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Sorry I haven't given any updates on this post about Gizmo. He is doing well. We are almost 3 weeks out since surgery. He hops on three legs and has put a little weight on his leg. Doc doesn't want him to put full weight on it yet since the rod is still in his leg. He will remove the rod in a few weeks - a month maybe. We go back for a re-check in about a week. Then we'll know more.
The hair is growing back on his hip and leg and he hasn't been "coned" for about a week or more. He has become THE most loving dog ever ... he knows he has to rely on us for his care and that we are very gentle and loving with him.
We walk a little ... less than 1/2 block one way...cross the street...walk the same distance back to our house. It really tires him out. I give him massages on his good hip and front legs since they are doing all the work. He really likes that.
Gizmo got a bath a couple days ago when it was 80* out. We bathed him in the garage (we have hot & cold water there). When we finished, he wanted to roll, as most dogs do. The only problem with that was he plopped down (and I do mean plopped) on his surgery side. He couldn't get up. It hurt him, but he just whined a little. We thought we could roll him over, but that wasn't good. His bad leg didn't like the pressure. So, Terry had to lift him straight up and stand him on his feet. That's 60# straight up! Gizmo never made a sound. He seemed to have weathered it well, though. He rested and then was up and hopping around again.
He keeps forgetting he's hurt ... he likes to hop around people and ended up hurting it again - not seriously, just enough to make him calm down. He is playful and loving...even getting into a little trouble once in a while. But the trouble is NOTHING like it used to be.
One thing he does now that he didn't do before the accident is turn in several circles before laying down. He has to get his leg positioned just right before he'll go down. Once the rod is out we might have to do some P.T. with him. The owner of the boarding/daycare that we take him to has offered to talk to their Physical Therapist about doing some floor exercises with him. We'll see. Doc said he's going to show us a simple method to help him put more weight on his leg once the rod is out. He really doesn't want him to do that until the rod is out because of the placement of the rod.
So, that's the low-down on the broken leg situation. Everything is going as well as can be expected. It's going to be a long recovery, I think. Thanks for everyone's concern and support. I appreciate it very much.
(I also posted this on the blog I wrote about him being in the hospital. I noticed several posts recently concerned about him, so I thought I'd post it here, too).