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!

Rehab – part two

This morning was Olive’s second visit to rehab. Like I had mentioned in my previous post, we were going to try hydrotherapy to see how she did before committing to it 100%. The doctor and the tech gave her a good check, and did another ultrasound on her hip flexor to try and loosen it up just like before. After that, it was time for the pool! Olive was a little apprehensive about getting inside, but she did great once she did! They start out with just a little bit of water in the bottom, and once the dog is inside, they fill it up more. (I wasn’t sure how it all worked until today) It took her a second or two, but she got the hang of it pretty quickly! She would occasionally just ride the treadmill backwards, and then have to work even harder to get back to the front. The peanut butter smear on the glass certainly helped. The tech was really impressed with how well she did for her first time, and was happy with how everything went. After drying her off, we learned a few new exercises to try at home, as well as practicing a couple that we had already been working on. They also used a laser on her again – but this time we tried a different laser. This one wasn’t as strong, and didn’t involve those cool goggles like before. 😉

We decided to go with the hydrotherapy package. She did really well with it, and the tech told us it was a great way to help her burn off any extra energy she may have – and boy does she have a lot right now! – so that was definitely a HUGE selling point! We have about a week and a half until her next appointment, so we’ll continue to work with her at home, and hopefully she’ll be back to her old self in no time!

Working hard for that peanut butter!

This exercise is great for making her put more pressure onto her back leg – you could see her little muscles quivering!
Getting sleepy on the ride home.

Thanks for following along!

Vegan Musings

Nick and I have been vegan for almost 6 1/2 years now. We first went vegan due to watching “Forks Over Knives”. I remember the day like it was yesterday. We had gotten the documentary from the library after I heard some clients talking about it at work (I was a receptionist at a hair salon at the time). We were already living a healthier lifestyle than most, but we were still eating a lot of organic dairy and meat. “Food, Inc.” had previously made a really strong impression on us, and we were doing our best to eat local, organic, and the least amount of GMO’s as possible. 

I remember when the documentary ended and Nick turned to me and said, “We have to do this.” (side note: Nick has a family history of high blood pressure and cholesterol. I have both of those in my family as well, but hadn’t yet exhibited any signs of them like he had.) He continued, “If I can change the way I eat, and not have to take pills my whole life, and lower my cancer rate crazy low, then I’m all in! You with me?”  I was. We immediately went upstairs and cleaned our our refrigerator and pantry. We threw out everything that wasn’t vegan – we did donate what we could – and we soon realized we weren’t left with much. For the first several weeks, we didn’t really know how, or what, to eat! We ate a lot of stir fry, veggie burgers, and pizza without cheese. But after a trip to the library for some vegan cookbooks, and lots of Google searches, we soon had so many more options at our fingertips. 

I wouldn’t change our decision for anything. Not only do we feel great, but Nick’s numbers are well below normal, and he’s now running half marathons! I’m not so much the runner like he is, but I’ve recently discovered that Pilates are my jam! You just have to find something you like, and that you’ll stick with. 

While we originally went vegan for health reasons, we’ve definitely educated ourselves, and are now in it for the animals, and environment as well. The meat industry is horrendous, and just the thought of the amount of animal cruelty that exists makes my heart hurt. No living creature should have to endure what they do on a daily basis. When I look at Olive, and see her personality, I truly don’t understand how we can love some animals, but torture, and eat, others. I lived most of my life with that disconnect myself, and I’m so glad that I finally made the connection! 

Caring for Olive throughout this whole process has made me think about how happy I am to be vegan, and how lucky and Nick and I are to have the opportunity to love and care for her. And most importantly, my desire to care for my body, the animals, and the earth, is the perfect marriage with my faith. I believe God gave us this earth to care for, and that He doesn’t desire for any of His creation to be mistreated. I’m proud to be doing my part.