Wednesday, January 30, 2008

shouldering on

i know my loyal readers have been following the progress of my shoulder with interest, so i thought it was time for an update. this photo is an old one. although herself has been documenting my progress with her camera, i know that many of you are of a gentle disposition. the sight of my now unclothed shoulder might be a little too much for you. so i will try to keep the medical details a little vague.

about a week ago the evil wonderful vet took a sample (this bit is deliberately vague) to send to the lab to see what bugs are living in my shoulder. yesterday he rang herself with the result. it seems i have something called stafflocockus. not to be confused with staffordshire bull terrier, which would be much more painful in your shoulder.

it seems this is good news. there had been a risk that i had something called mrsa which would have been much worse. it also could have been a bit grim for herself, who had bathed my shoulder without covering up a cut on her finger.

anyway, the stafflocockus should respond to one of the many pills i am on.

so now the bad news. as my wound isn't healing this may mean there is another problem stopping my skin from healing.

now for the even worse news. if it doesn't heal up soon i may have to have plastic surgery. this will involve a trip to suffolk, a four day stay in hospital and a bill of about two thousand pounds. which, for my overseas readers, is enough to buy you quite a decent car. as herself has just sold quite a decent car to pay off the credit card bills this news caused a certain amount of alarm. herself will have to do quite a lot of cleaning and gardening to pay for me to have a plastic shoulder.

so there is a lot of pressure on me to get healing. i may have to do extra dog yoga...


Celeste said...

We happened on to your website from FM, and think you are quite the looker! Poop on that bad shoulder and lack of healing, though! Paws crossed in TX for some healing action very soon (do you think it might be all the trips to the, ahhhhhh, "wonderful" vet causing the problem?? we think that vet visits cause immediate wound dehiscence)

Gabi (the appointed scribe for the Wayward whippets)

flutter said...

Well then we will have to do some fundraising, won't we?

Patience-please said...

More whippets, isn't that fun! The combined whippet wishes will surely be enough to heal that pesky shoulder. If not, we vote for the fundraising!

wags from the whippet waggle which is not Wayward but knows them and likes them lots

Iain said...

Blimey, what a first post to read! Heal quickly chap!

deb said...

I didn't know dogs could get MRSA but yes, you're lucky he doesn't have it. Hope he's better soon.

Maddy said...

Eeek! I know little about anything medical [apart from the incredible bills] I didn't even know that there was such a thing as plastic surgery for dogs!

There again my pal had a terrible time with her owner as the treatments were so hard for her to watch, as is so often the case in illness.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

Dear me Joker, you are having a rough time! I do hope that the pills do the job, and you don't need an operation. I hope the 'new girl' is being suitably apologetic and fawning!