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Izzy's 1-Year ampuversary brings a new surgery
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My sweet, pretty girl is gearing up to celebrate a whole year as a tripawd! She had her amputation on September 18th 2015 and will go in for knee surgery 1 year to the day – although the date is off as that Friday is the 16th this year.  I’m scared and afraid I’m choosing the wrong thing for my girl but I know that our current situation is not something we can sustain. She does seem to be doing better with her pain managed but I’m still so torn (no pun intended) between the surgical options. Afraid to do TPLO because of the drawn out recovery (and cutting her bone – she’s almost 13!!) but don’t want to put her through a “lesser” surgery for nothing (what if it doesn’t help or fails shortly after?).

Thankfully, her poppa has agreed to stay at the house with us for the first couple of nights. He knows I will be too scared that I will hurt her to be much help. She is missing him anyway, so hopefully, it will help her feel better having him there.

Here are some pictures and a video of her adorable snoring – because I can’t stop taking them!  haha

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Momma to the world's most beautiful American Bulldog, Izzy!! Lost her front leg to OSA 9/18/15. Diagnosed w MCT in June 2016. Celebrated her 1 year ampuversary with knee surgery on 9/18/16! MCT recurrence in Dec 2016. Happy & hungry til nearly 14, earning her wings on 7/31/17.

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Happy one year ampuversary!   Cruciate repair recovery is hard, and longer than the amputation recovery.  But, a lot of it is about keeping her quiet.  You already know how to manage pain, and you are so in tune with her that you should have an extra advantage.   As you mentioned, you are doing this only because you really don’t have much choice.  We will all be thinking of you both, and wishing her best of luck in the surgery.  

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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YAY IZZI! Hoppy Ampuversary pretty girl, you have come so far! You prove that age is just a number.

I hope you don’t mind but I moved your post here, mostly because we want to make sure you get lots and lots of shout outs and cheers as you recuperate from your next surgery.

Try not to worry maw, you have one spunky girldog there. She’s gonna rock this thing!

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CONGRATS on a HUGE MILESTONE!!! And best wishes for next week…. she will sail through like the champ she is!

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Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife



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9 September 2016 - 8:38 pm
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Hoppy Ampuversary.  Great milestone among many more 🙂

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I haven’t been on this site since last December, but something brought me here tonight. 

Just in time to say WAY TO GO IZZY!!!  I remember you joined at just about the same time as we did.  It’s so great to see you still here and the many other familiar names/sweet puppy faces around the site.  It just goes to show how strong the community support is here.  We’ll all be thinking of you next week and throughout her recovery. 

You guys are so brave, and you’ve made it through a whole year of cuteness and special times.  Here’s to many, many, many more!!

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Awe Hoppy Ampuversary Izzy! clap 1 year is amazing!

Donna

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
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9 September 2016 - 9:18 pm
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Cindy, it’s so wonderful to hear from you! I’m so glad something made you log in 🙂 

I’m never sure where to post things, so just do my best to guess. Izzy’s poppa stopped by unexpectedly tonight, so she got a bonus visit from him, which made both the pups happy. He brought her furless brothers and she hobbled around, trying to follow them. Sweet girl.

I will absolutely post updates as she goes through recovery and you can bet we’ll have an even BIGGER celebration for her birthday this year! 

Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement. It’s such a blessing to have folks who “get it” to support us! heart

Momma to the world's most beautiful American Bulldog, Izzy!! Lost her front leg to OSA 9/18/15. Diagnosed w MCT in June 2016. Celebrated her 1 year ampuversary with knee surgery on 9/18/16! MCT recurrence in Dec 2016. Happy & hungry til nearly 14, earning her wings on 7/31/17.

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Happy Amuversary Izzy!  I think we need to chat with your mom about a better gift!

I know it’s hard to put your girl through another surgery, I want to share a story with you.

A few years ago we had a member who’s pup lost a back leg to osteosarcoma.  Unfortunately the pup hurt his one remaining knee not long after his amp.  Because the pup had cancer and the owner was convinced he didn’t have much time left he decided not to fix the knee.  The pup beat the odds and lasted much longer than expected but he was really hampered by that bad knee.

I know the owner loved his dog and was trying to do his best, but I also know he regretted not getting the knee fixed and improving the quality of life for his pup.

I think you have to get Izzy’s knee fixed to keep her life quality good.  Who knows how much time you will get, but once again just like with the amp you are giving your girl a chance for more quality time with you.

I’ve been through two tightrope knee repairs with my quad pug Obie.  It will be a longer recovery than from the amp, but I know you guys will do great!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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HAPPY ONE YEAR AMPUVERSARY SWEET IZZY!!!! I must say, your humans are giving you a very…er…unique present! Not many dogs get a pain free knee for their AMPUVERSARY!!

Of course, it is gping to require a lot of rest. But from the looks of those ADORABLE photos, you thoroughly enjoy lounging around and getting all sorts of squishy soft blankets to lay around on!

Keep on taking those photos! We love seeing sweet Izzy!

We’re right here by your side!

Love!

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

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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Yay Izzy!  Congratulations!  One year is huge!  I’ll be sending positive thoughts and prayers on the 18th for a full and uneventful recovery.  Please keep us posted on beautiful Izzy’s recovery!

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How is Izzy doing?  I think her surgery was Friday?

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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I typed a lengthy reply with all the details and it didn’t save. I’m exhausted from no sleep the past two nights, so this is much shorter. Izzy is doing ok. She didn’t sleep at all the first night and seemed to be in pain. Fentanyl patch seemed to kick in Saturday morning. She got her bandage off and licked her staples today because I made the mistake of leaving the room at the same time as Reed. She’d been totally disinterested previously and didn’t have the cone on because she can’t get comfortable in it. My bad. I don’t think the cone will stop her so not sure what to do tomorrow – I have to go to the doctor, if not work.

Lots and lots of fluid in the leg, swelled up like nobody’s business today. Plenty of bruising, too. Her dad sleeps like a rock, so I got stuck taking her out alone around 4 am and this with no sleep since Thursday night. Needless to say, I epic failed getting her back on her bed and half dropped her onto the wounded leg. Of course, I am now convinced that I ruined the repair. Ugh.

Here are a few photos. Again, sorry for the brevity but I don’t have the patience or energy to retype everything. I’ll fill in the blanks once I get some sleep!

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Momma to the world's most beautiful American Bulldog, Izzy!! Lost her front leg to OSA 9/18/15. Diagnosed w MCT in June 2016. Celebrated her 1 year ampuversary with knee surgery on 9/18/16! MCT recurrence in Dec 2016. Happy & hungry til nearly 14, earning her wings on 7/31/17.

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Okay…deep breahts…Izzy is home…surgery js over…and recovery, no matter how hard these first several days will be, is beginning!

You have been through a lot getting to this pont! Your nerves must be raw, as well as the fact that yiu are mentally, physically and eemotionally spent.

Talk to the vet abput the swelling and see if he recommends icing it, etc. You can also let him know about Izzy…..er…..”falling” on tne surgery leg and see if he thinks he needs to look at it. Now would be the time to make adjustments if need be.

Not sure what the solution would be to keep her drom getting at that leg if a cone won’t work p, and clearly a shirt won’t do the trick. Maybe others who have gont through this can come up with a solution.

Wish I coukd be there ro give you aany break and let you get some sleep. Exhaustion colors everything dark and gloomy. Sleep brings color and light back into your day!

When you see sweet Izzy’s photos though, it majes it all worth it! She’s melting hearts over here!heart The o e of her sleeping next to her buddy ….soooooooooo cute!!

Take care of yourself, okay? Sorry you have toto go to the doctor yourself tomorrow. Hoping for a speedy recovery dor BOTH of you!!

Lots of love!

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

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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Thanks, Sally!

We did have another really rough night – everybody was up. Izzy seems restless only at night and we aren’t great whine translators. The vet ok’d giving tramadol as needed/for pain and or ace to calm her down. Last night we tried half a dose of sedative and when she seemed to be hurting an hour later, a dose of tramadol. Seems that was a mistake.

She was still agitated and yelping/barking, so we tried taking her out to potty. She collapsed on the ground with only her rump held up by the sling and did poop (first real one since surgery) but wouldn’t get up. Her poppa scooped her up and carried her into the house and we put her down in the kitchen. It was about 230 in the morning at this point, so I told him to move her (fancy new) memory foam bed downstairs so he could rest – the alarm was set for 410!

Izzy was scary stoned. I couldn’t get her to open her eyes and her gums seemed pale. She didn’t respond to my voice at all, either. Reed hadn’t gone off the get the bed yet, so I asked him to get a little water. I propped Izzy up and dabbed the water on her mouth. After a few times, it seemed to register and she started lapping up the little bit we’d put in her bowl. We gave her some kibble (we always put water in that, too) and – true to her fatdog nature – she dopily but greedily ate.

Thank GOD.

I really thought we were in trouble. We may have been, who knows. But I got the other dog bed and covered it with a sheet and stayed with her so her poppa could sleep. I just couldn’t … too nervous and watching every breath … but I finally moved to the couch when Izzy started snoring loudly and her silly sister Stormy just would share the dogbed nicely anymore.

She doesn’t want to walk really at all today. I think she’s really starting to feel sore … I know that when I had surgeries, I didn’t feel bad until the second or third day. Not really worried about the crazy swelling and bruising as I think that is normal and I am using cold packs. It does seem to make her more comfortable.

Here are my girls at about 4 a.m. this morning:

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And don’t worry about me, I was getting shots in my wrists to help with carpal tunnel … can you say Owwww lol

Paws crossed that Izzy is over the hump!

Momma to the world's most beautiful American Bulldog, Izzy!! Lost her front leg to OSA 9/18/15. Diagnosed w MCT in June 2016. Celebrated her 1 year ampuversary with knee surgery on 9/18/16! MCT recurrence in Dec 2016. Happy & hungry til nearly 14, earning her wings on 7/31/17.

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