"The real troubles in your life are apt to be those that never cross your worried mind. The kind that blindsides you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday." Baz Lurhman
Monday was one of those "idle Tuesdays". We had a busy day; I think I ran errands back and forth to Crosslake 3 times. It was on my last trip back that we ran into trouble. The boys and I were on our way home with Hopkins, one of the boys' Angora rabbits. Hopkins had visited the vet right after school to have her teeth trimmed. She has a malformed jaw and they grow without check. Minor troubles. I was hurrying because there was someone coming from the city to pick up some of our Red Wattle piglets and I knew it would be close to beat him there. Sure enough, I pulled in just minutes after he. As soon as I pulled in the drive, I knew we had real troubles. Our youngest Great Pyrenees, Merida, was dragging herself up the left side of my driveway, unable to use her back legs. My heart sunk. She had been run over. As I moved toward her my eyes took in the rest of the situation. Margo had the buyers standing no further than a foot from their truck, unable to move, much less get to Merida to help her. Margo was furious, her friend was hurt, and she knew what caused it. She felt they were a danger and kept them close to their truck by circling and barking at them.
Fast forward 15 minutes, I carried Merida up to the garage and pulled Margo into the garage to free her captives. They felt terrible. I was devastated. We loaded their pigs, visited for a few minutes, and when they pulled out, I called Dr. Kyle Anderson.
Back to Crosslake I went. Dad came with me for moral support. Luke was just getting home and chores had to be done. I promised to send updates.
At Crosslake Vet, Dr. Anderson did full body x-rays, ultrasound, and examined her. She was lucky. Other than a bit of road rash, her only major injury was a broken femur in her left hind leg. She was scheduled to have surgery with Dr. Nate Rose, a board certified veterinary surgeon, in St. Paul the next day.
Her bloodwork and surgery on Tuesday all went smoothly. Dr. Rose was able to place two pins on either side of her patella to stabilize the fracture and still allow for the growth plate it affects to grow and move over it. Prognosis is good, but there are possible risks being she is only 5.5 months old and her growth plates have not yet closed. In order to stabilize the fracture, it is possible her growth plate will close early, leaving her left leg shorter than her right. We pray this won't happen, but it will be months before we will know. In the meantime, she gets to wear the cone of shame, be confined to a leash or kennel 24/7, and have her knee iced 5 times per day. Real troubles.
Merida will have post op radiographs taken in 6-8 weeks where we will get the final word from Dr. Rose on how the fracture healed. Though my pocketbook is now significantly thinner.... Merida will live another day. For that we are thankful.