Sorry I am so long in getting back but that trip to CSU nearly killed me and Chaddo both. I was just unable to do anything but take care of him and he was so bad that he just quit walking at all even with help. Last couple of days he has been doing better and this morning he walked to the window and barked. Probably don’t have to tell you it has been hard but we are on the mend now and I am praying that Chaddo can at least get back to where he was.
We made our second trip to the neurology department at CSU and after at the first visit putting surgery on the table they have completely changed their minds. Now they feel that even putting Chaddo under anesthesia for an MRI could make him neurologically worse and certainly surgery could. They didn’t completely take surgery off the table but they are not feeling comfortable with it at this time. What they want me to do is continue acupuncture, start physical therapy and get him a cart so he can be moving around. The physical therapy people say he needs a quad cart (4 wheeled cart). I talked to the people at Eddie’s Wheels and they thought he could go with a counterbalanced cart but now after seeing his videos they concur with CSU that he will need a quad cart. That means that I will have to completely lift him to put him in it. I have thought on this and how I will lift a 92 lb dog and have decided to get the welder down the road to build him a lift. Meanwhile as we wait for the cart and lift Chaddo is still playing ball with me, eating like a horse (although I have put him on a diet) and in general being a happy boy.
I just got Chaddo's dismissal instructions from CSU when we were there on the 24th and this is the Neuro Surgeon's assessment of Chaddo and why they thought that physical therapy, acupuncture and a cart would be a better choice than surgery.