Emmadog: my sidekick and partner-in-crime

I introduced my sidekick, Emma, in one of the first posts.

Emma will be 3 next month (they grow up so fast!). Next week she is having her 3rd surgery in less than 4 months. She stresses me out so much. I just want her to be better. I want her to run and play and be able to come home to me so I can complain about all the hair in my bed and how I wish she would let me sleep in on the weekend.

It’s a long story, but here it is in as few words as possible:

Emma had a luxating patella (dislocating knee cap pretty much), diagnosed in October 2016. It’s a fairly common and simple enough surgery – to deepen the groove in her knee so that the patella stops popping out. But the first surgeon effed up (even longer story) and basically her patella popped out again and effed up her CCL. There was a lot of scar tissue (because of rubbish surgeon mentioned above) so her patella couldn’t pop back in by itself. So a new surgeon cut her open, fixed all the mess by the other vet, put her knee cap back in place and secured it tightly. Too tightly. So now that’s causing issues and she hasn’t been using her leg even after trying therapy etc. So now they open her again and loosen the implant and hope to all the gods that it’s loose enough for her to move comfortably but not too loose that her knee cap goes on holiday again. Phew.

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After surgery #2 She got a badass bandage and her vet drew a rose on it for her. Literally everyone loves her, she is the sweetest. She also gets her very own bedroom at my parents’ house. Spoilt!

 

I know it’s tough for her, but it’s also tough for me. I talk to her about all sorts of things, but no matter how many times I try and explain whats happening, I know she doesn’t understand at all. And it breaks my heart. She’s also had issues with anaesthetics (quite possibly might have had a bump to her head or some virus when she was a tiny pooplet. She’s a rescue doggy so we’ll never know) and I’m so scared all this fiddling around will affect her later in life (or even right now in life, seeing as we just don’t seem to be winning with her recovery). She’s now had Luxating Patella surgery, and CCL Repair and she goes in again next week to try and see whats causing so much pain.

AAAAAH.

Anyone experienced something similar with their 4-legged kids? I’d love to hear from you. (Unless it’s a sad story – I’m too emotional and have cried more than enough for one day).

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