Thursday, May 31, 2012

Call Me Pogo - Most Excellent News EVER!

Where do I even start with the most wonderful news?  How about if i build up to it??

 I'll back it up to yesterday.  Devin and I went for an afternoon snooze before "work" took My Devin away from me.  I was sprawled out on my bed beside the big bed, with a blanket pulled between my front legs.
I had my nose pushed up against my leg and the blanket.  You can just imagine the sounds I was making.
I slept greyt, Devin on the other hand had to listen to my puffs.
Cuddled with one of my blankets

Work time came and it was time for Devin to leave.  I gave the "are you really leaving me look".  What if I just lay in the hallway and pout a little bit. Will you stay with me?
Why are you leaving me...

Devin, I'm talking to you.  Why are you leaving me?
Fine, don't answer me.  *pout*
Back to my bed to sulk a little bit - Pre-KONG sulk
This morning when Devin came home from work I was stretched out on the big bed. I wasn't moving for anything. I didn't even lift my head when Devin came into the room.  I gave a squinty eyed look as a form of "oh you're home, it's about time...You're 10 mins late ya know".
Ignoring Devin...  No mention of the "B" (breakfast) word. I'm not moving for anyone
Are all these morning photos necessary?
After my walk and breakfast I found myself up on the couch while Devin emailed back and forth with Karen from Camp Greyhound.
Really, what was life like before pillows??
Ignore the nose drop mark on the couch, I have a drippy nose at times, k??  :)
Karen suggested that Devin soak my foot for 5-10 mins. If I had a corn then the outer part of my pad would water log while the corn part would remain the same.

Devin had a medium zip lock baggy and filled it up with warmish water. I was laying on the big bed when Devin approached me with it.  Devin tried to put my foot inside the bag a few times, each time i pulled my foot out of the bag. On the last attempt at getting my foot submerged I yanked it out, gave a look and bolted off the bed. I was outta there!  I made a straight line for my nest and laid in there.

Devin had to bribe me out of my nest with dried liver treats.  THEN IT HAPPENED.   Sucker that I am...
Devin steered me towards the bathroom. Once I made it into the bathroom Devin gave me another piece of liver treat. I went at that like a shark!  Into the tub I walked myself.  I had to stand in there for a whole 10 mins.  Devin managed to keep me standing in there just over 5mins.
How am I going to get out of here????
I popped out of the tub and Devin steered me towards my bed in the bedroom.  Devin pawed at my foot to see what was going on.  The area around the lighter patch was definitely waterlogged in comparison to the lighter area. As the area dried the ...wait for it....wait for it.... CORN!!!!! appeared!!!!!

Now the last photo of my paw doesn't capture the corn in all its "beauty" but you can get an idea of what's going on.  
wet paw 1
wet paw 2
paw starting to dry some
Dry paw - flash takes away from the "corn".
 I want to thank Karen at Camp Greyhound for answering all of Devin's questions, offering advice and other alternatives and so on.   Thank you Karen!!!

 Devin contacted Dr. Janet's office and told them:
I haven't started Milo on the prednisone treatment. I know that Janet said that it wasn't a corn when she inspected his foot, but I didn't feel good about giving him the prednisone.
It was recommended to me that I try and soak Milo's foot in water and if the pad was waterlogged and the area in the center was not then it is a corn. I did that, and discovered that there is a round spot in the center of Milo's pad. Milo has a corn. 

The receptionist was more than ok with what Devin had to say. She went on to say that there is a dog that goes into the clinic with chronic corns.   Devin is thinking because the corn wasn't exposed (except for a tiny tiny dot) at the time of my pre X-ray visit and because I didn't respond to her pushing on my pad that it wasn't a corn.

I proved them all wrong!  *hehe*    Devin went on to tell the receptionist that we'd be proceeding with alternative treatments.   Devin is going to try and deal with my corn, if need be we will seek out help.

My foot soak kinda took a lot out of me. I hit my bed and roached!
Lately I've been in the business of tearing my bedding apart while getting comfy.  Darn blankets just don't stay in place!

R   r   r  ooacchinnggg

 We went over to Nana's for a little visit.  I nose dripped all over the day bed and floor *hehe*
 When it was time to go home I loaded myself up into the truck and had a narcoleptic moment and nearly fell asleep instantly.
Z z 
 Supper was served, I gobbled that up like it was going out of style then retreated to my nest.
Nap time with Sheepie
Love my Sheepie


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thoughts - From The Couch

I had Devin up around 5am this morning, my tummy got the best of me.   I went
back to bed for a bit after breakfast. 

Sleeping like a lamb
You seriously want me to get up??
Okay, lets go!

 Our morning walk led us to Nana's for a little visit.... We didn't stay too long, Rye-Lee had to do his morning thing.  Off we walked home, towards the end of the walk I got my limp on.  Devin picked me up so I wouldn't have to walk over the evil parking lot pavement and placed me down on the grass out front our building.   Once back at home, I stirred around a bit in my nest before making it to the couch. 

After all of the excitement from yesterday I think I'll just lay low and nap my day away; I know, how is that different from any other day??  :P

The Couch Files:

Devin has been speaking with Karen at Campgreyhound and learning lots. 
This morning Devin contacted OSU (Ohio State University) Greyhound Wellness Program via their web forum.  On that form they ask Brief history, signs/symptoms, medical problem, diagnostic tests done, treatments, progress.  As well as questions  or requests.
It can take up to 72hours for a response.  We are going to wait and see what they have to say in regards to what's been going on with me before starting the diagnostic treatment with the prednisone.  It never hurts to get a second opinion. 

Back to napping.  Devin works nights tonight - Nana will come by and give me tasty treats!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Post X-Ray Update

First stop - Pick up Nana.
I was left in the car with the a/c while Devin went to let Nana know that we were outside waiting for her.
So hungry and tired, I just wanted to get the show on the road.

Waiting for Nana to come
So tired, hungry and thirsty

 Once we made it to Dr. Janet's office Devin helped me out of the truck.  I wandered over to the grass, my tail instantly began to sink between my legs. It didn't have the same happy curl I normally put to it.

Checking things out
Yeah, I don't want to go in...

 When Devin opened the door to the clinic i instantly took a step back, Devin had to help nudge me into the office.
I tried to seek shelter near Nana.  Tail between my legs, i wasn't liking what was awaiting me.

 I tried to make my way into the corner; between the two chairs.  There was an open space there, a space where I was convinced that no one could touch me if i could just make it into there.
stress yawn ~ how can i get into that tiny space??
more stress yawns ~ help me Nana....
Let me out....
In the exam room, waiting for my pre sedation needle *ugh*
 It wasn't long after Dr. Janet gave me my needle that I was taken away.....   Devin and Nana had to leave me there until the X-rays were completed, and the radiologist had a look at the films (in event Dr. J. couldn't find anything).

Devin and Nana went for breakfast and took a walk down by the water to kill some time. They took a few photos
Bull Frog !
Dragonfly wanted to go back home with Nana and Devin. Devin was finally able to get it out of the car and release it back to nature.

There was a terrible storm brewing while I awaited the arrival of My Devin.  The power went out on us at the clinic.  Lots of wind, rain, thunder and lightening.
Driving into the storm
Storm above
Middle of the storm

It was so dark back there, I saw a flashlight coming towards my stall. I heard a strange yet familiar voice (lady who works with Dr. J), she opened the door to my stall.  I got up and went to the back of the stall;   Until.....

I knew nothing could keep My Devin from me!! Devin called out my name and told me it was okay.  It took a quick moment until I was convinced that it wasn't a dream.    Devin looped my collar around me and off we went to the front of the office.

 With the power being out Dr. J had to conduct her last exam in the big waiting area.
On my way out i made it a point to sniff Dr J. and get a few scritches from her.  No hard feelings from earlier today, after a quick parting scritch i was off! I was hell bent on getting out that door though!

ready to head home
photo is a little blurry - much like how i felt at the time.
same as above
oh yeah, alright... we're moving!
omg what's that???
sassy look - or stoned still. You decide

evil eyes - going
Fighting the sleepies
Greyt, can you now please fill the bowl???
Thank you!
Nom nom nom
Full belly
Fallen for the count.

 FINDINGS: ~Devin~

Two X-rays were taken of his legs for comparison purposes.
1) Dr. J didn't see anything abnormal with the film.  It was then sent to a radiologist for reading, he didn't see any issues either. Both concluded Milo's bones looked very nice.

2) Prior to being put under Dr. J worked Milo's pads/foot. She did not get a response from him. Due to this she does not believe that he has corns.

3) When being issued the needle to be put to under , Dr J and her helper held Milo down.
Unsure of what caused the following reaction:

When the needle went in, Milo let out a blood curdling cry and screamed bloody murder.
The two of them were unable to hold my feisty boy down; from my understanding off we went.

If it was from the way they held him, it caused pain on the "unknown" source/area.

4) He's been given an RX of Prednisone for the next 29-30 days.
At this point, the more i read there are more cons than pros to using this method of treatment for diagnostic findings.   I've been in contact with Karen from campgreyhound she has given me greyt advice and alternative things to try on the boy.

I'm going to contact the vet office tomorrow morning and let them know that i am not comfortable with this diagnostic method. 

Back to Milo ~

As you can see I has quite the day.  I'm beat tired and want only to crash for the remainder of the night.
Here's to a better tomorrow!