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Life Through Hudson's Eyes

Hudson's life after his Osteosarcoma diagnosis.

Life Through Hudson's Eyes

The Slow Journey to Recovery

April 27th, 2018 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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Hi Again!

I have not been posting as frequently lately because I have been conserving my energy by making sure to get plenty of rest in the comfort of my big cozy crate.

Yesterday, I was home with my Eddy again. While he worked from home I slept the day away. When I went for my afternoon walk I saw the Tripawd man again! He is the best. He always gives me the best treats.

That night, my uncle Derek came over again (loving all these visits). While he was over I laid down in the living room with everyone, but left to go back to my crate when all their shouts of both excitement and anger at the big bright box got too loud for me (they were watching something about hoomans with sticks fighting over a flat ball…not sure what thats all about).

And that was pretty much it for yesterday. Super lazy day.

Today started out pretty much the same, except that Mommy was home with me. Oh, and also, it was raining so hard today. Mommy and Eddy outfitted me in something they called a “poncho”… but I could tell it was just a garbage bag with holes. Anyways, I guess they must have knew what they were doing because I stayed dry as could be where my bandages were. After my exciting excursion outside in the rain, I spent the rest of Mommy’s work day sleeping, refusing food, and being kinda grumpy (I think it might be this medicine that is throwing me off).

Later that day, when Eddy got home, I finally decided it was time to dig out my favourite balls and have a little play. I was a bit hesitant at first to go after the balls, even though Mommy and Eddy were only gently rolling them towards me. But, after a while, I got my footing under me, and I was determined to stop any ball headed in my direction. My pawrents were so pleased to see me playing again. I will have to make sure to do it more often. It IS super fun!

Nothing much more to report from me lately. I have mostly just been lying down in my crate day dreaming about when I can run, hike, swim, and jump again.

Oh, one last thing. My Mommy and Eddy briefly mentioned that I might see my Blair tomorrow! I am so excited!!! I think it may even be for a sleep over. So stay tuned! I am pumped!

Love, Hudson.


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Exciting Visits and Plenty of Rest

April 25th, 2018 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

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Hi Everyone!

The last few days have continued to be very restful ones for me. When I am not getting up for a bowl full of kibbies, a slurp of water, or a short walk in the fresh air, I am tucking myself in to my comforting crate, my den. I mostly just go in there to lie down, to allow my body to rest. My mind, on the other hand, remains awake the majority of the time, which I think may be because of those white pills I see in the little peanut butter balls I get at distinct time intervals. But, regardless, I am giving my body time to get back to tip top Huddy shape, which is the whole goal! Mommy and Eddy have been commenting on how well everything is healing up when they change my bandages. Thats certainly reassuring!

But enough about my sleeps… I had some visitors yesterday!

Yesterday my Eddy worked from home to keep me company. In the afternoon, after my lunchtime walk, I was surprised to find out that my Eddy would be leaving me for a little bit to go to work, and in replacement I got to see my hooman friend Erin! My bum was super wiggly to see someone other than my pawrents at home. I was still super sleepy for her visit, so I mostly lay in my crate. But, it was still so awesome to see another familiar friendly face.

And thats not all! Not long after my Eddy got back from work, my Blair came for a short visit! I was so pumped to see him again. I think he was amazed by how well I was getting around as a Tripawd so quick after surgery (trick is saving up all that energy from the naps I was getting!).

Shortly after my Blair left, Mommy came home, and I visited her at the front door, my tail wagging, for the first time in a few days. She said she was so happy to see my “sparkle” coming back. I even attempted to play with my favourite ball toys for a bit with my pawrents. They were pretty happy. My Eddy even filled my little treat ball with kibbies, and I had some fun tossing/nudging/pawing at the ball to get the kibbies out.

My evening ended with one last visitor, my uncle Derek! I couldn’t believe that I had another visitor today. I don’t think the day could have gotten any better. I felt so great, and more like myself, that I even lay down on the carpet in our living room, for the first time since Friday, so I could hang out with everyone.

And that was pretty much it for my Monday. Not to shabby of a day, eh?

Today was a lot more restful. My Mommy was working from home today. She made sure to come and give me occasional pats and passing words of love as I lay in my crate while she worked.

When my Eddy came home we all went for a car ride to go see my Dr. again. This time he mostly just talked to my pawrents. He did briefly look me over to see how I was healing, and he didn’t give me any pokes or concerned looks, so I think I must be doing okay! My incision spot started getting real itchy, so he gave me a gentle scratch over my stitches. It felt so good! Him and my Mommy then bandaged me up again, put me in my Batman shirt, and I was out of there.

The rest of my day has been pretty restful, just chillen in my crate (Literally chillen. My pawrents got me one of those self cooling mats for my crate!). I get worked up when I go to the Dr. sometimes, so I have been very sleepy since then.

Until next time!

Love, Hudson.

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Sleep, Sleep, and More Sleep!

April 23rd, 2018 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Hudson:

Hi Everyone,

Sleep, eat, poop, repeat. That was the rhythm of my day. After Mommy and Eddy figured out that the only place I would settle from all my restlessness was in my crate, thats where I got the much needed rest my body so desperately desired.

By far the highlights of my day was spending time in the (finally) warmer sun. We didn’t walk too much. I mostly hopped a few metres then would plop my bum down and take in all the sights and smells. But, I made sure to make these times in the sun last. A walk that would usually take me only 5 minutes I could now stretch into 30. I really liked the cool grass under my paws, and watching all the birds fly overhead. On one of my ventures I even saw a man who had a leg missing. He was super cool (and not just because he gave me treats)!

Other than that my day was spent in the bedroom in my crate while my Mommy and Eddy either read, slept or watched movies. Not the most exciting day of my life, but certainly one of the more restful days! I cannot wait for this recovery to hurry up so I can get back to my normal hyper self.

Love, Hudson.

Hudson’s Mommy:

I am very thankful that Hudson has been able to calm down and get lots of rest today. Heck, even Hudson’s Eddy and I got to rest almost all day too. Double bonus!

I don’t have much more to report on the day than Hudson did, except to add a little spice of nerdiness. While Hudson was sleeping we watched “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”. I hadn’t watched that movie in ages. I was very surprised to find that I could draw many similarities in that movie to what we are all going through right now together.

Firstly, there is a conversation between Frodo and Gandalf that really struck home with what we are going through. It is as follows:

Frodo Baggins: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

This quote hit me because I feel like Frodo does. I wish Hudson’s cancer had never happened. That he was still his happy 4-legged self, who doesn’t have to be in pain right now, or go through chemo later. But, as Gandalf suggests, this is not something to dwell on. We need to continue to make the most of our time together and be as positive as possible.

The second similarity I found in the movie is the unwavering bond between Frodo and Sam. Frodo is tasked to destroy the ring of evil, and Sam is by his side no matter what. To support his friend through this incredibly difficult time.

In this example Frodo is Hudson, who has been given the task of attempting to beat (or at least delay) his cancer. And Eddy and I are his faithful Samwise, there for him through the thick and thin. Never to leave his side, even when the going gets tough.

Love, Hudson’s Mommy

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Rough Stage of Recovery

April 22nd, 2018 · 14 Comments · Uncategorized

Hudson:

Hello again!

I am not going to lie, today was rough. I haven’t been able to sleep much. I was up several times throughout the night. I would yelp out in pain. Sometimes I don’t even know why. I wouldn’t even be doing anything that would make me hurt. Mommy and Eddy think I might have phantom limb pain. Sounds pretty spooky to me, so maybe thats it?

In addition to these yelps, I was restless nearly all night/day after 3:00am. I could barely sleep a wink all day. I kept pacing back and forth on the kitchen floor. When I did sit, it was only for a few seconds, then I would be back to my pacing. When I was finally able to lie down, it was only for a maximum of 30 minutes.

The only joy I had today was going outside to use the bathroom. I enjoyed the warmer spring day, taking frequent sits in the sun and people/puppy watching. Inside, not even brand new chews would cheer me up.

I hope tomorrow will be a better day. I will let Mommy post a little bit today, as I don’t have much to report today.

Love, Hudson.

Hudson’s Mommy:

It has been a very tiring and stressful day today for myself and Hudson’s Eddy. We woke up several hours of the night trying to get him to calm down and settle. We finally gave up around 5:00am and took him outside. He seemed much happier to be out in the cold morning air.

The rest of the day was much the same for Hudson. Pacing, yelps, excessive panting, inability to sit still or lie down. He had seemed to be doing so well with his recovery up to this point, that today was really discouraging. As the day progressed his tail was down between his legs. It made us so sad to think that today high quality of life was not very high. But, doing some research on the Tripawds forum showed us that this is an all too common occurrence for resent amputees and their pawrents.

We called the vet several times to ask for advice. From those talks he was prescribed to have Tramadol given more frequently at a slightly higher dose to help manage his pain better. We are really hoping this change will help him get back to the bed rest he so desperately needs.

We got really nervous tonight when we saw that his front right paw that is supporting the front of his body seemed to be bent at a more severe angle than usual. But, this is probably due to being on this paw all day long, as well as him not having the strength he needs to fully support himself.

I called the vet again tonight to ask for some tips for getting Hudson to settle tonight, and they suggested we bring his big crate into the bedroom to confine him more and hopefully force him to lie down. Voila, it has worked… for now.

Here’s hoping we have a happier pup tomorrow… as well as two more well rested pawrents.

Love, Huddy’s Mommy.

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Post Surgery Days 2 and 3

April 21st, 2018 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Hi Everyone!

I was feeling a little sleepy yesterday, so I thought I could just combine my pupdates of post surgery days 2 and 3 together!

Yesterday I got to spend the majority of the day with my Eddy because he got to work from home (my Mommy had to go in to work. Boo!). I spent most of the day taking long naps. I only really got up for kibbies, and the occasional time to use the potty.

But, around 6:00pm my Mommy finally came home, and it was time to use up some of that stored energy from all the sleeps. All three of us had a fun play with all my toys. It was a blast! Then, to calm me down again, my pawrents gave me a yummy chew. I must have been chewing that for an hour. It lasted so long! Maybe it seemed to last so long because I had a hard time getting a good grip on it (using only one paw is very difficult).

Then, not long after I finished my chew, it was time for my bedtime walk. Everyone was amazed by how well I was getting around so quick after surgery. Strangers were giving me all sorts of compliments and pats. It felt so nice. My Mommy told me I looked so handsome last night, so I let her take a photo with me. I think I don’t look half bad, all things considered.

After my bedtime pee, it wasn’t long until I settled back for another much needed beauty sleep. All in all it was a very restful day, which I am sure my fellow Tripawds would say is a good thing.

Day 3 started much the same as yesterday. Except…when I went on my morning walk… I POOPED 2 TIMES!!!! This is especially exciting because I haven’t done this since I came home. I felt so good that Mommy had to try and stop me from doing the happy poop dance.

When we got back in from my morning walk, I got real sleepy again and napped for the majority of the morning and early afternoon. Today, it was my Mommy who stayed home to work. She made sure I got constant love, in between sleepy times, and occasionally applied a cold pack to some swollen spots on my chest.

Throughout the day Mommy paid close attention to the spread of my bruising and fluid build up, as this was something that had increased rapidly since the previous night. She ended up calling my Dr. to go in for a check-up just to be sure (I think she might be a little worried about me, given everything that has happened). Eddy came home a little early to help me get in the car. He sat in the back with me to help me keep my balance, as I don’t like lying down in the car on small car rides.

When the Dr. came in he had all sorts of pads and bandages in his hand. I gave them a good sniff, and they didn’t seem so bad. So, I let him put on the bandages. He said that should help hold the fluid closer to my belly/chest to help my body reabsorb it. I really like my new bandage because it provides a cushy pillow over my stitches. Now, it doesn’t hurt so much when I lay on that side.

I got a little worked up at the Dr. So, when I got home I was exhausted and got right back to resting. Not long after that I was out for my bedtime walk (POOPED AGAIN!!), and now I am tucked back into bed for another long sleep. I hope tomorrow my swelling goes down. My Mommy and Eddy have noticed a little change in me today from my other two recovery days. I have been yelping a bit more often. But, I hope these temporary moments of pain start to reduce in frequency as I continue on my journey to recovery.

Talk to you all again tomorrow.

Love, Hudson.

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