Today marks EIGHT WHOLE WEEKS since Olive’s TPLO surgery. To be honest, some days it feels like FOREVER, and some days it seems like yesterday. I took her to get her x-rays done this morning to check the progress of the bone, and how everything inside was healing. I was a little apprehensive because she started favoring the other back leg several days ago. We were really praying that it was just a muscle strain from trudging through all the snow we got this last weekend, but alas, it was not.
Turns out, this condition where the meniscus starts to deteriorate is a degenerative one, and 50% of dogs who tear one side, will tear the other. In our case, it looks like Olive really used her right leg to compensate for the pain of left leg, and it finally gave out. It’s not a full tear, thankfully, but the doctor said there was quite a lot of swelling in her knee, and it could feel a partial tear already.
So. What does all of this mean? I means that for Olive’s left hind leg – the one that had surgery in November – healed beautifully, and we’ve done everything right. Rehab has been vital in her recovery, and I’m so thankful for that! However, because of the pain she’s now experiencing in her right hind leg means that we are taking her back in for surgery on Tuesday for another TPLO.
LORD GIVE ME STRENGTH.
I know we can do it again. I know that in the end she’ll feel amazing, and she’ll be able to play, and run, again just like she used to. I know that we’re doing the right thing for her, but I’m not going to lie, this is A LOT emotionally, and now we’ve got to basically start all over. I guess at least we know what to expect this time around?
Thanks for reading! I’ll continue to update her progress here!