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2 weeks post osteosarcoma amputation!
i can’t thank everyone on this site enough! Reading these comments about how great an amputation surgery could go, gave me the strength to make this hard decision for my 10 yr old golden “Sunny”.
1 year ago he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on his front limb. I started EVERY homeopathic remedy I could find including but not limited to: Cbd, turkey tail mushrooms, mushroom immunity blend, “green egg” membranes, Reckeweg, Broccoli, magnesium, selenium, and more!
After 11 months and ONLY taking CBD and CBG for pain, an xray showed the tumor had eaten both bones in the front leg. Somehow Sunny was still happy and hopping enthusiastically! The tumor had a growth spurt and started getting heavy and more painful. Xray showed his lungs were clear after 1 year. EVERYONE including the dr’s thought he was too old for amputation. As a jogger his whole life with no signs of arthritis, I knew he could do it!
The surgical pain med NOCITA had Sunny hopping hella fast over to me after 1 overnight post op! Ask for it!! He was only on Codeine and Carprofen for 2 weeks and now takes only CBD and CBG. We had ZERO complications post op other than boredom.
A tight dog shirt kept the fluids from pooling, nothing ever leaked out of the incision. He practiced hopping for almost a year so he seemed relief from the tumor pain and weight! The lymph node at that leg was LARGE, so it was removed but showed no cancer in it. Lungs are still clear!
Dr says what they always say “Probably/likely/could/maybe microscopic cancer cells are already everywhere”. THEY CAN’t FIND ANYTHING! Lol.
We will continue our immune boosting natural remedies but in the meantime Sunny is awaiting a cart from Eddieswheels.com 🙂 We will enjoy life to the fullest until its time to return to source. That’s all you need to do!
Love, Kristen and Sunshine
Update on Sunshine 3/2/23
Sunny enjoyed 4 full months of Tripawd hoppiness! We really enjoyed every moment we could! He was fast and had adapted wonderfully.
Then...he went suddenly, totally blind. 😐 And now he is having breathing issues.
Sunny was suspected to have the dreaded "Golden Retriever eye disease" Uveitis/Glaucoma, and for about 5 years the vet was watching a spot in his right eye that never changed.
Prior to his leg amputation, he had a red dot in the pupil of his left eye. It seemed to disappear, however, 2 weeks ago, his right eye developed Uveitis very rapidly and within 24 hours Glaucoma had taken his vision. His left eye had ultra low pressure but iris was turning red(blood filled?) so we tried to reduce inflammation with some eye drops but that eye blew up with pressure and now he's blind in BOTH eyes. So Sunny is now a blind Tripawd.
This was very challenging at first, as he learned to trust my guidance that his ONE front foot would land somewhere safe. He is able to get up and down the 3 steps to go potty, with assistance. He insisted on going out to the park with us, and would even "jump" up on the truck bumper to be boosted. He even trusted me when he had to jump out to the ground...with assistance of course.
He was adapting to blindness....THEN in the past few days his breathing has become labored...he has that HACKy cough that I hear described as a symptom of METS from the previous Osteosarcoma. Last night, it sounded like he was drowning in lung fluid as he waled with each inhale. I gave him some CBD oil (1000mg) and he settled. I was sure he would pass away in the night. Today...he seems somewhat normal. Breathing is a little labored but no more fluid filled breaths, no more waling. We are going to try some homeopathic cough remedies recommended here (HomeoPet cough), as well as some lung tumor and eye issue remedies from Dr. Reckeweg (UnitedRemedies.com).
I trust it will be clear when its time for Sunny to transition with or without assistance, in the meantime, WE won't give up! Please pray for Sunshine, he really is a gift to the residents at the nursing home he visits. 🙂 We hope he will be able to go visit his friends there soon.
Kirsten I'm so sorry. I see you posted about Sunny here so I'm posting some thoughts for you over in the new topic. (((hugs)))