Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lucy's Back!

Lucy spent 10 days with the dog trainer, learning good manners.  She came back on Saturday to show us her new skills.  Everyone is able to enjoy Lucy, now that she is working on her social skills.  Conversely, Lucy is able to enjoy the company of us, as well.  We have to practice with her a lot for the next several months, to make sure her new lessons stick.  We'll also have a couple of follow up visits by her trainer, to learn a few new commands and cement some of the old ones.  Welcome back, Lucy!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

New Casts

Happy Frrrrsaturday everyone!  Yep.  It's not Friday anymore.  But at least I'm posting.  I made an honest effort to get a good picture of these casts yesterday.  I was going for a video (which I still plan to accomplish), but it didn't work out.  We may have to put the out takes on here, though. :)

Anna's legs are healing well enough that she graduated to short casts with shoes.  She is allowed to do some weight bearing, but it is really hard for her, and her knees are sore from not being able to move them for so long.  She should be wearing these casts for at least another month.  We go check in with Dr. Frick again in early June.

So, the story behind the stripes...  Poor Grant, the kid-friendly, happy guy that helps Dr. Frick with casting, has been shunned by Anna.  She holds a grudge against him for wrapping her in fiberglass, wielding a very loud saw, and...well...being a boy.  Grant is always trying to cheer her up, so he offered to give her candy cane striped casts.  He said she would be the only person in North Carolina with casts like these.  I suspect you're not really supposed to do striped casts, because for every color, you have to open a new pack of material.  I'm sure that doesn't make whomever does the budget very happy.  Grant said he striped a cast before, but they were large and he just wound a flat layer over what was already on there.  To do Anna's, he had to cut off a piece and fold it in half.  That makes them a little 3-D as well, because the stripes are thick.  It reminds me of fondant on a cake.  Thank you Grant.  We love you!  Even if Anna refuses to speak to you, and she glares, and gives you "5" with her fist.  :)