I haven’t posted about her yet, because I wasn’t sure what her future was going to be. But this is Shrimp, a patient I work with. Shrimp has muscular dystrophy and she hasn’t been able to walk or stand since she was about 4 months old. When we first saw her, she had very severe muscle contracture and atrophy. She could move her front legs and wiggle a little and that was it. She was brought in by Golden Bond rescue, who had her brought over from China.
Since January, I’ve spent every work day with this adorable, perpetually happy little Shrimp, and she’s been a perfect patient. She still can’t walk or stand on her own, but she’s miles stronger than she was, and she is happy in spite of her dependence on us to help her get around. She can “shrimp” across the room now, and she can swim pretty strongly.
Today the hospital celebrated her first birthday. It was over-the-top! Balloons, a dog cake, a people cake, a billion stuffies, everyone sang happy birthday… it was amazing. And even though her future is still uncertain, it does make me feel good that whatever time she has on this Earth is being spent with people who care for her and make sure she stays the happy little Shrimp she is.
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