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December 24th, 2009

Still here, just been busy staring at the wall!

Posted by GerrysMom in Uncategorized    

Hey all,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, especially since I have plenty to tell.

I had a rough time for a few days.  First, too much pain and not enough Tramadol.  Made me a bit crazy and yelpie.  Even at the max. dosage I was still uncomfortable enough that I didn’t want to lie down anymore.  Even though I was laying on my incision side when I first came home, I do not want to do it anymore and, frankly, I thought for a while that laying down at all was a bad idea.  So I stood or paced and sometimes layed my head on F.M.’s arm, hand, or knee, or even an end table, to take a break from the weight of it.  I get the shakes too – less so lately.  All this kind of freaked F.M. out and then she decided she couldn’t sleep either, which didn’t seem like a good idea.  F.M. suspects this wouldn’t have happened if I had gotten a Fentanyl patch like Yoda did, but it wasn’t just pain that was bugging me.  My tummy was upset and I got diarrhea next.  I’ll skip details on that, but some canned pumpkin and a “bland” diet of boiled chicken and rice took care of that.

But my digestive system wasn’t all better from that.  F.M. dropped me off at the vet on Tuesday to try figure out all my problems and the vet said it sounded like my GI tract wasn’t moving well.  The max. dose of Tramadol I’ve been apparently did that.  So now I’ve got more medicine for that (Metoclopramide and Pepcid AC aka famotidine).  If possible, F.M. is supposed to wean me down to a lower dose of Tramadol too to make it easier on my GI tract, but I had a bad night with pain last night after we got home from the vet, so that was unthinkable.  I kept getting these sudden pains that made me instinctively yelp and bolt away.  I’m better this morning, though I don’t feel like eating much.  No pains worth yelping about so far and I can lay down pretty comfortably and snooze.  F.M. has been snoozing too.  Thank dog – she wears me out!

Whooo!  So that’s where I’ve been.  I came up with a bunch of ideas for posts while I was pacing and staring at the walls though, so I post them soon and there are even a few pictures to go along.  I’m glad to be back and to stare at the computer screen (and read all your posts) instead of the just our walls.


  1. Like I said in my PM, I am sorry you are having problems with pain control. Every amputation and every dog is different and you seem to have gotten the short end of the stick. I hope that the new meds will help with the G.I. stuff and that you will feel better soon. Poor you and F.M. You both must be exhausted.

    Could your Mom maybe come to your house instead of you going to hers so that Gerry doesn’t have to be in the car? Forgot to ask earlier.


      Emilysmom — December 24, 2009 @ 12:49 pm   

  2. Debra –
    My F.G.M. wants us to be able to hang out for the holiday for more than just a few hours, and with the redecorating for my recovery at our house, it’s no fun for humans to hang out here. It’s small to begin with too. I also think F.G.M. wants us there so that F.M. isn’t freaking out alone over whatever happens with me next. But F.M. would worry at their big house with lots of furniture that I could hurt my incision when someone wasn’t looking, or especially at night (since I can’t be confined in one room – too small!). And F.G.M. and F.G.P. (P for Pap) agreed to bring F.U.’s dog home with them from Milwaukee (for some reason F.M. is laughing that I called her brother F.U.) to watch for the weekend and she doubts that I’m ready to hang out with Hurricane Gracie. I’m sure the family will work out some kind of compromise though. I think F.M. can leave me here for several hours tomorrow for presents and stuff. I think I’ll still like sleeping tomorrow and I’m a good boy when left home alone…. 99% of the time, but I’ll get to that in a later post. (Were you able to crack all those acronyms? Haha).

      GerrysFosterMom — December 24, 2009 @ 1:15 pm   

  3. Hang in there Gerry. Sounds like you’re over the painful hump and on the road to recovery. Best wishes to FM for a Very Gerry Christmas!

      admin — December 24, 2009 @ 2:48 pm   

  4. Hey Gerry and FM,

    All the best to you both this Christmas. I hope you are feeling better tonight Gerry and that you and your FM can get get some good healing rest. You gotta get healed up so Master Yoda can begin teaching you the ways of Rodent Mastery. I am saving up all those pennies my dad drops on the floor so I can get you a plane ticket out here once you become an RM. Then you can teach me all you know!

    Codie Rae

      Codie Rae — December 24, 2009 @ 10:59 pm   

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