There’s no place like home

Crystal so happy to be home

I promise to quite reposting from one blog to the next, but holy smokes, this has been a week, a month, a year.

Wow, what a week this has been. Nearly every waking moment has been consumed with taking care of Crystal. Researching and purchasing harnesses, transporting her, finding just the right beds… anything and everything to make her as comfortable as possible.

The thing she wanted the most was to come home, to lay behind my desk and to be with her friends.

Our hearts skipped a few beats as she actually walked out of the clinic last night to our car. When we go home, she stood up in the car and walked from the car to the back yard, her beloved acre where she has always raced with the wind chasing the careless squirrels that would get just close enough to tease her and not get caught.

Her ability to figure out the balance on one leg is amazing. We have a harness on her, but once we reached the grass we let her walk by herself. We stood close by ready to grab the handle if needed, but we held our breath as she tried out her third wheel all by herself.

She had some dependent edema in the remaining hind leg and this morning it is nearly gone. Karen set her alarm so that she could take her out during the night, but Crystal was sleeping so soundly and comfortably that Karen just let her sleep. When we got up this morning, we took her out and she took care of business. I’m so glad we are off for the next three days and prepared to be housebound. We are here to wait on Crystal hand and paw.

Today I don’t regret for a minute doing the amputation. It wasn’t a decision we took lightly as we looked into our crystal ball to assure that she would have quality of life. We are pretty certain that once we get through the learning curve of three wheels instead of four, our little girlfriend will be as good as new.

Now we wait for the biopsy results.

I will never be able to thank all of support that Karen and I have received from our daughters, Megan and Holly, our vet clinic staff (I still say they are the best of the best) and our cyber friends. A few words of encouragement go a long way to keep Karen and I focused and putting one foot in front of the other.

One day at a time.

5 Replies to “There’s no place like home”

  1. Hi Hazel,

    I’ve seen your questions, let me see if I can remember all of them.

    Crystal just turned 11 in May. She’s tiny, she only weighs about 47 lbs. That’s a good thing for Karen and I. I don’t think we could lift the borzoi with the same ease.

    We don’t have insurance on the dogs. Honestly, up until last year, they have always been really healthy. They were also a lot younger. It’s a good thing both Karen and I are gainfully employed. As a floor nurse, Karen can pick up overtime and I can earn a little extra with the photography.

    Flo is hanging in there. She had another EKG this week and her heart rate is still too fast, we might be changing up the meds, but our vet has been a bit busy with Crystal.

    Thank you so much for checking in on us, we really appreciate it.

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