In the days following Chesney’s sudden paralysis, I swore I would be satisfied if she could just regain bowel and urine control. After all, using a sling to express her bladder and cleaning up poop every day was overwhelming…but truth be told, it isn’t enough.
Call me greedy, but Chesney regained bladder and bowel control this week and after I stopped celebrating, the realization that she still can’t stand or use her legs at all settled in and I thought “this isn’t good enough.” Don’t get me wrong, we are over the moon that she can pee and poop on her own – it’s epically amazing, but we want more. We desperately want our healthy, mobile dog back.
There was no slow lead in to Chesney’s major disability – it was BOOM, she’s paralyzed. Crazy and unexpected – with no time to wrap your head around the huge amount of care she now requires. Chesney has always been an extremely low-maintenance shepherd…she doesn’t have any behavior issues and is well behaved. She’s always been up for going on walks, car rides or simply laying around the house.
Poor girl spends all of her time laying around now – rotating between her beds and heading outside to “walk” in the yard for potty time. I take her out almost hourly and she really seems to be embracing the “hey I can pee now!” phenomena…every time we go out, she “squats” and pees. Before we were lucky if we could squeeze urine out of her even after 4-5 hours.
We are lucky because I work from home – if this happened to a family without a care provider at home all day, there wouldn’t be a chance for the paralyzed dog. She needs someone here all.the.time. We have a good rhythm to our days now…things are as okay as they can be. I do worry about her care when our family goes away – we don’t do a lot, but we do travel as a family and this is a big deal for us. Who will provide Chesney with the intensive care that she requires? Somehow we will figure it out I suppose.
In the meantime, I’m going to celebrate her baby steps and keep hoping for more.
Prior article about Chesney here.
Original article about Chesney’s sudden paralysis here.
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