We've made progress, The Bink and I, towards his recovery. Daily dosages of anti-inflammatories, plus pain meds, seem to have alleviated his suffering. We haven't one had pain yelp in the last three days.
We have a new problem now, however: his naturally rascally nature. The Bear is not a Bear of idleness. Check that--he is a Bear of idleness, but not unrelieved idleness. Eighteen hours of sleep a day--yes: that's reasonable. Necessary even. But twenty-two hours of sleep a day--that's too much.
Too much, though, is what he needs. For his body to fully heal, he has to stay calm. Sudden jumps and lurches, yowlings, bounding--these are all actions the Bear enjoys. But they're not good for his recovery.
I'm trying to keep him as sedate as I can, but it's now been two weeks since he's gotten out of the house and walked in the neighborhood, and smelled the new smells. He's becoming restless, and unhappy. The obvious solution is to take him for walk. That sounds fine--but walking requires a leash and that opens the possibility of reinjuring himself.