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18 June 2022
A few minutes ago I was watching Trixie dreaming she was chasing rabbits (or my cows!). Her legs were twitching and galloping.
And so was the muscle area above her amputated front leg!
When I give her gentle rubs and massages I follow the advice I've seen in video clips via Tripawds and always 'massage' the missing front leg.
It may seem silly, and I'm sure I look very silly pretending to rub and kiss her phantom limb, but I know from friends in the past it helps.
Many years ago I quietly wondered about a co-worker who kept putting his hands under the conference table at our weekly meetings. One day he told me that his finger which had been amputated in an accident about 15 or 20 years prior sometimes became very itchy! Especially in an uncomfortable meeting.
So he would scratch his phantom finger under the table where no one could watch.
He was also an ambulance and emergency rescue volunteer in our town and seen had an awful lot of bad accidents so was no wuss nor a hypochondriac. I'm glad he chose to tell me about his itchy phantom finger because it's helped me understand Trixie today.
25 April 2007
Awww it's good to hear about Trixie. I love the way you tune into her phantom pain and do what it takes to help her feel better.
So many of the phantom pain symptoms that amputee humans describe are so similar to the ones our pets show us, that you just know they are feeling what amputee humans feel. It makes sense to treat symptoms the same way. Good job!