He didn't believe me. I told him over and over, "Merlin, leave those frogs alone". But did he listen? Nooooooo, not Merlin. I warned him. I said, "Merlin, you keep messin' with those frogs, you gonna start lookin' like em." But did he listen? Nooooooo, not Merlin. He just kept sniffin' those frogs.
Things are looking better! Jabber underwent five
days of physical therapy at Dr. Shealy's clinic in Charleston. I picked
him up this weekend and he was much stronger. He is now able to rise
on his own if necessary, although we usually assist him. He is far more
ambulatory and easy to manage. He still needs a lot of sling assistance
to walk around and he tires pretty quickly, but he can drag his "bad"
leg more easily and sometimes he actually uses the leg to steady himself.
Mr. Big has been banished to our new "swandominium"
(ie: swan-jail) until a suitable home can be found. Jabber is now free
to visit the front yard and sit down by the pond, just like the old
days. Unfortunately his urinary tract infection seems to have come back
with a vengeance. I don't know how his caregivers failed to notice that
he is passing cloudy wine-colored urine. No mention was made of it when
I picked him up and it was quite a shock when Jabber took his first
potty break. It looks like he'll have to go back on antibiotics. Despite
the infection, Jabber is eating well and he seems quite chipper. In
a couple of days he'll go back to Charleston for more therapy, but right
now we're enjoying each and every day we have together at
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