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Tripawd walking on two legs instead of three????
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14 March 2020 - 5:19 am
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Hi Fellow Tripawds,

Badger seems to be walking around a little bit better at the moment.  He’s getting the hang of sitting and lying down.  However, today I’ve noticed several times that he is standing or even walking a couple of steps on his two front legs only.   His back half is sort of floating up in the air – not touching the ground at all.  It is very odd.

Has anyone experienced this?

I’ll try to video it.

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14 March 2020 - 10:14 am
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Hey guys, 

I’m so glad Badger is doing better. WHEW! Been following your journey closely and sending love for a speedy recovery.

What we have been told by rehab therapists is that a “bunny hop” indicates the Tripawd is unable to fully extend their body due to muscle strain or pain of some sort. The shorter the distance between the front and rear leg, the greater the compensation for some kind of issue that’s happening. 

Have you tried massaging up and down his body to see if he reacts anywhere? When Wyatt Ray did this really bad recently it was due to an iliopsoas (inner thigh) muscle that he pulled while slipping on a step. 

I know you guys are dealing with soooo much right now but has he been evaluated by a rehab therapist yet? If you haven’t already done so, please check out a practitioner in your area so that they can help Badger’s recovery be even better. The Tripawds Foundation is so confident that it works, that you can even get your first rehab visit paid for if you visit a CCRT or CCRP practitioner. 

Feel free to video your adorable Mr. B, we’d love to see him. You can upload to YouTube for the best results in the Forums (just copy/paste the Share link for the video in your Forum post).

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14 March 2020 - 9:03 pm
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As usual, Jerry gave good advice.

Just curious,  has this just happened since his “skin” surgery?   Do you think it’s related to rhat? Just wondering if something is “pullthat?  What kind of pain meds did they give him?

So bummed that you are having this extra hurdle.   Mr, B seems to be  keepi g  his spirits up.  I know you have to be frustrated  beyond words, but you are doing a great job of taking care of Mr B.

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Both great suggestions.  I have been wondering about pain because his patch came off yesterday.  He seems like he’s in less pain so we’ve only been giving him a gabapentin at night.  Today I thought he seemed a bit more sensitive and defensive and thought to myself YEAH, HE JUST HAD HIS LEG CHOPPED OFF.  I think I’d be needing a lot more pain relief than he currently has.  We will try going back to morning and night doses and see how that goes.  It probably explains the difficulty walking in a straight line too.

He is still very sensitive to touch in general, though has started enjoying a good scritch scratch again – as long as it’s not too close to his surgery site.

He hasn’t been assessed yet because we are still treating the wound from the second surgery.  There is still an open section that may need another skin graft so I think we need to wait until that is stable.  I don’t really want to take him out in the car until we know this surgery is stable.

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jerry said 

I know you guys are dealing with soooo much right now but has he been evaluated by a rehab therapist yet? If you haven’t already done so, please check out a practitioner in your area so that they can help Badger’s recovery be even better. The Tripawds Foundation is so confident that it works, that you can even get your first rehab visit paid for if you visit a CCRT or CCRP practitioner.   

Hmmmmm, slim pickings out my way.  “Outing” myself as an Aussie. icon_razz

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Well g’day mate, you’re in great company! We have had quite a few Aussies around here through the years. Whereabouts are you?

I see what you mean about keeping Mr. B doing as little as possible right now as far as having other practitioners look at him. Later, if you can’t find one near you, there are things you can read and videos you can watch to help him get and stay strong. One thing at a time right?!

Let us know how the regular gabapentin does helps. Don’t feel badly if you need to continue it. Just for comparison, our Wyatt is on a maintenance dose of Gabapentin and Methocarbomol (a muscle relaxer) 3x daily. It doesn’t make him wonky or sleepy, but makes a huge difference in managing chronic arthritis pain from 11 years on 3 legs. 

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Was that a  morphine patch (Fentynal)?   That can definitely  make him not even know where his legs are (referencing  the three of course, not the fourth😉), mich less how to use them!!

And yes, the Gaba on a consistent  basis twice a day could help with the soreness of the healing…and he has sore with the skin being stretched like that, sewn, etc.  OUCH!

Right now je’s probavly  soooo tures pf veing prodded snd poked snd stapled and sewn, I’m ure he is a little apprehensive at the thought of someone  touching  him right now,  even if it’s just to pet him.  He’ll relax back into being more comfortable as this rough time passes. 

Thanks for the update.  Goodness knows you are staying strong and confident  under difficult  circumstances!  Good job under stress!!   That helps Mr B sray confident too!

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