around 9:30am, i received a call at work that she had somehow injured her neck or back, had a very swollen neck, couldn't move her head or body, and they were very concerned about her. needless to say, i had a mini-meltdown at work, then rushed to the daycare to be with her until the hubs got there.
they don't know how it happened, just that she was chasing a ball around, then wouldn't come out from under some stairs. they think she chased her ball under the stairs and somehow tweaked her neck/back in the process.
x-rays can't determine if she has a slipped disk, if the injury is more muscle related, or if it's entirely more serious, but in the few days since she was injured, it's been heartbreaking to watch her go from a silly frenchie to a dog that is lifeless and stays completely frozen because every movement causes her pain to the point where she starts shaking uncontrollably and yelps.
she has to be carried outside when needed, she won't drink water or eat food from her bowls because that movement hurts too much, and is on pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory meds. for the next 2-6 weeks she'll have to be kept in her pen, with completely restricted movement, and for the rest of her life, she won't be allowed to jump on/off anything, climb stairs or play rough to prevent permanent spinal injury. she'll also only be able to be on a harness rather than a lease.
we found out through this process that frenchies, while they are stocky and may appear to be very 'solid' and strong, actually have very weak necks and backs.
watching her in pain and unable to communicate what's wrong has been heart-breaking. i know she's not a child, and i can only imagine how much more difficult it would be to watch your child in pain and suffering. but right now, she IS our baby and has been for the last 3 years. we're praying she heals quickly.
right now, she's in pain -
but we're hoping that she'll soon be back to her old self -
the dog that sometimes shares her kiddie pool with her friends
the dog that loves tennis balls, even though they don't come close to fitting in her mouth
and the dog that will stare down a 2-year old for food - any food!