I thought I'd give you an update on Riley. You'll recall that she's the golden that came to us and needed extensive knee surgery. Riley had her first surgery on Thursday, and below is the update that I received from her foster home. It's pretty good news, and I continue to be grateful that she's able to have the surgery and a chance at a healthy, active life. Here is a portion of the e-mail from the foster home:
"I spoke to Dr Walker earlier today, he said Riley's knee was one of the worst he's ever seen. Her condition was allowed to go on so long that the "fix" wasn't able to be 100%. If she had come in earlier, there was a chance that surgery would have made her "normal" but as it is now, we're settling for a compromise.
The malformation of the tibia was so much that he had to do three cuts instead of one, and the groove in the front of the knee where the tendon is now laying is very deep, a little more than expected. Riley's patella is now back in place and her foot placement is 80% better but there was no way to make it 100% better because of what she had to work with. The pain Riley will feel is not so much what they did to her bones, it's the stretching of the muscles in ways they haven't stretched before."I hope you will all send good thoughts and prayers for Riley as she begins this new chapter in her life. She has one more surgery just like this one and a long, hard road to travel, and extensive rehabilitation which won't be easy for her, but it'll be worth it!
I hope you're having a relaxing and enjoyable weekend!