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A rough couple of weeks for Jack.
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5 November 2014 - 10:19 am
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Well I haven't been on here since Oct 22. Good and bad reasons...

He was doing great and I was so optimistic. He was started whining non stop, I truly mean NON STOP! Then he stopped getting up from his bed. I was carrying him in and out of the house to even go to the bath room. I was having to hold him up while he went to the bathroom. And then the coughing and hacking started, and the wheezing. He was breathing so fast and shallow I could not count breaths for even 15 seconds. He was lying still for hours and still had a temperature of almost 104 all the time. I was scared I was losing him slowly and painfully. His appearance and sounds made me believe he was in pain. I called his local vet and left a message for the Dr to call me back. My impatience got to me and I called back to U of W, and left a message there. His Oncologist was not in but another called me back. I felt like I was talking in circles but she recommended getting him in somewhere for xrays, but ensure they did all 3 views, I told her the local vet only did 2 or they would sedate for the 3rd. I called his local vet again. I was then (around 1115 am) that all the vets were at lunch and would return the call after 2pm.  I was not in control of the situation and I was panicking of course at this point.  I called back to U of W, the same Dr called me back again and said to bring him up there or she could try calling the vet herself. I asked her to call and I would get him ready for the ride in the meantime. Around 3 pm the local vet finally called me back. He said I could bring him in the next morning for x-rays and they would do all 3 views. I tried to explain how Jack was and what he was acting like. I felt dismissed. I knew I was feeling irrational but I also knew I was keeping it in check and only covering facts and actions and not my thoughts or research. He called in another antibiotic for Jack to start on to take with his original antibiotic. I ran down and picked them up quickly and thankfully he did not vomit them up right away on me.  He made it through the night as I laid watching him breath by breath.  The local vet did the xrays and said that they would take out the sutures for us instead of coming back the following day. Just like I told the U of W, they only did 2 views. Frustrating! They diagnosed him with post-op pneumonia but said he seemed to be getting better as far as the x-ray showed. This was the opposite of his actions of course. We spent a few more days going around and around with his local vet trying to figure out what we were going to do to help him. They only sent in a small slice of the tumor, so now U of W has no idea of the margins for the surgery, and because we are trying to get healthy still I have no idea where we stand on possibly starting Chemo.

The days have come and gone, we have celebrated our daughters birthday and finally have our Lab home as well. Jack and Royale obviously missed each other. We have hosted a Halloween gathering and started letting him go up and down the steps on his own but with me behind or in front of. There have been many positives in the last 5 days. I will take these any day. He is still not very active but is getting better about being alone. He will walk around the front yard and up and down the drive way now but still has not braved the hill to the backyard. As I type this he is sound asleep on his bed. We have weaned him off most of his medications now, he has 1 more day of antibiotic and has a morning and bedtime dose of Rymadol. His incision looks great, we are still wrapping him daily and two days ago he chewed the wrap away over night and licked the bottom area almost open again. I thought we were just days from being done wrapping.

The Suitical Recovery Suit update. IT IS GREAT! I have loved it. It is very easy to put on and take off. And there is a snap area to bring the under side up for him going potty...I have only forgotten 2 times and had to wash it right away :) For us I wish we would have ordered one size smaller than the sizing guide. Without a stub to keep the front hole forward it does droop more than wanted but even though I measured exactly I think it is the lack of stub that causes our issue. But all in all I highly recommend this suit for the fur babies!

Sorry to throw so much out there but it has been such a long couple weeks, this is my screaming and crying time completed with my finger tips.

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5 November 2014 - 11:43 am
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Oh Jack...you poor fella.  I'm sorry you've been having a tough time.  I'm glad you're doing a little better now.

And my gosh the ordeal with the local vet....well lets just say I'd be finding another practice if possible.  That's just craziness the run around you got and Jack is dealing with labored breathing.  When the whole mess started with my Leland's knee the vet we were taking him to at the time wanted us to schedule another apt to bring our boy back to have an x-ray done because they wanted to put him to sleep to take the x-ray.  They would charge us for 2 office visits, plus the x-ray, and sedation.  When we left I started looking for another vet and found one that would see Leland the next day and can you believe took several x-rays of our boy's leg WITHOUT having to put him under sedation.

I'll be keeping Jack in my thoughts that he's through the rough patches.

Sahana and her Angel Leland 

Leland

November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2014

May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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5 November 2014 - 12:52 pm
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OH MY GOSH! I would be insane by njow...or more so!!! A high fever, horrible breathing pattern and the vet says "bring him in tomorrow"?? YOU'RE FIRED!! And still didntw do the three panel after all that?????? Grrrrr.....!! It was probably apparent though that it was pneumonia, so we'll give him a pass on that!!

Only those of us on this journey think pneumonia is a wonderful thing!!winker

My Happy Hannah needed some dose of pain meds into her third week recovery in addition to Rimadyl. Jack could still be having a little pain still as well as recovering from pneumonia AND major surgery AND adjusting to life on three legs!! Are you able to take his temperature? How is his breathing pattern now?
Eating, drinking?

Because my Happy Hannah had a bit of a rough time with her recovery, it wasn't until the end of the third week...maybe a touch more...that I started her chemo. Sometimes there are slight delays due to complications, so that's not too unusual at all.

Glad you cam here to vent! Remember, you are NOT alone!! This is n ot any easy journey WITHOUT complcations, much less with them!!!

Now go grab some of your left over Halloween candy and eat every single piece you can find! And give Jack a piece too! You both deserve it!!

Stay connected!!! Thanks for the update! We care!

LOVE!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

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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Hey, I can't sign in at the moment, but this is YodasMom aka GerrysMom and just wanted to weigh in with the silver lining that statistically dogs with osteosarcoma who get an infection following their amputation (I think this would count) tend to do better in the long run with the cancer!  (The theory is it helps jumpstart the immune system).  Now, that's just statistics, but still a reason for optimism!  So sorry you're stuck with all this stress though!!  Hang in there!!!

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5 November 2014 - 6:19 pm
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Poor Jack, and poor you.........what an ordeal. So glad he seems to be back on track......post-op pneumonia can be REALLY bad, I would have been absolutely psycho crazy.....this is the best place to come and vent as much as you want. Like Sally said, this journey is NOT an easy one and you will never be alone here.....we have all had, or still continuing, our own journey, with many different twists and turns. You are very much on top of things for Jack, and being persistent with his vets for his health is what matters most. You are doing a great job!

Please continue to give us updates on sweet Jack, and I am keeping you and him in my thoughts,

{{{hugs}}}

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5 November 2014 - 6:41 pm
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Gerry's Mom is correct, I have heard that too, the infection actually helps make the immune system even stronger. So even though this was a helluva road (geez I'm sorry!) Jack is going to come back stronger than ever. Can you hear the Rocky theme playing in the background?!

You have our ear, and our shoulder, to lean on. I can't believe you guys went through so much but kudos to you for being such a strong advocate. Since they can't speak it's up to us to do it for them. You are doing a GREAT job!

YAY JACK!!! Keep on healing my friend, you're almost there superstar

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