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Saturday, February 2, 2008

3 days post-op

Hi! It's Mr. Whiskers reporting for the little gimp again. Umh, I mean "sweet" Lillie. I am really getting sick and tired of having to wait on her ALL of the time. When mom and dad and the hooman pups leave, they make me be in charge of taking care of Lillie. She can get quite demanding at times! I'm sure glad its the weekend and the hoomans will be around now to watch after the little cripple. She's such a B-A-B-Y!!
I thought some of you may be interested in seeing some pictures of her. They are kind of gross so if you have a queazy stomach you may not want to look.

Mom is threatening her with a lamp shade if she doesn't start leaving the incision alone. For some reason she thinks she needs to wash it constantly. WHY she would want to wash something that looks like that, I do not know.
A message from Amy:
Thanks to everyone for checking in on us. It really helps us with what we are going through. Lillie is feeling a bit better- not so much crying and whining. It is very difficult for her to go into a sit or down position. She is doing well with toe touching with her injured leg, but occasionally will walk on three legs. She has adapted to the situation well. We try to keep her confined as much as we can. She is usually in the bedroom and we use a baby gate to keep her in a small area. Right now it is easy to keep her confined because she isn't feeling well, but in a day or two that may change. She is very much an Airedale and has a mind of her own if you know what I mean. Some of you may remember that I told you that Dr. Cal indicated her issue was congenital. He ended up putting three pins in her knee cap to stabilize things. She had sever malaligent of the patella (knee) and tibia crest (the tibia is the shin bone). He said that it actually was at an angle and very mishapen. They straignhtened it out- he said after they pinned it they could tell right away that it was in alignment. He said we were fortunate that her ACL didn't rupture because it was very irritated. Her left side also has this issue. He said she has a grade I/IV patella luxation but because the alignment is much better he doesn't anticipate future problems on that side, and that we should just monitor it. The good news of the entire situation is that this didn't occur because of trauma. When this first happened we thought it was because Jordan fell on top of her. She and Jordan like to play football and the game, as it is in real life gets a little rough. We just need to watch her and keep her quiet for the next 6 weeks. She has managed to really be able to do alot of things with three legs. She can go up and down the steps with assistance on three legs. Sometimes we use a towel as a sling to help lift her Rt hind leg. She doesn't really like the towel but will let us support her with our hands and arms. She is very tolerant most of the time. When she isn't tolerant is because she is hurting. Its amazing to see her be able to function so well with three legs.
If Lillie is feeling better she will post tomorrow. The big game is tomorrow and she was hoping to be able to "party" a bit with the family. We said she could join in the festivities but if she got too out of control we'd have to send her to her room. Have a great weekend everyone and thanks again for being so supportive to us!!

Amy and Mr. Whiskers


Mango said...

Lillie -
I'm off at Joe Stains super bowl party and he told me about your surgery. It sounds really ouchie! Don't worry if you need to wear a cone. My experience with my Grandpa Angus the Airedale is that dales do OK with cones and even use them as battering rams to have fun with their humans.

You just take it easy and get better. With all that metal in your leg you are like Robo-Doggie!


The Airechicks said...


Just take it easy - Poo Poo Mr Whiskers - he might need help himself another day - and he'll be calling on you !!!

We went by Joey's & Tanner's blog and saw Tanner's visiting via AirRuby - so sure you'll be just right in a couple of days...

Got the AiREZen headed your way ....


Sophie Brador said...

Hi Amy, Lillie's incision is exactly like Sophie's was a year ago, when she had her knee surgery -- TPLO, for a torn cruciate ligament. Her first few days home were quite trying on all of us. I remember feeling so, so awful for her and even though she was totally stoic about the whole thing, her discomfort was obvious. But the nice thing is, these pups just bounce back so quickly. I'm sure Lillie is going to do really well. In the meantime, enjoy that super smooth leg ... I just loved the feeling of Sophie's skin.

Willie & Waylon said...

Get well soon Lillie!!! Take advantage of being waited on! Ask your family for a little bell for you to ring when you need something. Waylon has had 2 leg surgeries and we know how hard it is!

Many Sniffs,
Waylon & Willie

Ike said...

Whoa, that is one long incision! I hope you feel better soon!

Mack said...

Aww Mr Whiskers - be nice!
Lillie has been through a lot. And when she feels better she just may remember your grumpiness!

Get well soon - You are soooo pretty!

Asta said...

You don't know me , but i wanted to wish you a spweedy wecovewy,,
i have heawd you awe a wondewful giwl and much I am sending you lots of smoochie healing kissies

Jackson said...

Hey Lillie, just heard about your operation, so I thought I'd drop by to wish you a speedy recovery. Get well soon, pal! J x

Molly and Taffy said...

Hello Lillie

We are so pleased you are feeling a little more comfortable. Your wound certainly is a long one we think you are being very brave.

Molly and Taffy

Noah the Airedale said...

Hi Amy and Mr Whiskers,
Thanks for keeping us updated on Lillie. That scar is amazing. Sounds like she is doing well under the circumstances. We're relieved to hear she isn't in as much pain.
Take care and hugs to Lillie.

Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Maggie & Mitch said...

Your zipper stitches are making us hurt, Lillie! That is some wound you're sporting! Keep healing and getting better! We think of you every single day! Enjoy the SuperBowl with the family!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Roxie, Sammy and Andy said...

Glad to hear Lillie is doing so well! We are also really glad you found the problem and fixed it before it could do some permanent damage. Lillie is one lucky girl! Tell her to save up her energy for the next six weeks and then she can really tear up the place with Airedale energy!

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

Penny & Poppy said...

Hi Lillie, we were very glad to receive the update and glad you are on the road to recovery! We're sending lots of healing Aire-zen your way. Six weeks will go by before you know it and you'll be doing zoomies again. Take care of yourself!

Poppy & Penny

Bogart said...

Sending you serious AIRE ZEN and big, giant, sloppy Aire Kisses miss Lillie... hope you're feeling better soon!

That's one helluva incision there my dear, lots of street cred with that :)

Rest up, keep away from those stitches (did you see how miserable Harry was with his cone???) and give your mama a big kiss from me!


Girl Girl Hamster said...

Aw Poor Lillie. I hope your leggy is better today

~ Girl girl

Agatha and Archie said...

Oh we are thrilled that you are doing better.Archie says 6 weeks will fly by and then it will be starting to get nice out for your walks!!!!Do you like sudoko?? Love A+A

Joe Stains said...

we got your present for Tanner and he can't wait to sink his teeth into that froggy. Mom will be sure to get some photos. Did you get his attempt at a totally not romantic present? we haven't heard from you in a while and hope you are ok. THanks for the great gift for the doofus.

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

We hope Lillie is getting better. It sure look 'ouch'

Boy n Baby

Molly and Taffy said...

Hello Lillie

Are you feeling better now?

Molly and Taffy

the aphasia decoder.... said...

What a nasty looking incision! I'm glad Lillie is doing be good now and I hope recovery keeps going well.

Cooper from the Cooper Chronicles

Joe Stains said...

LILLLIEEE Mom and us got the present today and she love love loves the sprayer. She has one that has olive oil in it and she had to get that on EBAY because she could not find one and she wanted one for her WALLNUT oil that she LOVES but couldnt find one! I LOVE YOU TOO LILLIE. I am eating the chew bone you sent RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Iput it on our blog today GO LOOK


Turbo the Sibe said...

Just stopping by to "woo" at you!