It’s March 1st, which means Ryan can get the splint off his left arm. I removed it — hopefully, for good — this morning. I’m not convinced though. Even though the Orthopedic feels it is healing and the splint is not necessary any longer, I suspect his arm will need reset. Time will tell. I hope I’m wrong.
Last evening I was sitting at the kitchen table when Duke jumped up on a chair across from me. I couldn’t stop smiling. It was so comical. I had to get a picture. Now, for your viewing pleasure… DUKE (click to enlarge; it’s worth it)!
I’ll definitely add this one to the gallery.
I’m anxious to get the results back on the urine culture. I hope to hear something today. At times it looks like Ryan’s urine might have blood in it, but mostly not. It’s a bit dark this morning, but that could be caused by many other factors other than blood.
We do know Ryan is well hydrated. We can, and do, measure his hydration level (i.e., “specific gravity”) directly from the urine at least once a week. I check it everyday as well with a simply trick. Just pinch and pull up the skin on the back of the hand for 3 seconds. If hydrated, it will almost immediately return to normal. If it takes more than a few seconds to do so, it is a clear sign of dehydration. Go ahead, give it a try. I’ll wait.
I was able to look over the official printed results of Ryan’s blood work. All 16 pages. Amazingly, not even one test was out of normal range. Not one! Normally, for anyone, something is a bit off. Ryan was nearly dead-center in all. Incredible! This confirms, at least to some degree, that we are providing him with the proper diet.
Again, as a disclaimer, I am not giving medical advice. If you haven’t had the chance, I suggest reading this blog’s disclaimer (it will open in a separate window). I tried to inject a little humor into it, so it’s not a boring read. The gist of it is I know nothing and you can’t blame me. It helps to know what you’re getting yourself into…