Just a quick update to show you a picture of Cory’s back, taken on May 27th, 2010 (about 9 weeks after surgery for cauda equina syndrome). His scar is showing tremendous improvement, and the DERMagic Skin Rescue Lotion appears to be starting to work some of its magic as well. It’s hard to see in the photo, but hairs are sprouting up all over the bare area. We’re staying hopeful he’ll get his shiny coat back soon!
Cory’s last seizure was on May 22, 2005. I was very concerned that the recent MRI and surgery which he had for Cauda Equina Syndrome would cause his seizure threshold to lower and he would be having them again, but he is getting a little stronger every day and it seems if it was going to happen, it would have by now. My heart goes out to anyone who is still battling the seizure monsters. Cory wishes all of you a happy day!
Today is Cory’s 13th birthday! He was in a happy mood this morning, and we took extra time to snuggle with him before we got our day going. He wants me to say hi to all of the people who care about him, and to thank you for following his story. We completed our first month of hydrotherapy with yesterday’s session, and he is gradually getting stronger and walking with less limping.
It’s been 7 weeks since cauda equina surgery, and Cory’s hair still isn’t growing back very well, so we applied Dermagic Skin Rescue Lotion to help heal the wound and promote hair growth. Here’s the video!
Quick update: Cory’s Story is in the hands of the publisher now and we’re so excited! We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
P.S. – If you’re interested in the Dermagic Skin Rescue Lotion, visit Dermagic’s website at http://www.dermagic.com
There was family in town on Wednesday so I got to go home and visit Cory. I’m very happy to say that I am seeing tremendous improvement! Sandy beamed as she told me that she had just taken Cory for the best walk he’s had since the surgery. She described how he’s figured out a way to walk “like a panther” in which he just seems to get into a zone and walk very methodically, seemingly without any pain. When he walks around the house he still limps on his front shoulders, but there doesn’t seem to be any pain in his hind legs anymore.
He definitely also has much more feeling back in his hind legs. Before the surgery, it seemed that he would just lose control of them. He’d be standing and then his hind end would collapse underneathe him. I haven’t seen that happen once since the surgery, though he is still a little wobbly in the hind end. This is more likely due to atrophied muscles though, since he hasn’t been able to get much exercise since the surgery.
He had his first hydrotherapy session a couple weeks ago and his next one is coming up in a couple days. We have talked with several people who absolutely swear by the effectiveness of it, so we are staying positive about the potential results. Of course, the goal is to get Cory physically healthy enough to be able to swim and take care of himself this summer during our usual camping trips.
Oh, and one last thing – Sandy has submitted the book “Cory’s Story” to a publisher, so it’s just a matter of time before the book is released! Hang in there!
I took this photo of Cory last night. He likes it when I let him babysit his beloved tennis ball. He is not yet able to chase after it. It has now been 5 weeks since his surgery for Cauda Equina (ruptured disks). He is so happy to be on the mend!