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Molly's surgery was today
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7 October 2008
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14 October 2008 - 8:47 pm
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and I promised her I would update her new friends. Molly wants me to tell all of you that your prayers were with her on the operating table.  Although her surgery lasted over 3 hours those were the most fearful hours I spent.  The doctor called to tell us that he believed it was successful and the cancerous leg was gone.  The next hurdle was waiting for her to awaken which she did within 1/2 hour of the operation.  I was allowed to visit her 4 hours later but told I was only allowed to peek so the first sight of Molly's new torso wouldn't be devastating to me.  As I waited for the doctor to finish his last patient,  he was going to give me the update on where we are in the process.  I'm sure none of this is new to any of you.  When the door opened he had a beautiful dog on a leash with the operating room staff close behind.  It was MOLLY who came to greet me.  I never noticed it was my baby and when I realized it was her I sat on the floor in amazement.  I never noticed that her leg was gone only that she was able to somehow walk to me.  I guess it was her way of telling me she was going to be o.k. and not to worry.  Now I know she was heavily sedated and didn't really feel the seriousness of her amputation....but she 'walked' to me'.  She will be meeting with the oncologist to start her chemotherapy next Wednesday but whatever time I was able to give her in this decision is definitely the right one. 

Thank you all so much for the prayers, the words of encouragement and the sharing of your experiences.  We are now members of a truly blessed organization of loving, caring and kind people.  I cannot express enough of how wonderful your messages have been to us and I promise once I figure out how to better use this forum I will send Molly's pic.

Love and blessings to all of you and I promise to stay in touch - we want to hear the success stories and yes, even the sad ones this is going to be a journey no one should make alone.  Thank you sincerely

Molly and Mom

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14 October 2008 - 9:38 pm
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Bonnie and I are SO happy that you got to see Molly walk that soon.  It really is a miracle isn't it?  You have made the right decision and it sounds like you have a great veterinary team.  Our prayers are with you and Molly.


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14 October 2008 - 9:49 pm
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Mollys Mom said:

and I promised her I would update her new friends.

Oh that is wonderful! Congratulations on a successful surgery!

My Mom will never forget the day that I walked out to greet her and my Dad. Well, "hopped" out, as you know. She says it was the most beautiful thing she ever saw, to see me moving about, out of pain and looking forward to more playing, more time on this earth to enjoy life.

We are glad everything worked out. We'll be honest, the next few weeks might be a challenge, but know that you have the strength and wisdom to overcome anything you face, and we are always, always here to help if you need anything whatsoever. 

And of course, always rememer to follow Molly's example, for she knows way more about overcoming obstacles and challenges than any human! And of course, she thanks you (and so do we) for giving her a shot at a long hoppy life on three legs. You will be amazed at what she can do, guaranteed.

Good luck, and thanks for the update.


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15 October 2008 - 3:57 am
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Good on ya Molly! I do feel your Mum's sense of relief in her post, and I can imagine that first hug was wonderful. We are looking forward to that photo. Good luck on your new journey together.

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We are so glad the surgery went well and know exactly how you feel. When they first come to you after surgery - the number of legs and the scars aren't important, just that they are there and still with you.  As Molly recovers there will be ups and downs but she will amaze and surprise you. 


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Congratulations!  It's a relief to know the surgery went well.

Jerry is right saying that the next week or two could be challenging.  The first day or 2 after Dexter's amputation she was still "hopped up" on morphine and ran around like a puppy even tho we tried to restrain her.  Well, when the morphine wore off and she was on the pain meds she really paid for her overabundance of activity.  The howls and crying out in pain tore my heart out and I was on the phone w/ the vet twice that weekend so worried that something major was wrong, but they re-assured me that she most probably overdid it; they were right.  The next week was very tough as almost every movement caused her to wail in pain.  We Dex-i-proofed the house; blocked the stairs, couch, chairs, etc. and pretty much restricted her to one room.  She was so sore that she didn't move around much anyway.

Fast forward to 3 wks post-op and we have our usual baby back they way she was prior to the amp.  She's now off all meds and likes to play again, is eating better, and loves to go on short walks.  We are thrilled to say the least.

Good luck w/ your recovery and remember to take it very easy for the next couple of weeks.  You'll start seeing little improvements daily!

 Sherri & Dex

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15 October 2008 - 11:30 am
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We are so happy to hear of Molly's successful surgery. Your love for her will grow beyond words - even if you thought you couldn't love her will.

Take it easy these next few weeks...

Much love,

Heather and Zeus

Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together

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