First of all, thank you so much for all your comments and emails last week. This has been a tough experience for the three of us, but all the support (and hearing from dog owners who have been through the same thing) is really comforting. I’ll get to a Lucy update in a minute.
A few really fun things to share with you to kick off the week (is it cold where you are? Temps have really dropped here!). I can’t say enough good things about these sweatshirts from Everlane. Joe calls them my Bill Belichick sweatshirts, because the concept of a short sleeved sweatshirt confuses him. But you can ignore my husband — trust me when I say, these sweatshirts are amazing. They’re warm, but not too hot, soft, roomy, and chic enough to wear out (they’d look great with a pair of leather leggings — faux or not — and a big statement necklace). Plus, I can’t get over the price — only $30 each!
Gift guides abound online, and like previous years, I won’t be bombarding you with too many posts here. However (like previous years), I’m going to launch a little Holiday Shop sometime this week, with lots of gift picks from both big and small companies, as well as a link roundup with gift wrap inspiration, entertaining and recipe ideas, DIY gift ideas, and more. It’s nearly done — I’ll let you know when it’s live. But in the meantime, you should check out Restoration Hardware’s stocking stuffer collection. It’s one of my favorites to peruse every year, because they stock some of the coolest, most unique little gifts. I’ve bookmarked a couple different things to give to Joe!
So yeah, Taylor Swift. Who all has downloaded 1989? I kind of love it. You too?
The “Julie” from the movie Julie & Julia is pretty much one of the O.G. bloggers, so I have to give her props for that; however, when I originally saw this movie, I couldn’t wait for her scenes to end and Meryl Streep’s to begin. Luckily, someone has rectified that little problem — by cutting together all the Julia scenes from the movie, and eliminating all of the Julie ones. Poor Amy Adams. You can watch the whole thing here. Thank you for sharing this, Cass!
Finally, I’ve said it before, I’ll probably say it again: where has this year gone? Here I am, ordering holiday cards. HOLIDAY CARDS. I can’t believe it. We’re ordering from Minted.com again, and like last year, I’m teaming up with them to host a giveaway here! Look for more details on that early next week; in the meantime, you should check out their card collection here and their art prints here (for you or for gift ideas!), to plan for what you’d get if you won the giveaway. :)
Okay, on to a little Lucy update.
Unexpectedly, we got to bring her home Friday in the late afternoon! We stopped by the hospital to visit her, and it was clear she was very, very down. We felt like her spirits would be lifted and she’d rest more comfortably if we could bring her home, and the neurosurgeon said she was doing well enough that it would be okay if we wanted to bring her home then instead of waiting another day, so we jumped at the chance.
She is definitely more comfortable at home and we’ve seen glimpses of her old personality, but I won’t lie, it was a long weekend. She is in pain, which is being managed well with medication, but if we move her the wrong way, she certainly lets us know. Unfortunately, she is refusing to do her business on command and with our assistance (plus, we can’t hold her up for too long because she’s just not strong enough yet to put that much weight on her legs), so she’s holding it until she ends up going in her pen — thank god we have a washer and dryer in our apartment, and thank god someone invented baby wipes. We’re a little scared we’re going to hurt her, so we’re trying not to move her around too much except for her short “physical therapy” sessions a few times a day (in which we massage her legs and bicycle them through with our hands, to increase blood flow to the area and make sure her muscles don’t atrophy too much). Lucy had the luxury of sleeping in bed with us before; now, she obviously can’t for her own safety as she heals. But, if we keep her in the bedroom with us, she gets confused and anxious as to why she can’t come up and snuggle, so we’re keeping her in our living room and switching off nights sleeping on the couch, in case she has an accident or is in pain and needs our help.
It’s a lot. We’re both exhausted and overwhelmed, but we’re not complaining, because we would gladly do this all over again if it meant she’d be okay.
Lots of positives: she is eating well and has a good appetite (glimpse of old Lucy personality: I made her boiled chicken and have been combining that with her regular food, and she sniffs every piece I feed her to ensure it’s mostly the chicken and not too much of the normal dog food in a single bite), and physiologically, she’s showing more movement and feeling in her legs. She has tried to push herself up on her front legs several times, which is great news! She still can’t stand on her own, but I know she will get there. She had a pretty massive trauma to her spinal cord, so as swelling goes down and her pain lessens, I think she’ll improve even faster. It’s an exercise in patience; for now, we sit with her and talk to her and let her know we love her, and she seems to like that. We’re hanging in there.
A number of you commented that you had been through the same thing (IVDD surgery) with your dog. I know every case is different, but I’d be interested in hearing more from you guys about how recovery went, and any tips and tricks you have from these early days when your baby needed lots of extra care and help. One thing we are struggling with is the sling the vet gave us to help hold her up — it seems to cause her pain and she really hates it (plus, even though it’s supposed to relieve pressure on human backs when we hold her, it’s doesn’t). If anyone has any advice in this department, it’d be much appreciated! You can comment below or email me, if you feel like it (and thank you!!!!).
I’ll keep everyone updated as she progresses; for now, thank you again for all your love and support.