Archive for the Stitches Category

6 weeks already?

Posted in Diesel, Malarkey, Recovery, Stitches with tags , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by arbitrary

I’ve lost count a bit, but I think we’re at 6 weeks now since Diesel had his left fore-leg amputated due to bone cancer in his paw.

We’ve had some massive ups and downs, in his mood, in our mood – even in Larky’s mood. He’s gone from hiding upstairs, to hiding ON the stairs, to his latest hideyhole – behind the sofa. But now he spends most of his day downstairs, in the corridor getting sun from outside, or in the kitchen awaiting food.

His last stitch fell out last weekend. That’s been massive in helping his mood I think. Before he’d be constantly licking it and snarl a bit at his own inability to get rid of it, and obviously it was pulling on his skin. Now he’s a lot more free and easy, neither of us have been bitten while stroking in a couple of weeks either.

He wants to play with toys, but his muscles are still learning to be as agile with one leg missing. He can jump on both our sofas, but the bed eludes him, as does the coffee table (though he can vaguely clamber there from a sofa). But he’s about 80% on range of movement now. He was never a big jumper, never went on kitchen surfaces, only jumped on lowish things – now he just thinks more before even attempting a jump.

But his mood is very improved, and that means a lot more to me that anything else. Although we weren’t given a choice about the operation, I would never have chosen an alternative to the amputation!!

Challenges still await us – keeping his weight down is, I hear, a big deal now. Luckily he’s always been on the average/small weight side, but I do see him wanting to be fed more to comfort himself already. We have to watch that, because the last thing his legs need is extra pressure that’s not needed. We have to see how things settle down with Larky – he can already bat her away quite professionally, and they tussle a bit, I hope they continue as things return to normal. It gives them both a bit of exercise and we’ve never even found scratch marks on either, so they don’t really GO at each other hell for leather. I’m sure he’ll also have some bad days, we can’t assume it’s all over and done with now, and, of course, we have to keep an eye out for any signs of cancer returning – something I’m currently avoiding thinking about.

Out of the room, out of the collar

Posted in Diesel, Recovery, Stitches with tags , , , , on January 20, 2010 by arbitrary

After I got back from the shops today, I released the collar and opened the bedroom door. He’s been on the landing, upstairs, downstairs, in the spare bedroom and is now in the computer room with me, near the radiator. Before my husband got home to distract Larky she’s been a bit of a pest, watching him very closely, even shepherding him and asserting her dominance in the house (unfairly). I’ve pretty much left them to it and we had a bit of a hiss from him earlier (to her, not me), but overall things seem to be doing ok.

And here’s the latest pic, taken 10 mins ago from above as he’s right behind me and I’m terrified to move!

The pictures post

Posted in Collar, Diesel, Pictures, Stitches with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by arbitrary

I’ll do a brief vet summary in a sec, but here’s the pictures. I don’t have any really gross ones, thankfully!

Diesel's bad leg, day before the operation

The boxes we put his food on post-operation

Day 4 (I think), showing how much was shaved and the scar

Taken today, pre-vet trip. Scar & collar and still wants tummy rubs!

Day Five

Posted in Collar, Diesel, Malarkey, Recovery, Stitches, Vets with tags , , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by arbitrary

So one of the stitches has come (or been pulled out). We’re now being very vigilent with the collar, letting him out of it when supervised so he can eat. Then it goes back on.

Had a nice cuddle on the bed this afternoon when he napped and I watched TV until the phone went off. Diesel, by the way, DESPISES the collar. He flipped out this morning when we put it on, but he’s now far more resigned to his fate with it. We’re not going to let disaster strike because we were too weak to look after him properly.

Larky went to visit and ate his biscuits again, but, to her credit, she also popped up onto the bed and licked the back of his head. She’s nervous of the collar too, but told her we have an astronaut in the family – hey, it amused me.

Also took some photos of the scar, so I can post them here to show how things are developing.

Next vet appointment booked for Monday at 10:40am, so will see what they make of his progress, and also see if he’s forgiven them at all!