Over a week has passed since Chesney, our eight-year-old German shepherd, suddenly lost the use of her back legs. It has been a tough stretch of time with ups and definite downs.
Yesterday afternoon was so colossally bad that it was nearly humorous! I’ll copy my Facebook “rant” for your enjoyment…(and by no means is this disappointment in Chesney, it’s just a glimpse into our life):
The afternoon sh*t show…taking Chesney out to pee…she starts to poop, sits in it, steps in it and somehow a paralyzed dog finds a way to start jumping – don’t ask me how, I’m too busy trying to avoid the flying sh*t. She starts to pee – lots of pee – I go inside to get wipes, hot water and baby soap to clean her – oh yes, gloves too. Lauren tries to hold her rear up – Chesney wants to go to the gate (running away from her life? I get it!) she sits by the gate while I try to figure out how to clean smeared poop off of – well, everything. Finally get the chunks, clean her up – maneuver her inside to the one “clean bed” and she decide to pee on it too – I’m done
But today brought some hope of normalcy – a great harness for disabled dogs was sent to me by a wonderful woman with a heart of gold. We figured out how to put it on Chesney and headed outside for the first time without a towel – she was beside herself with excitement! Running (with us running behind, carrying her hind in in the harness) to each end of the deck – sniffing and acting as much like a normal dog as she possibly could.
Shortly thereafter, she got to to do the one thing that makes her complete…go upstairs to my daughter’s room. She is up there right now, laying in her favorite spot, barking at Seager to stay away, and if not for her useless rear legs, acting like nothing is amiss.
Maybe, for the first time in 10 days, my daughter can sleep in her bed, instead of on the floor or couch downstairs.
By and large, aside from grappling with depression, Chesney seems comfortable. She is taking daily doses of CBD oil (which I am certain is keeping her painfree and hungry!) and at night, she is listening to “healing” music (who knew you could find that on YouTube?!) which seems to ensure a deep, comfortable night of sleep.
Today we received a supplement to add to her pile of daily “stuff” to take – and tomorrow some grippy booties should be arriving to help protect her dragging feet and give her front feet more traction.
We aren’t having a great time of it here…but we are trying our hardest to get through life. I spend most days in my PJs, working on Chesney’s leg exercises, and reading anything and everything that I can find about dog paralysis online.
Tomorrow is session number three of cold laser and acupuncture. We aren’t seeing much progress, but are still holding onto hope – Chesney can move her tail (not a lot, but some) and she can jerk her leg away if you tickle her toes. Something in there is still connected…
Anyway, that’s the latest on our dear girl – please continue to send her positive energy.
P.S. I was excused from jury duty the first week in January – a huge relief!
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