If you follow us on Instagram, you already know that Bentley had to have surgery yesterday. To make the long story short, he completely tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his back right leg. We’re not really sure how it happened, but we soon found out that it’s one of the most common dog injuries. We took Bentley to a specialist and he told us since Bentley is so small, there was a slight chance new cartilage would grow and it would slowly heal itself. For that reason, he told us to wait a month and see if there was any improvement then we would talk about surgery.
About a week went by and one morning, Bentley couldn’t walk. At all. Needless to say, Greg and I were super concerned and called the specialist. After another examination, we found that because of the extra weight Bentley had been putting on the other legs to compensate for the back leg that was out of commission, he injured his front left shoulder – causing him not to be able to walk. At this point, the torn ACL was causing more problems that would only get worse. So, it was time for surgery now rather than later.
The night before the surgery, Greg was pulling an all-nighter in his office here at home for work and I couldn’t sleep. The thought of Bentley not knowing what was coming his way in the morning and the thought of him being confused and scared had me frustrated and sad. I was completely aware of this being a very routine surgery that is done all the time, but Bentley has a very difficult and complicated health history that could possibly cause complications during simple/routine procedures. Needless to say, this dog mom was worried.
Yesterday morning, Greg and I took him to the hospital and handed him over to the trusted hands of the specialist – and I didn’t cry a tear! Greg was so proud of me, haha. However, I did do the borderline-overbearing-dog-parent thing and gave the nurse an info sheet on Bentley complete with his photo, allergies, health issues, etc. Even though all of that stuff was already in his file, I wanted to make double sure everyone was aware. I know. I’m that dog parent.
Around 1:00 that afternoon, we got a call from the surgeon letting us know the surgery was done and everything went well. There were a few complications working around his previous surgery (scar tissue, etc) as well as a meniscus tear, but all of that was fixed and Bentley was on his way to recovery. Needless to say, this made us super happy – and super anxious to get him home.
Bentley is now home and resting well-ish. He’s in a lot of pain (lots of whining, grunting, shivering and trying to find a comfortable position), but we hope he somehow knows it’s going to get better. Oh, and he already knows how to take the cone off – which is why one of us needs to be with him at all times. Yes, the next several weeks are going to be… interesting. By the way, I totally shopped his leg in the above photo because there’s a bunch of red spray adhesive that’s holding the bandage and it doesn’t look too pretty.
All of that being said – and yes that really was the “short” version – posts are going to be ultra light this week. Since this surgery was somewhat unexpected, we’ve had to press pause on pretty much everything going on around here – posts and all – and move things to next week. We’ll probably be popping in tomorrow, but we just wanted to share what’s going on in our neck of the woods. So, stay tuned. We’ll have lots of painting and picture-hanging next week that will have you on the edge of your seat. Okay, maybe not on the edge of your seat, but you get the idea ; )