As far as adjusting to being blind, Lou is definitely getting around the house a little better than she was a week ago. She still gets a little lost from time to time, and she still refuses to go out onto the back deck or use the bathroom in the back yard for some unknown reason; however, she does a much better job of finding the water bowl in the kitchen all by herself, and Lexie has even established a preferred route from the kitchen into the living room, which is through the dining room.
Lexie is also finally becoming more confident about climbing onto the couch, which makes me very happy because that has always been her favorite spot to snuggle and sleep. For a while, she would only get up on the couch at night, after Justin and I had gone to bed. We had tried coaxing her onto the sofa with us several times over the last few days, but she would always just lay down by our feet instead. Then, last night this happened:
I still tear up when I watch that video. Haha!
We also decided not to give Lexie any pain medication last night, as she seemed more alert and hasn't really been showing any signs of pain (when we first brought her home, we knew it was time for her pain medication whenever she would kind of start trembling). Our plan is to cut back on her Tramadol and only give it to her once in the morning because it will help her sleep while we're at work. If she starts showing any signs of pain, of course, we will give her another dose at night, but I really don't think we'll need to.
So, overall, Lexie's first week of recovery has gone fairly smoothly. We're still about another week away from being able to have her stitches removed, but in the meantime these are the next signs of progress that I'd like to see:
- I'm hoping that the swelling above Lexie's right eye will greatly improve within the next week.
- I want Lexie to eat better (we're completely cutting out table food for all the girls).
- I'd love to see Lexie's mood improve.
- We'd eventually like to ween her off the pain medications completely.
- I expect Lexie to become even more familiar with the layout of the house and bump into walls, furniture, etc. much less.