As soon as I woke up yesterday Cody (my foster brother) came over to pick me up and take me to my biweekly leg check up at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic. You might think that I dread going to the clinic but I actually don’t mind it at all. I know that every visit I have with Dr. Nick and the AWS clinic team gets me one more step closer to a recovery and getting this cast off of my leg. Of course it is always a bonus to see all of AWS friends!
To give you a little bit of background, the fracture to my leg eight weeks ago was very significant. It was described to me as the equivalent to a human breaking every bone their ankle. Needless to say, it hurt. I was scared and in pain and had no idea what to expect next. I just wanted to feel better.
Eventually my pain was under control but getting used to having a cast on my leg was not easy. I did not like it at all. I made it my mission to try and chew it off every opportunity I got. Although I am becoming more accustomed to my stiff, plastic appendage that makes it impossible for me to sneak up on anybody, it sometimes get so itchy that I can’t help but thinking about gnawing the cast right off my leg. Then I come to the realization that a bowel obstruction would not be worth it.
My appointment with Dr. Nick yesterday was much like the others but so much better. As usual, I received sedation to help keep my pain under control and to make sure that I remain still for my x-ray. Sedation is also helpful if repositioning if the limb is needed to promote better healing before the cast is reapplied. Dr. Nick is also able to examine my skin and fur thoroughly to evaluate if any skin ulcers have developed. He will also assess for adequate circulation and evaluate for any evidence muscle atrophy.
Cody picked me up from my visit when I was done and then brought me to see mom at work. That was a treat! Although I was still a bit groggy I remember getting a lots of attention and I had at least five people sign my cast. I was able to do a few short walks around the block as I became more awake. While I was chewing on the new bone (I got for good behavior at my appointment) mom noticed a voicemail on her phone from Dr. Nick which was the highlight of my day. Dr. Nick that said he is very pleased with how my fractures are healing. He also went on to say that I only have to have my cast on for four more weeks! Woo hoo! Dr. Nick also mentioned that I developed a little skin sore but that should resolve easily with the extra padding that was added inside the cast. I am almost free!
As I continue to recover, I often think about every person who has helped me heal. I am most grateful for the AWS team who has supported me and cheered me on every step of the way. I have not only received exceptional veterinary care to heal my physical wounds but I have also been given an extraordinary amount of love and compassion to heal emotionally as well. Thank you AWS for your for all you have done for me. Words cannot even begin to describe how grateful I am. I love it when mom shows me all of your pictures on the AWS website and Facebook page. Even when I find my forever home, I will never ever forget you or your love and support. You will be in my heart, always.
Hugs and kisses, Tallulah xoxoxox