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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).

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Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 8, 2012 at 2:39pm

O.K., sounds like the guys in your life are doing better.    Sorry to hear about Terry's gout.  A lot of my friends have gout.  That's one of the few things I don't have.  Everything else I have, but not gout.  Well please do keep us informed.  Now go look at the flower pictures I post and "smell the Roses and smile with the Sunflowers!"  But.............Lemonade is good too.

We sent hugs to both Gizmo and Terry.

Pemon & Grace

Comment by Jo Bill on May 8, 2012 at 2:23pm

Gizzy will have an appointment early next week or the end of this week.  I'm going to call tomorrow to make the appointment.  He is feeling better, though, cuz he's getting into trouble more often.  LOL.  Also, he RUNS when we go for our short walks.  Actually, we've extended the walks to all the way down the sidewalk and back instead of just half way now.


He did go the groomer this morning for a quickie cut around his face.  We couldn't see his eyes and I don't need him to get an eye infection to go along with the ear infection he had and the broken leg.  Now I can see his WHOLE, cute, little face!  We'll get him totally groomed after the next vet appointment and before he gets the rod taken out.  I think he can handle it now.  I'll keep you updated. 


Terry's cold is better.  His breathing is better thanks to the additional prednisone.  Now he's fighting gout in his foot.  This illness of his attacks all parts of his body at random.  Ugh!  We work through it, though.  You know what they say ... "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade".  LOL


Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 8, 2012 at 12:24pm

Is our little Gizzy going to the Vet this week?  If so, when.  How is Terry doing with his cold.  I hope he is recovering O.K.  I know how serious a little cold can be.  Anyway, keep us posted on the loves of your life.  Pemon sends hugs.

Comment by Jo Bill on May 7, 2012 at 8:46pm

Thanks, Bruce.  He really is doing well.  I took him for a short walk today and he RAN most of the time.  I could hardly keep up with him.  He isn't putting his foot totally on the ground yet, or bear weight on it, but he sure has found a way to get around!  Once the rod is out and he can bend his knee again, he's gonna be a lot faster!  and happier!  I can tell he's feeling better, though.  He's getting into trouble again.  LOL

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on May 7, 2012 at 6:40pm

I'm so happy things are going well...

Comment by Stephaine Moctezuma-Hernandez on May 7, 2012 at 1:23pm

I hope he continues to recover quickly! :)

Comment by Jo Bill on May 4, 2012 at 10:36pm

Thanks.  Gizmo is healing and coping with his "gimpy" leg.  We are recovering.  Of course, being spoiled isn't too bad, either.  LOL

Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on May 4, 2012 at 9:58pm

Oh Gizmo, my heart is with you and I'm praying for a speedy recovery! Hugs to all of you!

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