looks like its cleared up but the inside of his leg bears the obvious trauma sustained from pounding an implant into the bone- lots of bruising.

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It’s sad to have to hold the bone or toy in front of him to chew because he can’t hold onto it himself, let alone get to it. But for the love of our pets right?

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Shit just got real

Klaus is home! That exclamation point isn’t necessarily of excitement but rather more of an indication of the sheer terror I am feeling. I got so worked up earlier I threw up! And I HATE throwing up. I can usually think through it.

His surgery went well. I wished I had made this post yesterday when I had time and wasn’t feeling so clouded in the head. We dropped him off Wednesday night. Because he was so nervous when they took him away for his initial exam, they gave him dexmedetomidine before we left so we could day goodbye without him losing his mind. I had to laugh at just how instant it took effect. We were told 20 minutes. It took 5! I’m the same damn way so apparently he truly is my fur child!

His surgery was Thursday morning at ten and I was told no news is good news. I got a call around three with an update. Like I said, surgery went well but he had a complication involving regurgitation. They cleaned out his mouth and nose as best they could but he was essentially suffering from rhinitis because the stomach contents burned the nasal passages. There was/is cause for concern with developing pneumonia should he regurgitate again and it gets in his lungs. His medicine tract includes meds to help with this.

The plan was to walk, yes walk! and feed him around 8. I received a call with concern for how groggy he still was. I explained he tends to act like that for 8-10 hours after anesthesia! His body temp was also really low still so they pushed his dinner time and walk to ten.

We were anticipating having to bring him home today as the surgeons felt it best because of his anxiety. I admit I wanted him kept longer because I am terribly concerned about him hurting himself. My husband had to work in preparation for an event tomorrow so I went to get him by myself. I checked in and went over the bill. The grand total with our hospital grant discount was $4,899.64. Phew! Even with all the fundraising it’s still a tough bill to swallow.

Going over all the discharge papers was super tough. We have to be firm and diligent in his rehabilitation. Also for the rest of his life we are on infection watch. Any infection he develops could ultimately go to the implant and cause it to break down. They showed me the femoral head they removed. In radiographs it doesn’t look so bad but check this out….
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You can’t tell from this angle but it is half the size (height) it should be. That red worn spot is from where the cartilage broke down. That little piece is a bone spur! Poor boy. He received a hybrid implant which means the long part of the implant was cemented into the femur. The acetebellum (sp) is cementless.

It took three people to get him into the car. He became anxious and tried to rush the car. At this point I was so scared. I felt bad crating him with the e-collar because it was such a tight spot. But I just couldn’t risk him getting too crazy. He did fine on the ride home. Only whining and fidgeting a few times.

Getting him into the house was pretty gnarly. The meds he received at 4 had set in and he was super wobbly. I have concerns about bringing him in and out of the house to go to the bathroom by myself because it was terrible with two people and a sling! He is currently resting. Sometimes snoring. Obviously uncomfortable and unsure of his footing.

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Sorry for such a long post! It’s been awhile and there was so much to write about. Keep us in your thoughts. Thank you everyone for your kindness and support so far. Thank you so much to the surgical team at Cornell.

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October 19, 2012 · 8:52 pm