Monday, January 14, 2013

Day 18 Post TPLO

I can’t believe it’s been nearly 3 weeks since Brinkley’s surgery.  As far as my personal opinion goes she is doing amazing.  We have been doing some PROM exercises each day, and our 2-3 five minute walks per day are all going well.  The only dilemma is that we've had some icy weather lately, so instead of going in the back yard for our walks we walk circles in the house through the living room, dining room and kitchen.  After the 3rd lap Brinkley has this ‘why are we doing this’ look on her face, but we keep on trucking.  I’m hoping at this point we are doing enough to stop her muscle in that leg from atrophying any more.  I don’t think it’s enough exercise to build much muscle, but keeping what she has is good enough for me right now.  Her surgery leg is significantly smaller and has hardly any definition at this point compared to her good leg.
In the 3rd week we are supposed to start sit to stand exercises, but with her level of progress I think we are going to start 2 days early and begin tonight.  She seems to be handling everything I throw at her in stride, so we’ll see how this goes.

Her incision is looking pretty good. Just a few little scabs left and a little pooch at each end where the skin was stretched during surgery. 

These exercises are exhausting for such a big girl.

Read about how Brinkley's journey began here:

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