Surgery, round 2, what the hell is in that spider venom?

Yesterday Hank had to have another surgery.  The poor thing has lost so much skin that this time they weren’t able to fully close the wound.  It’s covered with a honey bandage and I have to take him in a few times a week to have it changed.

Hank and his cone

The vet also gave him a new cone, a larger one.  Hopefully he wont be able to wriggle out of this one.  Apparently while he was in the vets office awaiting his surgery he managed to somehow chew out even more stitches so I’m glad they gave him this larger one.  It’s awkward for him and i hate that he has to wear it but I also want him to heal properly.

The vet had to cut out quite a bit more skin and it’s unbelievable that the venom has spread as much as it did.  I found a holistic paste online which has garnered incredible reviews from both people who have been bitten by the brown recluse and the owners of dogs who have also been bitten.  They say it stops the venom from spreading and expedites the healing so I ordered it because I don’t think I can put this dog through another surgery.

Little Hank

The vet added another antibiotic to his regime as well and she feels this will help prevent any infection as well as stop the venom.  I certainly hope so.  Watching him lay on the sofa helpless, day after day, is killing me.

I had planned on writing about another piece of the puzzle in my long run without migraines success but obviously, I’ve been a little preoccupied with Hank so it may have to wait a few days.

The bandage that Hank has now is actually tied on with strings and wrapped through staples.  I can tell that it itches quite bad because he jumps up occasionally and tries to bite at it.  Unfortunately I cannot change the badge myself just yet, the vet will have to do that for another week or so.  Our next bandage change is Saturday and I sure hope we get that holistic powder before then.

Thanks for all your well wishes and comments, Hank is our little baby and it means so much to MacGyver and me.

Do you have any pets?  

Tell me about them, names and ages and anything you think makes them special?

WTF Wednesday, bankrupt by a spider

Before I get into this post let me just share with you what I found on the lanai last night:

We think this is actually a fishing spider but I don’t care what it is, I almost blew up the house to get rid of it.

Why?  I just got back from the vet.  I had to drop off Hank.  He has been getting better and everything was looking good but then I asked MacGyver to watch him for a half hour so I could go to the store.

just one

When I walked in the door with my groceries, I scanned the sofa quickly and then said, ‘where’s Hank?’ at which point MacGyver said, ‘what do you mean?’

Apparently, we have different ideas about what ‘watch the dog’ means because when I’m at home all day working, I keep him right beside me and I don’t let him get up unless I carry him outside to go to the bathroom because stitches are expensive y’all!

MacGyver just watched him until he fell asleep on the sofa at which point Hank got up and went out to the lanai where he proceeded to chew out some of his stitches.  We basically repeated the scenario this morning except I was only out of the room for 10 minutes to take a shower and in those 10 minutes he managed to chew out another chunk of stitches.

Now, if you saw the pictures of his spider bite and the subsequent surgery, you know he has a lot of stitches but that’s because he NEEDS all of those stitches.  That’s why I took him back to the vet this morning to get more stitches.

As the vet was pulling back the skin to look at how it’s healing she found some additional necrosis.  Fuck!  So now, Hank is in surgery again.

For the love of God

You know what I wish?  I wish that stupid fucking spider would’ve just asked me for four or five thousand dollars.  That would’ve been a hell of a lot easier.

WTF?  It’s Wednesday and if I never see another spider in my life, I really wouldn’t give a shit!

 

The first piece of the puzzle, new shoes!

Last year in late October and early November I had a scary incident involving my migraine medication which forced me to discontinue using it.  For the past few years I had been getting migraines after every long run, (as well as at other times), and I was desperate to find a way to run without suffering from the pain of those terrible headaches afterwards.

I like to think that I’m a fairly seasoned runner, I mean, I’ve been doing it for over 35 years now so I’m fairly confident in my abilities and I read everything that I can about the latest and greatest in running gear so I was surprised when my physical therapist told me that along with some other strategies I probably needed to change running shoes.

For those of you who don’t know, I also suffer from scoliosis too and the physical therapist felt that running in the shoes I had been running in for the last few years were contributing to the problem.  He said that when I got tired my hip would drop on one side therefore affecting my entire posture thus contributing to my migraines.

When I was given a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s in October in exchange for my review I added them to my rotation immediately.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

I hadn’t had a pair since the  Wave Rider 16’s and I loved those so I was really looking forward to trying the 21’s.  I’ve spent the past four months testing them in all types of weather, on different terrains, on long runs, tempo runs, and speed workouts and while I don’t use them for every run, they have become my long run staple.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

If you’ve ever worn the Wave Rider’s then you probably have a good idea of how they fit but if you haven’t I can tell you they feel snug but not tight.  The 21’s have a bit more room in the toe box which I really like.  It wasn’t lose and it wasn’t narrow either, more like firm but true to size.  I wear a 7.5 and they fit me perfectly.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

The one thing that stood out for me as different from their other versions is how breathable the 21’s are.  It’s pretty hot in Florida and I need a shoe that can breathe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s were awesome in that regard.  Since most marathon training takes place in the summer, these are my new go to shoes.

Wave Rider 21's from Mizuno

The Wave Rider 21’s are lightweight but provide all the cushioning need.  The embedded Wave plate adds firmness to the cushioning and this also makes the shoe supportive so you never feel like your landing on a worn out pillow.  These shoes guide your foot smoothly and efficiently from heel strike to toe off.  I feel like that’s helped me keep my posture in check.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s also worked well for me on tempo runs, progressive runs and during speed workouts but this shoe has become my go to for long runs.  I’ve already put over 300 miles on these shoes so I just purchased another pair in preparation for training throughout the spring and summer.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

While wearing this shoe isn’t the only change that I made to help with those dreaded long run migraines, it certainly has played a part.  I’ll be telling you about a few more things throughout the next few weeks as well.

Do you wear several types of running shoes or are you prone to just wearing one brand and style? 

When is the last time you had your running gait analyzed?

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Mizuno written entirely by me.  All opinions are my own.