Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thank You for Asking

A few of you dear people have asked about the progress of my big orange Tiny Man after his knee surgery earlier this year.  I've also been contacted recently by Kelli,  a reader whose kitty Emmy was about to undergo the same surgery.  I think she was feeling a little apprehensive and was hoping for some reassurance. 

Thank you to all of you, and I'm pleased to report that at last report Emmy was doing fine.  Great news!

To those who may need a refresher, and others who haven't a clue what I'm talking about, it's covered pretty well in this post.

I am so very pleased to report that Tiny's leg has healed so well, that once his hair grew back (which I might add took for freakin' ever!), I actually forget sometimes that it even happened.  His recovery was pretty much a breeze - considering - and the knee seems to be functioning as well as before the injury.

As mentioned in an earlier post, I had another kitty some years back with the same injury requiring the same surgery.  Jorge's leg healed just fine as well, but it would jut out to the side when he was sitting or crouched down.  Here is a pictorial reminder of what he looked like post-surgery - with Tiny Man when he was actually tiny.



I was expecting the same result for Tiny.  I'd been told that this was common as the ligament repair is done on the outside of the knee as opposed to internally, so the tendency is for it to pull to the side.

Not so this time.  Tiny's leg is perfectly aligned and shows no indication that there was ever anything amiss.  He's such a darn good boy and I love him to beat the band.  That in spite of the fact that he is at this very moment curled up behind me on the seat of my chair while I'm perched at the very edge.  Heaven knows I shan't disturb his slumber.

I have to also confess that your kindness in asking about him has also given me the opportunity to share a few photos that I'd intended to post way back then.  I was always sorry I'd missed the chance, so I'll take it now.

I had hurt my foot just prior to Tiny's mishap and received the following card the very next day from my co-workers.  How someone managed to find one so perfect was crazy!  It was even my left foot!




If that weren't enough, my good and kind friend Laura gave me a little gift bag (she's good at gift bags) with this card included.



She'd taken a photo of me as a child that I'd posted on facebook, stuck a flower on my head, "hinges" on my limbs and a fantastically glittery cast on my right foot!  Fantastic.  BUT - since she wasn't sure which foot had been injured, she'd made the cast removable and provided one for the left foot as well.  Oh my goshness. 

Well then, within days when she heard about Tiny's mishap, what should appear but this:



Can you stand it?  Check out the glittery cast!  The name tag!  His "hinges"! 

I just love that dame.  Her talent, her wit, but mostly her genuinely compassionate heart.  I"m so glad I finally got to share these with you.  What a hoot!

So, to wrap up the tale of Tiny's misadventure, he's really doing well.  I did make the decision to keep him indoors now.  He's still deciding whether he's forgiven me for that, but I just can't take the chance of him re-injuring himself.  He's not a youngster and I'm sure that even though things seem perfectly fine with his knee, I can't help but think it's probably compromised a bit. 

So he sleeps on my computer chair, he sleeps on the couch, and he curls up with me in bed.  Sometimes he gazes longingly out the window which hurts my heart a bit, but I know it's best for him. 

He's safe and I've been feeling his warmth and listening to his purr as I've been writing this





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14 comments:

  1. Aww Sue hes a lovely kitty! Glad hes recovered from his injury/surgery...

    Is he a permanent resident?

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    1. Martin - Tiny Man is a permanent resident - check out his previous entries - a very handsome guy!

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    2. He is a handsome guy I agree Anna - such a cutie :D

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  2. Thank you for the update! When the weather is bad and my guy Bailey is upset he can't go outside I usually crack a window (we have screens on all windows). Smelling the air just sometimes helps. Tiny Man will forgive you in time, and it is a good decision to keep him inside. So glad he recovered - he's looking great!

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  3. Thanks for the update! Tiny Man is such a handsome boy! And your friends cards are amazing!

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  4. Your friend Laura is an absolute doll! I don't think I could have stopped giggling after getting that second card :)

    So glad he healed and is doing so well.

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  5. Laura's cards are excellent!

    So glad that Tiny Man has healed up perfectly. I know what you mean about it hurting to see him looking longingly out the window- Scarlett was an outdoor cat when I got her and even though she's been indoors for five years now, I still catch her gazing wistfully at the great outdoors.

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  6. Laura's cards are excellent!

    So glad that Tiny Man has healed up perfectly. I know what you mean about it hurting to see him looking longingly out the window- Scarlett was an outdoor cat when I got her and even though she's been indoors for five years now, I still catch her gazing wistfully at the great outdoors.

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  7. Maybe Tiny Man would enjoy going outside on harness and leash. I've had 3 cats who enjoyed it. The stray I took in seemed to think it was an extra measure of protection for her.

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  8. I'm sure that Rosie is thrilled that her crush Tiny Man is all indoors, all the time now.

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  9. Tiny man is sure a looker! I had only seen his kitty picture before.

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  10. Have you considered taking him out using a leash and harness? One of my cats is trained to walk on a leash, and while I'm sure he'd rather run as he pleases, he's normally happy to take what he can get ^_^;;

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  11. I know the warmth and fear of a sleeping cat on a computer chair. Do I move and let the cat fall? Do I stay put? Can I work like this? Then the purrs start and all is well with the world. I am so glad Tiny Man has recovered. May I assume sleeping on the bed is a small offset to not going outside?

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  12. Aw, what a sweetie! Looking out windows is perfectly normal kitty behavior, and doesnt mean they want out. Star totally freaked out the one time she accidentally got out and she's a window sitter all the time! I'd only worry that he's missing outside if he tried to run out the door every time it opened.
    So glad he's doing so well!!

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