Today's victories were drinking water and peeing.
I slept on the floor with Kaz last night and I was happy that around midnight she got up from the floor and got into her dog bed. She really didn't move around much after we got her home, so I'm glad she was able to put a little weight on the bad leg and get herself comfortable.
Once we got up and started moving around, she got out of her bed and walked over to her water bowl. She drank the entire bowl of water and then headed towards the door to go outside. We were pretty excited about it. She didn't drink any water yesterday, nor did she go outside to use the bathroom.
It is an awkward and delicate dance to get Kaz to go outside to go to the bathroom. I only hope that it gets easier as we all get more used to it. She wants to go outside, but she does not like the sling that we have to use to help support her back legs. She's also stubborn as hell and doesn't like us forcing her out.
We wrap the sling around her waist and lift her legs up like a suitcase to get over the small step of our front door. Then I remove the sling so she will actually go to the bathroom. Our first potty break of the day, she was hesitant. But as soon as she got to the grass, she took off power walking around the corner of the house and squatted with no issues.
Most of our day was spent hanging out watching TV. We tested the sedative on Kaz around noon today. She was much more active today and wanting to walk around in her penned-off corner of the room. We gave her one pill (the smallest dose) of the sedative and it seemed to kick in an hour afterwards. She was falling asleep with her head up.
We've also been giving her codeine every 6 hours, Deramaxx with dinner, and Elk Velvet Antler Strength and Recuperate supplements.
The incisions are looking good - still very swollen in appearance and a little oozing from the orthoscopy sites. She is putting more weight on the right leg than yesterday and her posture is already looking better (way less pigeon-toed/bow-legged). Now let's just fast forward the next 2 months.