Here’s little Riley with one of his favorite toys. He loves to play fetch. Sometimes it’s a challenge to get the ball away from him so you can throw it. He might growl at you because he’s a tough guy.
I guess this is another MS post. It’s what’s going on with me after all. Let’s call it a vocabulary lesson.
Spasticity refers to feelings of stiffness and a wide range of involuntary muscle spasms (sustained muscle contractions or sudden movements). It is one of the more common symptoms of MS. Spasticity may be as mild as the feeling of tightness of muscles or may be so severe as to produce painful, uncontrollable spasms of extremities, usually of the legs. Spasticity may also produce feelings of pain or tightness in and around joints, and can cause low back pain. Although spasticity can occur in any limb, it is much more common in the legs. (more here.. . from National MS Society.)
Stretching is key in dealing with spasticity. Yesterday I hardly stretched at all. I can’t let that happen.
It doesn’t always have to be structured, although having a few routines to do would ensure that I don’t miss any important muscle groups. Stretching helps me focus and relax, so it’s good for stress management. My only difficulty is keeping Riley from walking all over me while I’m sprawled on the floor.
We got a new puppy. He’s 3/4 Chihuahua and 1/4 Boston Terrier. His name is Riley, and he’s adorable and lovable, and he’s a bit of a nut.
He’s about 8 weeks old, and he’s in the chewing phase of his life. I hope it’s a phase that will pass in a few weeks. He chews me and Ernie. He wants to chew Sadie, but we don’t let him. I think he ate a small rock today.
Puppies are a lot of work, but we’ve fallen in love with Riley. He’s a welcome addition to our furry family.
We have a chihuahua named Cammie. She turned 13 this year.
Cammie is perfect. She never does anything wrong. She has her own chair in the living room, and she sleeps in her own special spot at the head of the bed on some pillows between the mattress and the wall. When Cammie runs through the kitchen the sound of her claws on the linoleum is like tap dancing. She’s just the cutest thing in the world!
Cammie was diagnosed with diabetes about a year and a half ago. She gets insulin shots twice a day. She doesn’t mind the shots at all, probably because she gets a treat before and after each one.
Two weeks ago, Cammie had two seizures. We took a guess that the seizures were caused by low blood sugar, so we gave her some corn syrup to bring her back up to normal. Suspecting that her insulin dosage was too high, we took her to the vet and the doctor confirmed that this was the case. We brought her home and began administering the lower dose. Things seemed okay until one day we came home to find that Cammie wasn’t quite right . She usually barks happily when she hears us outside the front door. That day she was trying to bark, but all that came out was a tiny squeak. We gave her some corn syrup and called the vets office to find out what we should do for her.
Around this time, Cammie was becoming more and more finicky about her food. There were mornings when she just refused to eat. It didn’t seem like a good idea to give her insulin if she wasn’t eating, so we went back to the vet. This time the doctor felt a tumor in her belly area. They did an ultrasound and found that the tumor was quite large and covered a good portion of her liver. The ultrasound also showed a bladder stone.
The doctor explained our options for treatment. He could remove part of her liver and get rid of most of the tumor. This would be a major surgery for her, and she might not survive it. It also would cost $2,500 to $3,000 dollars. The other option would be to do nothing and expect the tumor to be the thing that ends her life. We decided that the surgery would be too much for her and too expensive for us.
So we brought Cammie home again and she has surprised us so far. Her insulin dosage was reduced again, so it’s okay to give it to her even if she doesn’t eat. Some mornings she just doesn’t feel like eating, but she’ll take something later in the day. She had a few days of constipation, but that seems to have resolved itself. Her energy level is good on most days. Sometimes she runs around and plays with her little sister Sadie. You’d think she was a young pup.
The doctor said she may start to go down hill in two to six months. If she is suffering we will have to put her down. We’ll be very sad when she’s gone, but for now we’ll just enjoy every day we have with her.
Cammie is a great dog. She always makes us smile.