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Haul/Rediscoveries: ColourPop Butterfly palettes/trios (from Ulta), EltaMD UV SPF 46, Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask, Alterna Leave-In Spray, Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner
Weekend plans: I’d like a very uneventful, boring weekend of sitting at home with the puppy and hubby. Last Saturday, Mellan had an incident at the groomer, where the hook that holds him in place failed, so he went flying forward and fell off the grooming table. He was barely able to walk from the mobile grooming truck into the house, and then his rear legs were extremely shaky, his lower back tucked in, and he was knuckling both rear legs (he knuckles when he gets up on the right rear but doesn’t walk or stand on it that way).
This resulted in an emergency appointment at the neurologist, followed by x-rays and an MRI of his spine. The MRI confirmed that he has a ruptured disc (L6/L7), which is about where we expected based on previous visits to the neurologist (he had suspected IVDD, type II). MRI does require full anesthesia (just over an hour), which is the only reason we haven’t done one previously (he is almost 12 years old and has liver problems!). His results were sent to UC Davis for a second opinion, which we’re still waiting on.
He is walking more normally now, but his gait is a bit stiffer; it was better and then has regressed a bit as we’ve tapered the prednisone down a bit. He also started trembling/shivering/chattering at times (Monday night), which is being diagnosed as related to the spine injury (a response to pain/discomfort). If you pet the top of his head when it is occurring, it feels like it’s rumbling under your hand. We’re keeping an eye on it, as if it worsens, then we’ll recheck (he was seen yesterday by his primary care vet to ensure he didn’t crack any teeth or hurt his jaw from the fall).
Mellan is a really good boy, and he is so tough to the point that it is so hard to know where his pain is and how bad it is. Despite his wobbling, trembling legs (have never seen him walk like that) on Saturday, it was hard to get him to sit still or lay down for long. The neurologist poked, prodded, and found the sensitive spots on his spine, and he did not yelp, whine, growl, or nip (he just turned around and looked at her with a “Hey, could you not?” expression on his face).
What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish before the end of the year?: I’d like to get to the point where I’m ahead by a week or so, mostly because my family visits after Christmas and stays through the New Year. I like to have a good chunk of posts written ahead of time so I only write one or two while they’re here and cover any “drop everything” kind of launches.
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Look who’s awake after his MRI! Got injured at the groomer this morning (freak accident), which we now believe significantly aggravated the disc he has had trouble with in his lower spine. Hoping rest will return him to normal (he’s walking like a crab with very shaky legs) in a few days, and then we’ll find out if surgery is a viable option. My whole heart almost shattered today, so glad he made it thru the MRI (anesthesia on an old dog with liver problems ?).