My youngest has a pit and my middle son has a rottweiler-lab mix. Koopa the pit can kill a toy so quickly that it is amazing and it gets rather expensive. A few weeks back the boys’ dad bought Koopa and Merle each a large pink ball with a handle. It was made for horses so he thought it might last. Merle still has his. Koopas’ lasted a day or less.
This past Tuesday my youngest brought Koopa to play in the yard with a new toy that Nate thought might be hardier as he said it was made for bears. I thought he was joking…a big ball with rope on either end. Koopa had it out in the yard and I went to play and turned too fast or something when he still had the rope on his end and the rope sliced through my calf. It was heavy nylon…not the kind usually found in dog toys.
Very bad laceration. Much blood / very deep…started treating it at home up in the bathroom just pouring water on it…Nate ran for peroxide spray….after 5 minutes or so the DIL came with gauze, etc. and we headed to Med Express.
The doctor there would have preferred to send me on to the hospital but I put my foot down. I was there to stay. Well, she was concerned…this was through all the fatty layers and so close to a tendon and yet sew me up she did. She was muttering about how bad this was and she’d have to use mattress stitches. The wound was the size of my palm or larger.
Well I sew! What’s a mattress stitch? Do YOU sew, Doc? And off we went…with her explaining how it was easier to sew skin than clothes, except for MY situation where she was having troubles :) In the end I had my DIL take a photo with her phone to pass up to me so I could see what a mattress stitch looked like.
I had 19 of them! Don’t worry…I am not showing that photo! Gross! :)
Tetanus shot, antibiotics…elevate the leg, use crutches or hobble only a wee bit. I am used to sitting at the table or in a chair, feet down, when I sew. I could see that sewing wasn’t going to be in the picture for days on end. And not much else. I am not in a lot of pain. If working through pain was the issue it wouldn’t be too bad….it’s the fact that if I blow it and this gets infected or pulls apart then I’d need to see a surgeon.
SO aside from a wee bit of computer time, hobbling to the kitchen to let the dogs out or get a little food….I am not doing much but reading and working my way through “Reign” on Netflix. The DIL has a medical background and she’s changing the dressings for the first few days …that doctor had me terrified about infection, swelling, surgery, premature death, the end of the world, lol…:)
The family is doing dog-poo patrol, carrying laundry baskets, bringing Dairy Queen Rocky Road, lots of pictures and hugs from the little kids, etc. Some sweeping and other things will get done over the weekend. Drives me crazy…I am usually the one to do for them :)
A bit of a blogging break here for awhile until I get back in to the swing of things…:)