Akemi and I came back from visiting the farmer’s market to find Jelly’s water bowl upended and Jelly splayed out on the wet hardwood floor. Her head was completely drenched and I suspect she must have done a face plant into the water before losing her balance and falling…and then not being able to get back on account of her arthritic joints and hip dysplasia. I dried her off and took her out back to see if she was okay. On the one hand, she is still able to squat/support herself and do her business; on the other hand, she can barely walk. So, I whisked her off to the local animal hospital where they did an x-ray and discovered her right hip is dislocated. If she were younger, the vet would recommend surgery but given her advanced age (fifteen and half – which is about 78 in human years) he’s suggested pain management might be the best way to go. She’s already on Metacam and she was on Tramadol, but the vet suggested we try Gabapentin.
So, we’ll see how that works out but I face a bit of a dilemma here. If her hip is dislocated, my initial response would be to curtail her walks and save her the pain of putting pressure on the joint. But if I don’t walk her, I’m afraid her muscles will atrophy. What to do?
While at the farmer’s market, Akemi and I came across a stand for Beyond Bread (http://beyondbread.ca). While waiting to be served, someone stepped up – and got served before us. I waited, impatiently, and then when they had moved on, I started making my order – when the guy redirected his attention to ANOTHER couple. At that point, I was ready to leave – but Akemi desperately wanted a poppyseed bagel. Fortunately, another guy – who apparently WASN’T wearing blinders – noticed us standing there and took our order. Akemi got her bagel and I picked up a couple of amaretti and pistachio-lemon cookies:
Sweet, citrusy, and slightly bitter from the almond…and my customer service experience.
Which reminds me. I watched Elysium yesterday and, after that experience, have decided to start a Worst Recent Watches movie list. You’ll find it in the right sidebar under my Top 20 Recent Reads.