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Hi Folks !

Well it was a long day or us all yesterday. Left Co. Wexford at 6.30am and arrived in Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital Co.Cork a little after 9 for Lego's 9.30 appointment.

The orthopedic specialist had a really good look at him. Initially he was there for an arthroscopy procedure but after having another check of his older x-rays and a good feel of the shoulder area, the vet decided he didn't need to preform one as he could determine where the main problem area was. This was good news, as he wouldn't need to be cut !

Apparently he has damaged both the front and back of his shoulder. The lose bone fragment lies to the back but doesn't seem to be causing the pain & lameness. It's the torn tendon, which is becoming mineralised that's the biggest concern.

The vet decided to put Lego out & get 4 more new x-ray views of this area and try re-injecting him with depo-medrone, only this time into the front of the shoulder as opposed to last time, which was into the back of the joint. He only had to shave a relatively small area this time.

We have to wait and see now how long he will get out of this new steroid injection, however the vet has recommended that once it wears off that Legolas will need to come back to Cork for surgery and have the troublesome tendon cut out.

All in all we left Cork at about 3.30 and my poor baby...still very doped slept all the way home, until 6pm. The downside is that for the next two weeks he is only allowed out for two 10 min walks a day in the garden and on the lead !!! and all toilet breaks will also be on the lead...he must be kept quiet and calm at all times !!!! Good Lord...I can already hear the theme music to 'Mission Impossible' playing in my head...how on earth I'm going to manage this I'll never know :) Setters &  a calm/quiet/sedantary lifestyle...just don'tt really go together ! at least I'm off for the two weeks (easter break) & can keep a very close eye on him.

So that's the up-date so far my friends...getting there but not quite over yet, there'll be a surgery in the future at some stage and hopefully after that we can all put it behind us :)       xxx

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Comment by martina mckeag on April 20, 2011 at 7:11am

Agh poor boy hope everthing turns out ok

for him  

Comment by lyn hathaway on April 20, 2011 at 7:31am

hope legos gunna be ok michelle but its going to be an hard task to keep him from running around.

my daughters just had three weeksof it  with her puppy who had to have a  knee replacement and its been horendous trying to keep her still .

youll be the one thats climbing the walls lol

Comment by Dee Rance on April 20, 2011 at 2:51pm
Ahhh poor wee sole, he looks so peaceful in the picture., I hope everything is going to turn out well for him, and that he is soon out of pain....I had a piece of bone floating in my knee and that was very painful. Good luck keeping him quiet.....;o(
Comment by Teresa on April 20, 2011 at 4:24pm

Hope Lego recovers well. Wish you the best of luck with your mission impossible - I just had to manage 2 weeks of no exercise with both my girls and know it's not easy to keep them quiet. Mind games really helped in my case!

Good luck to you both, hope Lego recovers fast and that you both can cope with the resting days ahead!


Comment by Cheryl Gorey on April 20, 2011 at 7:33pm
Thanks for the update Michelle, best wishes for Lego's ongoing recovery!  Good luck with the quiet time!!
Comment by Jo Ottinger on April 20, 2011 at 8:05pm
Hope for a smooth recovery and good luck with the quite time
Comment by Sherry Miller on April 21, 2011 at 12:06am
Michelle Legos looks so out of it in the picture....with my last old gentleman, Shilo I found I had to put the leash on in the house before going into the back yard with him....doing his outside duties was a big chore for him on lead as he was the private sort that never wanted anyone to see him.  First week I kept those walks to strictly our backyard.....as other dogs would have increased his wanting to play.  I got myself some good movies and we sort of vegged out together and watched those movies....He got a lot of massages during those movies.  Good luck on keeping Legos calm.
Comment by Chantal McIlveen-Wright on April 21, 2011 at 4:16am
What a sweet picture!!!  poor Legos... courage my lovely friend, very soon it will be all over. So 101 dalmatians, the lady and the trump, jungle book, Lassy, etc. on the programme?  :-)
Thanks Michelle for the update and the best of luck for both of you.
Comment by Peter Hennig on April 21, 2011 at 6:04am
setters and quiet; good luck with that!! I do hope all goes well for Lego
Comment by Howard Glansfield on April 21, 2011 at 8:17am

I hope Lego recovers quickly and good luck with keeping him quiet!


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