Round two: two weeks later

We’ve made it two weeks since Olive’s second surgery! We took her for a check-up yesterday, and got her stitches removed. The doctor said that she’s progressing nicely, and that we’re on track for a good recovery. She had a rehab appointment right after, and it was good to check in and see how she was doing. She’s lost a few centimeters of muscle on her right leg, so we definitely have some work to do there. Because she still wasn’t using her leg all the time, we had to refill one of her pain meds so she could get over the hump and remind herself she can trust it again.

Because it was her initial rehab appointment for this leg, she got a session with the “fancy” laser again. I love when she has to wear the “doggles”!! She tried to act like she wasn’t really into it, but I could tell that the laser was working and helping ease some of the tension in her muscles.

Just a girl and her dad. 🙂

Joe Cool.

I mean. CAN YOU EVEN HANDLE IT?!

Our girl definitely has some work ahead of her, but we’re on it, and feeling positive!

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Tripod

Tripod is Olive’s current nickname. For whatever reason, she really doesn’t want to use her leg this go around. Last time we brought her home, and she used it the first day! The vet says sometimes it takes them a few weeks to make the connection that their leg still works, and that they can trust it again. We are just trying to encourage her to use her leg so she doesn’t have to hobble on three legs for the rest of her life. 🙂

She was in a lot of pain last week, but she seems to have made it over the hump, so thank goodness. She’s definitely been much more like her old self now as well. She’s much more perky and alert, and starting to get a little stir crazy. Thankfully we have some soft toys saved up and ready for her to destroy!

So cozy.

Next Monday is our first check up appointment, and the doctor will take out her stitches which will be great! She can go all day while I’m at home without her cone or donut (because I can make sure she doesn’t mess with her stitches), and her new Comfy Cone works really well for when we have to be gone. After her check up, we have her first rehab appointment. We’ll meet with the rehab doctor and set up her plan moving forward. She was doing so well with hydrotherapy, so I think we’re leaning towards that again. She is going to be so whooped Monday night! A lot of excitement will be had that day.

Going through this again definitely makes me love that little goober even more. Nick and I were just talking about how this is going to improve her quality of life so much, and we hope when she’s healed up she will have LOTS of adventure seeking years ahead! We also have a giant list of ideas we want to as a family when she’s able to venture out again. We can’t wait for spring to get outside and do ALL THE THINGS!

Olive’s TPLO recovery – Part Deux

Here we go! Olive had her surgery on Tuesday morning/early afternoon. Besides a little hiccup at the beginning with her blood pressure being low, everything went according to plan.When we talked with the tech yesterday, she said low blood pressure it usually a result of dehydration. We caught Olive’s knee pain really early this time, and so there hadn’t been a lot of time for any arthritis to build up. The doctor was able to keep most of her ligament intact as well, which adds even more support for that knee.

We picked her up on yesterday around lunchtime and got her settled in at home. The incision is larger than last time, and she’s definitely in more pain. Last time we might have had one, or two, times where she whimpered in pain, but we’ve had quite a bit of it this time, and it breaks my heart. She’s on three medications this time, and it’s sad to know that despite taking those pills, she’s still in pain. The incision was really red yesterday, but we’ve been icing it, and massaging her ankle – to help disperse her edema – and this morning when we got up, it looks MUCH better.

Home and trying to rest. We got her a new cone this time around as well. This one is soft, so she can more easily lay down and get some sleep.

She woke me up about 3:30 this morning as I could hear her rustling around in her kennel. At about 4:00, she was starting to whimper a little bit, so Nick and I got up with her to take her out, and get her meds as they were definitely at the end of their effectiveness. We took her out – she’s still not wanting to put any weight on her leg, so she hobbles along as a little tripod – and she definitely had to go. The vet reminded us it make take her 3-5 days to do a #2, but Olive is always ahead of the curve on that! 🙂 Just like last time, she went first thing this morning. That might of been part of the reason she was awake and ready to get up. We got her her breakfast, and her next rounds of meds, and she’s now resting comfortably in her play yard.

Having done this whole thing before, we knew what worked well, and what we could do better. I ordered a toddler play yard from Amazon last week, and it’s big enough for her to have her bed, food and water dishes, and a little bit of room for her to move around. It’s in an empty part of our living room with a rug underneath so she’s can’t slip around.

Trying out the play yard pre surgery.

Nick was home for the first week after her last surgery as it was right before Thanksgiving. This time, he worked from home yesterday, and he’s back at work today. I’m a little anxious about being here alone as I get pretty emotional when she’s in pain, but I’m hoping we can make it work. It’s raining this morning, so I’m hoping it lets up here soon so it’s not too bad when I need to take her out. I can’t imagine that cold rain would feel very good on her little chicken leg.

It’s going to be a taxing eight weeks, just like last time, but I know we can do it. I’m so anxious for everything to be healed so she can get back to her very playful self. We’re praying we’re on track for her to be good to go by springtime!

Olive update – 8 week check-up

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?

As you can tell, she’s very upset about it, ha!

Thanks for reading! I’ll continue to update her progress here!