Thursday, May 1, 2014

Recovery Crew

Just shot these photos this morning after the visit of my physical therapist.  Thought I'd like to share how much support I have . . .

You can see Lacy sleeping at the bottom of the bed.  The little fluff ball is Ginger, my daughter's Daisy Pup (Maltese, Shih Tzu, Toy Poodle, Bichon Frise) and Eleanor right at my side - where she stays approximately 23 hours a day.
This is Bailey, my daughter's rescue Bichon Frise.  She can't manage to jump up on the bed, so she normally sleeps in the recliner.  Something sparked her interest and she climbed on to the arm of the chair to get a look out the window.  If you look closely you'll notice that she's wearing Pampers.  

This requires a little explanation:  Kari rescued Bailey from the Bichon Frise Rescue.  She had been owned by an elderly person who passed away.  After that she was badly abused and her life was horrible.  The rescue people estimated that she was at least 12 years old when Kari found out about her.  The agency had received her, complete with a foxtail imbedded in her eye, which they had surgically removed.  Then Kari's family took her in and Kari is determined that she will live a happy life for as much time as she has left.  She's almost blind and deaf and has a little problem with her urinary tract.  She is very good about going outside for potty; but, she also has a problem with dribbling.  So, she's perfectly agreeable with wearing a Pampers with a hole for her tail.

But, that's not the end of the story.  About three weeks ago, somebody in the family inadvertently left a dog open and she wandered out (after dark).  A few minutes later they realized she was gone and the whole family took up the search.  They found her lying in the street, having been hit by a car.  They took her to the Emergency Vet and the diagnosis was that she had a fractured pelvis.  The vet gave the family the option for euthanasia - NO WAY was that an option for this family.

For two weeks they kept her confined in a crate with potty trips being held up by a sling wrapped around her body.  She's graduated and now walks without help, and can even get up onto the lounge chair, where she is right now, diaper and all.
Happy Wednesday, all.

49 comments:

  1. Aww, poor little Bailey, she's had a tough life and I'm so glad that your daughter has so much compassion in her heart to take care of her so well. I hope that she can heal well with all the love she's getting.

    You are in good company with your faithful companions. Speedy recovery.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  2. Sounds like Bailey is in good hands. As one still recovering from a fractured pelvis I can sympathize. (Though, thank God, I don't dribble---yet) I've had five weeks of physical therapy. The two PTs I've worked have been a Godsend. They'll have you up and about it no time.

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    1. Hi Gil:
      I hope all is going well with your recovery - just how did you fracture your pelvis?

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    2. By being macho, of course, while helping a lady from church move. Like I used to do, I jumped up on the flatbed, ready to lend a hand. I came soooo close to making it---before I fell back on the concrete driveway.

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  3. Your post brings tears to my eyes. God bless little Bailey and thank heavens she has such caring "parents."

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    1. That little Bailey is such a trooper. Her life has not always been rosy, but she's certainly in a love- and caring-filled home. She just marches around the house, following whomever happens to be leading at the time. She loves being in my room with the other animal-therapists.

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  4. Love the story about the dog MP......and those gams of yours look great too!!

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    1. Ha Ha. We're having a heat wave - or more specifically - we're beginning summer very early. It's been in the 90s for the last few days. Too hot!

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  5. Sucha touching doggie story, thanks for sharing with us here.

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  6. Lot so of love in that family. Lucky Bailey. NIce to see you surrounded by love as you recover.

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    1. I always have a dog (or more than one). I just can't understand living without animal pals.

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  7. I love your recovery setting - surrounded by dogs. Poor little Bailey - your daughter and her family are truly wonderful people to take such good care of her. I hope the rest of her life is happy and comfortable. You did a good job raising Kari, and she's paying it forward. :)

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  8. Hi Barbara:
    Thanks for the compliment for Kari. This house is a beehive of activity every single day - six kids, two working parents. It's quite an operation. They're all helping out in my care, trying to have at least one member of the family here in case I need something. I'm very appreciative of their care.

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  9. Bless your family for taking such good care of the little girl!! My heart goes out to all! Give all your fur-balls a great big hug firm me!!

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  10. You will be up and dancing in no time!!

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  11. Got a tear going on...but not for you. Sounds like you are doing beautifully.

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    1. I'd love you to visit anytime that's convenient for you.

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  12. Bailey is so adorable...glad she's with a very, very good family :-)

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    1. Thanks Rita. Yes, she's a precious old lady. She just keeps on going, like the Energizer Bunny!

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