Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Wally Report

This post is for those of you who have been keeping tabs on Wally's (hopeful) recovery:

Yesterday afternoon, I woke the little guy up when I entered the room. He was lying stretched out on one side, as dogs sometimes do, and after he opened his eyes he s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d his front legs out in front of him, pointing his feet and all. And then, he stretched the back ones out as well - the first time he's done that since the day he was injured.

Immediately after stretching his hind legs, Wally bent his back right leg and moved it around a little bit.

Color me stunned and extremely pleased. (Needless to say, I snatched up the phone to call hubby at work and report on Wally's new "tricks".)

He seems to have better awareness and control of his bowels, so he's mostly back to going only in the out of doors (if you pay enough attention to his signals, which aren't nearly as obvious as they were with functioning hind legs and a working tail. He also has perhaps too much control over his urine - thus far, he isn't cooperating by going freely, which means twice-a-day trips to the vet and some time with catheters. At least he seems to have stopped leaking, which makes things more pleasant. It'd be nice to be able to stop that part, so that's where I'm hoping things work themselves out soonest.

So, in about 10 days, we've gone from no movement/can't feel anything/can't stand to some movement/can feel at least some stuff/can stand if you position him first. He set a personal best record in excess of 6 minutes a few days ago, but for the past three days, he's been disinclined to stand all that long. At first, he was standing for only 30 seconds or so. Today, he held a stand for 2 minutes for me. I suspect that he started getting the feeling back in his hind legs, and it weirded him out.

This morning, Wally has a checkup with the veterinary neurologist. Here's hoping it brings good tidings. Sadly, I won't be at the vet with him and the hubster. Happily, I'll be with M at the orthodontist - her braces are coming off!

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