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The Ginger introduction has already been up under beyond cancer, assuming that's been pretty much caught by the regulars.  For blog readers I've been keeping a very detailed blog with pictures going so probably not much new here, but also posting a mini update for the forum....first off I haven't had a lot of time to respond or post as I am really stretched right now, going on a whole week now with little to no sleep, anticipating a catch up this weekend if Ginger will let me.  You guys have been awesome, I will catch up on some thank you's this weekend, but being able to come here and learn both informationally and a little normalization of all my emotional swings as I vent has helped preserve those few shreds of sanity I have left :).

So for Ginger news she had her surgery Weds and I got the call that afternoon she did fine.  Mild anxiety issues as vet informed me that would like her to go to 24 hour emergency vet for monitoring, etc.  I was fine with the plan, and ultimately glad it was done that way after emergency vet explained it in more detail that it was more a pain med drip issue and making sure she didn't have bad med reactions and made it through the worst part of pain.  The main trauma I guess came from hearing about it after the surgery as opposed to part of the standard care plan BEFORE the surgery, it is possible it was mentioned and I didn't grasp it at the time but seemed to come in as a last minute thing.  Totally kicked off my paranoia that something had gone wrong and they just weren't telling me.  As I've said all along I do trust my vet and love the vet clinic but in less rational periods while dealing with all the doggie drama it gets easy to turn the smallest communication glitch into almost sheer panic.  And not always adapting well to change I only had about 20 minutes to wrap my mind around the "go pick her up now, on day of surgery and transport her 30 mins away" vs. see her again in 2 days with more anticipated progress.  So here she is zonked out after her surgery, they gave her a sedative before loading her up, I probably could have used one also, lol.  I have to say while very difficult in some ways there was some relief in seeing the shoulder area as I had no idea what to expect, drainage, oozing blood, or what.  But looked very neatly done which was a relief.

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So yeah drove zombie dog down to clinic, thankfully had friend with for distraction and moral support, not sure if Ginger recognized me or not but was nice to look into her somewhat stoned eyes and do some sweet talk, I know she heard me, some eye movements but no telling what filtered through.  Had another round of I'm a horrible pet parent grief and loss that night - but Thursday morning when I picked her up she was already bouncing back, coming through this so far like the champ she is, already eating, drinking and they were able walk her to car vs. her initial trip in on stretcher.  She is obviously still working out some anxiety as she learns but she keeps trying.  She seemed quite happy, though slightly drugged to be back in my car riding "home".  This pic the ears are perked but what clued me into the drug state is for much of the ride they were hanging flat, not a normal look for her but kinda cute.

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When I got her out at vets office her enthusiasm diminished greatly, this girl is ready to go home.  While we got her in car at emergency vet with little extra help, back at clinic the vet and I had to practically drag her out using the quilt and even walking towards the front door she kept pulling to go back to car vs. into the office though we kept assuring her they wouldn't take any more legs off.  

Have to say she wasn't dragging me off my feet like she has practically done before but she surprised me all things considered at strength exhibited.   But we have wonderful vets and staff and they finally got her cajoled back into the office and she plopped down on the floor.  Report this morning that she did wonderfully again by all accounts on everything from eating, drinking, bathroom and pulling staff around, so had a good night and ready to come home.  I know we will have some down periods and think forum has helped prepare me for that, but it's getting a little easier to not freak out quite as much for now and focus on what promises to be a strong recovery.  Already having the feeling I will be sitting on her vs spoon feeding her as I read on another posters account.  Think she's got the tripod stance going for her, even though it doesn't take much to cause that anxious look right now but heck it's only been 2 days now.

Here's her tripod walk so far, she refused to look at the camera for me, think she's getting tired of me considering everything she does a photo op.  Or else she was just a little preoccupied with "hey kind of focusing on staying upright here".  

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Not yet mentioned on blog.... $200 of shopping at petsmart last night for everything from big supportive foam bed, pillpockets (she caught on fast to the hiding it in a treat trick and managed to start separating the two), treats and canned food (something she dearly loves despite not having issues with dry food), elevated food/water containers, etc.  And long ago I swore I would never be one of those people that bought clothes for their dog, but yep totally caved and got her one superman type outfit that looked like the fastenings would work without depending on both legs, not necessarily going to dress her all the time but while missing so much hair and the wound, don't want to draw unnecessary attention from those who will be distressed at seeing that, and also thought it might be cool when the day comes that she can do 5ks with me again to dress her up a bit as my superdog, we'll see.  I am also going to try some t-shirts to see how those work.  Also did the pickup of some ace bandages (vet suggested some wrapping with those would be helpful) and hot and cold compresses, nonslip rugs, a new collar, and so on and so forth.  So pocket again lighter but do believe I have almost everything ready for homecoming.  I am still hoping she will stay calm enough we can both catch up on some sleep this weekend though, I am at point of being able to sleep face first on hardwood floor I think.  

Anyway so that's where Ginger and I are at now - thanks again to all those in the community providing support.  Word about tripawds group is definitely out there, I've received at least 3 referrals to this site from various animal personnel and good to be able to respond, yep, already found them and they are indeed awesome.  So probably add a couple more updates this weekend, both to blog and this thread, imagine I will get a little less verbose as we finally settle in.  Hope everyone and their tripawds are doing well.

Joined forum after Ginger, 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd, had front leg shattered by car on 4/1/17. Front leg amputated on 4/5/17. Still learning to be a tripawd mom.

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Awe...Ginger looks like she's doing great!!!

You probably could have save a little bit of money, lol.  You don't need the ACE wraps, the incision won't need to be wrapped, and those won't really stay on her anyways.  A t-shirt will work the best.  If you don't have any that will fit her, just go to the local thrift store and pick up a couple to throw in the washer.  As far as hot & cold packs -also a waste of money.  Frozen peas work, or we always just put crushed ice into a Ziploc baggie.  And a warm, wet washcloth into a baggie too. 

Hopefully she's coming home soon!

Donna

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  

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midnighter94 said
Awe...Ginger looks like she's doing great!!!

You probably could have save a little bit of money, lol.  You don't need the ACE wraps, the incision won't need to be wrapped, and those won't really stay on her anyways.  A t-shirt will work the best.  If you don't have any that will fit her, just go to the local thrift store and pick up a couple to throw in the washer.  As far as hot & cold packs -also a waste of money.  Frozen peas work, or we always just put crushed ice into a Ziploc baggie.  And a warm, wet washcloth into a baggie too. 

Hopefully she's coming home soon!

Donna  

LOL, I'm sure you are right and I actually saved quite a bit of money sorting between some of the necessities vs. the pampered as I saw probably another $100 worth of "ooh, that's cool.... maybe.... uhh no", know it was a splurge in a few areas but that's where I will just claim retail therapy.  I laughed with the walmart cashier last night about the hot/cold packs, she asked if the ones I had specifically helped with a backache, was like I don't know, for me I use the frozen peas, etc for muscle aches... let my dog possibly need them and I buy official.  But they are reusable so I can also use them for me when those times come.  Might end up returning wraps, they are still on box and I have receipt, I had wondered why vet brought them up and no one on board did but decided better to have the and return later.  And I have tons of t-shirts from 5ks, hoping those will fit.  Anyway looking forward to getting her in just a few hours - thanks 🙂  

Joined forum after Ginger, 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd, had front leg shattered by car on 4/1/17. Front leg amputated on 4/5/17. Still learning to be a tripawd mom.

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EXCELLENT JOB OF COVERING ALL YOUR BASES!!!! 🙂 🙂 Miss Giner is going to be so pampered and so spoiled and that's a beautw thi gx! She deserves it!

And remember, continue to just ignore her incision and focus on her happy, drugged eyes because she is so thrilled to see you nd to be going home!! She is just ready to get in with things!!

Okay, you know recovery is rough for a bit, especially the first several days and looong nights 🙂

STAY CONNECTED!!! ASK QUESTUONS! YOU ARE NOT ALONE! 🙂 🙂

YAAAAAAAAAY FOR GINGER!!!! And YAAAAAAAAAY FOR MOM!!! That sweet girl is sooooo loved and she knows it 🙂

HUGS!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS. BGW Donna is a Nurse in case you couldn't tell! We are soooo lucky to have all her valuable tips! 🙂

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Wow she looks fantastic! I love how even when she's seeing pink elephants she still looks so alert. Ginger is indeed a Super Dog!

I'm so glad to read that you've found the community so helpful. No matter where you are on your journey, we are here for you always.

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She actually looks really good!  GSD's are such tough cookies!  Once our Max found his " sea legs" there was no stopping him.  Hopefully the rest of recovery will be smooth sailing for the both of you.  Hang in there better days are right around the corner!

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She looks great!  My Otis wore 5K Tshirts through his two week recovery - same race, three different years.  I used a ponytail holder to gather extra fabric around his waist.  

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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And one week later we are BACK.  I didn't expect the return to be so time consuming.  Had images of us laying around and vegging out.... hahahahahahaha.  Ginger has been a trooper.  We're making it day by day, establishing new routines, half sitting on her and half helping her work her way back in a more controlled fashion.  Some light hiking (as in she got carried on hills, barely half a mile day after return home), now some easy jogging, she's really getting the hang of this and I can see her strength building.  Meds all seem to be working.  Or course I bought her the nice orthopedic mattress, she's used it some but is already back on the bed with me.  Have had the luxury of taking her to work with me. She's had her occasional "yelp" moment but they are few and far between and part of her learning the limitations.  Has been a really nice change for me to switch from all the anxiety and guilt to "hey party time with my girl while we work our way back to a new normal".

Post updates -- thanks so much first and foremost for all the encouragement and kind words.  

Donna was right, not the first Ace bandage or hot/cold pack -- guess I'm now set for whatever running injuries await me.

I tried a 5k shirt on her, WAY too big, ended up pulling out a kids 5T shirt, fit her just great, never thought I'd be as glad as I am now that she is a slim girl.

 I'll be back to popping back in but she's still keeping me going with balancing everything.  Hope everyone and their Tripawds are doing well.

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Joined forum after Ginger, 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd, had front leg shattered by car on 4/1/17. Front leg amputated on 4/5/17. Still learning to be a tripawd mom.

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WOW! Super Girldog looks so good! I mean even more stunning than usual, her incision looks beautiful and all that spunk is stronger than ever it seems. YAY!

I'm so glad your healing plan worked out for her. Looks like it's smooth sailing from here. What a girl!

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She looks great!  I really love those ears!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

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Ginger looks soooo good!!! Her incision looks great 🙂

GINGER THE SUPER GIRL really knows how to style her SulerDog Cape! 🙂 She looks adorable!

Still take it easy sweet Ginger! It's sooo easy to overdo muscles and joints this early on, especially for a front legger. It should still jist ve short potty breaks. Looks like this little firecracker is ready to play full out though!

Really glad ro hear how well she is doing! 🙂 And those pictures have me with a huge smile on my face!

Hugs

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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WOW.... her incision looks amazing!!! I can't believe it's only been a week. She looks great! And that shirt is so stylish!

Way to go Mom!!! You're doing great! 

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Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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Wow Ginger and her incision look awesome!  Stylish to the max pretty girl!  

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Ginger looks great!  I love the pics!  Thank you for sharing your story and the pictures of your sweet girl.  You bring a smaile to everyone's face.  

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