By Sunday early morning, I was getting worse by the day (and night). Moms said she didn't think it was author itis (arthritis) and so she said she was taking me to my nephew's doctor. Wow! It was a great thing we went. The doc poked here and there, checked my tempature, checked my reflexes in my footsies too! The physical went on for a long time. He said he didn't believe it was in my hips because the way my hind leg's were reflexing! He thought it was in my spine closes to my shoulders. But, he wouldn't know for sure until they ran some x-rays. He said that it may also be a viral infection but didn't think so. He wanted to rule that out with bloodwork. Mom and dad said ok.
This is where mom and dad were separated from me. I went to another room and they did a bunch of x-rays. here there and every where. Then they poked me with a huge fat needle and drew my blood. Gosh - for a bit thereI thougt they were gonna make a blood shake for a vampire! Once my pictures were back, mom and dad viewed them with the doctor. He showed them that the little bones in my spine (two of them) were really close together. This is caused by a blood clot. He gave me a few shots (ouch!) and some medication to take home. The doctor said that for the next 4 weeks, I must not jump on the couch, bed or climb any stairs (that takes the fun out of life!). Nor can I do much walking. He said that this is a common issue with dog's with long spines. My mother was baffled but said it made sense because I am always dancing like a ballerina and running around really fast and jumping up and down.
Momwas really concerned if I would have a good "quality" of life with this. I am not sure what she meant by that but she was very teary eyed. He said that these first 30 days are very very important! I need to get a lot of rest and take all my meds. One of them is a muscle relaxer too. I feel really great. Mom and dad spazed out because she went to the girls room and came out and found me on the bed. She was upset at dad and said he should have been watching me. I snuck away and went to lie down. Another time I snuck out the from door when daddy opened it to greet mom as she parked the car. I ran down the stairs! That time I really got it from both of them. It was funny!
My poor mommy wakes up in the middle of the night to make me drink water and take my potty. The doctor said the stair roids (steroids) would make me eat a lot more and drink a lot water. There's only one problem.... I'm not too thirsty or hungrier more than usual. I don't like being confined, but mom say's that she needs me to get better. Since she is sick too, I help her get through the tough day's. I love my mommy (and daddy too).
Dad makes me laugh because as soon as he comes home he carries me outside to do my business. He tries to make me walk around because they said they don't want my muscles getting weak. But I don't want to walk around outside. I just want to be inside where I can lay down. Dad say's the muscle relaxer's have me feeling this way.
Oh well...... there's always my doggie stroller!!!!!