My sweet baby girl is home! Her surgery was yesterday morning and it went well. They put her tibia in the new position but also had to remove her meniscus. That is apparently pretty common. Hers was so bad that it all ended up in the garbage can. I thought it was damaged because I would hear her joint pop. Like I hear mine! I hope I get to keep mine...
I took the day off which was a bit of a waste since she wasn't discharged until 3PM and I normally work until 4. While I could have chosen to work from home, that is hard for me. My dining room table is not ergonomic, which means I am sore typing and looking at my small laptop screen. So, I prepared for my weekend alone at camp. I think baby girl will be fine with daddy -- although I couldn't handle her on my own because she needs to be assisted with a sling under her belly.
She can walk a little but the orders are for her to rest. Peeing in the yard for the first time was hard for her -- she did not want to bend the knee. But she did it. We have her on pain meds, a tranq, and antibiotics. Of course this dog will never refuse food and has been eating fine. She whimpered when I was in the kitchen cooking without her and she didn't like not sitting with us while we ate dinner. Her confinement isn't as bad as it could be as we are not crating her -- she has her own futon which is blocked in on all four sides.
I hope we do everything right for the next 12 weeks. If we can keep her lean and be careful, the arthritis due to the missing meniscus hopefully won't get bad. It will be wonderful if her ligament stays intact on the other leg. Going through this again does not appeal to me in the least!
Everyone at the vet's office raved about how sweet she was. Our vet was in late in the evening to check on her too. They told me she was very cooperative and well-behaved but they could tell she wanted to be home. We had to be careful when I went in to get her because she got so worked up. Now we are aiming to keep her as calm as we can. If only the next twelve weeks could take place in warp speed -- calm is not her forte!