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skeye
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   Posted 5/10/2010 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

First, I want to apologize for my lack of posting lately. I've been busy studying for exams & finishing up my thesis, etc. Hopefully I'll be more active soon, as I finish my last exam on Friday.

I mentioned in the subject that this thread is off topic, as it is not about me, but about my dog. My 1 1/2 year old golden retriever was rammed in the shoulder today while playing with a friend's dog. He is now unable to put any weight on his left front leg. I did take him to the vet right away. The good news is that he didn't break anything or dislocate his shoulder, the bad news is that the vet thinks that he injured his radial nerve in his shoulder. If he did permanent damage to his nerve, he could potentially wind up losing his leg (it would have to be amputated). All that we can do now is wait & see what happens. The vet put him on a strong NSAID & pain reliever. My mom is also going to bring him to see his homeopathic vet tomorrow & she'll likely put him on some homeopathic remedies too.

I absolutely believe in the power of prayer and positive energy. I could really use some well wishes & prayers for my dog right now. It breaks my heart to see him in so much pain & scares me to death to think that this might be permanent or have some kind of long-lasting effect. It's one thing for me to be in pain, but for him to be in pain, too... I could not wish that on even my worst enemy. This dog has helped me so very much in so many ways. I don't think I could have gotten through the last year and a half without him. He helps me to keep fighting. He has the biggest, purist heart of anyone I know. Even right after he was hurt, he just kept giving me kisses & comforting me even though he was in severe pain.

It's strange being on the "other side" of pain. I feel completely helpless to a new degree. I was having a really bad day to begin with (lots & lots of pain, news of further degeneration of my vision), but then this happened & I just want to cry. This dog means more to me than anything or any one else in the world & all I can do is hold him & tell him that everything is going to be alright. I'm trying to think positively & focus on the situation now & not the future, but I can't help but worry -- it's my nature. My first final exam is tomorrow. What poor timing.

I hope everyone had a better day than I did.

hugs,
Skeye

Post Edited (skeye) : 5/10/2010 8:33:13 PM (GMT-6)


Chartreux
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   Posted 5/10/2010 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Awe Skeye,
This sure is a hard decision. But in the between time, I'll says some prayers for you and your dog and try to keep positive.
will be thinking of you and good luck on your exams...
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Skeye))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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golitho
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   Posted 5/10/2010 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Skeye, so sorry to hear about your dog, I'll certainly have him top most in my thoughts for positive healing. Lets hope the nerve was just bruised and he comes good with time.

Dogs are like children we hate to see them in pain, we always want to take their pain on instead. (my middle child broke and dislocated his toe recently, so I'm talking from experience)

Best of luck for your last exam, try to concentrate on the moment and not the big picture. Small bites of stress at one time! I'm thinking of you both, golitho

PAlady
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   Posted 5/10/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
I'm so sorry this happened to your four-legged friend! I think I remember when you got him, you telling us about it at the time. And we all know how much you love not just him but all animals.

I know it is hard to watch animals and people we love be in pain, maybe especially because we know pain, but if he could talk I bet he'd tell you "it hurts some Mommy, but not that bad and I'll be fine. Now you go study for your exams because I want to celebrate with you after your graduation!"

You have worked so hard to get to this point, please allow yourself to trust that he will be ok, that he will survive whatever happens and you'll both adjust (I mean, he couldn't have a better "Mom" than you), and I know it will be hard but try to take some breaths, close your eyes, and believe in the best, and then focus on your exams.

As a contingency plan, maybe you should let your instructors know what's happening. Just in case you should really blow an exam or start crying or something - if they know in advance they hopefully they'll cut you some slack.

Healing energy and many hugs coming your way!

PaLady

White Beard
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   Posted 5/10/2010 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
skeye
I will say a BIG prayer for both you and your dog! You know skeye dogs give unconditional love, I understand your worries, but just have faith that everything will be alright! You will do fine on your exam, your a very bright talented young woman, have faith in yourself as we all have faith in you! You and your best friend are in my thought and prayers!



Good Luck to you skeye!



White Beard

bluejet2
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   Posted 5/10/2010 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Skeye:
 
I am so sorry about your dog, you have so much going on - this you certainly did not need - but I will be happy to send healing thoughts and prayers your way.
 
Good luck on your exams.  My son is finishing his up this week too.  He'll be home for the summer in about 10 days.  He definitely made Dean's list again, if he's exams go well, I think he might have a 4.0 this semester.  I am incredibly proud of him!
 
Hang in there,
 
Lorie

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   Posted 5/10/2010 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye...

I am so sorry your heart is hurting. You know my love of Goldens and I will be praying for your sweet one.

Warmest hugs,
Chutz
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MsBunky
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   Posted 5/10/2010 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye, I am happy you are here again but I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. I will definitely pray for healing for your sweet furbaby.

hugs,
Pam
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Retired Mom
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   Posted 5/11/2010 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Skeye,

I'm so sorry about your beloved pet. I can feel your pain through your post and the stress that you must be under while you watch your friend suffer. You understand love and pain so deeply.

On a brighter note, I'm sending positive vibes for your final. I don't know if these are comps or just finals, but either way postive vibes are coming your way.

It took me two tries to pass all of my comps, so we should be graduating about the same time (although I won't be walking). You have put so much energy into your school and have done so well. I am proud of and for you! You have overcome the challenges and proven to yourself that you could do it. We always knew you could!!!

Best of luck on the exams! I'm rooting for you!!
Retired Mom


edt
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   Posted 5/11/2010 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Skeye,

You and your puppy are in my thoughts and prayers!  Homeopathy (esp. Arnica or TRAUMEEL for injury or pain) along with traditional meds can work miracles....I am praying for a miracle for you!

(((((((((((((((((((((((((SKEYE AND PUPPY))))))))))))))))))))

XXOO
Patti


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   Posted 5/11/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye...

Just a quick note to let you know you and your sweet puppy are in my prayers...

Hope your final went ok today... Hang in there, Skeye...

You're in my prayers :) --Tina
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deb in indiana
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   Posted 5/11/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about your dog i have 2 labs they are great dogs iam so proud of you and schooling it is tuff my son worked full time and drove 6 hours to school on the weekends for 4 years and a family but he made it and he does ssd causes on the side and he won every cause so farnomy daughter was a special teacher but 40 got laid off and she was one of them so she went back to school and will be done in aug. then she'll be a nurse iam so proud of all that go to school its very hard most have to work also take care Deb

kimber9807
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   Posted 5/11/2010 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,sorry to hear that. Sending thoughts and prayers.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis , spinal blockage ,gerd,gastric ulcer (2008), pernicous anemia , folic acid anemia and gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds: Ambien, prilosec otc,  ibuprofren,Ultracet, folic acid , b12 injections, zyrtec and benadryl.
 
Just added : folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.


skeye
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   Posted 5/11/2010 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your well wishes & prayers for both me & Rory! We both appreciate them very much. I wish I could take the time to thank each one of you personally, but my eye is really really bad today & I'm having a hard time seeing & focusing with the pain, so I'm afraid that I can't read/type well enough for that today.

Rory is doing a little better today. He's occasionally putting a little bit of weight on his leg now. His homeopathic vet also thinks that he damaged his radial nerve. She said that it is a very serious injury & will be a long recovery, but she expects him to regain use of his leg, as he is young & healthy. He's not going to like not being able to go on walks or go swimming with the other dogs.

Skeye

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   Posted 5/11/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Skeye.  I'm so sorry about Rory getting hurt so bad.  You're both in my thoughts and prayers.  I'm proud of you for finishing school.  I'm glad he's feeling a little better, and it's wonderful  to hear that he may be able to heal and not loose his leg.  I'm an animal lover too, and I hate when they get hurt.  (((((((((((((hugs)))))))))
 
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   Posted 5/11/2010 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
So glad to hear that Rory has a good shot at recovering use of his leg, even though it will take time. You sure will have a lot of empathy for eachother! You can talk to him all about how it feels to have limitations on activity and hope he understands some of it - that he'll have to play some "different" games for awhile.

When you get a chance let us know how the exams are going, but you need to save your eyes and energy for that!

Hugs,

PaLady

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/11/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
More Prayers for you Skeye and Rory...
lets all hope for the best...
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   Posted 5/11/2010 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
skeye
I was thinking if he had some kind of floatation device under him, would aqua therapy be good for him and that type of injury? Where he could exercise without putting weight or stress on that limb? I mean I am just guessing at that, but if that nerve is damaged it would seem that using it would be good but without stress or strain??? Or am I way off on how that type of injury heals????
Anyway I have been wondering how things went on your exam today? What type of feeling did you have after taking it? Oh yes one more thing when do you get to get that stimulator, didn't you say that at the hearing that they approved it?

White Beard

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   Posted 5/12/2010 1:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye I am saying prayers for both you and Rory. He is a young pup so lets hope he can turn this thing around with some time. Keep us posted.
 

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   Posted 5/12/2010 3:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Skeye.
 
I am a new member, I also fully believe that our animals are key to our health and emotional and physical wellbeing aswell. I am a total animal lover, i have 2 cats who are my pride and joy and my world. I was sadden to hear to hear what happened to you dog. Your dog is in my thoughts and prayers and i will pray for a speedy and full recovery for your dog. I hope he's okay. Please give him a get well hug from me.
Becky
 
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   Posted 5/12/2010 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I am praying for you and Rory.  I love his name.  I am glad you told us that.  I am also glad to hear that his seems a bit better.  he sounds like a big sweetie.  Hang in there. 
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fatherjohn
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   Posted 5/12/2010 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye, I am keeping you and Rory in my prayers.

skeye
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   Posted 5/12/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again everyone for the thoughts & prayers.

For those who asked, my first exam (yesterday) went pretty well. The professor had actually give us 10 possible exam questions ahead of time, so when it came time for the real exam (6 questions) we had already seen them & had had time to formulate answers in our heads.

I've got one more exam on Friday. Hopefully that exam goes well too. I was supposed to study all day today, but I wasn't feeling great, and ended up sleeping most of the day. This subject (physiology) comes naturally to me, so I don't think I'm in too much trouble. Actually getting some real sleep is probably more important at this point, since I normally sleep so little. I feel kind of guilty though. Oh well, I still have the majority of the day tomorrow to study.


Whitebeard -- aqua therapy is a good idea & we'll undoubtably be doing that with him in a few weeks (we are lucky & have a pool in our backyard). Right now it's better if he rests completely, but starting him in the pool will be the next step. Did you know that they actually make "aqua treadmills" for dogs & horses?

hugs,
Skeye

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/12/2010 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
More prayers for ya Skeye, and keep us posted when your procedure is coming up...
(((((((((((((((((((((((((Rory & Skeye)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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skeye
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   Posted 5/12/2010 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for reminding me, Char, I meant to address that...

For those of you who asked, my stimulator trial is scheduled to begin on Friday May 28th. The trial will last one week. If all goes well, the permanent system will be implanted on Friday June 4th. I can't wait! My ophthalmologist was joking with me on Monday & he told me to ask the neurosurgeon for a choice of wire colors (he suggested purple)! He also told me that I was going to look like the Borg from Star Trek. smilewinkgrin

Skeye
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