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I'm sleeping (or rather lying awake) on the couch downstairs again tonite because Melody isn't getting her feet under herself and I'd rather not come down in the morning to find she'd hurt herself on the marble steps or something. As opposed to last night, she seems calm and comfortable on her couch. She's panting a bit and she's pissed off as usual. But every time she bitches at me, I take her outside, which means getting off the couch and she hates that. So maybe tonite she'll actually sleep and not bitch at me every few minutes all night long.

She's retaining some fluid in her feet so we'll be going to see the vet in the morning. I'm not too concerned, though. This happened after all three of her surgeries too. She's drinking plenty and doing her business regularly so there aren't any kidney issues (and her kidneys tested normal last Friday). And now that she's eating heartily, I'm not too concerned with her leg weakness. When she gets up, she's staggery. But the more she walks, the more she improves. Then she lays down for a while and it all goes back to zero. So if the doc wants to prescribe a diuretic, I'm sure that would help. We're clearly on the road to recovery here.

Oh, but there's no way she's eating rice. We thought we'd slip some into her food as a way to get weight back on her quickly. Even buried the chicken under the rice so she'd have to eat the rice to get to it. No. She digs the chicken out of the rice and eats only the chicken. Then she licks the chicken juice off the rice. No empty carbs for the Mei-mei!

I gotta tell ya -- I'm really looking forward to her being better and me being able to get back to writing. I was planning to finish one of my stories by the end of this year, but there's no way it's happening now.

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Glad to hear she's on the road to recovery.

Boy, I hope so! Greyhounds do this thing when you try to help them. We call it "going ragdoll". They just decide if you're going to help them up then they don't need to do any of the work. Preston used to do it when he hurt his back last year. He would just collapse in the back end and you'd be trying to hold up this 100 lbs dog and his legs would just fold under him. Melody is doing that and it would be completely terrifying if I hadn't seen it so many times before.

But it is still terrifying to an extent because I don't know why she's having such trouble controlling her back legs. But since she didn't have this problem before she decided to not eat for two days, I'm assuming it's weakness from hunger.

The more she walks, the better she gets. But then she lays down and reverts. And she's getting really sick of me making her get up and walk. But I'm not going to stop until she stops going ragdoll.

I can't remember which cartoon it was (Maybe Foxtrot?) where when the father was sick, he'd say "My little fingers hurt!" and basically demand to be babied because he couldn't do anything. It was an inside joke between the Wasband and I. One of us would feel pretty cruddy and hold up our little fingers (you know, the fancy tea-drinking finger) and whine "My little finger hurts" when we wanted to be babied.

Sounds like what your Mei-Mei is doing.

Yeah. Definitely. She is the Empress after all.

Wow, just watched a really crappy movie with Elijah Wood and John Hurt. I'm a bit stunned.

The Oxford Murders? (Google is my friend) Rotten Tomatoes only gave it a 10%., so it must be a stinker!

Edited at 2013-12-17 11:27 am (UTC)

Yes. It was AWFUL! I mean... wow.

*hugs* I'm so glad to hear she's regaining some strength. :)

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