Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day - To Me!

I've decided to give myself a very special Valentine's gift this year to celebrate the second half-century of my life. I retrieved my old training schedule written out specifically for me by Charlie Storm back when he was my cycling coach a few years ago and am going through it again to get back into shape for the spring/summer cycling season. Today is day two and it didn't take me long to remember just how tough my training plan was! However, I know the payoff will be worth the effort, as I saw excellent results with it previously and I'm looking forward to regaining some significant fitness and strength using Charlie's proven techniques.

Heck, I think I might even sign up for a couple of local races this spring, just to give myself some goals to work toward...

Fry Update

Good News! At the veterinarian's office this afternoon, it was decided that in light of how well Fry's torn toenail was healing, no surgery would be required at this time after all. So for now he will remain on the oral antibiotics to finish out the week's course, and will continue with the twice daily Betadine cleansings. The vet said she could not explain the inexplicably fast healing and apparent painlessness of the wound and suggested either Fry was a very lucky little boy or we were doing an excellent job of caring for the injury or (more likely, in my opinion) both. Regardless, we're very pleased and hope to have Fry back on his regular activity schedule in short order.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Off To The Hospital

Well, I thought we could escape a hospital visit, but it just wasn't in the stars...

Our little boy suffered an unfortunate nasty torn toenail on his right hind foot during his trail run a few days ago. The nail appeared to be severed cleanly with no fragments hanging, but the "quick" was clearly exposed. Oddly enough, Fry never yelped or cried or gave any signs of being hurt at all. In fact, had I not noticed him licking substantial amounts of blood off his foot once we arrived back home, his behavior otherwise would never have indicated what I would have expected to be a very painful injury.
On the advice of the veterinarian, we initially treated it with twice daily dilute Betadine cleansing along with oral antibiotics. The wound surprisingly didn't seem to be really bothering Fry at all and there were no nail fragments needing to be trimmed off, so careful monitoring and home treatment were recommended. However, within a couple of days, Fry began licking and worrying the toe and the "quick" started appearing raw looking and seemed to be getting more irritated.
As a result, Fry will be heading to the hospital for an inpatient day procedure this week to surgically remove the irritated "quick" under anesthesia in an effort to try and relieve his pain, ward off infection, and speed up the healing process. Hopefully our little furbaby will be back to his old self and feeling better soon.