Mid-Life Ramblings; Sanity Optional

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt

Yesterday was quite an enjoyable 4th of July. Our friends M and D from New Orleans came in for the day. Instead of firing up the pit at home, we headed off to VooDoo BBQ to indulge in pork and brisket already cooked by someone else. :-) After lunch we headed home and hit the pool.

It was a perfect afternoon; the water was just the right temperature, the sun was nice and bright, and the temperature wasn't as hot as it could have been. The guys gave up on the pool after an hour or so but M and I stayed in until we were pretty wrinkled up. We finally headed in to find the guys trying to hook up the TV, DVD, DVR, and VCR into the stereo. Oy! But the result is that we finally have the stereo hooked up and the TV and other appliances run off the stereo sound. Yippee!

Just before M and D left, Sophie was in a ball playing mood so I kicked the ball for her. As she ran and did her usual slide to grab it, I noticed she'd hurt her rear left leg. I scooped her up and tried to get her to put some weight on it but to no avail. After M and D left, I slowly worked the leg into a straight position and felt the little pop. I took her to the vet first thing this morning and had my suspicions confirmed - she luxated her patella or, in layman's terms, she blew out her knee. Poor little pup is going to need surgery. Ironically, she is going to need the same surgery I had 21 years ago on my knee that had a luxating patella. Doc says it's not something she has to have today but it needs to be done in the next couple of months. The hardest part of all of this will be keeping her relatively still before surgery and very still post-op. She can't play ball for a very long time and it's killing us. Doc says we'll have to keep her crated for 2 to 4 months post-op. I don't know what we're going to do as she is a very active girl and won't take kindly to not being able to sleep with us and pal around with Sneauball and Nate.

Since Bichons are prone to luxating patellas and Sneauball has this little hop that he incorporates in his run every now and then, I fully expected to be dealing with this with him eventually. But I never saw it coming with our rough and tumble girl. She's taking it rather well. There are times that she can put pressure on the knee and times she can't but she seems to know that she has to stay pretty quiet. She hasn't brought me any balls to throw tonight. That makes me sad. :-(

We expect to see some of Tropical Storm Cindy later tonight or early tomorrow morning as she makes landfall near New Orleans. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is going to catch the brunt of it, however. The one to watch is ol' Dennis brewing down in the Carribean. Dennis is the name of a great uncle of mine and my mom's family has a history of sharing names with some of the worst storms on record. My mother's name is Audrey, my grandfather was Camille, my middle name is Elena...We always hold our breath when we see a familiar name. :-)

Here's hoping Cindy doesn't blow your way tonight. ;-)

3 Comments:

  • At 7:59 PM, Blogger Miz said…

    Poor Sophie, hope she does well with surgery. Keeping her crated will be hard on both of you.

    One of our customers has a Schipperke that required surgery on both knees. She carried, or rolled in a wagon, that dog everywhere. It went to work every day, crated at night, toted out to be pottied. "Taz" is doing fine a year later but insists on still going to work and elsewhere with mom. He even has an employee name tag now and appears in the group photos.

     
  • At 5:58 AM, Anonymous Jules said…

    Sorry to hear about your pup pup. My Chihuahua had to have both knees done and my other Chihuahua may also have to have one knee done. The vet specialist that did the first pup moved to New Orleans but our regular vet wants us to go to the LSU vet school to do the other dog. Keeping a playful dog quiet is a hard job, I wish you luck.

     
  • At 2:56 PM, Blogger Dixie said…

    Poor ol' Sophie! She's not going to like this surgery thing!

    Hope Cindy doesn't give you much grief.

     

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