It’s now been 1 year (and some change– but who’s counting?) since Jersey’s neck/spinal surgery. In looking back, his surgery feels so long ago because so much has happened since then. It’s weird to think it’s only been 1 year.
I am happy to report that at this anniversary, Jersey is doing beautifully. You would have never guessed that a year ago he was having surgery to repair FOUR bulging discs in his neck that were causing him extreme pain. The four bulging discs sound impressive, but to be honest with you, the worst part of Jersey’s experience was not the surgery, and not the days leading up to surgery… but in his long, complicated recovery.
As many of you know, Jersey remained painful for nearly 6 whole months following his procedure to repair those discs. Most dogs are able to get off all pain medications within weeks, but at months in Jersey was still dependent on muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, and pain meds to keep him comfortable. It was so, so, so difficult to navigate that with him. He is such a sweet, loving boy who didn’t deserve any of that horribleness.
Fortunately though, today he is like a brand new dog. It took a lot of time, another visit to the CanWest, another CTscan, and another round of heavy steroids.. But since May he has been medication AND pain free and it back to his normal, happy, cuddly self.
I try not to live in fear that this might happen again to him (or to Oslo!) but worrying never helped anyone or stopped anything bad from happening.. So we just take basic precautions, try to keep his delicate spine protected, and try to keep a positive attitude. Oh, and we love them. We love these boys just so, so, so hard every single day.
One year ago….