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Frankie's cruciate repair!!
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Sending positive energy.  Hoping that this is nothing major and can be fixed.  Nothing is ever easy for you.  You know if we all could fix this we would.  We love you, Frankie & Merry Myrtle.   Prayers for all of you.

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Team Frankie is sending out lots of fightin’ spirit and spunk for a good report!

There’s so many ways to drive yourself crazy wondering. I’m glad he could get in. When the x-rays are back, you’ll have a plan, and that plan will give you something to focus on and move forward with. No matter what, it’s better than wondering right?

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Your support, enthusiasm,words of encouragement and love….and Team shirts and licky clovers…….sooooooo loving and kindheart

Olay, here we go!   Nothing completely conclusive yet.    Doing a “process of elimination” approach.

Ome thing we can eliminate with a great deal of certainty, it is NOT a failing surgery (continue knocking on wood)!   So I co sider that a vig YAAAAAAAAAY 🙂

It os NOT any crimp or kink in the …hmmm…wire,or something like that.

All this was determined through a massive amount of manipulation from Rehab and xrays.   Dr Wheedle felt like the cruciate repair was srill very stable and tight (continue knocking on wood).   Now, when Dr Smith manipulated ot, she felt like she felt movement.  Dr Wheedle had already called her at thisnpoint and I stated again how she felt it was so stavle.  I expressed I was fearful all the MASSIVE manipulation maybe caused an issue.   Anyway, she ma ipulated jnder xray and said it felt fine. YAAAAAAAAAY 🙂 🙂

So we.oved forward with fluid joint tap.  That has to be sent out to determine if there is any infection ofany sort.  Dr Smith said she has seen that happen even this far out.  We started him on antibiotics just in case we needed a headstart in that area

.Now, regarding a meniscus possibility.  Wheedle found “some” reaction in all her manipulation that “could” indicate that, but not in all manipulation related to ndicating meniscus.  Am I ma@ing sense?  Apparently an MRI  is the way to rule that in or out.  That’s not an option and, the process of elimination we are foing through now shuld indicate where the issue is.

Soooo….some things off the tavle!  YAY!

Will wait for fluid results and see if that’s on, or off, the table and fo from there.

In typical Frankie fashion, a kight sedation wasn’t working and they had to gas mask him. 

Of course, now he’s in the car zoning out and getting growly if I even suggest that he get out.

Of course Blind RockStar Nurse Myrtle decided to barrel out the door, knock me out of the way as she semi skipped a few stars and headed to the car to get in with Frankie.  So she got to the car on her own,but she stood by the front bumper and kept trying to climb up on it to get in the DOOR….the door in her mind’s eye! 🙂 🙂

So yeah, some good news and some unknowns still.  Everything is doable in one form or another

Sending all my love to each of you.  Again, I know youALL are ddealing with challe ges in so e area ofnyour @ives, whether it be dog, czt or human crap.  So, again, I am soooo touched by your kindness and supportheart

With endless gratitude for each of you,

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

PS…I’ll ppst so e video of Rehab Wheedle doing the manipulation.  Quite fascinating how any @itt@e teeny tweak one way or a other can indicate this or that.  I am sooooo fortunate to jave her asp part of TEAM FRANKIE!! 🙂   THANK YOU CARING SOULS FOR THAT! 🙂

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This is VERY GOOD NEWS, Sally! Not a case of failing surgery is HUGE! And it doesn’t sound like it’s the meniscus either, or even if it is something to do with the meniscus, it doesn’t sound like a full meniscal tear. I would have thought they would have been able to tell that? To be clear, my experience is entirely front legs (apart from sweet Pie and her cruciate, but in that case there was so much arthritis it served to stabilise the joint, and she was much older, and smaller, than Frankie) so this is purely googling and conjecture.

But I am THRILLED that the surgery is holding. That is MASSIVE, and testament I’m sure to all the work you’ve been doing with him. Whatever it is, can and will be dealt with and Frankie will get over this blip.

Though first you’ll need to get him out the car… laughing laughing laughing

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PS I hope you’ve got yourself some ice cream?

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And chocolate… lots of beautiful chocolate… maybe even take a grater and grate it over the ice cream??? Mmm…

I (along with everyone else) have been thinking about you all day long. It sounds like a good visit clap I am so glad the surgery is still solid, whew.. See?! It was the Tuesday thingy clown

Look forward to seeing the video, I know you have to be breathing a bit easier… one step at a time heart

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Sally,

I am glad you are finally getting somewhat of a break.  First off, I am so glad the surgery is holding, you have worked hard, Frankie has cheated working hard LOL but seriously you both have put in the work.  If there is a tear in the meniscus maybe its a partial one and it can heal on it’s own.  I wonder if they can give a shot of cortisone like what they do humans??  Maybe he has a frozen knee like what I had was frozen shoulder?   (don’t know if there is such a thing) I just know my frozen shoulder hurt like H#LL.  Had me in tears so it almost sounds like Frankie biting at his leg. 

Glad you are testing the fluid maybe something in there will tell you something.  Praying that it is something that can be healed and antibiotics help.

Next thing is.  Sounds like Myrtle is getting around pretty well but I hope you are ok not getting knocked down just maybe loss of balance by her??  She knows where the car is 🙂   Bumper/ door she is trying and that is positive 🙂  

Sounds over all positive and we will all keep you in our prayers.

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Great news that was my concern possibly the surgery failed. PHEW 
How long before you hear back on the joint tap? Good news with what you know so far might be a tweaked muscle or infection all fixable & you guys will get past this!

Bless Myrtle’s heart she will figure the car part out.
She got where she needed to go that is whats important. If she heard the car door I am sure she would have headed straight for it.
All these things Mytrle will figure out as she is the blind rock star.

You all three are rock stars! Look forward to hearing you have a Frankie out of the car;) Tripawd Tuesday Miracle Frankie.

Ditto will keep the prayers and pawsitive thoughts coming your way!

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It has been a crazy busy day.. long past my bedtime lol but I was thinking about you. Just got home, wanted to see if you had any more news.  I hope you, Super Franken Puppy, and cheek smooshin’, determined Nurse Myrtle had a peaceful evening. With any luck you got both of them out of the car ok and back into the house for some snuggling and down time. Hopefully Frankie will be in better spirits in the morning. 

Love you guys, please take care of yourself!

Lots of big fat hugs and ear scratches,

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HAHA…Frankie finally  got out of the car, but only on his terms and his way!   There just came a point when I had to let his stubborn  hard head override my cautious logic.

Her Vet is out of office today so don’t  have any update on lab results.  I “-think” the tap takes  few days.  I was really hoping to get the blood results back though, as I took him oft Rimadyl as of Sunday because he threw up and that concerned me.  As most of you recall, he ate a whole bottle of Myrtle’ s awhile back and had an extended four day vacation in the high dollar speciality  clinic!!   The bloodwork before his cruciate  repair  was all normal, and he was on low dose during that  recovery.

Anyway, even after taking him off the Rimadyl , he still acts a little nauseous  and throws up “maybe” once a day.  Eating and drinking, peeng and pooping all day.

So just pain meds and the antibiotics for now, and rest.  

His other two legs are soooo fatigued.  The “good” rear is starting to get the shakes from the strain.  And the front kinda’ goes down.  All this is certainly  not unexpected though.  Jopefully  we can get the surgery leg back in tip top shape quickly .

Oh, Michelle.  The Vet did mention a steriod injection.  She explained  why she didn’t  want to do that at this point and it was about damage, or weakening, to the bone.  At some point though, I may ask for it.  It’s  kinda’ like Prednisone .  For all its  bad side effedts, sometimes  it can be a miracle drug whren necessary .

Oh….I got to have a couple of pictires with myself and Frankie taken by the Rehab helper!   For some dang reason I can’t  get my videos to upload to YouTube….been trying  for 24 hours now. 

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Hi sweetie 🌺

Gosh, not easy to keep mr Frankie quiet, hey? 

I so hope he’ll give his little legs a break so he can get better soon. 

Totally adorable picture, Sally 💗💗💗

Sending you much, much love and cuddles 😘😘🐮💫✨🌟💗

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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So I just had a thought, not sure if this has been discussed or not……what about a cart for Frankie? Probably not too feasible inside your house, but outside? Could this bring relief to the ailing legs and give them rest? Might there be someone who has one to lend to you? Just throwing out ideas.

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Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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Thanks all my BFFs.   Yeah Paula, something  to consider.  It’s  just that I can’t  imagine him being friends with it   Sadly, nor can I imagine  me being avle to push him up and down the ramp.  Je feels vadly enough and sore enough  he’s  prettyu mich laying around.  The jarness helps me help him some when je cahnges positions,  etc.

I know in another day or so je’ll be much better once all that manipulation  soreness goes away.

The videos I’m  about to post are just a few minutes of probably  almost 30 to 40 minutes of manipulation….then regular  Bet doing some…then positioning for xrays…..right ruff on a thee legged dawg not too far out from cruciate  surgery…then dealing  with the third leg being bum

Hope yoi can heae the sound.  If I recall, she starts off mostly  chexking for surgery stability …….then goes from there

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…Just envisioned the cart with a seatbelt for Frankie and a remote control for Sally winker

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Well crappppp….let’s  try the vireo again.  Disregard the one avove

Yeah Jackie….remote controlled cart…love it😎

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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Well crappppp….let’s  try the vireo again.  Disregard the one avove

Yeah Jackie….remote controlled cart…love it😎

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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