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11 November 2019 - 8:37 pm
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Great update!!!!I know it was a looooong day of worry and waiting.  Uour veloved Ivy is tearing well now and feeling no pain.  So YOU need to get some rest while you can.   

Let us know how the homecoming  goes.  Sray connected  and let us know if you have any questions.  Recovery  is no picnic st dirst, but it doesn’t  last furever.

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 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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11 November 2019 - 9:01 pm
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Thank you Jerry and Roane! I really wish I didn’t have to work tomorrow! I teach and have to wait till my 1st period off to call and check- hoping for a restful night for her! I will probably call in thev1st day she’s gonna Be home… shhhhh 

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11 November 2019 - 9:02 pm
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Still can’t figure out pic upload… I press camera and a box appears to enter image info- and I have no clue lol

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11 November 2019 - 9:51 pm
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Aww that’s OK, there’s nothing you can do just sitting at home so better to be at work and a bit distracted. I know it’ll be hard but you can do it. Plus she’s so hopped up on pain medication that she probably wouldn’t even know you are there even if you could see her tonight. There will be plenty of cuddles and snuggles when she comes home. 

We have these instructions for adding images to the Forums. Basically your photos have to be hosted somewhere first before clicking on that little image icon. But I swear it’s pretty easy once you figure it out. Here’s how: 

  1. Upload pics to a photo sharing site like imgur.com or your own Tripawds blog
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  3. Return to your Tripawds Forum post and paste the image URL (or the image itself if possible) in your post. It should automatically appear.

If that’s still confusing don’t feel bad, you’re not the first. I’m happy to help if so, PM me OK? We can’t wait to see them.

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12 November 2019 - 4:04 am
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So glad this part is behind you. And ditto the above! You need your rest too, and your girl is probably sleeping like a baby dreaming of little pink elephants (maybe little pink mice in her case, hahah!)sp_hearticon2

So glad she did well, this is the first big step. Get your seatbelt on, the next couple of weeks can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Don’t forget… you are NOT alone, ok? Make sure you have your house in order and a safe place for her to recover. I took the bed off it’s frame and gave Huck the guest bedroom for his recovery. I also had an XL dog crate in there also to keep him secure in the beginning, but he was feral so our circumstances were a little different. 

Will be looking for your progress, sending big hugs!

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12 November 2019 - 6:15 am
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Ugh if I wasn’t in a teeny tiny apartment it would be MUCH easier!!!! I’m going to do my best to keep her comfy!!

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12 November 2019 - 2:42 pm
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Teeny is good.  The smaller the space the less she will get into trouble.. the day after his amputation when Fuzz came home I had to quickly come up with plan B because he busted out of the laundry room twice and ran down basement steps within  30 minutes of being home.. had to take over a small bathroom for his 2 week recovery room.  he literally had about 26 feet of oblong shaped floor space to recover on and when he was in there he would get up to eat, move around a bit and use litterbox then come see me… it is good they rest for first couple days completely. I kept room with natural window light and turned a small night light on at night.  I checked on him often but left him alone for most part the first couple days to keep him quiet… just gave him his scheduled medicine and made sure he was eating, drinking and getting up to use potty along with leaving incision alone.  Fuzz had literally only one off day after surgery and that was around day 3 or 4 then he was back up rebounding and healing quickly. He had a very fast paced and easy recovery and I was completely blown away at how well he did.  He got his staples out around the 2 week mark and was literally running around shortly after that.  He recently has had some phantom pain /spasming in the missing shoulder and I had to get a 3rd refill on his gabapentin and had increased him back to twice daily, he now back to once daily and seems to be doing much better.  I hope your kitty is resting comfortably and as long as she has her meds and love (you remaining calm) will help her heal so quickly.  I can’t wait to hear more updates on her recovery.  The important thing is you take care of you.. I was a wreck for weeks and got run down as a result of stress/lack of sleep and worry… once Fuzz was out of recovery room we took naps together on my long weekends so I could recouperate too!

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12 November 2019 - 3:36 pm
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Yes, small is not necessarily bad. Maybe even your bedroom will be good. The room Huck was in was not large, and I put things for him to use as “steps” to get on the mattress once he started to become mobile. 

Hope all is well, sending you pawsitive vibes sp_hearticon2

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12 November 2019 - 5:11 pm
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Thanks to all for kind words! I am laughing pretty hard as your ideas of small and mine are definitely a bit different!! I literally live in a 1 bedroom with me and Hubbie and 2 children and 2 cats! 🙄😩(at least for now!) I would put her in my bedroom if I had one !! Lol 

So we are home! It’s really really hard to watch her attempt to walk. Very sad.. however she made it fairly quickly across the room and into my closet which means she had to jump up a step.. so I’m impressed at her dedication to her favorite spot ❤️❤️ So I’m fine leaving her there a few days- checking in on her and feeding her- same routine as biopsy- it lasted only a few days.. then she was out n about.. ugh poor girl.. hoping tomorrow with girls in school and house calm I can have her in her comfy bed and resting!!! 

*would upload pics if I could- still trying to figure that out- I saw the instructions u guys gave but I don’t know what that 1st site to upload is and I don’t have blogs to post!

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12 November 2019 - 5:31 pm
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The closet will be perfect!! She will not be the first or probably the last to find comfort in a cozy closet.  We have had pawrents fix them up with their catbox and all.  

Small areas are often comforting to them.  

So glad she’s home! PM me if you’d like me to post a picture for you. 

Hugs, 

Jackie and Huck❤

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12 November 2019 - 5:35 pm
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If she’s a good girl maybe I’ll put her comfy bed in there❤️.. I just looked in said hi and gave her a pet.. she said hello back and began to purr.. she knows she’s home 😊. 

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12 November 2019 - 5:35 pm
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And thank you Jackie and Huck! 

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12 November 2019 - 5:39 pm
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Oh yes,  she may be druggy but she knows she’s home where she belongs. 

Please be sure to give her medication faithfully at good intervals.  What did they send you home with? 

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12 November 2019 - 5:48 pm
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WELCOME HOME IVY!!!!  Home sweet home…best therapy jn the world😊

Sounds like you have a good set up for her, so that’s  good.  Yeah, watching  them try to work out mobility,  espec those first several looong days and nights.  Right now she has hospital  meds jn jer snd is still shaking  off anesthesia  residue.  All things considered,  sounds like she’s doing well.

Stay on top of the pain meds so she has them on a consistent  basis.  Drinking  and peeing are important,  but she may not poop for a few days and may not have much of an appetite.

Stay connected and update as you can.  As you already know, the kitty cat community  here is chock full of advice.

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She wasn’t sent home with drugs- and I asked about it too- she wasn’t the last time either (biopsy).. discharge instructions say she was given her pain meds and antibiotics. My friend is vet tech and will be coming by to check on her for me- but I wasn’t given anything to do here except for love! Now I’m worried?? What is the norm??

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