Sunday, January 29, 2017

Rex Update // 2 weeks after 2nd surgery

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Rex saw a lot of healing during his second week of crate rest. He's now walking on his leg almost like normal, and will only pull it up every now and then. He's done taking his medication now and doesn't seem to be in much pain. And he's started kicking his legs again after he pees, which is a sure sign that he's back to his usual self.

His two-week checkup was Thursday. Deacon drove him to Columbia because we had to get stitches removed this time (in his last surgery, he didn't have any exterior stitches). I was a bit nervous about it, especially since I wasn't able to go with them, but it all went really well.

And now that he is free of stitches, he doesn't have to wear the cone anymore, which makes everything so much easier. It's hard for him to turn around and find a comfortable position with the cone on, and it's difficult to take it on and off to feed him, so we're all a bit happier now that those days are behind us (hopefully for good!).

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He's up to 7-minute walks now. I took him down the street to the park for the first time yesterday, and he was absolutely thrilled. He wanted to go everywhere at once. He's been pulling his leg up a bit right when we hit the 7-minute mark, so I've been carrying him back to the house after that.

I've noticed a bald spot on his ankle today and I'm not sure when it happened, but other than that he's been great. His incision site looks good, he hasn't been too agitated (though he has been "knocking" on his cage door a lot), he's been eating everything we give him. He hates being in the crate and whines if we're not in the living room with him, but he hasn't been biting the bars like last time (yet). We've been watching a lot of One Tree Hill together.

Let's hope the next six weeks go by quickly. :)

--Emily