Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Down But Not Out….Completely….

on April 7, 2014

First of all, thank you to everyone who has expressed concern over our absence in the blogosphere. We missed everyone and it’s so nice to know that our wonderful little community here cares so much.

Originally I knew I wouldn’t be able to blog for a couple of weeks due to another sudden influx of work – that’s one thing about freelancing, you never know when every client you have is going to dump projects on you simultaneously.

Well, that went fine, I just worked around the clock to get everything done on time. But The Big One was yet to come.

Ever since Daisy tore her ACL and meniscus, we’ve tried to prevent her from jumping on sofas and chairs, and especially off them because of the impact to her body. The surgeon and vet both told us that any dog who has this sort of injury is very likely to have it happen again. In fact, the vet who was on call the night after Daisy came home told us that her small dog did have this injury twice and that we should expect it if she continues to do the same thing that caused the injury.

So we put up a baby gate between the kitchen and family room to stop her from jumping on the sofas. When we’re going to be in there, we pick her up for cuddles and lift her off again when we leave. She’s managed to slip through our vigilant precautions a couple of times, but with the gate up, her evil little plans are thwarted. 😉 We keep all kitchen and dining room chairs tucked under the table or tilted against the table to make them inaccessible, and we have all kinds of stuff blocking the living room sofa and chairs. We’ve even blocked off the space under our beds to stop her from army-crawling underneath in case she hurts herself under there – how could we ever reach her?

Anyway, several days ago Daisy was extremely naughty. After taking her for her morning walk/run, she was eating her breakfast in the kitchen and I was in the family room with the gate up between us. I looked up and suddenly saw her in Poop Position! I screamed, “NO DAISY!” and ran to get her. In my wild Olympic-style hurdle of the gate, my back foot caught on the top of the gate and the gate, which wasn’t firmly in place, came along with me. I couldn’t catch my balance because the gate was stuck on my foot; I knew I was going down.

But on my wild flight, my back must have arched suddenly and I heard a loud CRACK and felt a tremendous pain in my lower back. I hit the floor and a searing pain shot across my lower back relentlessly. I was just like that annoying commercial – I’d fallen and I couldn’t get up.

Naturally, I was alone in the house. It was early in the morning but DH was already out and DD was away for the weekend. Of course!

Fortunately, I’d landed next to the kitchen chair where my purse was and I was able to tilt the purse so my cell phone fell out. I called DH, who was only 10 minutes away, and he came charging home like a knight in shining armor. He’s a strong guy, very muscular, and was able to slo-o-owly lift my 110 lb. body off the floor. It was extremely painful. Since I couldn’t walk, sit, or lie in a way that lessened the pain, he insisted we call the paramedics to take me to the hospital, which scared me to death. I hate hospitals and I hate needles even more, and I was so sure I’d need back surgery.

But he was right, he had to call the paramedics. Out came the police, followed about 10 minutes later by the paramedics. Now, you have to understand that I’m more of a private person and don’t like to be the center of attention, so this was NOT a good situation for me. But the paramedics and police were SO incredibly nice, it really helped me deal with the situation.

So there I was, on our first gorgeous spring day, strapped to a board, choked by a neck brace, and tied to the stretcher like a mummy.

AND I HADN’T HAD MY MORNING SHOWER YET. I looked like a wreck! I think my embarrassment level equaled my pain level!

Anyway, during my 4-hour ER stay, they did x-rays and other tests and determined that, thank God, my spine and spinal cord weren’t affected and the cracking sound was most likely two or three vertebrae crunching together from the abnormal backward arching, but fortunately they didn’t get damaged. The upshot was that it’s a back sprain and will take 2-3 months to heal completely. Yes, MONTHS. Ack!! They also said if I didn’t have any improvement in 2-3 days, I needed to see an orthopedic doctor for an MRI. Fortunately we happen to have a good one who operated on DH’s shoulder last year.

But I am seeing improvements. I’m still extremely limited and can’t go out. I just stopped taking the pain killers and anti-inflammatories today, so maybe I’ll come out of this legal-drug-induced stupor. These meds have me sleeping most of the day and dopey the rest. Ugh.

Daisy keeps gazing at me from afar with big soulful eyes. It’s not her fault that her mommy was stupid enough to vault the gate (though I’ve been doing it ever since her surgery without incident, but I guess it was just a matter of time before one of us took a header).

So DD and DH are taking turns working from home to babysit me. DH has to lower me to the floor for my naps and lift me back up again. Believe me, I appreciate to no end how much my little family is pitching in to help me, but I’m an independent sort, so I’m anxious to do things on my own again. And that’s what they’re most worried about – that I might try to do too much too soon.

Then I got to thinking that we’ve had quite a run within a year’s time: first DH had his shoulder surgery, then Daisy had her ACL/meniscus surgery, and now I had this accident – poor DD is worried that she’s next!

And that, my dear blog friends, is my sad tale of woe. I’m now off for my first 3-hour nap of the day – I can’t wait for these meds to wear off!

Hope you’re all having a better spring than I am! 🙂

49 responses to “Down But Not Out….Completely….

  1. Oh my gosh!!! That is awful. I am so glad you didn’t have a serious injury though. Think of this, now you’ve had your three things go wrong, You should be good for a while. Feel better!!!!!

  2. Oh no, that was a bad day for you. And now you have to deal with that for 2-3 months, that’s so sad. I agree with you, such things always happen when we are alone at home and when we are not really ready to be the “social hub”. Please feel better soon and give the litle fluffy Lady a hug from me :o)

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Easy! It figures that this would happen right when winter is letting go and we’re all about to get out into the sunshine again! At least I can look out the window and see daffodils blooming and trees budding. 🙂

  3. Will and Eko says:

    When it rains, it pours. Glad to hear even when you’re down, you’re not out – good luck with the recovery!

  4. Kuruk says:

    We send lots and lots of healing wuvwuwvuwv!

  5. katiebblogs says:

    Oh no, what a bad day! So sorry to hear this, just in time for spring too 😦 Take care and good luck! Sendings lots of piggy kisses to you.

  6. kolytyi says:

    OMG, OMG!!!! It seems that since Daisy cannot carry out her ideas, she put them into her mom’s head. There is only one solution, I think: instead of baby gates, you need ADULT gates, furniture of Japanese style, tatami mats, etc.

  7. barb19 says:

    Oh dear, what a catastrophe. You and the family are having a terrible time of it. Good to hear you are down but not out so to speak, and I hope your recovery is as quick as it can be; don’t rush it.
    I guess the baby gate is no longer in use!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Barb! Unfortunately the baby gate has to stay there to keep Daisy off the furniture, but we now move it instead of climbing over it. It’s a tall gate, so I can reach it without bending. We do plan to replace it with a door-style gate as soon as we can!

  8. Hope you girls get better soon! Thanks so much for the update, we were really missing you!

  9. Oh my gosh! This is just terrible. I’m so very sorry to hear about your accident and I can imagine that the whole experience has been frightening! It sounds like you’re following doctors orders and that should help you heal well. I can understand DD’s concern for her well-being. But remind her that we always think these things come in 3’s. I think she’s safe…now rest!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Debra, I’ll pass that along to her. 🙂 Why does the idea of resting sound so good when we’re overly busy but feel so endlessly slow when we’re forced to do it? LOL

  10. Misaki says:

    Oh no, I’m so sorry to read this. Hope you’re feeling loads better xxx

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Misaki. It’s going to be a long, slow road, but I’ll get there! As long as there’s no more damage than they’ve seen so far, I should be back to normal by July…. UGH!!!! Sounds like eons away!

  11. Hoda says:

    Blessings on your back!!

    Dare I say there is a reason for everything? Your forced ‘rest’ just may provide you with some new insight, or opportunity OR, what I’ve learned happens very often, the opportunity for those around you to express and put their love into action by being of service to you. 🙂

    Often we think things that happen to us, are only happening to us, when they just might be golden opportunities for others around us to grow in some way.

    Here’s light and happy wishes for a speedy recovery dear one. xx

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you Hoda, you always know how to see the bright side of things. 🙂 In fact, I saw one reason this happened: we were supposed to have dinner with friends that evening, but of course we had to cancel. That night, both of them came down with a horrible stomach virus (and one still has a 102 fever), which we most certainly would have caught from them. I’d actually rather deal with this issue than what they’re going through! Also, my daughter dropped everything on her long-anticipated weekend away and came straight home, showing up at the hospital with tears in her eyes even though my husband had told her I would be fine. To see that level of concern and love from her meant everything to me. 🙂

  12. Mags Corner says:

    Oh, my goodness!! I am so sorry to hear this. Glad to know you are seeing some improvement though. It is so good that you have DH and DD to help you out and watch over you. I totally understand the embarrassment and independent issues. I have been in the same situations. I do hope you will follow orders and keep receiving help for as long as you need it and will not do too much too soon. Big get better and all healed hugs for you sweet friend! Give sweet Daisy some nose kisses for us.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you Mag! I’m following orders to a T – I sure don’t want this to get any worse! I’m hoping I can go outside for a short walk around the yard this weekend just to get some fresh air. It’s so hard to see spring finally springing and I can’t take advantage of it!

  13. What an awful adventure. Hope you’re feeling better soon. You’re lucky to have humans and a doggy who love you and take care of you.

    Woofs (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

  14. megtraveling says:

    I want to say that I hope you feel better soon!

  15. 2browndawgs says:

    Gosh I am really sorry to read this. You have had your share of troubles. Back injuries are so painful. I hope you are back to normal soon.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Linda. I’m barely four days into recovery and I’m already chafing at the bit to have this ordeal over with already. But obviously, my body screams otherwise….

  16. Kroten says:

    Oh..we were just wondering where you have been. So sorry to hear about your misfortune (Mommy’s other blogger friends also have an accident) … we can only wish you all the best and quick recovery ((hug))

  17. Andrea says:

    Ouch, so sorry to hear about your spine, but glad you are not permanently injured! We ended up putting in doggie stairs for our little dogs so they hopefully never end up with an injury!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you Andrea! We were thinking about using doggie stairs too, but Daisy gets so over-excited when the doorbell rings or she hears something outside that I’m sure she’d just sail right over them, which may be even worse. Still, we may give them a try. Thanks for your note!

  18. Jenna Dee says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your fall and back injury. The moral of the story, should have let Daisy poop on the floor. Love to you from Jenna

    • raisingdaisy says:

      HAHA You’re absolutely right, Jenna! It really wasn’t worth getting injured over, especially since she pooped anyway while I was lying on the floor in pain!

  19. Clowie says:

    I’m glad your injury wasn’t more serious. You have my sympathy. A few months can seem like forever when you can’t do anything – it’s very frustrating. You have my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you Clowie. It already seems like forever, and it hasn’t even been a week yet! Unfortunately this is going to interfere with Easter and my daughter’s birthday, for which we had travel plans. UGH!!!!!

  20. KDKH says:

    Thanks for letting us know how you’re doing. I had wondered about you the other day; I must have missed this one. Good luck and happy recovery!

  21. granny1947 says:

    Oh my Goodness…you poor thing. Listen to everyone and take it easy…that is an order!!!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Yes ma’am! 🙂 I don’t have much choice in the matter; the only one who’s happy about this whole thing is Daisy – she has a constant floor companion!

  22. Wow this is a shock so glad your injury is not too serious xx Give Daisy a big hug from us in the UK xxx

  23. Dogs N Pawz says:

    Oh no! I hope you are feeling better! Thinking about you!

  24. writetowag says:

    Back pain is terrible…I am so sorry to hear this…Please take care and know sweet Daisy will always be by your side…They are our little angels!!!!

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