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Oliver Moore - Our lovable - Double THR - histiocytic sarcoma - possible soon to be amputee
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22 January 2014 - 10:16 pm
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Good for you! You have prepared yourself and your home as best one can!

And you're right, Oli's holdingnhis leg up to reinforce you are maing the right decision!

Happy Hannah ( My 23 lb. Bull mastiff at time of rear leg amp.) can go down stairs, but not up! I understand front leggers can sometimes have more trouble going down, but less going up. My brother built a ramp for her about a week before amp. so she got used to using it. I would highly suggest a ramp and avoid steps at first if at all possible. I did try and use a towel sling the first day or so to help her arou d, but she pretty much would not budge until I took it off.

When you first see Oliver Moore after surgery, just look straighti into his happy, albeit druggy eyes, and just praise him and love on him and don't even glance at his incision site! He just wants to be home with you!

Post as soon as he gets out of surgery so we can celebrate with you! I assume he'll be spendng the night and dreaming about drug induced pink elephants! So yoj can sleep well kowing he's havng a ball...in his mind!!

B R E A T H E.......B R E A T H E...........B R E A T H E

Sending you serenity and extra hugs!

Sally and Happy Hannah

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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23 January 2014 - 12:31 pm
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Your Olli is gorgeous, and just wanted you to know that my thoughts are with you as you go through this difficult journey. Stay positive, and keep us all posted on Olli. He surely has been through some awful things already, and you have done wonderful by him. Also remember that you have the best support system to help you right here.
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23 January 2014 - 2:15 pm
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We just received the call from the dr. that Olli is out and the surgery went well.
He is not awake yet so they are having us call back in an hour to see how he is doing.
My being calm this morning just flew out the window.
I am breathing Sally, LOTS.. I know it was the right thing to do, but I hate that we had to do this to him to do something for him..
I will keep you all posted on what we hear when we call. But for now, here is to a fighting chance for Olli !!!

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23 January 2014 - 4:15 pm
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Yay for Olli! So glad that he made it through!

Don't beat yourself up; you didn't do anything TO him, you made a decision to improve his quality of life. That is a great gift, which I know is hard to believe right now, this is the tough part. Hang in there.

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23 January 2014 - 9:37 pm
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Hanging in there... Tomorrow will definitely be hard. I plan on telling him how much I missed his pain in the butt self and stuffing the emotional crap way down until later. My daughter and I will be tag teaming dog nurse duties together the first night.
Hopefully he doesn't pull his usual and not want to get out if the car :-(
Once we get him in and settled and do a couple of potty runs hopefully I'll do better.
Tomorrow will definitely be slumber party with Olli. I'll post again in the am after I call in to see how he did through the night.
Thanks for creating this site, all the support and information has really helped me a ton.

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23 January 2014 - 9:57 pm
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YAA HOOOOOOOOOOO MOUNTAIN DEW!! Oli is outof surgery!! Huge sigh of relief all over tripawd land!!

YES! Don't even look at that ole' incisin site when you ick him up tomorrow! He wouldn't even notice if you were missing a leg! Just look in his drugged eyes and tell him what a good boy he is and what a fine job he did!

That's WONDERFUL that your daughter can help out! He may, or may ot, be a little whacky those first several days and nights. Lots of whimpering, crying, restlessness, etc.

We are all right here! We understand how emotional and crazy this whole joirney is! We also nderstand how wonderful it iss when Oli's sparke comes back and that painful leg is gone!

Yeah keep B R E A T H I N G!! Nject chocolate and take a bubble bath laden with chocolate syrup!! Guaranteed to make you feel better!

You're doing great!! Oli's fying kites with pink elephants right about now so he's doing great too!

Sendingnyou sooooooooo manynhugs!

Sally and Hapoy Hannah

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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24 January 2014 - 7:03 am
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Olli update - just got off the phone with the VMC. Olli is doing well, has walked, is still unsteady on his feet, (still on injectable meds). They need to be able to get him off of those and back on oral meds and that should help with the unsteadiness. He still needs to eat and go potty. She said he didn't seem himself before the surgery but seems to be back to more like himself today. Have to call at 2 to see if he can go home today or if they are going to keep him another night. I'm not too worried if they do.
No bad news.. Most of it is to be expected..
I'm not too worried as I recall that he seemed to take forever to go pee after his last THR
so hopefully he pees soon. She said he is sitting up in his cage so that is good.
I will update after the 2pm call.

On a side note. Sally do you work for a chocolate company? And of so do you get commission

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24 January 2014 - 9:08 am
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When my daughter mentioned the donation of Olli's leg for research and we hadn't heard back thought maybe it was a loss. Not so...
I received 2 e-mails this morning from Cornell that a pathologist there definitely wants his leg for research. I called and they had kept it preserved for us just in case!!!
Cornell is getting ahold of them right now to have it sent to them... Yeah... Pretty proud of my recently graduated biology major!!!
On a side note.. While I was on the phone with the surgery assistant she gave me an update on Olli... He peed!!!

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24 January 2014 - 10:36 am
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Wow that is fantastic about Cornell wanting his leg. How cool you're doing that for science! If you remember, would you mind asking the pathologist if we could post their contact information here in the Forums? I'm sure other pawrents would be interested in helping out like that.

And yay for the pee!

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24 January 2014 - 6:43 pm
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Home for awhile now, did exactly as everyone told me, looked right at him and told him he was a good boy and we missed and loved him.
Olli first - incision second. Let me just say I did not expect that many staples. He was very happy to see us, did his normal crying and wagged his tail...
He managed the steps up ok- a little hesitant but did ok. Going down remains to be seen.
His incision is oozing some. They said that would happen, he has a fluid pocket that they said should be reabsorbed.
We did our normal pics with the cell phone do that if we thought something was different we would have them to refer to. He is doing a ton of crying but it is mostly for attention, he has done this before.
The harness placement is over his staples, we were hoping we would be able to leave it on but as it is over the stitches we are doing on and off as we need.
He did manage to hop out towards the door himself though.
I did email Cornell after we got semi -settled,I will let you know what we hear back.
That is a great idea.

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24 January 2014 - 9:34 pm
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Awww so glad he is home with you! Sounds like you have a very level head and are remaining calm. Yay! Keep it up.

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24 January 2014 - 11:38 pm
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OLI IS HOME AND OLI HAS PEED!!clap

GOOD JOB MOM AMD DAUGHTER!! and of course Oli!!

Glad Oli was able to donate his leg. Quite frankly, it did't cross my mimd, nor did the surgeon mention it. Very thoughtful of you. And who kows, maybe there will be a breakthrough as a result!

May have a restless few nights, so try and get sleep when you can. Sou ds like you and your daughter make a great team for Oli.

And no.....I don't work for a chocolate factory! It's jist my favorite food group!!winker

Look forward to your
next update

Sall and Happy Hannah

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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25 January 2014 - 12:25 pm
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1/25/14 - Olli update - Olli slept pretty well last night. I had night nurse duty & slept on the couch and he slept on the floor next to me. Had a few crying bouts but I just reassured him and he went back to sleep. Took 3 times before he finally peed when he went out. We remembered from his last surgery that it could take a while for him to go. He has been sleeping peacefully for a while now since he last went out. The crying still goes on but he has more quiet times.
Stairs are going ok with support, he misses a few up and down but last time hit all 4. My son and husband are hopefully making him a ramp tomorrow & hopefully he will use it.
We got lucky and my husband managed to have Fri, Sat & Sun off in a row. He drives tractor trailer and usually is only off on Saturday so this really helps.
He is doing fairly well moving around. Has managed to get out to the door and to his water bowl.
We are hanging in there and so is Olli!!!

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26 January 2014 - 5:21 am
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1/26/4- Olli did pretty well yesterday - still lots of crying but. also nice calm sleeping times.. When my daughter came home from work he flew out to the kitchen to see her, he was so excited his mommy was home, crying, bouncing, licking her and wagging his tail like the old Olli & that my friends is more proof we did the right thing.
It is hard but each day seems to be a little better.
Olli slept pretty well again last night with a few bouts of crying. He ate really well yesterday but didn't drink a whole lot of water. About 2 am he was up and I got him to drink some fresh water. 5:30 this morning he woke me up all excited and wanted to go out, he practically ran to the door. We got his harness on him and took him out and he is moving pretty quickly now. Definitely have to have the leash on the harness because he'll take off on us now!!!
His belly is full, he has his Meds and the second fentanyl patch came off this morning. Goals for the day are getting him to go #2 & hopefully the crying stops since the patch is now off. This way he can just relax & rest. My turn for the bed, hubby took over couch duty for a while. My poor daughter now has a cold so we are just letting her rest.

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26 January 2014 - 6:50 am
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Good morning

Sounds like Ollie and all of you are doing very well with his recovery!

What a beautiful boy - and a true member of your family with lots of love and support.

It truly will get easier within a few weeks....no more pain meds and he will be adjusted to his new reality.  I found with Tuck that when they took his stitches out at the two week mark that he really returned to the loveable lab he has always been.

Sally recommends chocolate.....I, as more of a savoury fan, would recommend chips or perhaps crackers...:)

Hugs to all of you,

 

Linda and Tucker

 

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