Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Post Surgery

Last Thursday my little Rooney had his eye surgery.  

Rooney attempted to sleep in and take it easy the morning of his surgery.  Poor little guy had no idea what was about to happen!
This would be his last picture sans the cone of shame.

Hubs and I took Rooney to the specialty hospital early that morning.  Buerly was not happy that we were taking his brother on a car ride without him.  The minute we walked into the hospital Rooney was ready to leave.  My poor little guy just sat there shaking like a leaf and crying.  Every once and a while he would attempt to make a mad dash towards the door.  Eventually the nurse came out to take our little guy back.

After we left Hubs and I grabbed breakfast and then headed home to wait for the phone call letting us know that he was out of surgery.  

Around 2pm we finally received the call from the ophthalmologist letting us know that he was out of surgery and had done great!  She told us that he was a good boy, that his eyes turned out great and that we could pick him up between 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

Of course, I was ready to hit the road to get my little one.  Once we arrived, I sat in the waiting room with Hubs anxiously waiting to see Rooney.  I was so nervous to see what he would look like.  When he finally walked into the room I about burst into tears.  My poor little puppy looked so unbelievably sad and pathetic!!! I instantly felt horrible!  We were told that his stitches would look like little, dark eye lashes.  Wrong!!!! He had these thick, black stitches under both of his eyes {the first look made me want to throw up a little} and this HUGE cone around his neck.  

Hubs loaded Rooney into the SUV and I climbed into the back seat to hold him on the drive home.  The minute we walked into the house Buerly came running to check his brother out.  Poor Rooney spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the house and crying.  We tried to get him to lay down and take a nap until the effects of the morphine wore off but we had no luck at all.  
Rooney and the "cone of shame"! This was taken right after he got home from the animal hospital.

Rooney had his own little pharmacy going on our kitchen counter.  Every 8 hours we had to give him an antibiotic, every 8-12 hours we gave him pain medication, once a day we gave him a steroid and four times a day we had to put eye drops in both of his eyes.  The eye drops were/are no easy feat!  He fights us every time we try to give him the eye drops.  
Rooney FINALLY laying down.

I remember Hubs looking down at Rooney and telling him, "I am so sorry buddy" over and over while he rubbed his neck.  We both felt pretty awful for the little guy but knew that in the end he would be better off.

Each day Rooney becomes more and more like his normal self.  The only difference is he has this ginormous cone around his neck.  Amazingly it seems like he has adapted to it.  Granted, he is a pretty go with the flow kind of pup!  
As much as Buerly acts like he dislikes his brother this picture proves otherwise.

Rooney is still awkward with his cone.  He is constantly clipping/catching the cone on walls and furniture. Going up the stairs is hilarious because he catches the bottom of the cone and falls up the stairs.  When he jumps off our bed he has to be careful not to catch the bottom of the cone otherwise he goes head over heels.  
 
Now that Rooney is pretty much back to normal we have to watch our shins.  Rooney has figured out that he can use his cone like a battering ram.  I cannot tell you how many times he has ran into our legs with that darn cone and it hurts!  His brother, Buerly, has it even worse.  Rooney will take toys away from Buerly and when Buerly attempts to take them back Rooney puts the cone down over the toy on the floor so that Buerly can't get it.  He also uses his cone to herd Buerly around.  My sad, pathetic little boogie has turned back into his mischievous, rambunctious old self.  
 
Rooney goes back to the vet next Wednesday for a recheck.  Hopefully he will get to ditch the cone after that appointment as long as everything looks good.  Once the cone is gone it will be time for us to repair the walls/furniture that he has scratched up with that stupid, plastic cone.  But we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This has been a difficult, expensive process but will be worth it in the end.

Have a fabulous Wednesday!
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Friday, January 7, 2011

New Years Resolutions {Better Late Than Never}

I will just dive right in with my list!
  • Run a 10k - Last year I ran two 5k's (Dick Lugar 5k - 4th in my age group, Turkey Trot 5k - 6th in my age group).  I had also signed up to do a 4.5 mile Drumstick Dash (didn't run in it b/c we went out of town last minute for Thanksgiving) and a 5 mile Popcorn Dash (didn't run in that one b/c it was raining cats and dogs the entire morning).  I would have ran the 5 mile Popcorn Dash had it been a drizzle or a mist but it was POURING! Fair weather runner over here!  So, this year I would like to keep improving on 5k's but also jump up to the next level......the 10K!!!
  • Compete in a Sprint Triathlon - Okay, I may completely off my rocker but it is definitely something I would like to accomplish.  One of my best friends and I decided one night after a few several adult beverages that we should do a Sprint Triathlon.  Unlucky for me - I am a terrible swimmer.  Can we say doggie paddle?!  But lucky for me - my best friend's husband and his friend were on their college swim team.  Yay for not sinking!  
    • Become more organized - How the heck do two people acquire so much crap?! This is a question that I ask myself constantly.  So this year I hope to start going through all of our closets, cleaning them out and organizing the remaining items.  Oh, and our basement needs some major TLC too......that and a giant dumpster!  So, hopefully this is the year that I take control and get organized. 
    • Knit a scarf - Hubs laughs at me anytime I break out the knitting needles.  Typically his laughs are followed by comments like "Where's your rocking chair?" and "Knitting.....REALLY?!"  But I love crafts! My mom is a crocheter.  She crochets baby blankets all the time.  I, on the other hand, suck at crocheting so I decided that I would try to conquer knitting.  Holy slowness batman.  It takes me FOREVER just to complete a row.  It probably will take me all year to knit one scarf. lol 
      • Go to church more - this was on my list last year and was a complete fail.  SHAME ON ME!!!! 
      • Cook more - I go through spurts.  There are weeks where I will cook almost every single night and then there are weeks where I don't cook a single night.  So, in order to eat healthier I think I need to cook a little more.  I don't think I am going to find the level of healthy eating that I want in a frozen entree or a bag.  I also want to try out new recipes.  I get complacent and stick with what I know.  I need to try new things and not be afraid to fail at them.  
        • Take more pride in my appearance - I cannot tell you how often I just don't care what I look like (okay, not completely true).  There are days where I will just scruff by and not really give a damn.  I want to look cute, not grungy.  I have noticed that I tend to take more pride in my appearance when I am in shape and feeling good about myself.  So I guess taking pride in appearance and working out can some what go hand in hand.  When I feel flubby I match my attitude with sweatshirts and clothing to cover that feeling.  No more! Time to break out the cute clothes, painted nails, hair done and makeup on look! (Thanks Jess for letting me steal this resolution)  :-)
        • Be more aware of spending - It is so easy to walk into Target and spend $100+.  It happens often to me.  I need to curtail this and start only buying what we need.  In order to do this I need to start making better grocery lists and following them.  Along with better grocery lists I need to clip coupons more often but only for items that we need.
           There you have it!  These are my New Year's resolutions.  I am one of those people who tend to break off more than I can chew so I am trying to keep my list a little shorter this year.  Also, all of these "resolutions" that I have come up with shouldn't just be for one year either, they should be life goals.  

          What are some of your resolutions this year?!

          Have a wonderful day!
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          Thursday, January 6, 2011

          Rooney Update

          Thanks for all the comments that you left yesterday!  Rooney is scheduled to have entropion surgery next Thursday on both of his eyes.  I wasn't surprised with the prognosis but I still feel bad for the little guy.  I know that when it is all said and done he will feel so much better but the time period right after the surgery is going to be tough on him.  The ophthalmologist told us that it would be a 13 day recovery and during that time period he would have to wear an e-collar.  I know the "cone of shame" is going to go over REALLY well with him.

          Luckily, the cost of the surgery isn't awful.  It is higher than I had hoped for but I don't think I was being realistic or reasonable in my hopes.  Needless to say, our wonderful escrow refund check that we just received will now be going towards his surgery.  

          Oh, and my big bad bulldog was the biggest baby yesterday!!!! Rooney and I went to the consultation while Hubs stayed at home with Buerly.  The minute we walked into the lobby of the animal hospital Rooney started crying his eyes out and shaking like a leaf! Poor guy was terrified!  So, now we know - Rooney is Mr. Billy Badass when his brother is around but when Buerly isn't with him he is a scaredy cat! lol

          Have a wonderful day!
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          Wednesday, January 5, 2011

          Poor Rooney

          My poor baby, Rooney, has been having a lot of problems with his eyes for the past several months.  He has had two eye infections and scratched lenses in less than a year.  The vet had mentioned the last time that we were in for a routine check-up that he had entropion in both of his eyes.  But she wanted to recheck his eyes in the winter months to make sure that it wasn't allergies that were causing the entropion.

          Right before Christmas we had to take Rooney back to the vet due to his eye issues.  It was evident that allergies were not causing his entropion.  Our vet informed us that he would need surgery on both eyes to correct the problem.  My good friend/Rooney's breeder told me to ask for a referral from our vet to see an ophthalmologist.
          Entropion is a medical condition in which the eyelid (usually the lower lid) folds inward. It is very uncomfortable, as the eyelashes constantly rub against the cornea. (Thank you Wikipedia)  Rooney has entropion in both lower eyelids.

          So, that brings me to the present.  Today is the day that we take Rooney to his consultation appointment with the ophthalmologist to find out what needs to be done and how much it is going to cost (probably a lot).  I feel so bad for the little booger because you can tell that he is uncomfortable and in pain. 
          My poor little puppy!  As you can see, he doesn't want to open his right eye.  

          Oh, and I already know that the little booger will be sporting one of these if surgery is required-
          An E-Collar also know as "The Cone of Shame"

          He will definitely be one pissed off, miserable puppy in one of these babies!  

          Well, as much as I would love for him not to have surgery, I don't think that is an option anymore.  So, fingers crossed that the ophthalmologist recommends the most minimal amount of surgery and that it doesn't cost an arm and a leg!  In the end, I just want the problem fixed and for Rooney to feel better!!

          Have a great day!
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          Monday, January 3, 2011

          Happy New Year!!!!!

          Happy New Year and a belated Merry Christmas!!!! Things were so crazy around the holidays that I decided to take a minor blogging hiatus (unintentionally).  My plans for returning to blogging last week were interrupted by an awful cold.  Of course I would wait until the last week of 2010 to get sick.  C'et la vie!  I am feeling much better but unfortunately I have shared my nasty sickness with Hubs.  Poor guy!

          Needless to say, we were pretty boring for New Years.  Hubs and I stayed in with Buerly and Rooney and had our own little party.  Hubs made his AWESOME Wisconsin-Trio Fondue!  Seriously, Melting Pot has nothing on Hubs!  Honestly I think I could have eaten 3 lbs of that delicious concoction!  Cheese and chocolate are the way to this girls heart (not together though).  By the time we made it to the main entree we were stuffed.   Just in case you were curious, the main entree was steak, shrimp, mushrooms and broccoli all cooked in a mojo broth.  We had planned on doing chocolate fondue for dessert but I don't think we could look at food after our enormous feast.

          We spent the rest of the evening leading up to the New Year watching Season 1 of How I Met Your Mother/dazed in a food coma.  That show is freaking hilarious! I cannot believe we just started watching this!  At midnight we watched the ball drop, kissed and toasted champagne.  Afterward we resumed watching How I Met Your Mother.  I know, pretty darn boring! lol

          Oh, but there were two little monsters that apparently celebrated the New Year a little to hard!
          You know Buerly is EXHAUSTED when his tongue is sticking out.  But he seems to love the new bed he got for Christmas!

          Rooney looks like he had one too many!  Granted, we did feed him bread, steak, granny smith apples (seedless) and carrots (spoiled, I know).  Poor guy was out for the count!  Once it was time for bed it was all that he could do to lift his head and give us the look like, "I know you want to carry my fat a** upstairs and tuck me in.....right?!"

          Have a fabulous day!
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          Back to Blogging

          Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!! I hope that EVERYONE had a fabulous holiday season!  Sorry to be gone for so long.  Hectic time of year + Sickness = Blogging Hiatus for me but I am back and feeling much better!

          There was definitely a theme to some of my Christmas presents this year.  I had an AWFUL time coming up with Christmas ideas but one theme kept coming to mind.  Let's see if we can see the trend.......lol

          Vision Fitness T9600 with the Deluxe Console
          Hubs spoils me so much!  He kept asking me what I wanted for Christmas and the only thing I could think of was a treadmill.  At first he felt weird/bad about buying me a piece of "fitness equipment" but eventually I convinced him that it was what I really wanted.  Of course, he one upped it and bought me a SPECTACULAR treadmill! LOVES IT!

          My mom and dad gave me the Garmin Forerunner 110.....of course I wanted the girlie gray/pink one! lol

          Under Armor Cold Gear in black and white
          These shirts are AWESOME during the winter.  I wore one of these babies during the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot and I definitely stayed warm despite the cold/rainy weather!

          PS3 Zumba Fitness and the PS3 Move
          Hubs knew how much I wanted to do Zumba so he got me this fun game! I tried it out Christmas morning and man was I sweating.  Oh and I look like a COMPLETE idiot when I "attempt" to do Zumba.  I am pretty sure that I am partially dyslexic and VERY uncoordinated.

          So, do you all see a trend going on with my Christmas gifts?!? lol  So I am sure you can all guess what one of my New Years resolutions is for 2011! ;-)

          Have a wonderful day!
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