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30 October 2008 - 1:09 am
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Hi,

   I’m sorry to hear she is having some difficulty during recovery. Can you describe her episodes? What does the vet think is causing such a reaction? I hope given a couple of more days she will improve. Her pictures are nice, she is a pretty girl. Hope you feel better sweetie.  Overall is she eating and still going outside?

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30 October 2008 - 2:06 am
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Kim, Overall, I think she’s just having some speedbumps, nothing that can’t be managed.

Dr Desch feels this is her way of presenting phantom pain . When she has an "episode" she shreiks in pain, rears her body up on her rear legs & controts her body in a strange shape. These only last a few seconds then she is ok. They have gotten a little better as time has passed. We all felt she just needed a little more pain relief for a while longer.

Overall, she is doing wonderful. She’s eating great (we’ve not had any eating issues), going outdoors to potty, wanting water and her treats. Her incision is looking real good and had quite a bit of visible healing. Her seromas have re-absorbed.

Tonight, I put all the other dogs away so she could just sit out by herself. I was passing out pig ears to the crated ones & found her behind me asking for one herself! She took her piggy ear, laid on one of our many pillows & happily ate her piggy’s ear.

Everything is actually going great except for her pain episodes which I’m sure will pass with some time. I spoke with a lady who has had amputation and phantom pain and she said she got some relief when someone would massage her reamining leg, maybe the nerve signals then go to that leg? Don’t know. I think that tomorrow, I will start massaging her remaining legs a couple of times a day. Certainly can’t hurt, that’s for sure.

Thanks for your good wishes & concern.

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30 October 2008 - 12:27 pm
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 Auh, I’m sorry for the discomfort she is experiencing… I hope it will subside. I’m sure the meds will help, it sounds like she has been on tramadol for  a long time and perhaps has built a tolerance to it… I wish i could be of more help…. I know they do feel vulnerable after surgery and just last night I was discussing with a friend how Buster seems to be more needy, perhaps due to his disablity. However in the scheme of things this is a minor issue. Keep us posted.. lots of tlc to Calamity

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31 October 2008 - 11:52 am
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Calamity had a very bad spell with her phantom pain late last night – I had a meltdown once again. We got her to her bedroom & let her sleep.

This morning WOW what a difference than the past week. She got up without any pain and outside – no pain! She went potty and walked the entire yard. This si the most she has walked since her surgery. I watched her and waited to see her rear up when her pain hit, but no. No morning pain at all!

Back inside, one of the young ones bumped into to her & she let out a yelp, but it was not the intense, rear-up pain that she has been having.

I’m excited at the good morning we have had & just had to share. I hopp today continues just like it has started.

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31 October 2008 - 7:29 pm
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Janie and Calamity

That is such great news. It should keep getting better.

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3 November 2008 - 12:02 pm
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It’s been a few days since I posted anything about Calamity so thought I’d share her progress.

She’s been getting around a lot better & becoming more active.

I removed her second fentanyl patch on Saturday & reduced her tramadol to one tablet twice daily. She still gets one gabapentin in the morning and metacam in the evening. This seems to keep the edge off of the pain and she only has a few little yipes daily now. This are nothing like the gut wrnching crys she had before.

At 11 days post op-her meds schedule goes like this:
Breakfast: 1 gabapentin, 1 cephalaxin, 1 tramadol
Dinner: 1 tramadol, 1 cephalixin, 1 dose metacam, 1/2t GLC (her glucosomine)

We have a crate set up in the living room for her to go into with the door opened always so she can come & go at will. Yesterday & this morning, she has not wanted to even be in there, now I find the others taking turns laying in it!

Last night she "cockroached" for the first time since her surgery! A true sign, to me, that she is begining to get back to her old self.

At bedtime last night, she fought my husband & myself to not go into the crate room for the night! She played every trick she knew! We will keep her in there nightly until her staples come ont so she can not get hurt byt the others while we sleep. She was sure a pistol, I tell ya!

Her staples come out Wednesday morning (she has 44 of them). I think that will make a big difference in a lot of her movement.

Jerry told us to hang in there & take it one day at a time….we did. Some of the days were very hard & I cried many times. If anyone ever thinks this is a breeze, they are only kidding themselves, it’s tough & emotional, but it is a short time in the big picture of their lives.

Now things we are looking at for the future is how we will deal with her when/if she develops LS (as most greyhounds do). I have found a very good vet who advocates chiropractics, acupuncture & homopathic medicine, I believe we will start taking Calamity to her to make sure she is getting the best care we can give her to insure she will have a wonderful life as a tripawed.

I’m so relieved we seem to be out of the woods.

Janie & Calamity

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3 November 2008 - 3:57 pm
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We are SO happy to hear of calamity’s good news…yeah!!!

Thank you for sharing her progress with us. She will feel like a million bucks on Wednesday…and so will you.

One day at a time is the only way to live this horrible monster of a disease – Great job!

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3 November 2008 - 8:58 pm
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These progress reports are so helpful to everyone, thanks so much for taking the time to update us on Calamity’s wonderful progress! And also, thanks for being so honest. Yeah, the recovery time is definitely no picnic, but like you said, in the big picture, it’s a wink of an eye. 

Let us know about your investigation into homeopathy, etc. We think that is the direction to go when it comes to helping Tripawds cope with cancer. Good luck! Many, many hugs going out to you. 

 

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5 November 2008 - 12:24 pm
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Calamity had her staples taken out this morning. Dr. Desch thinks she looks wonderful. They said she didn’t even peep even with the few that were rough to get out! She’s such a good girl!

The histopathology report is not back yet, but once again, the staff feels there is nothing to worry about. I hope they are right.

She has some runny poopys from the Cephalaxin, so they said just to go ahead and stop it since she only has 3 left. I’ll give her some imodium this afternoon & some pumpkin in her dinner tonight.

 

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5 November 2008 - 8:13 pm
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 Calamity,

    The pumpkin should help if not pull out the peanut butter!! On old veteran friend of mine told me that would use that for dysentery back in the day ( he was a marine). Yea.. no more staples for the pretty girl!!

Kim&Buster

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5 November 2008 - 11:38 pm
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Yeay for Calamity! Glad to hear she got an A today. And yeah, the pumpkin always did work wonders for me. Didn’t know you can give dogs Immodium though, that’s new to me. What’s the dosage?

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Janie, Calamity and everyone else-  I just got the news today from my vet that they want to amputate my girl Maggie’s front leg.  I adopted her six months ago- she was a rescue German Shepherd that had been hit by a car.  She’s had two surgeries on her leg and once the plate was removed at the end of Sept. , it has continued to work less and less- the vet says it is a non-union issue.  I am so glad that Janie has been posting the progress- good and bad on Calamity so that I can prepare myself.  No date has been set for surgery –  the rescue group has offered to take her back but I can’t imagine doing that.  But I am not looking forward to this so it’s good to know this forum is here.

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18 November 2008 - 4:54 pm
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jerry said:

Yeay for Calamity! Glad to hear she got an A today. And yeah, the pumpkin always did work wonders for me. Didn’t know you can give dogs Immodium though, that’s new to me. What’s the dosage?



I just found this jerry, sorry for a late reply.

Usually I give 1 Immodium, but for some bad times, I have given 2. You might want to have Dr. Pam give a doctor recomended dosage for different weights of dogs. 

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18 November 2008 - 5:26 pm
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Welcome Deb! Maggie will be much better off without the leg than with endless surgery. She’ll adapt and be mnuch happier. You may just be surprised.

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18 November 2008 - 8:57 pm
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For Immodium (loperamide) I usually give dogs under 50# 1/2 tablet 2-3 times daily and give dogs 50-100# 1 tab 2-3 times daily.  Bigger dogs can probably handle 2 tabs 2-3 times daily.  Usually only needed for 1-3 days to slow down the gut.  If it isn’t working you need to try something else!

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