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Heart arrhythmia after amputation?
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16 January 2017 - 10:13 pm
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You have nooooo idea how good it is to hear from you and to hear Bella is home!!!! Soooo good!!

It's probably hard for you to see her progress because you are so close to it. But for those of us looking in from the outside, we can see it!!

Goodness knows, Bella could not have a better advocate than you! You jave been through soooo much just to get ro this point! You've stayed the course, that's for sure! The patience you have shown and your ability to keep it together is Herculean!!

So she can "hop" with assistance when she heads back to her bed, but basically puts the brakes on when yiu try and get her to go outside? So to be hopping with assistance is a huge improvement from not being able to stand at all and her legs buckling!!

I don't know why the Physical Therapist didn't want Bella to use the booties if they helped her feel more confident. Did she walk with those in at all...even for just a few steps?

Did the PT give you a plan of action? What kind of feedback?

Have you been able ro get her outside, take her bed outside, and have her lay outside and sniff the breezes?

One member said their dog jad no motivation to do anything, not even go outdoors. But she lpved the neighbor's dog. So the neighbor was kind enough to bring the dog over so her dog would perk up and go outside!

Is their someone she adores who coukd come over and act all excited apand bring her a cheeseburger? If someone knocks on the door or rings the doorbell, would that help perk her up? I know yiu have to be exhausted, but is your energy upbeat and confident arpund her? Do you do some massaging and stretching before trying to get her up?

Let's see, we're dealing with a little less than three weeks? She's had blood transfusions, shes had arrhythmia, major surgery, adusting to three legs, a d she's a big dog who has been pretty much immobile duri g this time so her muscles are weak. Yeah, I'd say everything considered, BELLA IS IMPROVING....SLOWLY, BUT SURELY!!!

What kind of heart meds, or any meds for that matter, is she taking?

Again, I'm just soooooo happy Bella is home and you, and she, are showing some "true grit"! I reallu, really believe Bella is going to get her sparkle back!

PLEASE STAY CONNECTED as you can! This is definitely a "tpugh" recovery but, believe it or not, we've seen tougher! And eeventually they get their sparkle back!

Lots of love and hugs!

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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17 January 2017 - 12:52 am
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So glad she is home.  I agree that you need to give her time.  There were points during recovery that I only got Otis out svery 10 - 12 hours.  Unless we were approaching the point, I would offer and if he was not interested, I just let him sleep.

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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18 January 2017 - 5:24 pm
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Welcome home Bella, you made it girl 🎉

You came a long way and had so many complications but now you hop on your on 👍🏼 things can only get better, right? 

Sending you and Mom a BIG hug and lots of 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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31 January 2017 - 8:54 am
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Just know that we are all thinking about you and Bella.

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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