Monday, June 30, 2008

insult to injury

Or rather injury to insult.

This is what the Vet thinks might be wrong with me.

Lumbosacral Stenosis (Cauda Equina Syndrome)Holly Nash, DVM, MSVeterinary Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.

Lumbosacral stenosis has also been termed lumbosacral instability, lumbosacral malformation, lumbosacral malarticulation, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbosacral spondylolisthesis, lumbosacral nerve root compression, and cauda equina syndrome. All these terms describe arthritis of the joint between the last lumbar vertebra and the sacrum, which is one of the bones that makes up the pelvis. This arthritis narrows the canal through which the spinal cord and nerves pass through. The intervertebral disc between the vertebra and the sacrum is often abnormal as well, further narrowing the canal. The arthritis and disc disease put pressure on the nerves coming off the spinal cord. The symptoms of lumbosacral stenosis, then, are a result of nerve injury.

Which means I hurt here every now and then.

Which also makes it hard for me to sleep, poop and be happy. I have some super duper pain pills (hope I don't have an episode like those Hollywood types) that help me to get by while its inflamed. At least I think that's why they give them to me, its all gets real hazy when I take them. I only have to take them for a couple days when I can't wag.

Now this is just a suspicion, there have been no real tests to determine if that is what I really have. The test involves injecting dye into my butt and them x-raying it to see what shows up. I'm not really up for that right now.

Monday, June 16, 2008

a series of unfortunate events

The white spot in the picture is a paper towel wrapped with a plastic bag. While at my other grandmother's house I managed to step on something very sharp and cut the pad on my right foot. It was a pretty good cut too, I left bloody paw prints on the patio. Scared my parents almost to death, but I'm brave and it didn't bother me at all. I let them check me out, clean it and wrap it up so I didn't bleed on the carpet (or the couch).

Now they make me wear this boot that my mom got from LL Bean. (I don't like it at all it's not even water proof and makes me all slippy) But while I wear it I can run around outside again. Inside I have a cool looking ace bandage thing instead of a paper towel.

I also found out that our realtor mixed up a few details for us (we thank her very much for that) and so it will be a lot longer now before I have my own yard to run around in (hopefully glass free).

Monday, June 09, 2008

A difficult time

Over the weekend we lost our little girl Nora to kidney failure. We were lucky enough to share the six years she had with her. We will miss her very much.