Friday, October 12, 2012

Days go By (Some Good, Some Bad)

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So this month is actually the one year mark for the start of Tonka's journey down this strange road of neurological weirdness. We have gone from a limp on the left leg, to no use then to full use only to have the right leg fail and not recover. The month of September was the worst of the year with both legs deciding not to work at the same time. With no mobility at all the only option was a harness to carry him around in. We have gone from dribbling when standing to now full on incontinence. Tonka no longer has control of either bladder or bowel functions and has to be expressed every 4 to 6 hours to prevent urinary tract infections or kidney problems.

The year has been full of ups and downs and constant rearrangement of schedules and routines.  Different Doctors and various medications all of which have left us with no answers and in the case of some medications have made him worse while on them. The things that consistently help him are therapy, both manual and aquatic and his connection to people.

It is easy to lose sight of the goal when the daily tasks of his care become somewhat overwhelming. I will admit that we have had some bad days. Tonka and I are very fortunate to have a great group of people that surround and support us. We have had some progress in the past 2 weeks, its all baby steps but we will take baby steps and be happy.

Tonight we had a session on the underwater treadmill at the Canine Fitness Center in Crownsville and although our afternoon started off rocky with Tonka tipping himself over in his wheels it ended in success. *** no harm came to the Tonk everyone checked him out to make sure he was OK.


Luck and Penny said...

He looks great in the water ! Very nice to see him working those legs so well.

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Tina said...

Look at him go! Good job, Tonka Man <3