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Oh Sally this is terrific news! We are doing the hoppy dance here, soooo thrilled to know this surgery is done! Thank you for taking time to let us know.
Now you know the drill…get your rest, spoil Myrtle rotten and rest up!
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!
And here is Merry Myrtle tonight. I did NOT arrange her stuffy babies. She did it all by herself😚😚😙
Another thing she did that melted my heart💖, ahe fot in front od tjeir bed and fot down in the play position, v utt up high, wagging her tail and barked at the bed….then stopped to listen for a response, and then repeated it. Of coirse, Fra kie didn’t bark back. But another reson it was so special , this is the first time I’ve seen her take the play position. Soooo sweet😎
Melts my heart. So much love there 💖 So glad she’s made a comfy nest to wait for her brother in.
You got this, and Myrtle will keep you busy till Frankie comes home.
I called around midnight. Not up waking up very well, but he’s alwrt. His body temperature is low so theynare heating for him to lay on.
Yeah, not liking this!
I Dr Googled…..shouldnt have!
I called back just now….2 am. Body temp has gone up “a little”. Other than that, no real changes.
Okay….jist now as I’m typing I decided to call back again and ask for the Vet on duty! This time I got a different Tech and she told me that body temp drop is ” ormal” sometimes after surgery and pain med inkections can cause it too. Sje also said that he has been more alert, although he is sleeping a lot. As I was talking she said another Tech put a blanket over him. He was alert enoigh that he woke up and tried to move away from it. That’s my boy!
I feel like that just by “asking” to speak to the Vet on duty (even though I didn’t get to), I got a little more information and a little more reassurance.
He did eat some!
She also said that the body temp can drop if he needs to poo. Now I don’t know of that’s true, but Frankie is BERY, VERY ritualistic when it comes to when he poops and where he poops. And one of my concerns has been how to take him to poop during recovery. With everything he’s already been throigh, he has yet to poo when leashed and INSISTS on gping under the deck wjere I couldn’t follow him.
So, gonna try and get some sleep now…..again Will be interested to see if any of you jace had thos no d of experience or k pledge of what’s normal and what’s not. Thankfully he’s at a 24/7!!!!!
(((Sally))) I don’t know about the poop part either, lol but anesthesia, pre-anesthetic cocktail, and other meds may lower body temp. That is normal. Animals also process anesthesia kind of like people in the sense that some wake right up, some take a while. Some wake up happy and alert, some wake up crying and thrashing. He is taking a while to wake up, yes but that might not be a totally bad thing, just might be a Frankie thing. That procedure takes a while. Heck, it takes a while just to prep them for it because of what it is so I would not worry needlessly.
As for him going to potty, gonna have to take that step with him when it arrives. With him being under strict confinement for a couple of weeks, you may not have nearly the problems as you did last time. Please don’t worry yourself now over things that you will deal with later. This is a different situation and there is a lot of recovery that will be going on between now and then, ok?
18 May 2014
How are things in the light of day? What a long, stressful night you had! Maybe sleeping a lot is a good thing for active Frankie – he NEEDS to rest, to get the healing started. And yes, Dr. Google is not our friend, especially at 2am (not that I have ANY experience with this). Waiting patiently for the next update….hugs!
Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro
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"
"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior
I got a quick message from Sally. She is off to visit Frankie! She said he is doing ok
That is all I know but I wanted to share it with you. I am sure she will be in to post after seeing her furbaby.
19 July 2016
Oh Sally! I’m so sorry I’ve not been around to cheer you on with this! And, for the record, when I clicked into this thread, Isa’s banner came up. Our Angels are indeed keeping an eye on you and hard-headed Frankie.
I can’t believe you’re going through this, all over again. That video made me want to throw up – I wasn’t as smart as Paula and watched it, even if I knew better. And poor Myrtle missing her bestie!
How is Mr. Thang this morning? I’m sure as the others have said, it was all normal post-op yuckiness.
Thank all the heavens for your angel donor – such a blessing!
okay, waiting for an update …
hugs and lots o’ love!
Teri, the Roxinator and Angel Isa
Right rear leg amp 7/12/16 due to OSA. Metastatic lesion on her right front leg, January 2017. Joined the Winter Warriors January 19, 2017. Run free my sweet girl.
26 January 2017
I’m just now catching up. You stay away for a few days and you miss out on a lot.
Sally, sorry you’re having to go through this again. Life is so not fair. But it sounds like Frankie is doing well post-surgery. He’s a fighter, that’s for sure. Just like his human Mom.
Hoping for a speedy recovery for Frankie. And best wishes for Myrtle too!
David and Rocky (and Baxter now too!)
Rocky had his right front leg amputated on Valentine's Day 2017 after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma.
He joined the September Saints on September 3, 2017.
He is the toughest, bravest, sweetest and best friend I'll ever know.
Really hoping to hear Frankie is back to himself today!
Glad he ate and is more alert, I would have been frantic too! It sounds like they were right on getting his temp back up.
Yea we all know the Dr. Google search and it never is a good thing when we are already in panic mode-we only read the worst cases scenarios and pay little attention to the rest!
I’m sorry you had to call 2 times to get answers. GRRR
Update when you can.
16 October 2012
Breathe my friend. I know last night was stressful. Yes, sometimes body temps can lower when under anthesia. Frankie was in the best possible care that he could have been in last night. I hope he is doing better this morning.
I loved your pictures that you shared of Frankie & Myrtle. 🙂 And Yay for Myrtle wanting to play.
Sending love & healing thoughts
Michelle & Angel Sassy
Sassy is a proud member of the Winter Warriors. Live long, & strong Winter Warriors.
07/26/2006 - Sassy earned her wings 08/20/2013
05/04/2006 - Bosch, Sassy's pal, earned his wings 03/29/19 fought cancer for 4 months.
"You aren't doing it TO her, you are doing it FOR her. Give her a chance at life."