This previous week has been one full of several ups and downs. Thankfully none that involved Kyro! Kyro has been doing fantastically. His energy levels are back to normal and his appetite has returned to it's full vigor. Now it's difficult just to keep him resting.
The ups and downs have come on my side. Friday night, in my clumsiness, I managed to kick a wall (no, not on a purpose) and badly injured my foot. It was not too swollen Friday night, so I went to bed assuming I had merely stubbed my toes or jammed them. The next morning I awoke to my foot being very swollen and throbbing. Concerned, I made a Doctors appointment to go in. I went in thinking that perhaps I had dislocated a toe or two..... turns out I broke one, fractured two and fractured the long bone in my foot. Thankfully, no surgery is required and I do not need to be in a hard cast. If I had broken the long bone I would be needing surgery and be in a hard cast for 6+ months..... (phew).
I am, however, stuck on crutches for 3+weeks and in a double brace. I will be in the brace for 2-3months depending on how careful I am with my foot. The braces are made up of a soft one that stabilizes my ankle/long bone and one hard one that goes over the soft one and supports the rest of my injured foot. I can't say it's terribly comfortable, but it's certainly better than being in a hard cast. Funnily enough, I injured the same side as Kyro. We now are both recovering on our left sides.
On the bright side..
Kyro on the other note.. has been wonderful. His limp is extremely minor now and he's able to easily get up and down the stairs. We are still limiting activity to ensure he continues to heal properly. His walks are up to around 20 minutes now and he has been greatly enjoying getting out.
After some practice I was able to figure out how to walk Kyro while being on crutches. He's amazing at walking on leash and knows not to pull me. I have a hands-free belt I have been able to wear- which has worked wonders with the crutches! Our walks are a little more slow than before, but he is totally content being able to get some extra bush sniffing in.
Our weather recently has been incredibly unpredictable. Due to this, any breaks in the rain we've been laying out enjoying the sun. Kyro's favorite thing is to be brushed while he's basking in the sunlight. He will even fall asleep and start snoring. A few days ago he was even given some delicious ground quail frozen into a doggy popsicle to eat. He chewed that down faster than I could photograph!
With Kyro's leg growing less sensitive I was also finally able to do a good paw trimming for him. Nails and hair. Huskies tend to grow very long hair around their paw pads and it can cause moisture to collect which gets itchy and uncomfortable for them. It also makes making on hard wood floors slippery and dangerous. I typically trim Kyro's nails and paw fur every two weeks, but haven't been able to the last month as his hind leg was very sensitive. He was thrilled to have the hair all trimmed up and I even soaked his feet in coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Coconut oil is great for their paw pads and apple cider vinegar is excellent for preventing and treating yeast infections from moisture build up.
Extra love and affection...
Kyro has a amazing sense for when someone is injured, feeling unwell, or upset. He will come and cuddle, nudge you and be in your face until you allow him to comfort you. With me being injured I have been resting at home as much as possible. I am still working full time (which is especially exhausting when spending 10-14 hour days on crutches). The downtime I have when I get home, or on days off has been spent relaxing and recovery. Kyro thinks this is wonderful and happily cozies up with me to watch TV, or play video-games.
Unfortunately, we have yet to begin hydrotherapy as the Vet who runs it has been out horribly ill. (Fingers crossed for next week) Instead we've kept up with recommended stretches and physical therapy. Movements that gently work the knee while rebuilding the muscle and ligaments. Stretches that help to flex the knee and reduce any swelling, or fluid build up. These movements have certainly made a noticeable difference in Kyro's limp. It seems like the more we work with his knee the more confident he is with putting weight on it and utlizing it like he did before surgery.
I will likely post the next update later this week. Possibly Friday, if not sometime this weekend since this update was so delayed. Sometimes life just happens and you have to hold on until everything calms down.
The rest of this week for us will be spent resting, recovering and icing. I do work both Thursday and Friday, but have the weekend off. Which I am beyond excited for. If the weather finally breaks and we get a prediction of some sun... we may venture to the Wooden Shoe Tulip festival next weekend. Kyro and I both can't walk far, but would easily be able to enjoy some flowers for an hour or two!