Thursday, July 10, 2014

A toe of woe

I was really excited to share some fun things with you this week... Amelia and I got to enjoy the boat and my lake this weekend for a little while.  But, I'll have to share that another day.  Unfortunately, I need some good thoughts and crossed paws... again.

Monday morning I woke up with a very heavy limp and I wasn't putting much weight on my left front paw.  This is the paw where I had my toe amputated from in February.  After the momma looked closely, she noticed my other toe was a bit swollen.  Worried even more that it was the same paw, she phoned the vet and thankfully caught Dr. Mike while he was there, since he doesn't usually see patients on a Monday.  He let me come in to see him though, because I'm special.  My toe kept getting bigger and bigger as the day went on... Dr. Mike was also concerned and put me on some antibiotics, hoping it's just an infection, since there was a tiny cut on my toe. The swelling has gone down slightly since Monday, but not as much as the momma was hoping for. 
The momma also mentioned to Dr. Mike that I've been kind of "off" lately.  Nothing specific or urgent, which is why we didn't make an appointment, but some things she's noticed that worry her a bit.  My breathing can be sporadic and labored at times, mostly at night time, I've been laying in positions that I don't typically lie in unless I'm not feeling well and just some other unusual, weird tidbits that when singled out aren't too concerning.  Dr. Mike noticed that I've lost some of my expert muscle tones and my skin/fur is definitely worse than it was before.  It was decided that I will be gradually decreasing my prednisone until I'm off of it completely.  For a number of reasons, but mainly because it seems to be doing more harm than good for my body right now.  We'll be trying some alternative ways to keep my back pain at bay.
My nurse.
To make matters worse, the momma woke up last night to me having one of my trancey seizures.  The dad thinks he saw me have one a few nights ago when the momma wasn't home, so last night would make my 3rd.  I go back to see Dr. Mike tonight to assess where my toe is and to discuss some other options and where to go from here.  The dad is building me my very own ramp to my back yard so I won't have to do the 4 stairs anymore.  It'll be almost the length of my house, so it should make it easier on my back than doing the stairs, which seem to be hard on me in the morning.
This was me this morning.
The momma is hoping we can figure out a way to keep the Corbin happy and healthy and around for quite a bit longer.  I'm hoping for that, too.


  1. Sending POTP for Corbin, and hugs for everyone. He's a special guy.

    Monty and Harlow

  2. Poor Corbie - you really have been having a rough time of it. We have our paws crossed for you buddy and are sending lots of healing vibes your way

  3. Corbin,
    Momma and I are so very worried about you. It sounds like all sorts of weird stuff going on. Your momma is right to be concerned that you are "off" because our humans can see things that vets and folks can't because they don't watch us every day.

    I sure hope that you can get back in the wellness zone and am keeping my labrapaws crossed for you. I know that Miss Amelia is being a good nurse.


  4. Oh Corbin! That is not good at all! I'll cross my paws for you!! Do you have a doggie acupuncturist in your area? I knows a lot of dogs that have had AWESOME luck with the needle people. Kisses!

  5. Geez, Corbin! Would you stop falling apart!? you are so very lucky to have such a beautiful nurse. Sending you lots of love.

  6. Corbin,
    We are sendin' you lots of good wishes and healin' prayers. We LUVS you buddy!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

  7. Oh Corbin, not good, dude! I mean, me and my sis is all gimpy and owie and falling down and stuffs but we is old geezers and you be just a young pup. You get youself better.

  8. Yikes, Corbin, you need to stop this and get better! We've got four sets of paws crossed at our house plus Momma's hands and feet too. We're all pulling for you!!

  9. Corbin, we have all 12 paws crossed for you!

    -Bart, Ruby and Otto

  10. We are praying for you, Corbin. Darned toes!!

  11. We will keep our paws crossed tight for you. Good thing you have Amelia to nurse you to good health.

  12. This makes me so sad! You are always in my prayers, Corbin! My boys are always thinking good thoughts about you too, and I'll make sure they use their power of the paws for you. I hope the vet figures out what's going on and get you back to normal. Please keep us updated!

  13. Sweet boy! I'm so sorry you're going through all this. I hope the vet can figure out something for you! Until then I'm sending lots of get well smooches.

  14. Oh Corbin you poor baby. Hope your toe and those seizure monsters go away
    Lily & Edward

  15. Oh Corbin, we are so sorry to hear this! We hope all this goes away soon and you are feeling better!

  16. We are sending you lots and lots of AireZen and positive vibes, Corbin. We need you to feel better soon!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  17. Keep da chin up Corbin my pal….yoo is da strongest doggie I kno….we haz conffydense dat yoo be well soon