Friday, November 13, 2009

Rudy Update

Rudy was seen by our Holistic mobile Vet on Monday where he received acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Berschnider's prognosis was optimistic. Yes, he did have some compressed discs, but they weren't terribly bad. She was able to gently ease his spine back into alignment. I swear, I saw it happened on Rudy's face! She gave me several holistic medications - Disc Composition, Turmeel (for inflammation and pain) and Pain Plus (just in case). Rudy was on the Turmeel for several days and will be on the disc comp. for the rest of his life. I am happy to report that Rudy's sparkle is back. He still waits at the stairs for help, but he is back to his old, happy-go-lucky self! Dr. B showed me how to massage his spine and some gentle realignment techniques. Rudy looks forward to his daily massage.

On another note, I went to an knee specialist on Monday. I have had 5 surgeries between both knees and had been told by my local surgeon the only option left would be knee replacements. My husband, who is quite experienced in knee replacements (he has had 3 replacements on the same knee!), insisted I go to his surgeon in Nashville. My results were as good as Rudy's. The surgeon injected each knee with steriods and will be scheduling me for a series of Syn-Vis injections . The hope is this will stave off the replacement surgery for several years. While I am not particularly thrilled at the thought of three more injections in each knee, I want to put off the replacements as long as I can. Getting old is not for sissies!

Stay tuned for more puppy pictures soon!

9 comments:

Taryn said...

Glad to hear Rudy is doing better! And sorry to hear your knees are giving you trouble.

penni said...

I hope both of you move along pain-free for many years.

StubbyDog said...

Hey that's great news on both fronts!! Yay!!

C-Myste said...

Ugh, backs. Ugh, knees. Ugh, growing older.

Hoping for pain-free days for both of you.

Claire said...

This is all very good news!

Debra said...

I hope that you both get to feeling better!

Lybertygirl said...

Everyday above ground is a plus!

Sarah said...

I'm happy to hear the good prognosis for Rudy, and for you! I was a bit nervous with just the subject "Rudy Update" not sure which way it was going to go, but I'm thrilled to hear it's a GOOD update!

Holly said...

Good news for both of you - so glad to hear it!