This time last week we were hanging out in Anguilla, probably a little tipsy on margaritas. Today in North Carolina it turned frigid which has made looking at the photos from last week a little painful.
Nevertheless, a quick recap of our trip to Anguilla (in bullet form):
- The above photo was taken on our second day on the island. We walked down the beach to a little place called The Sunshine Shack. When I think of the Caribbean, this place is exactly what comes to mind. Good food, no crowd and reggae music blasting.
- Of the 6 days that we were in Anguilla, I spent the majority of 3 of them floating in Rendezvous Bay. It was fabulous and that insane water color never ceases to amaze me.
- We ate a lot of great meals while on the island. Anguilla does good food very well. However, the above pictured Grilled Chili Queso Corn on the Cob from Picante is what I had been dreaming about eating ever since our visit last year. If I would have thought it socially acceptable, I might would have ordered 4 of these and called it dinner. So good.
- Trips on the Chocolat catamaran never get old.
- I have fully embraced the role of “crazy dog lady.” We visited AARF again this year and brought with us two full bags of collars/leashes/toys to donate to the island rescue dogs.
- Danny finished his Master’s Degree two days before left on vacation. It was SO nice to be able to hang out with my husband without having him stressed out about studying/writing papers. I am super proud of him and it is nice to have my buddy back to hang with again!
I am a bit behind on these updates. We have officially surpassed the 8 week recovery period which is the time that requires the most limited activity. Our check up with the vet last Monday went well. He confirmed that everything looked good and gave us the go ahead to start gradually giving her back some freedom.
After the appointment, Gracie was lobbying pretty hard to get out of her exercise pen – I finally gave in and let her reclaim “her” chair. I lifted her onto it and snapped this picture because she was so happy that it was kind of hilarious. When I tried to get her off of the chair so that we could eat dinner she threw a fit and it was kind of like trying to wrestle an alligator.
Backing up to Week 7, we had a big scare when she started limping really badly on her surgical leg after hopping off of a curb on our evening walk. Once we got home she was holding the leg really weird and (in my non educated opinion) it didn’t feel right when I was going through the range of motion exercises. I was sure that she had torn the implant and made myself sick worrying about it. The next morning I called our therapist and took Gracie over to the rehab center for a quick evaluation. She was fine, but, it made for a super stressful evening!
When Gracie was first diagnosed with the torn ACL this is the week that we had circled on our calendar. Now that we are here, I am relieved that we made it this far without any major setbacks. I think that we still have a ways to go before we will let her have free run of the house (especially unsupervised), but, it does feel nice to lift some of the restrictions.
Since I dropped the ball last week on a Gracie update, this post is going to combine weeks 5 and 6 in the recovery. Gracie is still doing really well. The big news for Week 6 was that our therapist gave me the ok to start letting her do stairs (as long as we use her walking sling). My back is pretty much shattered at this point from carrying her around everywhere, so, this was a huge relief (for me at least).
We are doing water therapy twice a week which means that we spend a lot of time at the vet. Last week we hit sort of a milestone on the underwater treadmill – Gracie made it up to a quarter of a mile.
I was so inspired by her progress that when we got home, I decided to head out for a run. I was ridiculously sore for three days afterward.
Our session on Friday did not go nearly as well – Gracie had a bit of a regression. She did about 15 minutes (begrudgingly) and decided that she was D-O-N-E. It was a pretty impressive display of whining and we cut the session short thinking that maybe she was really hurting. As soon as we got back in the therapy room, she was 100% fine – wiggling/grinning/acting like a fool. I think the whining was all a ploy to get her way.
We headed back to therapy again today for water therapy session #7 along with a laser treatment. We are going to continue with monthly laser treatments from here on out to help with the arthritis in her hips.
Today went much better. She did .30 of a mile on the treadmill and I didn’t hear even one whine. She has always enjoyed the laser treatments – I think she secretly likes wearing the doggles.
On to Week 7 we go – crossing my fingers for another smooth week!