Monday, August 27, 2012

Nurse Pixel Gets a Lesson in Being a Good Patient

"A second of freedom, a moment of fun, a bad decision on Mommy's part and me being an adventure dog."
Pull up a seat friends and have a rice krispie treat with me. My "Monday Mischief" is all part of a grander story. 
Have you ever had a really brilliant idea that you just knew would be the best thing ever...only to discover it wasn't so great in the end? Well, that was me, convalescing Pixel Blue Eyes, on Sunday afternoon/evening.
I really need to first explain my current situation. I finally got my much needed tail surgery on Wednesday to correct my badly docked tail that has caused me years of pain and suffering. My Mommy and I have been chronicling all about it on my Pixel Blue Eyes Facebook page, as well as on our campaign page to educate about tail docking dangers called No Tail Left Behind.
Here's what happened Sunday, in which I got into a little mischief 3 days after major surgery...
Mommy and I were sitting on the couch together and hanging out with the family. She'd removed my 'flotation device' (blue protective collar, aka 'neck pillow') for a while just to give me a break from it. Well, Mommy got up for a minute to get something, I saw the chance for a moment of 'freedom' and I TOOK IT! I jumped off the couch and found Mommy, but I wasn't walking, I was doing a funky bunny hop thing. Though it made them laugh because I was cute, they were worried about me exerting myself only a few days after surgery. That was when Mommy also saw that I had pulled off my pretty yellow tail wrapping and had probably given my stitches a good nibble.
With that worry in mind, Mommy went into full 'Nurse' mode. She should have been wearing my nurses outfit since she was so official...really! First she analyzed my tail wound, and was very glad to see all the tiny stitches still in tact. Then she gently cleaned the surrounding area without getting my stitches wet, and finally, she wrapped my tail again while Grammy held me up and sang to me. Mommy was super gentle, as always, but it hurt and I moaned into Grammy's arms. I was SUCH a good sweet girl Mommy said, for staying there and not moving. It only hurt because Mommy had to lift up my tail at the base to access it. I was distressed afterwards, so Mommy gave me a little medicine to help me relax and feel better. Needless to say, I must wear my blue protective collar all the time right now.  
 As I reflect back on this experience, I realize that being a good patient is very important when you are sick, in hospitals or at home. Getting into mischief is really fun, but you must be careful not to do something that will 'get you' later. 
For the time being, I will rest and try not to take any more adventurous risks until I am all healed from my surgery. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers, and know that Mommy is taking GREAT care of me. I think I taught her all my Nurse Pixel skills, so she is doing a fine job.

What did you do this weekend? I'd love to hear. Just leave me a comment and tell me ALL about it. I always love hearing about my friends.


  1. I think schnauzers and mischief go hand in hand! when rocket got a growth removed from his leg, mom did everything she could to keep him from getting to the stitches. but rocket kept taking everything off and getting to his leg until there was maybe 2 stitches left. take care of that tail pixel!

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  2. i'm so sorry for your tail troubles. docking should be considered mutilation and should be illegal.
    i found you on the blog hop!

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  3. Hi Pixel, So sad to see you in your neck pillow but I know it is for your own good and it sure beats a cone! Mom taught me the command no lick when I had surgery and I obeyed really well so I only had protection when she was gone. Keep up your speedy recovery and enjoy all the attention you are getting! Emma :)

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  4. OH PIxel I didn't know you had surgery! I hope this takes care of your problem. I see you learned the tricks of a dog for "milking" it for all you can. Just look at all the extra special attention and love you got after you got into mischief with your tail. That's why mommies are great! They worry about us instead of being angry. Get well soon. Love M.J.

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  5. Oh dear Pixel you poor little thing. I hope you feel much better very soon. Sending nose kisses and paw hugs. xxxx

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  6. Dear Pixel, I just read all about your surgery. I hope you'll get all better asap. I'm sending you lots of good vibes and pawesome juju. Those photos of you are fantastic. You're adorable!

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  7. Do you discover you experience difficulty resting because of rest apnea? Tired of awakening amidst the night attempting to slow down? Thankfully there is an answer as a rest apnea pillow.

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