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Hooray for St. John’s Wort!

April 16th, 2010 1 comment

Cory was depressed and even hesitated for a few moments before deciding to eat his chow Wednesday morning and so I decided to see if St. John’s Wort could help.  I bought it in pill form, 300 mgs per pill.  I gave him his first pill with his Wednesday evening meal, and within 30 minutes I could see that he had his sparkle back.  He brought a toy to me and wanted to play.  Since then, I have been giving him one pill in the morning and one in the evening, and to my delight it is continuing to help him.  When I got home last night I took him outside to walk around in our yard.  He was slow but willing, bless his heart.  I have a call in to the lady that runs the hydrotherapy spa to request that if she gets any cancellations between now and April 29th, (Cory’s first scheduled session), to call me so I can get him in sooner.  I am concerned because he doesn’t seem to move about during the day (when we are at work), and his hind-end muscles are getting weak to the point of shaking while he is standing.   A heartfelt thank you to all of Cory’s fans for your prayers and good wishes!  I have made a commitment to myself (and to you!) to get the writing part of the book done by the end of this month, so as to get it to the people who have so graciously agreed to read and edit it by the first part of May.

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Quick check-in and some pictures of Cory

April 14th, 2010 3 comments

Hi everyone! I spoke with Sandy today, who told me that Cory got his stitches out yesterday, but that he’s having some unusual symptoms which may or may not be related to the surgery. She said that he wasn’t very excited about breakfast this morning, and even thought about it for a while before actually eating. This is very unlike Cory. Fortunately, once he decided to eat, he gobbled it up just like always.

She described his mood thereafter as somber and seemingly wanting to be left alone. He has been napping in the guest bedroom recently, which is rare for him, considering that he usually loves to be wherever everyone else is. I suggested that his brain chemistry may be a little off (he may be feeling symptoms of depression) due to all the stress he’s been going through, so I wondered aloud if there is a “happy pill” for dogs.

A light bulb went on in Sandy’s head and she went to the store and bought some St. John’s Wort, which purportedly is best known for it’s antianxiety effects, but can also be used as a pain reliever in conditions such as intervertebral disk disease. We’ll do a test run with it and keep you all informed on whether or not it works.

Now, just for fun, here are some more pictures from Cory’s glory days =)

Cory swimming

Cory swimming

Cory Swimming 2

Cory Swimming at Lake Roesiger

Cory is showing improvement

April 9th, 2010 4 comments

Since I don’t live at home with Cory, I rely on updates from Jay and Sandy for how he’s doing post-surgery. Sandy told me that she has begun taking Cory on mini-walks to help strengthen the muscles in his hind end. She sounded absolutely thrilled over the phone as she explained to me how she took Cory up a rather steep hill and back down several times, as well as had him take a single step up and down, and he was able to do it all without any apparent pain or difficulty.

Though his front shoulder arthritis is not related to the surgery, Sandy told me that he didn’t have any apparent pain in his front shoulder during the exercise. We hope that his pain medications are starting to kick in for him so he can enjoy being pain-free =)

Sandy did mention that today she had him performing some exercises taking steps one at a time, and on one of his attempts, he lost his balance. So, progress is going to be slow, as expected, but nonetheless he is showing great progress.

More soon!

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Video of Cory after spine surgery caused by Cauda Equina Syndrome

April 6th, 2010 4 comments

Here’s that video I promised. It shows Cory on his first day back home after spine surgery for a herniated disc caused by Cauda Equina Syndrome.

You can see him limping on his front legs, which is caused by arthritis and is unrelated to the surgery. Before the surgery, Cory was losing control of his hind legs due to the herniated disc pinching off the nerve in his spine. His hind end is still a little wobbly, as you’ll see in this video, but it’s a vast improvement over what it used to be. Furthermore, the doctor says that it’ll take 4 weeks for the benefits of the surgery to really kick in, since there is still a ton of swelling in his spine from the surgery.

The really big wow factor about this video is that just 24 hours earlier, we visited Cory at the hospital, and he was unable to move any part of his body except his eyes. We were all horrified by that experience, and expecting the worst when we picked him up from the hospital. You can imagine our surprise and delight when Cory was bright-eyed, cheerful, and mobile when we picked him up.


There’s No Place Like Home

April 5th, 2010 1 comment

The bare place on his back makes Cory get cold easily, so I keep him comfortable with this blanket.  The kitty likes to share it with Cory.

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Pictures from Cory’s return home

April 2nd, 2010 4 comments

I don’t even know where to begin… Cory’s return home last night was nothing short of shocking for myself, Jay, and Sandy. Cory wasn’t the vegetable that we had all experienced in the previous two days… his turnaround was seemingly miraculous to us all.

He was Cory. Our Cory.

Perky, excited, happy, engaging, and alive.

That’s how he was. How he went from being unable to even move his body to back to his old self completely blew us away. We knew he was a fighter, but his recovery was absolutely amazing.

We brought him home with a pair of support “shorts” that the doctor gave us to support his hind end while he recovers from surgery. He isn’t supposed to be allowed to walk on non-carpeted surfaces because he might slip and fall, which could reinjure his spine while it recovers from surgery.

Here are some pictures of the shorts:

Cory in shorts

Cory in shorts

Cory in shorts

Cory's shorts

Cory in shorts

Another shot

After about 10 minutes, we took his shorts off and allowed him to walk freely (as he was obviously becoming quite annoyed by the fact that we had to support him wherever he wanted to go). We got him onto the carpet and watched him as he took a few wobbly steps.

We took turns sitting at either side of the room and calling him to us, rewarding him with treats when he reached us. This was exactly how we trained him to come when called as a puppy.

Of course, he loved the game, and after a few rounds he noticeably improved his coordination. He had trouble turning around and backing up, but the doctor told us that the benefits of the surgery should become quite apparent after 4 weeks, when the swelling and inflamation in his spine has disappeared.

After a while, he wanted to lay down, but this posed quite a problem for him. He tried to lay down, but was obviously feeling a little unwieldy in his hind end, so he would stop and just stand back up. We watched him eagerly as he tried a few more times to lay down, being unsuccessful. Sandy tried to help him physically, but that only confused him and made him less willing to try.

After a few more attempts, he got a great idea: he leaned up against the couch while he lowered himself down to the laying position. We thought that was quite smart of him =)

Here’s our happy boy enjoying his first relaxing moments back home. Doesn’t he look happy?

Cory grinning

Cory grinning

home at last

Home at last

I also shot a video of Cory so you can see his movement. I’ll post it later… all for now!

Cory to be released from the hospital today!

April 1st, 2010 1 comment

Great news! I just heard from Sandy, who just heard from the hospital that Cory’s doctor has evaluated him and cleared him for release from the hospital today. We plan to pick him up after work and bring him home tonight.

We are expecting that he’ll need a lot of extra-special care and attention while he heals from surgery, and we are ready to give him whatever he needs. Amelia (Cory’s nurse) has said that he’s eating his food now with a ravenous appetite, gobbling food up “in less than 2 seconds.” That’s a far cry from what any of us witnessed during our visits with him at the hospital, but it sure sounds like our Cory. That news has greatly heartened us all and we can’t wait to bring him back home.

I’ll have pictures and more news later, after we bring him home.

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Photos from my visit with Cory last night

March 31st, 2010 4 comments

Last night around 9:30pm I decided to visit Cory. He’s in an animal hospital about 25 minutes from where I live, so I took the drive out there, feeling both nervous and excited at the same time. I had visions of him walking over to me, wagging his tail as soon as he saw me and burying his head in my hands during a joyful reunion. Unfortunately, my expectations were far too high.

I waited in a small examination room for them to bring Cory in. After about a half hour, a man brought Cory into the room, carrying him in his arms, and he laid Cory down on a pillow in the room. I stayed for about 45 minutes as I got down on the floor to pet him, talk with him, and tell him about all the fun things he can look forward to doing.

His body stayed motionless the entire time; he was only able to move his eyes. Twice he tried to lift his head but was only able to move it about an inch. He was heavily drugged on pain killers and extremely sedated, but he stayed awake and looked at me while I talked to him.

I noted that when I mentioned some of his favorite words like “go to the park,” “go for a swim,” “play,” and “mommy and daddy,” his eyes lit up, became wider and his eyebrows lifted. So I know he was listening and I definitely had his attention.

I called Jay and Sandy and put them on speaker phone so they could talk to Cory. He looked at the phone and listened intently, then peacefully fell asleep. I waited with him for a few more minutes, then told the staff that he had fallen asleep. They took him back to his bed and I went home.

I felt a mixture of emotions; sadness and satisfaction. It was very difficult to see Cory in such a state, but I also think he gained a great sense of peace from my reassurances that everything would be better soon. It’s going to be really tough to get through this difficult time but we are looking ahead to the summer when Cory has his hind legs back. The doctor says he’ll be able to do the things he loves to do again by summer time.

Here are some pictures from the visit last night. I told him about all the words of encouragement and love from you all, and he wants you to know that he’s a fighter and will come through this.

Cory after surgery

Cory after surgery

Cory after surgery

Cory after surgery, from farther away

The incision along Cory's spine

The incision along Cory's spine

Surgery Successful, Cory on the Road to Recovery

March 30th, 2010 No comments

I haven’t talked with the Vet, but Sandy and Jay have, and we were overjoyed last night to get news that the surgery was successful! Rather than remove the herniated disc, the doctor determined that the best course of action was to insert a spacer between the discs, keeping them off and away from the nerve which was previously causing Cory to lose control of his hind legs.

Cory is awake, but they are keeping him on the IV to keep him sedated so he doesn’t move. They want him to be absolutely still for as long as possible to allow the screws, spacer, and everything to set.

Sandy sent me an email this morning with this news:

“I called the hospital about an hour ago and they say that Cory rested comfortably last night. He is still on the IV for pain, but they intend to wean him off of it by this afternoon, and they will offer him food then. We expect that he will need to stay in the hospital until Friday or Saturday.”

I just learned that Cory is not interested in food right now, but that they are being very attentive to him while he recovers. It’s shocking to me to hear that he isn’t interested in food, because that has always been his greatest weakness. Let’s all hope that he regains his appetite soon.

Thank you so much for all the comments, messages, emails, tweets and facebook fan page comments! We really appreciate the outpouring of love and compassion while Cory endures what’s probably one of the most difficult times of his life. We’ll be sure to tell him how much you all care about him =)

I’ll keep you updated as I learn more.

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Cory went in for surgery today

March 30th, 2010 4 comments

Sandy and Jay took him to the Vet for surgery today. He’s going to have spine surgery to repair/remove the herniated disc that’s causing him trouble controlling his hind legs. I visited him this weekend and he was really happy to see me but I sensed that he was embarrassed when his hind end suddenly fell while he was standing in the kitchen. I called him over and massaged him for a little while, which he really enjoyed. We are all nervous but also excited, because we are very hopeful that this surgery will give Cory back the ability to do things he so badly wants to do. Summer is approaching and we want him to be able to swim, catch tennis balls, and just generally be comfortable and happy.

I’m waiting for more news from Sandy, which I’ll post as soon as I get it. Keep your fingers crossed… the road to recovery is long and difficult, but we hope that this will give Cory at least one or two more years of happiness and mobility. He’ll need to be immobile for about 2 months after surgery, and he’ll be spending the next 3-4 nights at the Vet. We aren’t sure if we should visit him or not, because when he sees us he’ll surely think it’s time to go home. We don’t want to get his hopes up and then leave.

What do you think? Should we visit him, or just hold out until we can take him back home with us?

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