The patient is resting comfortably – more or less. There have been a few tough days, but all in all he is doing well, is in great spirits and has been very, very brave.
Lest you think he is suffering too greatly, please note that whatever his burdens, starvation is not among them.
The temporary quarters in the poolhouse are working quite well – no pesky stairs, and it’s just a short sprint with the walker to sit by the pool for a scenery change .
The CE’s loss became our art project:
The other animals are a bit perplexed, but they’re adjusting to the new routine. Victoria has been taking the dogs to the beach a lot, so Chloe and Soho are in no hurry for the CE to recover.
Speaking of recovery, the first post-op appointment was last Thursday. It was a tough ride in the car – eighty miles each way, and very difficult, painful work for the CE to walker himself from the parking lot to the doctor’s office and back. Then there was the really hard part – they sawed off our beautifully decorated cast and examined the incision. The CE said he knew it was bad when they exposed the foot and the surgeon asked for the curtain to be drawn. Not, most definitely, not pretty.
He will return for another appointment next week. In the meantime, they sacrificed our artwork for a snappy purple cast that blessedly weighs only about half as much as the previous one.
It has been a very, very busy week so I apologize for all the unanswered emails and unreturned phone calls. We’re hoping things will get easier as we go along and that life will return to something approaching normal. The way I see it, the harder I work at getting him well, the sooner he will look like this again: