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Well. The vet got her to pee and poo as soon as we got there. They’re going to keep her overnight. Despite the metacam, tamadol, gabapenten & amantadine, she is still in a lot of pain. They’re probably going to give her some pain injections. Her foot & ankle is definitely more swollen and I don’t know why since she hasn’t used it at all. The vet is suspecting some sort of major joint instability with the way it is presenting. They’re in the same facility as the orthopedic surgeons who will be in tomorrow morning. So she’s going to stay overnight & be evaluated by ortho in the morning. She said something about sedating her for extension & flexion X-rays to see how stable the joint is, but she will wait for ortho to make that determination. 

In the meantime, running a CBC to rule out any infection. I feel kind of hopeless. Mostly because she is just not herself the last 2 days. 

Anyways, thanks for listening. 

Melinda

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I’m glad this is all workable stuff. Hopefully new med added will show relief soon and she will be able to pass urine on her own. 

So sorry you’re having so many issues. Unfortunately when you’re already stressed, these things are just magnified. Please try to take a moment to step back and breathe. You’re handling a lot at once, and you’re doing a great job. I know it’s overwhelming! 

Sending positive thoughts your way, I hope this all eases up so you can catch your breath.

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Jackie and Huck ❤️

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6 May 2018 - 11:53 am
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Hi sweetie 🌺

She is in good hands now and as hard as this is, hopefully you will know which route to follow tomorrow.

This has to be so overwhelming, we are all holding hands with you and hope all can be resolved soon. 

Sending you much love 😘😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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Ack, my connection is funky sometimes. I did not see your last post until after I made mine, grrr. 

Just caught up, I see she is staying at the animal hospital for the night. I’m sorry she’s still so painful. It sounds like she is in good hands and hopefully they will be able to get to the bottom of the problem. I know you’re worried, please try to get some rest while you have the chance. 

Paws crossed that they figure out the problem and it can be rectified easily.

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Jackie and Huckleberry ❤️

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Stay strong. I know it’s hard! This is tough, but she is in good hands and you have some very proactive vets. That is exactly what she needs to figure this out and help her feel better. You get some rest OK? Remember, attitude is everything so do your best to stay pawsitive and know that she has a great team on her side. And we are cheering you on too!

And if you want to talk, the Tripawds Helpline is always here for you.

Please keep us posted.

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Gee whiz, just catching up on the latest challenges  Ugh!

Sierra IS in good hands.  As Jerry daid, use this rimemto catchup on some much needed resr…..very much needed!    You will feel stronger in the morning.  And I guarantee  Sierra HAS to feel better after a nice pea and poo!

Doing those range of motuon, flexing exercises are better under a light sedation, as the dog is not resisting.  IF you have to go that route, don’t  be surprised if Sierra  isn’t  even a bit more sore for a day or so.

IF when has some tissue issue, it may mean harness walking and rehab got a bit, but with  you and husband,  you`’ll get through this.  It’s just s temporary hiccup

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Thanks so much to everyone for your words of encouragement. It means so much more than you know. I’m trying to stay busy so I don’t think about her not being home. I called to check on her a while ago & they said she is resting comfortably. She had her pain meds & ate dinner & drank. She’s a love bug so I think she has all the techs in love with her. I’ll be anxiously awaiting her ortho doc’s call in the morning. 

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Just checking in to see how you are all doing. Sounds like you got a good report, yay!! I hope everything keeps moving forward in a smooth positive way. Hang in there 🤗

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Just got off the phone with Sierra’s ortho. He thinks there is some instability in that joint. He put a compression bandage on it to get the swelling down so it doesn’t hurt so badly. And he has her drunk on morphine. He said he is going to wean her off the morphine this afternoon & about 4 see how she feels. If she is feeling better & is walking on the leg with the compression bandage, he will send her home. If she is still painful, he will give her more morphine & keep her one more night. He is ordering a custom measured splint for her leg to help stabilize it long term and we will probably do PT with her to help strengthen that leg. I feel so much better now that he has her. The emergency vets are great, but having a specialist looking at her makes me feel so much better. I can breathe again. 

Planning on either going to either pick her up or visit her tonight. I’m gonna kiss all over her sweet face & tell her how you all have helped keep me calm (well relatively). 

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Hi Melinda,

That’s really good news! I’m so glad that this all looks like it can be resolved and I know for sure that you’re relieved 💖💖

Go smooch your pup and let her know how wonderful she is 😉😉

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Visited my baby girl. The ortho wants to keep her another night. She’s still super painful. He’s a bit stumped as to why she is so swollen and painful. She’s  got the compression bandage on now. He says if she isn’t significantly better in the morning, he is going to sedate her & see if he can get any fluid out of the swollen area and have it analyzed. And potentially give her a steroid injection. He said while the joint has some instability, it’s not really that bad. And while the X-rays show arthritis it’s really not that bad. And neither should cause this much pain & swelling. 

Once we are past this hurdle & her stitches are out, he definitely wants her to do therapy. 

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Melinda thank you for the update, that is fantastic, what a good plan. Your vet rocks!

I hope she can come home. Can’t wait to find out. Keep us posted.

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Hi Melinda,

So glad you got to see your girl. I’m sure she was thrilled to see you even heavily medicated. Your doctor’s sound spot on and are amazingly attentive to her needs, they honestly sound top notch! 

I’m really glad there’s no huge obvious horrible reason for her pain. I hope this all settles down soon so that she can go home and recuperate. 

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Hi Melinda 🌺

It is so reassuring to know she is in such good hands and looked after by really competent people who also love her so much 💕

Great you got to visit your baby and hopefully she will be in your loving arms back home soon. 

One day at a time and moving in the right direction, sweetie 🌺

Sending you a big hug and cuddles😘 🐮💫✨🌟🌹

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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She’s not any better this morning. With her leg in a splint, she will only do a couple steps & then she’s done. Still very painful. They’re going to sedate her & try to get a fluid sample out of the swollen area & see what that looks like. If there is no infection, will probably do a steroid shot. Poor baby girl. They said based on how the procedure goes & how she does, will determine this evening if she can come home or if she should stay another night.

Melinda

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