It’s hard to believe today was Christmas! One more week and it’ll be a new year and I for one can’t wait. 2016 hasn’t been the best of years so I’m hoping 2017 will be much better.
We’ve had some very cold days and even colder nights, a few which broke 27 year records for December. Add that to over 1-1/2 foot of snow and we’ve been staying in more than usual, especially since Sasha doesn’t have her winter boots yet. I did find however what I’ve nicknamed her “bedroom slippers” which are actually a very lightweight bootie (more like a sock) that has a non-skid sole. Unlike a sock, I can adjust it by tying the laces. They work pretty good on the hardwood floors because I haven’t had a lot of luck with the scatter rugs.
I made the decision to take her for acupuncture and laser therapy every other week for the rest of the winter. She’s doing pretty good and since it’s 58 miles one way I’d prefer not to take chances on the roads. I have an SUV with studded snow tires but it’s still a fairly long drive and Sasha isn’t too crazy about the long trips. She’s doing good with her mobility at home; I’ve discovered her on the dogs love seat a few times. Once she even got up there while Inga was lying at one end. It’s near the picture window so they can watch the squirrels, birds and occasional larger wildlife. I’m a tad concerned that she is bending her left rear affected leg at the knee more than before so going to explore options. When she first started doing it in addition to knuckling I took her to someone who started a treatment regime that in hindsight I don’t think benefited Sasha.
Her stomach issues have settled down so that’s a plus. Hopefully it was just acidity and her daily use of Prilosec will resolve it. I just wish we could help her get an increase of her near vision. I know her distance vision is there; perhaps not as much as before she lost her sight in April but she definitely sees things across the room and she enjoys looking out the window. One thing is for sure ~ Sasha is still a snow bunny. When it’s not bitter cold we take her outside but stick close to the house. I haven’t tried tossing snowballs at her yet but will at some point. I just have to prepare myself for the fact that she may not see them.
The other definite is I’ll be sleeping on the great room sofa for the long run. I started sleeping downstairs when my dog Callie was diagnosed with cancer in October 2015. When I lost Callie I was so devastated that I couldn’t bare to leave the great room and then Sasha started having difficulty so I simply stayed. It’s funny because whenever I’m upstairs and enter my bedroom for some reason I feel like I’m in foreign territory. And Sasha has finally started sleeping on her LL Bean dog bed/pillow. Took her several months but now she sleep on it every night. I’m really glad because I don’t think sleeping on hardwood floors was the most ideal place for her.
Hopefully the next week will be uneventful and we’ll see you again In January!
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