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Schlomo's story and recovery
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Hello to you wonderful humans. 

I hear all of you and you are right. It is still early on I am being impatient because I’m scared. 

This is Schlomo’s 9th major surgery (if you count neuter) and the 5th one on that leg. I understand what you say about pain management and please don’t think that’s not what’s been happening these past 4 years. My frustration yesterday was that if he needs to be on pain meds (which can be worked out in various ways) than maybe I could have done more on that leg. Though I don’t know what anymore. He could barely get up without his leg cramping and him screeeeeeaming through the whole building. It was gut wrenching. 

This morning I had an additional experience that made me speechless so I think that didn’t help in my frustration. My next door neighbor, a lovely older man, whom I’ve known for 10 years saw me and Schlomo, shook his head and asked/told me in broken English ‘why I didn’t just put him to sleep’. I know he doesn’t mean bad. And that’s it’s a different cultural experience. But man…that sucked. 

Linda: You are right. It is really early on. I am trying to envelope him in a light of healing (this is when my Hippie parents really shine through…)

Jerry: Agreed. I specifically like your break down of pain management and pain medication. 

Amy: So true. I have a feeling this acupuncture Vet (he is also a regular Vet) might be our new guy. I called him a couple of times after we made the appointment and he answered immediately and did not rush me to get off the line at all. I will link his information in as well. 

Sally: I know you mean well with everything you say! I’m not offended at all. I will do whatever is best for him, the question is yet what is. He’s been on pain meds these past two days. He always seems worse on them than before, but I will assess with the new Vet when he gets here. He’ll be here in 30 minutes!!!

As an interesting side note to everybody:

I asked my Mother if she could perform Long Distance Reiki on him (I am from Germany and that is where she lives) as she is a Reiki Practitioner. I did not tell her where his pain was, she finds that out as she goes along. Here is what she found:

– Head: Confused

– Throat: Fear

– Chest and Leg area: No recognized pain at that moment

– Stomach: Fear

– Right Hip: Pain

– Knee: Pain

I’ll update when I can

Mascha & Schlomo

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29 June 2017 - 2:42 pm
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Okay, votta have a chuckle here to lighten things up! 🙂 …Are you sure your Mom didn’t do the Reiki on YOU instead of Schlomo? 🙂 I, for one, could certainly see why this whole ordeal is definitely confusing and for sure fearful!! 🙂

I @ove that your Mom does that and can do it for Schlomo long distance. I’ve had a session or day years ago and remember feeling “lighter” and just a general sense of well-being.

Like you said, your neighbor mea t well, but oooohhhhhh my goodness, he was sooooo wrong!!! Yes, a different culture and different generation. We FULLY UNDERSTAND that Schlomo is FAMILY!!! And you clear love and adore him!!

I’m really glad the Acupuncturist is coming today. So many here have gotten good results. I think it takes a couple of sessions sometimes, maybe not.

Update when you can. You REALLY, REALLY are doing a good job of holding it together during this rough TEMPORARY period!!

HUGS!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS…..Tina, Manni’s Mom lives in Germany!

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29 June 2017 - 2:45 pm
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Hahaha. She did do some on me later and was bringing in a sense of lightness!

Lighten things up indeed. 

I will report back to you guys in a bit.

xo,

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30 June 2017 - 6:03 am
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Schlomo wanted to go outside this morning. He did not make me get him up. He hopped into the living room to the front door, I carried him downstairs, he dashed to his tree to pee and then he dashed in the other direction to poop (which is great, he hasn’t pooped in 2 days with the pain meds). He hopped the length of two buildings which is more than he has done in 5 days!

He still has a hard time with his knees and that will take time BUT this an improvement! And he was all waggy tails and met a neighborhood dog friend. 

And apparently he only wants to eat fish today…

I’ll blog about the amazing acupuncture later, but I had to share this with you all quickly before. YAY!

Mascha & Schlomes heart

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Way to go Schlomo! I’m so happy to hear he is feeling better this morning. Awh, tail wags and poop and hopping and new friends – I call that a good day. You get all the fish you want 🐟 I can’t wait to hear about the acupuncture. Hugs to you both.

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30 June 2017 - 7:49 am
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Yay Schlomo!  Celebrating with you here!  Remember slow and steady improvement will win this race as you gain your strength back!  So happy to hear this update and fish is always good for Fridays! 😉

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WOOT! WOOT! Schlomo is makin’ a comeback!
I’m so happy to hear this, thanks for the update.

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YIPPEE SKIPPEE!!!! 🙂 MADE MY DAY!!! Way to rock on three legs Schlomo!!! 🙂 🙂

PEE!! POOPpoopicon_pngpoopicon_png WAGGING TAILS!! FISH FRY FRIDAY!!! 🙂 🙂

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2 weeks down.

I’ve been trying to catch up on work and have been bad about updating, but here we go 🙂

Sunday Schlomo got his staples out. Initially they had given me an appointment for Thursday but that would have been 15 days post surgery and people on here were adamant about removing them as soon as possible, so I changed the appointment to Day 11. Check. 

Schlomo had his second acupuncture appointment yesterday (I haven’t written about the first one yet either what-ever – coming soon) and this morning he woke up super energized and that is exactly what should happen. He dashed outside and then walked the length of 4 buildings, which is the farthest he has gone since the surgery. He looked like he wanted to do more. His coordination was really good, though weakening on the way back but that is to be expected still. 

He has his first hydrotherapy appointment on the 11th, next Tuesday, and I am looking forward to hear their opinion and learn about exercises and tips that I can do with him on my own. We have insurance for him for 4 more months before they’ll likely kick us off as he will turn 12, so I am trying to get everything I possibly can in there. 

Schlomo has had a few episodes of residual nerve pain. He would yelp when laying down or being in another position. After Jerry mentioned Gabapentin in the chat yesterday I called the Vet and could pick it up an hour later at the hospital. We are going to address this more with acupuncture and I am considering getting the farabloc blanket. Do any of you have experience with it? From what I’ve been reading people speak well of it. 

I was also wondering about his scar and scar tissue. I want to start massaging it with Vitamin E, maybe some Arnica, to try to help minimize painful scar tissue. Have any of you done that and what has your experience been with that?

As for the walking/dashing: Schlomo is walking really fast. Faster than before. This is normal with them adjusting, right? Is it harder for them to walk slower on 3 legs? 

Happy 4th to you all! I hope your furry friends are in the least amount of stress possible today. I myself will crank up sound machines and classical music maybe?

Sending loads of hugs and love your ways. 

Mascha & Schlomes

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Mascha that is so wonderful to hear that the acupuncture session made a difference. YAY! As I mentioned in the chat, it’s one of the best things you can do for post-op pain and preventing phantom pain . Good job!

they’ll likely kick us off as he will turn 12, so I am trying to get everything I possibly can in there. 

Whooooaaaaah. What insurance do you have? I wasn’t aware that this was a policy of any company. Yikes!

Is it harder for them to walk slower on 3 legs? 

Absolutely. They need momentum to balance, so get out those running shoes! You can try slowing him down a bit with a heeling refresher course, but that didn’t make much of a difference for Wyatt Ray .

Crank up the music tonight. I hope all the doggies and kitties where you live stay safe and home where they belong.

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Mascha & Schlomo,

I was so glad to read your update and hear about the Schlomes progress – way to go buddy! I’m so happy for you and for him. Sounds like acupuncture was a success. Yes, Mister Rusty definitely hops along very quickly so I have to speed walk to keep up with him. We walk up and down our block every day and add a few houses each time. The PT vet said we could add 3-5 min per day as long as he wasn’t scraping his knuckles. He does get tired and will just lay down to sniff things and take a breather. Our PT vet also has me do a couple minutes of massage/stimulation of his amp site every day. She said that his brain is sending signals out to his missing limb and that if it doesn’t get any stimulus it can read those unreturned nerve signals as pain. So I do different stimulus (rub, tap, poke, scratch) all around his incision site and so far he hasn’t exhibited any signs of phantom limb pain. Just wanted to share that for what it’s worth.

I don’t know about the farabloc blanket but would be interested to hear about it. I also hadn’t done the Vitamin E for Rusty but I did do that for me after a surgery. I have nothing to compare it against but I don’t have much scar tissue.

Rusty Buckets used to get pretty worked up over fireworks but he is pretty deaf now so it doesn’t seem to bother him. The blessings of aging!

Happy 4th!

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I don’t know about the farabloc blanket but would be interested to hear about it…. 

Very interesting technology! Read all about Farabloc and find reviews here in the Tripawds Gear blog .

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Oh cool I will check out the link- thanks!

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We survived the 4th! Some loud firework action but I tried to keep him as calm as possible. 

Amy, that is really helpful, thank you! I have only really lightly touched by his incision as I’ve been afraid of hurting him. I got the vitamin E oil today so I might give it a go in a bit. I hope the PT is able to give me some instructions on what she thinks would be good to do. 

He is definitely still yelping and not in the best mood. This morning he dashed out again to the side but by 4 buildings out he yelped and then didn’t want to do much more walking. I’m trying to get this pain situation worked out, there are so many different dosage recommendations from these Vets it’s confusing. 

I’ve been wondering about his psyche. Since we live in an apartment on the 3rd floor there is no back yard and he can’t lay in the grass. He’s been in here for 2 weeks apart from potty breaks. I would like to get a cart and get him to the park so he can lay in the sun or shade by a tree and see some of his dog buddies. The Vets (plural) said they rather I don’t get him used to a cart so he learns to walk again. But by that token he would be out of the grass for months. I don’t think he’ll get lazy. He wants to walk but I think his psyche is really important! I don’t want him to be locked up inside for months. What do you think?

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Mascha & Schlomo,

Glad to hear you survived the fireworks. I’m not a vet but I am inclined to agree with you on the cart. I would think that some time in the park and the grass might do him so good and the cart would provide him with a means to get to grass and still have the energy to hop around and enjoy it. We noticed a big improvement in Rusty’s mood when he was able to walk through a nearby park and just sniff the grass and see some kids playing. We live in the suburbs so we just drove over and then let him hop around so kind of like using a cart to get there. smiley

I’m sorry that he is still having pain. I hope the PT vet can help you determine the source and give him some relief.

heartAmy & Rusty

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