April 22nd 2013 3:13 am
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Progress rarely ever consists of all forward movement. Instead, progress usually consists of making steps forward, backward, and sometimes getting stuck on a plateau for awhile. Lucy Liu's curled toes (also caused by her nerve damage) and her hyperesthesia in her right foot are hindering her progress in using her right rear leg.
Lucy's going to have to wear a padded splint on her right rear foot for awhile. I hope she will accept it without too much fuss and without trying to remove it. Otherwise, she may also have to wear an Elizabethean collar so she can't mess with the splint. Cats generally hate things like bandages and splints, usually making Herculean efforts to remove them the instant they get the chance. However they usually hate wearing such things as Elizabethean collars even more.
Lucy's already upset with me for having to give her antibiotics for her chin problem. The abscess has almost totally receded but she still needs antibiotics for a while longer. Being a typical cat, she hates having to be pilled. She's too smart for her own good too. When she sees me get out the bottle that has her antibiotics in it, she immediately does a disappearing act (one drawback of her having freedom of the entire house now.)
It's tough when you have to do things like subject your cat to having things done to them that they don't like, but that are for their own good. I wish it was possible to just tell Lucy that these things that have to be done are for her own health and quality of life. I wish she could understand that if she just tolerates these things that must be done, this difficult time of antibiotics and splints will be over with soon and the result for her will be more than worth it.
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You have come so far Lucy Liu ~ try very hard to let your mom help you heal and let the splint do its work. we are keeping you in our prayers and we are so proud of you Sweetie. hugs Anna
I will gather up some angels and see if we can have a little talk with Lucy. Perhaps we can persuade her to be a bit more patient.
We are sending many positive thoughts to you and Mom, Lucy! We know progress is slow. Izzie was in a cage for 6 weeks when I rescued him and then, when he got out, he got tummy troubles and had to be pilled. Whatever progress we made went out the door! Has your mom tried the inflatable "donut" e-collar? They're not as burdensome as those big plastic ones. We think you can get them on the 'Net.
Hang in there, sweet girl! We're sending purrs and nose-boops.