Roads to recovery.

For Casey and Yours Truly!

At 1pm yesterday, I had an appointment with the medical assistant at the Department of Urology, Three Rivers Hospital, in Grants Pass, following my ten days of ‘wearing’ a catheter.ย  The good news was that the catheter was removed (and I must now remember I can’t pee anytime I like!).

The more sobering news was that for at least until the end of March, I must not engage in any lifting, pulling or pushing, or any exercise that would run the risk of another bleeding episode. I have an appointment with Dr. Mayer, the urologist, at the end of March and really want to be signed off as fully fit at that time.

So far: so good!

For dear, sweet Casey he is facing a very long haul. Dr. Jim, our vet neighbour and close friend, recommended that Casey start taking a steroid and he is now on Prednisone.

p1160892This has the effect of making Casey very lethargic. No bad thing because the only chance of his spinal disc and pad healing up is that he takes very little exercise. In the picture above you can see Casey avoids lifting his head up when he looks at you.

p1160889Jean has also paced Casey’s food bowl on a small stool because Casey found it painful to lower his mouth down to floor level.

Dr. Jim says that there is a very good chance that Casey will heal himself but that we are all looking at quite a few weeks.

So for Casey and me we sincerely hope that the end of March has us both firmly down that road to full recovery.

Paloma cruising past a resting Casey!
Paloma cruising past a resting Casey!

33 thoughts on “Roads to recovery.

  1. Paul, here’s wishing you a fast recovery and that all will soon be normal with the urinary tract. The catheter was surely a real pain but a necessary pain.

    As for Casey, he’s a handsome dog and his overall physical health appears good except for the disc/s and I hope the vet is correct and that the problem will eventually take care of itself.

    1. Dr. Jim and his wife, Janet, are very good friends and we couldn’t be in the hands of a better vet. Whatever is needed for Casey to increase the chances of him making a full recovery will not be spared.

      Oh, and spot on about the catheter being a real pain. Especially when the urologist wanted the first, smaller, catheter removed to be replaced by a larger one that could be used both to drain me and flush me out with a saline solution. That really was eye-watering!!

      1. Bela, question from Jeannie. Did you zlab suffer from a spinal problem? For a quick search on Prolotherapy shows it used for problems with tendons and ligaments. Casey is suffering from a failure of a spinal disc pad.

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