Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Good News, Bad News
The good news is that there’s no new injury to Reyna’s left leg. The bad news is that there’s no new, easily fixable, injury to Reyna’s left leg. The vet poked, prodded, twisted, turned and tweaked, and the only time he got a response from Reyna was when he touched her left hip. When she was standing, it was easy to see that her right hip bone is higher than her left. The vet estimated the difference at about 20 degrees, which is all consistent with the ortho vet’s comment in October that her right hip is more out of socket than her left. The vet thinks she’s been favoring her left hip so much lately because she’s aggravated it by compensating for her right hip. In other words, her right hip hurts a lot, so she puts more weight on her left hip, which makes it hurt more, so she tries to keep it off the ground. Of course, that will eventually result in more pain in her right hip. Gotta love those vicious circles. At this point, assuming I don’t win the lottery, there’s really nothing else to do for her but keep an eye on her and try to keep her comfortable for as long as possible. Even the vet agrees that, at the rate she’s progressing, she might not make it until April. We just have to wait and see.