I want to thank you all again for the advice and kind words. I have been around lurking on my phone but I have not gotten a chance to write up a response, as I also had a death in the family and other things to handle.
Nova is still around, doing ok, she is chilling in the yard in the sun right now for a bit. I have been taking her home for the weekends and during the week she stays at the hospital five days a week, getting at current daily massages, cold laser therapy twice a day, up on the medicine ball multiple times a day. They have been trying the underwater treadmill but she did not really respond well to it, so they actually have tried filling it up with ball pen balls, like the ones in play pens, and have somewhat gotten her to attempt to get moving.
The major problem is motivating her at current to move. I can get her trying sometimes but for anyone else, in particular those at the hospital, she sometimes entirely just gives up and will not even try for long periods. Treats will work for a day or so until she gets bored or they lose their appeal or something. I keep dropping off something different for them to try, but if anyone has anything in this respect that might work by all means share. Tennis balls now seem to have appeal occasionally as well but still not the same as before since that she cannot chase them, they used to be her favorite. She has almost entirely been ignoring squeaky toys, someone even brought in these hamster toys that run around on their own on wheels and make noises. She's fascinated by them but I think somewhat terrified haha. Even tried holding a cat who is used to dogs in front of her and no reaction, and she does have some dog buddies they let hang out with her but nothing getting her to get up.
Besides this, she has another urinary track infection, and has been getting some skin tags. Her belly has been getting all red and irritated and kind of smells. It's the area in between her legs where the skin kind of folds in when she lies on her side. I keep on trying to have the area aired out and I have actually just recently bathed her of sorts in my shower. I said something to the vet a couple times and they just say they'll keep an eye on it but yeah. I also have noticed this week that the bottom of her paws look off, like she might have some kind of infection or fungi or something that I plan on bringing to the notice of the vet. She also has had some thinning of her coat around where the harness to help her up usually rests against her skin, the poor dear.
Otherwise, she has improved since I last updated but not for the last two weeks. She can sit up somewhat on her own on one side but not the other. She is off muscle relaxants but cannot lie comfortably in sphinx position even still, her front legs stiffen out most of the time into the superman look when placed into this position and she almost always kicks out her back legs.. She cries now almost every time I leave the room that she is in. There is movement in all four legs thankfully but once again it's hard to even know what she can fully do and to push her since well, a lot of the time she will not even try for me. It is now just over 8 weeks since she has had surgery. I have, unfortunately, had some discussions about putting her to sleep. I would, obviously, really rather not, but this giving up on her part, the random extra health issues that keep popping up, the effort of care for her all on my own essentially (more the heartache of it than the actual physical effort, it breaks my heart this lifestyle for my doberman and what I see her going through, plus I get all kinds of nightmares and daydreams which induce a kind of anxiety attack that suddenly something awful is going to go wrong, that I will slip or trip and fall while carrying her and she'll break her back and die horribly in front of me in pain or I will get injured or something will happen while she's at the hospital and I'm not there or if I leave her at my place alone for even an hour and she can't get something or move and she needs to and just all kinds of the sort), and other factors have contributed to heading towards this decision. This will not happen for another two to four weeks at least, but if six weeks out she has not started to make real progress towards standing up I feel like I might have to go through with euthanasia. It feels like murder to me honestly but I do not know.
All that being said, I do plan on redoubling my efforts in this time to see if I can really push for something here. I have been asking around for an acupuncturist and I think I may have found one near my parents, though that is still in the works. I have also just started to research chiropractors for dogs, if anyone has any experience with that or know if it is any good. I will also definitely before doing anything take her to see another vet for another opinion.
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