Sunday, April 22, 2007

Update on my Iliopsoas muscle strain - JUSTICE PLEASE!

Remember I told you about my very very very mildly strained Iliopsoas muscle (groin muscle), that only mum noticed because she thought my gait was different? No, I wasn't limping. "She" is paranoid!

You know, the very very very mild muscle strain that my rehab vet Dr. Bowra didn't even notice at first until he gave me a nice good-bye rub down and I yelped?

You know, the very very very very mild muscle strain that mum has decided to keep me leash bound (and sneaking out to the beach with STINKY without ME!!! Yes, I KNOW everything)??

You know, the very very very very very mild muscle strain that EVERYBODY thinks I'm fine except mum???

See, just watch my gait, do you see ANYTHING wrong????

Did I have any problem meeting that dog? Did I have problem lifting my leg at the tree and marking it? Did I have any problem covering up my marking spot by kicking back? (I sometimes sort of walk slanted because of the position of the leash)

Watch again, um.... the video is pretty self explanatory. Yes, that's MY grass.

Again, did I have problems marking MY grass and covering it up? (mum: you totally missed the spot)

Lastly, did I have any problem flirting with this handsome fella?? His mum made a comment saying "your dog really looks like a DOLL....." Took mum's un-Airedale brain a while to figure that one out, and she gave a lame response about me having lots of hair hence, looking like a doll. (I think that's what she was trying to say anyway, you just never know about those un-Airedale brains)

So REALLY, WHY should I have to be on-leash when I'm obviously fine?????

(mum: Her gait is NOT RIGHT!! Hehe..

But really, her muscle is still sore, I can tell from her reaction when I massage it. However, like all Airedales, Sunshade is EXTREMELY stoic. She would rather take the pain, have her fun and suffer later. This is why I have to be strict with her right now, so she'd be ready for her summer fun. It is a mild strain, so it shouldn't take long to heal as long as I can be strict...... I have to admit it is VERY hard to only take her out for short/controlled leash walks and then leaving her home by herself and taking Jaffa out to the beach/etc....)

WHY WHY WHY?? Can somebody talk some sense into my mum?? I had already had my K-laser treatments (3/17/07) which had similar effects as acupuncture.

These protective goggles were for hoomans to wear to protect their eyes from the laser. Of course, mum just had to put a pair of them on me and my comfort buddy

Getting the laser treatment.

A close up, (yes, mum shaved my perfectly shaped belly, so my hair won't get in the way. Yes, my belly is perfect.)

These are photos of me and Tiffany.

We've known each other since 2003, and she's watched me recovered from my two TPLO's, and she LOVES me (who wouldn't anyway?)!!!

I had my re-check couple weeks ago, and Dr. Bowra again told mum that the strain is SOOOOO mild (yes, he said it with 5 "O's"), most people don't pick up on this type of injury, but of course, her sharp eyes did. He said usually when people don't notice the mild muscle strain, dogs are still allowed to run around freely without being too lame afterwards. But he said, knowing mum, he knew mum wouldn't be happy if this turned into a nagging injury. So he suggested to do controlled, leash walks, and slowly strengthen the muscle by increasing the walking time by 10-15% each week. Basically, his suggestion was to calm MUM's mind. All my vets know my mum soooo well... I wanna cry...

Anyway.. I gotta tough it out for a couple more weeks...

Sigh... I never thought life of an Airedale could be so tough at times..... (mum: what about life of an Airedale MUM??? I gotta see your sad eyes and watch you sulk everyday!!!)


Duke said...

My heart just goes out to you Sunshade! I see nothing wrong with your gait! You lift your foot to pee like I do sometimes too! Two more weeks of leash! Sheesh! Your mom is tuff!

Love ya lots,

Toby said...

Hmm, after a close examination of both your videos, I would have to agree with you. I don't see anything wrong with your gait either. But then like Mommy likes to say..."Mommy knows best".

My Mommy is the same way. Sshhh, don't tell your Mom, but I think they suffer from a condtion alled "Paranoia". Uh-huh.

Trust me, I totally understand. Every single little thing, and straight to the vet I go!!! Ggrrrrr....

But then again, I guess it's better to be safe rather than sorry, right??


Maggie said...

i totaly know what you mean . last year i had a verrrrrrry+1000 mild leg wound and my EVIL mom would not walk me for a whole 4 months . that kinda stuff should not be legal (maggies mom ; i totaly agree with you sunshade's mom about the airedale mom comment ....)

Boo Casanova said...

ah sunshade, r u wearing that goggles to show bogie that you are as pretty as him being handsome?? did you notice oscar recently has one too!

wet wet licks


Anonymous said...

You look good in shades, girl! Hang in there for the walks - at least you get to go for walks! Some of us don't. Yet.

Myeo said...

You look great in those shades. We hope you get better soon so that you can go for your walks.

Boy n Baby

Fu Fu said...

Aw poor Sunshade.. I hope those treatments will make you feel better. You are such a brave doggie

~ fufu

Oscar's mummy and daddy said...

Aw Sunshade, you are being usch a good, patient girl. Better safe then sorry though, right? Mums do generally know best even though it's annoying to admit.

I just got some Doggles. You can see them if you check my blog. You'd look super cool in a pair!

Oscar x

MJ's doghouse said...

OH Sunshade..i htink you should give your momma a break...she jsut wznts what is best for you...imagine if she didnt care and suddenly you couldn t walk at all..that would be wouldnt be able to shake your little airdale butt for all the boys...

Jackson's J1 and J2 said...

It's so boring being on restricted exercise isn't it? I haven't been allowed to run since last August because of my neck problems!!! That laser treatment looks interesting! J x

Sophie Brador said...

Hey Sunshade, I'm pretty stoic too. I tried to convince my mom that I didn't have a torn ligament in my knee for ages because I just knew she would take my tennis ball away. People are just so bloody careful about everything. But your glasses are so cool, it might be worth relenting on this one.

Luckie Girl said...

Hey Sunshade,
Aww...hang in there for a few more weeks, I'm sure the worse will be over soon.
PS : You look great in your shades...I can tell you are getting ready for the beach! Woo hoo!!

jaffeboy said...

Poor baby. I understand what U R going thru. I hope your mum can see that U've "recovered" & let you run free again!!!

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

awwwww! You are even sweeter with the sunglasses on you know!

Miss Sunshade, we have been looking out for your present to me which you told me about on my Blog last week, but nothing has arrived yet!

Just wanted you to know, in case you thought we were being rude not acknowledging it! I will keep waiting by the front door from now on, every day until it comes!

love and licks, Marvin xxxxx

Anonymous said...

juz a couple more weeks yah..hang in there! oooh u look sooo cool in ur super shades! i could almost fall in luv wit ya. lol.

hope u recover soon... to hav more fun walkies!!!! ;)

lotsa luv & licks,

wally said...

Oh man--that's rough! You'd better get some extra trips to the beach without the Stinky as a reward when you are all healed.

Do you think you pulled your groin muscle doing all that flirting??


Joe Stains said...

sunshade I cant see anything wrong with the way you walk, in fact it looks so RIGHT that I might actually consider liking girls!!!

Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

G'day Miss Sunshade, You look fine to me. Wanna come down and share a toy with me? xxx Asta

Putter said...

Hi Sunshade!

I am thinking of you. Rest up with that muscle. I had that once and it was a long haul for me cause I didn't rest initially. We have learned our lesson. Oh, I got the lasser treatment too, but it scared me cause I don't like things that go ... Beep ... Beep ... Beep ... So I stuck to massage, rest and swimming:) Thanks for coming by my BLOG today ... I just LOVE wearing my coolest ever red shirt:) I will talk to you supe rsoon, okay.

Putter ...:)

Urban Smoothie Read said...

i alwiz thought that d groin muscle prob only happens on male dogs....heheh...

btw, u look xtreme cool n that sunglass.!

L said...

Poor Sunshade. Hopefully you don't feel too much pain. My Mom is paranoid too, but it is for the best. She says it's because we (us doggies) can't talk and something about it better being safe than sorry. I thought it was just MY Mom. Hope you feel better soon and get to go to the beach with Stinky again!

Sweets ^..^

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Sunshade,
All our mom's are overly paranoid in case you haven't already realised it. I get one teeny-weeny pimple and she thinks it's a full blown allergy.. *sheesh*.. but well, I guess it proves their... and dedication to us, which is a good thing!
* You look real cool with those shades *

Amber-Mae said...

Haha, you look like you're enjoying yourself... And those glasses, cool! It didn't hurt did it?

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Anonymous said...

hahaha sunshade it took HM a long time too to first figure out what the lady said in the video, and then to figure out what kind of reply she was expecting with that remark :p

cool sunglasses! :)