Pup update and how I’m honestly feeling about the new arrival.

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New official name is TYSON

Our new puppy previously named ‘Little dude’ by my children, now officially has a name…. (drum roll please).. His name is TYSON. It took my husband nearly three days to pick his name and over them three days the poor pup was called numerous names to try to figure out if they suited him or not. finally earlier this evening Tyson was chosen as his forever name.

If you have read my earlier post when I first introduced the pup, you would have read the reasoning behind getting the puppy, (If you haven’t read it I’ll link it here) It was not my choice to get Tyson but when the litter of pups came up at a good price, mum and dad have pedigree papers (This means they are full rottweiler) my husband just couldn’t help himself. The same day he saw the advert, he went and picked up Tyson.

We were told he was 8 weeks old but he is very small and doesn’t look like an 8 week old rottweiler. Alarm bells started to ring in both of our heads, hubby tried to get hold of the breeder again and asked what his date of birth was. The breeder also told us that they had toilet trained him on puppy pads and he was eating pedigree puppy pouches. I can tell you he is well and truly not toilet trained! we brought the puppy pouches and feed him on that for the first day, however the next day the poor little thing had the biggest upset stomach, even more alarm bells were going off now, luckily he was booked in for a vet check that day any way. Hubby still had no reply from the breeder.

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Off to the vets we went, The vet agreed with us, he is too small to be 8 weeks old and has been taken away from his mum too early, the vet has also said he should still probably be drinking partly from his mum and gradually being weaned off. The pedigree puppy pouches are too rich for his little belly and he will have an upset belly for a few days. We have taken him off of all the puppy food and as advised by the vet we are feeding him on chicken and pasta to help settle his belly.

My husband still had no reply from the breeder so he tried reaching her through Facebook and the advert that was on Gumtree. She has blocked my husband on Facebook and has deleted all the adverts on Gumtree so now we can’t get hold of her.

Now, how are I HONESTLY feeling about our new situation, I am very overwhelmed , pissed off and emotional all at the same time.

My heart melts every time I look at Tyson, I miss my other rottweiler so much, she was such a big part of my life, I will always remember a particular day, I was walking her on the green as normal, she was off lead, running around and a random man started walking towards me, from the other side of the green she started bounding towards me and before the man got to me she had sat in front of me and wouldn’t move, as the man got closer she stood up and started to go into protective mode, she had never done this before and I had no idea why she was doing it or what the man wanted, as he got closer, he said  ‘ Sorry love, I only wanted to know what the time was?’ so I told him and he walked away, once he had left the green she ran off and started playing again. The next day I found out I was pregnant with my middle daughter and that’s why she had gone into protective mode. Having Tyson here brings out all those feeling that I had pushed to the back of my brain so I could move on from losing Darcy.

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My gorgeous Darcy, she found one of kiras dummies and kept it for ages.

Having a puppy is not as easy as you would think, yes it’s great having a little bundle of joy to play with but when that bundle of joy is not toilet trained it then becomes hard work. Throw in a toddler to the mix and now you have double trouble. Trying to keep an eye on the puppy and a toddler is very tiring because they are both running around and being hectic. Ella absolutely adores Tyson, which brings me to another problem, she will not leave him alone and can sometimes be a bit heavy-handed with him and I have to be on high alert all the time also the toddler is fascinated with the puppy going to the toilet ( Don’t ask me why, I have no clue) we have three other dogs and she is very good and understands she is to go nowhere near their toilets, she is very vocal if I have missed any or Tyson has had an accident that we haven’t noticed.

Now on top of all of that add in my bad leg! Anyone that has ever had a puppy will tell you that when you first wake up, you are 99% of the time greeted with little gifts they have left over night, it’s not their fault they can’t get outside. In one of my previous blog post, My daily routine as a SAHM, I tell you that I am always the first person to wake up in my house. Mornings are always the hardest time of day for me, hence getting up before everyone, so I am feeling very stressed from the moment I wake up because I’m in pain as the painkillers have worn off and I know I now have to go down stairs and clean up after the pup before I can even have a coffee and take my painkillers. This add another half an hour to my morning routine, so instead of getting up at 6am to let the painkillers kick in before the kids get up I now need to get up at 5.30am.

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I will be the first to admit I get stressed and overwhelmed very easily and it feels like the last couple of day I’ve been hanging on by my nails. I’m hoping in the next few days things will settle down but right now I probably owe everyone I’ve spoken to recently an apology for being crappy towards them.

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Leg ulcer progress! (Images included)

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Around two weeks ago my husband saw a video about an amazing product. It’s was an Aloe Vera emergency spray.

The man in the video had a wound on his foot, he sprayed the Aloe Vera on it every day, let it dry and then redressed the wound. The progress was amazing. After 16 days of using this spray the wound had healed!!

On a whim, my husband brought some from eBay. It cost £20 for a 500ml bottle. A week later it had arrived!

I had nothing to lose. I’ve tried pretty much all other dressings and treatments.

I get really nervous about trying new things on my leg. It makes me feel quite vulnerable because I just don’t know how it will affect me or if it will make my leg worse. I was quite sceptical about the whole thing to be honest. If this was the miracle spray it has been made out to be, why has no-one every mentioned it before!

Day 1. Take all the old dressings off, give it a really good clean. Spray a generous amount Aloe Vera emergency spray  onto the ulcer… Shit! It stung like hell and felt like it was burning! At this point I started panicking thinking ‘OMG! What have I done? I’m gonna make this worse than it already is.’

Within a minute the stinging and burning stopped and my whole leg started to relax. It was a strange feeling. I hadn’t realised the muscles in my leg were so tense, the sensation of my whole leg relaxing was very new to me but it was a positive feeling so I knew straight away the spray had at least one benefit.

I had to leave my ulcer open in the air for 10 minutes but keep spraying it if it dried out. After 10 minutes I redressed it with a simple dressing and put my compression stockings back on over the top.

Day 2. It had started to work in just one day. The ulcer had started to level itself out and was slowing coming back up to normal skin level. It had gone a yellow colour but that was my bodies reaction to the spray, it was getting rid of all the old skin to make way for fresh new skin.

Day 3. My ulcer was looking better and better each day. I felt like I could cry as I could actually see progress happening. Pain wise the stinging and burning were the same when I first sprayed it on but I was starting to get used to the pain as I knew it would be over in a minute.

Day 4. I actually couldn’t believe how much progress and improvement I was seeing. It was changing so much over the days and I seriously couldn’t believe it was down to something so simple as Aloe Vera emergency spray. Nearly all of the yellow (old) skin had gone and I could start to see fresh new skin underneath also around the edges of the ulcer there was fresh pale (BRAND NEW) skin forming so this meant the edges were coming in and the ulcer was starting to get smaller.

I am feeling really optimistic about this product now and I’m looking forward to see more progress as the days go along. I am really hoping that is the miracle I’ve been looking to find for so long. I have to admit that all my worrying at the start was for nothing and I’m glad that I took that leap of faith and tried it.

The picture below is the most recent picture. This is day 7. There is not as much improvement as the first four days but it’s still looking good. The red skin on the outer edge is the blood coming back to the surface of the skin. The skin around the edges are still improving and slowly the edges are creeping inwards. Nearly all of the yellow skin has gone, however I have done quite a lot of walking over the past 2 days and gravity is not my friend. Even though I’ve change the dressings every day the fluid that my leg produces for protection has gathered at the bottom of the dressing and the bottom corner of the ulcer got deeper again due being too wet.

I have ordered my next bottle of the emergency spray, I know it’s a bit expensive but if I keep getting as much progress as I have already I am willing to pay that price over and over.

xx

Leg ulcer prep and update

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Today I want to tell you the process I have to take when changing my leg dressings. Before I had the compression stockings I used to go and see the nurse twice a week and they would do it all, however now it’s all down to me and I only go once a week so they can keep an eye on the progress or lack of at the moment!

When I’m at the doctors everything is clean and has been cleaned to a clinical standard but when i’m at home I have to make sure that I anti-bac everything in the area that I will be doing the dressing change. I normally do my dressing change sat on my sofa because I have to soak my leg for 20 minutes in potassium permanganate, I forgot to take a picture of this process. It’s a purple liquid that help dry out the wound and help fight any bacteria that is on the surface of the skin.

Before I soak my leg i have to get all the other items I need ready. While the soak is on and after it comes off I can not walk around and expose the ulcer to the air for too long as this can cause an infection and when you have an infection it bloody hurts!

The above image is all the items I need when changing the leg dressings, I use

  • Latex free softswab gauze
  • Emolient spray (Vaseline spray)

I use these two items to clean the wound after the soak as leaving any of the purple liquid can burn my skin.

  • Clean gloves
  • Non adherent Inadine patches
  • Drymax extra pads

This is the next step. When using iodine I always wear gloves as it can stain everything, I have had many accidents where I’ve forgotten the gloves and iodine has got onto my pj bottoms. The Inadine patches are large gauze pads soaked in Iodine, They sting like hell! The Drymax is a thin super absorbent pad that soaks up and fluid that leaks from the ulcer.

  • Beige stocking
  • Black stocking

This is the last step. The beige stocking is the liner that goes over the top of the dressings to keep them in place. The black stocking is the compression stocking and this has to go over the top of the beige stocking, This is by far the worst part of the dressing change as once this goes on everything is squeezed closer onto my leg and I get a surge of pain going through my leg.

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This is how my leg is looking at the moment. There is no real change in the size of the wound but the brown/ deep red parts on top are where the wound is starting to dry and form a scab.

* Please let me know if there is anything you would like to know about my ulcer, I am happy to share with you all.