I am Walter and this is my World.

I am Walter and this is my World.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Pins Held!

GREAT NEWS! We took X-rays yesterday and Walter's Pins are right where they should be! They held! The scar tissue is forming, Walter's body has accepted his new bionic legs!

I was hoping to put up images of his before/after X-rays, but the technology is too advanced for me right now...

The only small thing is one bone is still fractured. It is floating in betwixt two bones that have healed (this is in the pelvis region where bones triangulate,) so it is something we may have to operate on in the future, as it may be a catalyst for arthritis. I am thinking I need to research bone/joint regrowth/health etc...

Also, the vet was a bit pessimistic about his foot ever healing. (This is NOT his rehab vet, this is the his primary caregiver vet.)

VET: "His back foot may never heal, you know."

ME: (locking eyes with her like Clint Eastwood) "And it may."

VET: (pauses,) "Yes, it may."

ME: (deadpan) "Well we're going with that one."

VET: (nodding, registering my compulsive-obsessive glare) "All right then. Okay."

So we're going with the foot healing. If anyone has any info on nerve regrowth, send it our way, because we're not giving up. No how, no way.


Pearl said...

THANK YOU for this update! YAAAAY!

I just KNEW the pins would hold!

I am 100% behind you on the fact that his foot WILL heal. Walter also 'may not have lived' after the accident- and he did! And he also 'may never walk again'... but he DID! So those negative comments just don't phase me at all!

Our Walter can do anything! I am so happy you guys got good news, Heather.

Bubba T Pug said...

Good Job Mommy and Walter! The foot will heal just look at how far Walter has come so far in 8 short weeks.

BRUTUS said...

Yeah Walter!! I just knew it would be good news! A day to celebrate indeed!

Don't let that vet get you down about the foot. You've seen improvement, right?? We doctors would rather have patients expect less, then be exstatic when they outdo our predictions! If we gave everyone fantastic prognoses, some would be mad at us when things didn't turn out that way. It's part devil's advocate, part realism, part CYA (cover your ass).

Just be patient. Nerves grow VERY slowly (.25mm/month), so it takes a LONG time to see the results. Keep doing the therapy for now - someday he might plateau, and yes it might not be 100%. But from what you've reported, I just have a feeling that Walter will keep improving!

Now go have some champagne, will ya??? LOL

Michelle & Brutus

Sequoia & Petunia said...

Yeahs!!! We are so happy to hear that everything is healing and held after this last surgery. We are also behind you that the foot may heal.

When Petunia came to me 2 years ago she could not even do one little stair. Now after supplements, love, and hope...my little girl can do 2 to 3 steps (dpends on size)all by herself! Walter's foot can heal!!

Anonymous said...

Oh that is wonderful news!

I am fully behind you, his foot will heal. Walter and you are working so hard and i believe it will pay off.

Harry Pugalicious said...

That's great news, Walter! We's happy for you and your Mom.

We says your foot is gonna heal. Silly vet - they don't knows everything!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

yay walter and heather!

what fabulous news! you are so right! walter's foot will show them all!

he is a true miracle and will heal!(he IS healing! :))

m & e

Stubby said...

I doing my happy dance! Hooray for Walter!

Just like Pearl said, the negative comments don't phase me at all. You have been told that Walter wouldn't do this and Walter wouldn't do this, and look where you are today.

Walter continues to improve and amaze the medical community. He isn't finshed yet, not at all. Go Walter go!

Stubby xoxo

agent99 said...

So (so, so) happy to hear your good news!!! I love the drama of mom's report of the conversation. (Heather, ever thought about screenwriting?) Don't give up on the therapy - nerves can take a full year before healing stops, AND sometimes nearby nerves can take up some slack. I'm hearing the theme to the Six MIllion Dollar Man in my head right now - don't you hear it?

Lilo, The Great Rock Eater said...

YEAH!!!!!!! Go Super Walter!!! We are so happ to hear the pins are holding. As for the rest, technology is changing everyday. You never know what tomorrow will bring!! Keep the faith and if we find anything on bone or nerves, we will passit along!!

Jess & Lilo

Rosie said...

Excellent!!!! and that is the spirit - No Way No How - Walter Will Heal!!!!!

Pug Posse said...

Yay!!! That's the best news I've heard all day!!! I just knew it would be a good report! Walter is the most amazing pug we know and you are wonderful for loving him like you do and keeping so optimistic :-)

Pug hugs and kisses,
Vikki and the Pug Posse

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

We are going with the foot healing too! And we are SO happy to read the great update! I have been worried about you while away from blogging - still thinking of you and sending lots of love and hugs and prayers!
Good luck at your book reading!

Nettie said...

Awesome news! So....does that mean he can bust out of scamperland, or does he still have to limit his walking? I say you have a "take down the wall" party when he is ready. I can't wait til when he can sit on your lap again when you work...I think that will make you both happier!!

Yoda and Brutus said...

Great News!! Thanks for the update.

Go Walter Go!

Dutch the Pug said...

Ohh were so happy to hear the great update! That is fabulous news! We know Wallys foot will get better too, there is no stopping puggies, they may be small but they are tough too!

Smilingpug (aka Winston Wilbur) said...

GREAT NEWS! this is so positive. Now on another note.... "the foot may never heal"! hmpf! remember back to the day this tragedy struck and the initial diagnosis was...... he may not make it through the night!!!!!!! well they can eat their words. Look at him now!

Emily said...

Here's what I know about HUMAN nerve growth. My brother fell through a glass aquarium and severed all of the muscles, all of the nerves, all of the veins, well you get the picture. He still has no sensation in parts of his hand, BUT my parents bought a machine that delivers electric impulses that you just attach to the skin, and you can adjust it. The physical therapist swore that the machine helped.

Heather and Walter said...

Emily, I wonder if your brother remembers the name of the machine? I would get one for Walter!

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Thank you for sharing the update!
Walter will heal. He is still healing, and the miracle is still happening.
We know it will heal- in time.

Ike said...

I'm so glad you're doing better!
Pee S: My mom was sad to miss Blue this morning because she didn't work until 2:00. Give Judy some kisses for me!

Oakley and Swisher said...

Glad to hear the good news Walter with your determination and your mom's support you have a pretty great chance of being back to 100 % or pretty darn close. Keep on healing buddy.

Lots of Licks--
Oak and Swish

dw said...

So, yeah, Walter's foot will be okay. Positive thinking, positive vibes, yep, those will help, along with Walter's wonderfully SuperPug spirit!! Great news!

The Devil Dog said...

You are just awesome! Love the Clint Eastwood glare.