Friday, October 29, 2010

A busy week

Hi all,

Harrison has had a very busy week. On Monday, we went to see Dr. Gillick to have his drain removed and on Thursday we went back to have most of his stitches removed. He still has a bandage on his right side covering one sore. The hope is that it heals quickly so we can start hydrotherapy as soon as possible. Here is Harrison with Dr. Gillick, the surgeon who performed H.B.'s back surgery and saved his life! Thanks, Dr. Gillick!

On Tuesday, we took Harrison to his second physiotherapy appointment. In the picture, lasers are being used to help speed the healing of Harrison's back and bed sores. They also used some electro-therapy to stimulate his muscles. We have another appointment this evening.

Overall, there has been no nuerological change in Harrison yet, but he has shown improved muscle tone in his hind legs and his tail. In addition, he is also showing signs of improvement in his reflexes. Best of all, he is gaining more control over his pee and poop and has had only a few piddles in his crate.

We are not out of the woods yet, but are encouraged by small improvements that we see every day. Last night, he was dreaming of running and his front legs were twitching away as usual. I noticed some flexing in his hind legs and an ever so slight toe twitch. My new Beagle song is "these legs are made for walkin'...and that's just what they'll of these days these legs are gonna walk all over here.."

More later!

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