Friday, May 28, 2010

My Toenail Fell Off! Yikes!

Oh my gosh!  Yesterday, right in the middle of physical therapy, my toenail that I hurt before just fell off my foot!  I couldn't believe it happened, even though Dr. Patricia said I might lose my toenail.  But it wasn't really lost.  It was right there on the floor, and Dr. Connie found it.  But it hurt when it came off, and then it started bleeding, and I started limping.

So Dr. Connie took me to another doctor whose name I don't remember, and he bandaged my foot with a pink bandage.  And then they put a Cone of Shame on my head and took me out to the lobby where Mom was waiting.  And Mom said she did not want to pay for the Cone of Shame because she already had several of them at home, so they took it off me, but Mom had to pay for my bandage, which cost $26.  Mom said she could have just done it herself at home, and it would have cost a lot less, but she didn't really have a choice because my toenail fell off while we were at that expensive Mission MedVet place.

Anyway, when we got home, Mom found a cone for me to wear, and she put it on me, even though I squirmed and wiggled a whole lot.  Mom thought I would find a way to take the cone off, but so far I haven't figured out how to do that.  I have been way too busy trying to figure out how to walk around and jump on the sofa and sleep and go up stairs with the stupid thing on.  I am getting better at doing these things, but I still have a lot to learn.  Mostly, I just let Mom carry me up the stairs, but going down is easier, so I can do that all by myself.

I have to wear the cone for two or three days, until I get the bandage taken off.  Mom said she might just take the bandage off herself instead of having a vet do it.  Mom even has special bandage scissors.  She learned all about bandaging dogs when we were fostering greyhounds because greyhounds have really thin skin, so they are always getting boo-boos.

Mom said she is very proud of me for leaving my cone on.  She says that I look trés femme with my pink bandage.  That is French for "very girlish."  I like being so pretty and stylish, but I don't like having to wear a bandage that makes me walk funny!

4 comments:

  1. Oh no Piper, how awful for you. To loose a toe nail AND have to wear the cone of shame. My brother Jet the tri-ing had some toe nail problems a while back. It didn't fall off, just sort of split. I think it bothered him because he was real grumpy, but he's always real grumpy so it was sort of hard to tell. You need to tell your mom that healthy toe nails are directly related to eating yummy people food. Let me know if she buys that.

    Your friend,
    Zest superstar in training

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  2. Dear Zest,
    I told Mom about the yummy people food thing, but I don't think she believed me. This morning Mom took off my bandage because it was sliding off my foot and getting all floppy. I still had to wear the Cone of Shame, though. Right now I don't have it on, but when I licked my toenail, it started bleeding, so Mom said she is going to put the cone back on me. I don't know why she is so mean to me. Maybe your mom is nicer. Can I come live with you?
    Your friend, Piper

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  3. I don't know if you'd really want to live here. All dogs that live here have to realize that I'm a Princess, which is just like Queen but without all the responsiblities.

    Also, while mom feeds us people food, we all have to work. I'm a superstar in training, of course. I train hard in conformation, agility, therapy/tricks and sometimes go lure coursing although that isn't like work. The boyz are retired, which means they used to work. Digital, the brindlewonderkid, has over 30 titles and he still does therapy work. (and mom takes him swimming!) Jet the tri-ing doesn't have that many, but he was very tri-ing for mom, so he's retired too. I'm not sure what Pearl-petual Motion the malinois' job is. Mom says she'd be happy if Pearl would just sit still, but I don't really think that's much of a job.

    On the up side, mom does give us muttloaf almost every night with our evening meal. And we do have lots of outdoor space even if the house is small. So anyway, if you can deal with that stuff, my mom's pretty cool and will feed any basenji that shows up on her doorstep.

    Zest superstar in training

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  4. Okay, well, that sounds like way too much work for me, so I guess I will just stick with the mom I already have. And at my house, I get to be the Princess because I am the only girl dog!

    Your friend, Piper

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