Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Years Day 2012

AP here:
2011 was a horrid year for Tonka with all his medical problems so we were happy to see it go. This morning we got up around 5:00 and at 6:00 I was sitting having my coffee and he was laying next to the chair. All of a sudden he rolled onto his back and belly'd up for just a few seconds. Now you may be thinking "big deal" but it is - IT IS A HUGE DEAL! Tonka used to belly up every night to be brushed and he has not physically been able to do that for the past 2 months.
Granted it was just for a brief instant but I am thrilled.
The whole day has been great.

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This was the beginning of our morning walk today. It did not last long before it became a drag and a scuff but he was actually lifting his foot.

This afternoon we picked up Carol and Nala and went to the park and he did really well. His knee seems to be floating a bit because his foot twists outward and his hip is not quite right but it was a real walk and lift not a drag and knuckle. He has not been this good since a month ago. I don't want to jinx it because a month ago we were here and then slid backwards but this is at least going back in the right direction. They tried some new things at Physical Therapy last week and I believe it really made a difference.

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Add this to the fact that he has not had to wear the belly band for a week and that my friends is PROGRESS! He has lost 5 pounds in a week and some of that is definitely muscle mass but I think once we get the cart and get back to being able to go further he will build the muscle back up.

Happy 2012 :)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

A very happy 2012, indeed! I'm so glad the big boy is improving!

Tina and Liam

Tonka said...

Happy 2012 Tina and Liam and the pack!
His walk this morning was not the best but I think he is still a little tired from yesterday. the Physical Therapy session the other day really seemed to release something or allow something to flow again - not sure. I am just thankful for whatever mobility we get back.

Anonymous said...

WOOHO TONKA .. YOU LOOK GREAT AND I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU AND ALICE ARE OFF TO A GOOD START IN A NEW YEAR !

HUGS,
BUTTERCUP & PAT