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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 04:04 PM
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That's some great ideas!! When my hubby gets home hopefully we come up with something.

I am having spinal fusion of L4-L5 with hardware. My L4 is totally degenerated and I have a bad tear too. I'm only 30 and praying for a full quick recovery. The pain is unbearable.
Yikes, I hope you have a great recovery! I broke a few vertebrae some years ago and I know how painful spinal stuff is...seems like you can't do anything with tweaking it or causing pain! My best wishes are with you.

I also wanted to add, if you do go with the option I suggested of training her to climb on a platform, be sure you place it at the edge of where she can reach with the tether. I was talking about it with my boyfriend and he pointed out that you don't want her to be able to get tangled in anything, with you unable to free her until your husband comes home.

I also wanted to add with the electric stock fence, they can be a PITA to maintain and need to be tested and checked regularly. If your husband is able to do that on his days off then great, but a wire mesh fence will probably require much less maintenance for a guy who I'm guessing is already going to be doing the majority of household chores while you recover. If you guys get a lot of snow, that may also make it difficult to place the lowest strand close enough to the ground to keep your dog in without running the risk of shorting the fence (the snow itself shouldn't short the fence, in theory anyway, but IME with electric fences in northern CO, it either winds up pressing the tape against a post or something else to short it out, or otherwise messing it up).

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I have spondyolisthysis (sp?) of the spine. I would like to suggest that you very carefully consider ... No surgery. I have not met one person for whom the surgery actually worked. I had one friend who had the surgery and then two weeks in to PT did something and was flat on his back for 10 months. I know the pain seems unbearable, but can you imagine worse? Another friend had 5 surgeries and it did not helped. What helped was a breast reduction and she was only a c cup. She is petite tho.

As to the dog, because of my disability we trained Fiona to be able to go potty on the patio. Can you use pee pee pads on the floor of a room with tile? We tried to train her to go indoors, but she wanted out and does not mind cement.

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I've tried every option but surgery and right now walking in any position other than jumped over I feel like my back is going to snap. I'm always irritable and hurting so bad I can't work and this is no way to live. My dr has had a lot if success with this exact surgery and I plan to do exactly as he says.

My hubby is a firefighter so he works a 24hr shift and we live in a neighborhood out by the lake far from all of our friends and family. Thankfully, we don't get snow here yesterday it was 81. We live in SC. I'm thinking that fencing idea may be best.

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