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Libby's out of surgery but I have a concern.........
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31 January 2013 - 6:24 pm
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Suki's amp surgery ended at about 10pm on a Monday night and she didn't come home until Wednesday morning for basically the same reasons (meds and hydration). She also had something called a "soaker catheter" on her incision area that they wanted to make sure was working properly (it was and I'm convinced was THE single reason her recovery was so seamless).

 

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that there are many reasons to keep a dog overnight and they're usually benign.  

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31 January 2013 - 6:56 pm
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Thank you.  That's really interesting.  The surgeon mentioned something about a catheter being secured in place.  Silly me.....I thought she meant for urination.   I have a lot to learn.  Thanks so much for your input.  If the doc feels she needs to stay longer I will know it's in her best interest.

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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31 January 2013 - 7:30 pm
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So glad that everything is going well. I totally understand the overnight problem. The same thing happened to Lily. I went and stayed with her as long as they would let me, then I went home... Longest night of my life, but we made it and she was up and hopping the next morning-ready to come home. I'm thinking of you; I'm sure all will be well. It sounds like you have a very conscientious doctor. 

Thinking of you, Joan and Lily

Our beautiful Lily was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her front leg on 12/14/11 at age 8 and had amp on 12/16/11. She completed 5 rounds of carbo. She was so brave and kicked cancer's butt daily! She lived life fully for 4 years, 3 months, and 15 days after her amp. My angel is a warrior princess. I miss her so much.

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31 January 2013 - 7:52 pm
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Hi Joan & Lily,  

 

Your post makes me hopeful that we will find Libby the same way you found Lily when you picked her up. I bet that was difficult to leave her after spending some time visiting.  You are braver than I.

I don't think this would have been so stressful had I know the surgeon prefers to keep her patients overnight, while my vet is saying she will go home the same day.  

 

I'm anxious to see her.  Every time I see her pic in my profile, I miss her.  Our other chocolate lab, Sammie seems kind of lost without Libby here to boss her around :)

Liberty (Libby) was diagnosed with OSA on 1-22-13.  Right front amputation on 1-31-13. No IV Chemo. Metronomic Therapy started 2-19-13 along with supplements and some home cooking. Lungs clear until 1-06-14.  She's still her happy, hoppy, bossy self.  Living the dog life to the fullest and a proud Winter Warrior. :) RIP my Libby 4-21-03 to 3-19-14

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