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How do parents do it? See their children in pain, I mean. Porter is laying on my office floor, crying in pain, and I am crying along with him. It makes me ache to see him in such obvious pain & discomfort.
I called our vet yesterday to make sure Porter’s progress was on track, and he suggested that we might need to be working him a little harder. Porter will apply light pressure on his leg & foot, but if he has his way about it, he’ll just hobble about on 3 legs. The key to this surgery being successful is for Porter to use his leg right away so it will heal properly.
I took him for a slightly longer walk last night, and on the way back, he laid down in the middle of the road. I had to literally pick him up off the ground, and then apologized to him the rest of the way home. Later on, we did his physical therapy, excercising his leg’s range of motion as you would if a human had hip surgery, and it was clearly bothering him more than the previous night. Adam worked his leg, while I tried to comfort him & keep him from wriggling around. When Porter’s cries & yelps started to escalate, I made Adam stop. I just couldn’t take it anymore.
We have a follow-up appointment this morning with Dr. Taylor, and I think that well help ease my mind that we are doing what we should in terms of his recovery. I of course fear that we’re either working him too hard, or not hard enough. Adam & I did let Porter know that we paid good money for that hip, and he damn well better use it! We’ll have none of this 3-leg hobbling nonsense.
We tried not to dwell on the fact that Porter was having major surgery in less than a week. It was a gorgeous weekend. A day so hot that I was grateful for the breeze. I worked in the garden & took a nap in the sun; Porter joined me even though he was so hot, his tongue hung out of the side of his mouth. He also hung out with Riley-cat. He did his best to forget about Thursday.
One of my favorite websites/blogs is Post Secret, and every Sunday they rotate out the secrets for a new batch. This Sunday’s secrets are particularly sweet & funny, dedicated to all the dads out there. I loved reading about the little things dads said to their kids, especially this one. I am sure that if we had outlet malls in Juneau, he would have said this very thing to me.
So I’m wondering ~
What size are your photos when you transfer from your camera? It seems to take FOR-ever to download photos into a post, & I just don’t have the patience for that. I’m sure it’s just because the photo size is too large; I don’t think it’s my laptop as we just got it in December & it’s pretty speedy.
What photo software are you using? Photoshop? It’s on my wish list, but am currently using the crappy software that came with my printer. Also on my wishlist is a new printer/scanner because I broke the glass scanner piece in a fit of anger. Yes, I know I have issues.
I consider myself fairly computer literate, but not when it comes to photo editing, and basically anything to do with the web. I havn’t even figured out how to add a photo in the title to my blog without it being HUGE!
I’ve got a couple things to post on my sad, empty etsy site, but have putting it off because it takes so damn long to upload my pictures to my blog, I fear it will take just as long on etsy.
Oh, one more very important question ~ all the amazing photos on everyone’s Inspiration Fridays, are you taking them from the magazine’s website, or are you scanning & downloading?
Doodles is at the vet, awaiting x-rays on his back legs. We saw the nicest, nicest vet yesterday, Dr. Taylor, and as it turns out, all 4 of Porter’s legs are hurting him. Dr. Taylor said it was most likely (and I can’t remember the actual name for it) growing pains, but that it can be quite painful & last for upwards of 8 months. I always wondered how Porter felt in his body because man, that dog grew fast! If it is growing pains, and that is the condition Dr. Taylor said we were hoping for, I guess that answers my question of whether or not it hurts his bones to grow so rapidly.
I just had to share that I’m so happy to have some new visitors! Ladies, I swear one of these days I’ll get some crafting done & post some photos so I actually fit into this world of crafting & cottage blogs that I so admire. Once the days hit above 50 degrees, I spend as much time as possible outdoors, and creating a garden in our new home has me fairly preoccupied. You really have no idea how inspirational it is to read your blogs, though. To see the photos of your homes, what you’ve created, and to know there are so many like-minded women out there really is amazing.