Five weeks ago we had some minor work done in one of our spare rooms - just tearing up carpeting and putting down wood floors. For whatever reason, it bothered Oliver and for the 5 weeks since it was done, Oliver has had insomnia. It didn't help that he hasn't been playing at the dog park due to his torn ACL. That release of energy from the park was being saved for night time. He would literally just patrol the house all night. We were excited and held high hopes that after surgery, it would be a great way for Oliver to get back on track with his sleeping, especially knowing he is on a pain med that makes him drowsy. WRONG.
So, yesterday went well. Oliver came home and slept on and off most of the day. We've broken all of his meals into smaller portions throughout the day, as he needs food with his antibiotic. He refused to eat from his bowl or drink from his water bowl. He was too afraid to stand there. So, yesterday I hand fed him and he drank water from a sport bottle. Last night for dinner, we had a break through! He ate and drank from his bowls. And he even pooped. Watching him try to balance and poop was a little scary but my little guy did it like a champ. Ha!
By bed time last night, he began cautiously touching his toes to the ground - but obviously, not bearing any weight. He even began hopping a few steps outside for the bathroom. (At first, my husband had to carry him from "pee spot" to "poop spot") We were excited and as sappy as it sounds, we felt proud. Oliver is so dramatic so the fact he began doing this just 24 hours after surgery is awesome!
And then, bed time. Oliver's insomnia was in FULL SWING despite being on the sleepy pain meds. We were up all night. He didn't understand why there was a baby gate blocking him from patrolling around the house. He finally settled in to sleep at 5am. We are exhausted BUT the progress he is making already makes us smile and brings relief.
Thank you all for your support.