Not to go into ALL the gory details, one thing that made this week so crappy was our visit to Madison, WI for Hudson's MRI. It was a long day with a long drive that started out on the wrong foot and ended with getting our feet kicked out from under us.
Hudson did great through the entire day. He is so sweet and just wants to please everyone around him. He couldn't be difficult if he tried and we wouldn't blame him if he was. He has been poked, prodded and driven from vet to vet, not to mention now wearing diapers. Poor baby.
We have been holding off on the diapers hoping to get good news at the MRI but unfortunately the news was worse than we thought. I was pretty certain the MRI would confirm the Wobbler's disease but I wasn't anticipating that it would show us that his ENTIRE SPINE is affected by the disease instead of 2-3 locations. That means there really isn't much we can do moving forward. If you didn't read my other posts regarding Hudson, Wobbler's disease is where the bones around the spine continue to grow literally crushing the spinal cord slowly causing paralysis. It is often found in large breeds like Berners, Mastiffs and Great Danes. It is a genetic disease that usually affects the spinal cord in the neck region but unfortunately Hudson's spine is being crushed in many locations. Surgery would be too invasive and extensive - too much for his body to take and if successful and he survived it would only halt the paralysis not reverse it. So currently he is on a steroid to reduce some of the swelling in hopes to help improve his walking and coordination but it isn't a long-term solution. I am just so thankful that he is not in pain and this will never cause him pain. He is our same happy, sweet and loving little boy- he just walks like he's had one too many.
The little diaper bum.
And his freaky shaved belly from the MRI.
He looks so goofy walking around. You can see here that he has already soaked through his diaper. We really like the diaper and is already saving a lot of scrubbing, washing and cleaning but we'll need a lot more of these to keep up so he doesn't sit in wet diapers for long. And to think, in a few months we'll be changing diapers on our furry baby and our human baby....not gonna lie, it frightens me a little.
But I am happy to do it as along as there is a wet, little bum to diaper. And truthfully, I hope it is a good, long time. We love our Hudson so much and 3, 4, 5 years just isn't enough time with him. That is why we cant worry about how long we may have and we just need to enjoy each day with him, making him happy and comfortable and feeling so very loved!!
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