This past week was really rough.
As you know, through the last half of November Jersey had been doing really well, and we figured it was time to try weaning him off his medications. On Nov 30th (12 days ago) we cut those back by about 50%. Straight away he started having muscle (neck & shoulder) spasms again. Yikes! We took the hint, & immediately put him back on his regular dosage, on Dec 4th.
Trouble was, it took 5 or 6 days of being back on his regular dosage to get the spasms and pain under control again. Those 5-6 days were HARD. Mornings seemed to be the toughest time for him, and I was spending 15 minutes every day before work massaging his neck and helping him through a spasm. Then I had to leave him in his crate, and just hope he was okay without me all day. It was horrible.
I’ve been emailing with his Neurologist who is concerned that Jersey is still in pain 7 weeks post surgery. Apparently this is not exactly normal, but not entirely unheard of either. Jersey just seems to be one of the unlucky ones… which, unfortunately, seems to be the story of my sweet boy’s life. He just can’t catch a break.
In an ideal world we could bring him back into the Specialist Vet to see his Neurology team again so they could rule out anything big. However, the clinic is an 8 hour drive away. 8 hours over several very snowy mountain passes. I am 7.5 months pregnant, and the journey is just not a safe one for me to make right now. Not to mention, both my husband and I are absolutely maxed out for time off work. I took a last-minute week off work to deal with his surgery last month, and doing it again could very well result in the loss of my job.
The good news is that the last 48 hours have been much better. We seem to have gotten ahead of his pain, and gotten it back under control. We’re hoping that this was just a bump in the road of his recovery, and that if we just keep him medicated and rested for a bit longer we’ll eventually be out of the woods. We will get him back in to see his neurologist as soon as we can… and my fingers are crossed that when that does happen, it will just be for a standard check up, and not for anything more serious.
I wish I had a crystal ball and knew what the future held. For now, I am just trying to do what’s best for this boy of mine, and keep him comfortable and relaxed.