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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Oliver - Wednesday Morning update

I got a call from Dr Brad at the clinic. He said the muscles around the lumbar vertebrae are still extremely tight but they are working on it. He said they also saw some slight central recognition of pain in the right rear leg. I"ll take it.

He also said the prognosis still isn't wonderful and they'll know more tomorrow.

On top of it all he has a UTI. That's like insult to injury.

8 comments:

l.janeczk said...

we are all keeping our fingers or paws crossed in brodies case for oliver. brodie is just a love thank you so much for making it possible for us to have him. it is like having a new baby in the house for sure!!! not getting much done either in or out of the house, but my stress level has come down so much spending time with him!!! he's beautiful!! will e-mail some pics soon hopefully!

Rayna said...

*hugs* keepin O and you in our thoughts over on this side of the state! Love ya hun.

C-Myste said...

The UTI isn't surprising. When Juneau came home we had to be religious about expressing his bladder. It isn't hard, once you learn to do it - but does build up finger strength.

The back injury can both keep them from being able to release the urine on their own and cause them not to be able to feel the sensation that they need to go.

Janine's Mom said...

It's very common at first because usually the need to be expressed isn't recognized in time and urine sits for too long, but as Carolyn says, if you express them if needed AND keep them drinking lots of fluids it is usually not a long-term problem.

Anyway, good news, that's already more than Candy got back after surgery.

Susan said...

My boy Onyx had a hairline fracture in his 4th lumbar vertabrae, just before this past Christmas. Like your Oliver, we found him down in the rear in the morning, though with no pain recognition. For three days, I catheritized him 4-5 times a day, as he felt no pain it wasn't an issue. I think show dogs are more easily relaxed on the table in general. On day 4 he moved his toes just a tad when tickling his paws, each day for two weeks he showed progress. Funny how thrilling a simple tail wag can be after it's gone (day 6), I cried and ran into tell hubby when Onyx pee'd on his own after 4 days of being paralyzed in the rear. For 2 1/2 months I towel walked him, he was on crate rest till April with supervised excercise. I also placed him in a horse trough for supervised swimming, and massaged him each evening. I have to say, his eyes told me from the get go he didn't care if he walked again. Anyway, he's up and walking on his own, running though in a differant way than in the past. Good thing he's already retired from agility :) While I doubt he'll ever move 100% normally, I'm happy with 75% and he's just happy period. Just wanted to share, so keep your chin up. You and your Oliver will be in our prayers.
Susan Oliver

Claire said...

Still keeping you and O in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there.

Wanda ~ Bendi Cardigans said...

We are keep ing our fingers crossed and saying some prayers for Oliver! Hang in there Garrett I know it tough but Oliver is a Tough little guy. HUGS

Lani said...

Just read the posts about Oliver. I hope things continue to look up for Oliver. I know how hard injuries the furry family are - particularly how wrenching back problems can be. Best wishes!