A Bit of a Vent

So, by now, if you’ve been reading my blog, you should know that we rescued Mia last March.  This is Mia:

Mia was a rescue dog through For Pete’s Sake Rescue out of Tennessee.  She’s a young husky mix who had been a stray.  And she came with a host of problems, the largest being a very serious skin issue.  After much hair loss (hers, not ours), and a really foul odor, we took her to our vet, and they determined Mia had the mange.  Basically, dog scabbies.  We went through about $600 worth of treatments, including three treatments of Ivermectin, a painful injection of a drug that kills and prevents scabbies.  In addition, knowing Meems was going to have very sensitive skin, put Mia on a diet that limited her wheat consumption.  And Mia’s skin cleared up.  Beautifully.

So, after her skin cleared up, we switched her back to pedigree dog food thinking the problem was all mange.  And Mia did fine.  Until this month.  We notice she was biting at herself again, and there was more hairloss, and the odor was back.  Sigh.  Since our yard is adjacent to woods, and we have a bunch of wild animals that use our yard as a dumping ground/home – including red fox who are notorious for mange – we assumed she’d been exposed again and was developing another skin infection.

So, we took her back to the vet on Friday.  The vet sniffed and and made a simple diagnosis – no mange.  Never had mange.  She had a yeast infection which was a result of an allergy.  A wheat allergy.  Sigh.  I was a bit annoyed in that they didn’t test her for that to start with.  So, after another $164 dollars, Mia is on yet another round of steriods, and has to have a bath twice a week with an antifungal shampoo.  And we’ve switched her back to her much more expensive food with NO WHEAT anywhere in it.

Mia has been an expensive project for us…LOL.  But she’s a great dog.  Just as sweet as she can be, and is happy to be in a loving home again.  Hopefully we can finally get her to an all over coat in the next month or so.


I’m Being Held Hostage By My Knee

I have to get out of this stupid house.  Not like I can do anything if I do get out, but lord have mercy this house is swallowing me up.  Eating me alive. 

I do get to start working again on Wednesday.  But it will be here in the house.  IN THE FUCKING HOUSE.  I miss being able to drive.  I miss getting out.  I miss being able to do things on my own.  This sucks, Yo.

And I wanna see Harry Potter.  Big time.

I Believe You Have My Stapler?

So, today was the big day.  I got to get my staples out.  All 25 of them.  And two stitches.  I got through the first five and nearly passed out.  Go. Me.  Wanna see?

You know you do…

My Ass is Asleep

So, in a nutshell, knee surgery is nothing less than sucktastic.  This recovery has been hard, yo. 

When I had a microfracture surgery done three years ago on my left knee, the recovery was also sucky and painful, but I was up and walking even before I got my stitches out.  I had two small incisions on my knee, both about an inch in size, and swelling was minimal, except for a big pocket of swelling where they had done the lateral release on my knee cap.  I did a month or so of physical therapy afterwards, and I was back at work pretty much in three weeks.

This time around, things are not going so swimmingly.  This is a different surgery – this time I had a de novo graft on the right knee.  A de novo graft is a new surgery, where they implant juvenile donor cartilage under the knee cap and between the bones.  The doctor also cleaned out a large number of bone spurs, and performed another lateral release of the right knee cap.  And it’s hella painful.  I mean hella painful.  I have a huge amount of swelling, a lot of stitches, and a big old knee immoblizer.  I won’t be able to put any weight at all on the leg for six weeks.  I’m just one day shy of being a week out, and I’m still in lots of pain.  And crutches blow. 

Got the call today from short term – I’m approved through 8/2.  My plan is to go back to work but work from home for the month of August.  My poor boss is really having a hard time – we’ve lost a lot of people, and I do a lot of high level things.  I couldn’t work now if I wanted to.  My leg hurts to bad to concentrate for too very long and I can’t stand to have the laptop even sit on my lap.  We had planned on going to the trailer this weekend, but I can’t see myself sitting in the car for 3.5 hours and then having to hobble across the street to the bathroom.  Maybe next month – we are supposed to go down for a week.  I’m really hoping to be able to go.

I know I know…you want gory pictures of the leg.  I haven’t see it yet myself.  And I won’t until I get my stitches out.  But I promise to post pictures.  Because I care.  I do.

So Sexy

Hey! Know What Sucks?

Knee surgery does.


Rub Teh Belleh!!!!

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