May 21, 2001

Darby is still improving at a remarkable rate. She's running and playing with the other dogs now. She still gets a walk every other day for a mile and on the days we don't walk, she swims. Her thigh muscle is still soft, but I have to remember that she was rock solid to begin with. Its going to take time to get her rock solid again.

darby relaxingI find myself still watching her every step. I suppose I will for a long time, if not forever. So far, I have not seen any indication of a limp or a miss-step. I am hesitant in my mind to return her to agility if and when Dr. K gives us the go ahead. I suspect he'll do that when I call him at the end of this month. I really cannot see any reason why he would hold her back from her normal activities once I tell him how well she is doing.

I sure wish I had healed from my knee surgeries the way she seems to be doing. I took her with me to a show over the weekend and we watched Labs being shown. She was very skinny compared to the ones there. I'll put a bit of weight on her once Dr. K gives us the ok. I still don't want to stress her leg.

I'm not sure how I'll feel once we get that ok. I'm not sure I can just turn Darby out and let her be a normal dog. In the back of my mind that injury will always be there. It sure seems like she forgot about it. I wish I could be more like her.

The time for this diary is winding down. I can see the end nearing and for that I give thanks to my Lord. Without his guidance and wisdom there would be no way I could have gotten through this. I remember how afraid I was. I remember how hard it was to keep Darby crated for almost 2 months. I pray I never have to experience that again. However, if I must then I pray again for the guidance, strength and wisdom I will need.

If anyone is reading this, know that all things are possible. If you are facing a surgery with your dog, YOU CAN GET THROUGH IT TOO! It won't be easy, but it is possible. I'm not sure how people who are not close to their God get through such trials. I would have been lost without my closeness with God. My faith was the only thing that kept me going at times.

Thank you sweet Jesus for all you have done for us.

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