Big Dog Update
Yesterday turned into a Big Dog management day. Meaning…I spent all morning and the early afternoon focused on him. After dh and ds left for work/school, I took a minuted to check Big Dog’s wound…And discovered that his leg had been wrapped way too tight cutting off circulation to his paw and his paw had blown up hugely. I immediately unwrapped his leg and then placed his paw up on a pillow so it was above his heart (he was laying down). I then placed the pillow on my lap to get his paw up higher. Eventually, the swelling became a bit more diffuse and softer and I massaged some of the fluid up into his leg. After a few hours, it was still blown up and so I got him up and we wandered around in the yard for a while to help with circulation. It actually took 7 hours for the paw to look pretty much normal again! Luckily, basic edema management is part of what I do at work, so I had a good idea of what to do with the dog’s paw.
I don’t really fault the vet as I know that wrapping wounds can be tricky business, there is a fine line between good and snug (especially on an animal that needs snugness to keep the wrapping in place) and too tight. Good thing for Big Dog that I was on top of it! He seems fine today…Though I am sure he would be okay with me holding his paw in my lap and massaging it again today! 😉
So…I am glad that the dog has been a distraction because I just feel sort of hollow and empty. Like, I am not feeling much of anything…except maybe exhaustion.
I have yoga today and while I am looking forward to it, I just feel kind of flat and not as excited about it as I usually am. I know it’s not the yoga…It’s me…Just flat. I am hoping yoga will help center me (it pretty much always does) and maybe I can get back in touch with my feelings. We shall see.