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I am so relieved! I just spoke with the surgeon – she said she did so well! She's been out of surgery for 2 hrs and she just checked on her again and had to stop her from trying to stand up and bolt out of her kennel!! It's so nice to finally hear some good news! thanks everyone for your support so far. Now we can finally get on the road to recovery… she said she could even come home tomorrow…
Yay! we need good news on Polly now…
Maxs Mom said:
LOL….I guess we mean it alot!!! Not sure why it posted 3 times, but 3 times is a charm
Three times is a charm! But we fixed it now, hope that was OK.
I know we'll have some obstacles ahead, but anything is better than the past 4 weeks!! I feel like we could get through anything now… the amount of pain she's been in has been unbearable! I was giving her a sponge bath (crazy I know, just to clean her up a little – didn't want to make her stand for a bath) yesterday and I rubbed her good leg the wrong way and she collapsed on it and WAILED! a good 2 second WAIL! I'm still haunted by it.
The plan is to put her on Tramadol and an antibiotic – no patch. I did ask about Gabapentine – our surgeon said it can be tough on the liver so since Marley has a history of liver issues we won't be trying that.
Oh poor baby!! I remember when I bumped into Max right after his amp surgery, Its a sound that I wont soon forget. You have the right attitude and thats half the battle. Max is still on Tramadol and Gabapentine for some unexplained pain he has. We have done CT scans and x-rays and cant find the origin. Best of luck on the journey. We are all here for you when you need us!
Paula and Spirit Max
28 May 2008
Hey Marley pal – we are soooo hoppy to hear that you're doing well after surgery! YIPPIE! Tell Mom to get a good night's sleep tonight.
The next 2 weeks will have their obstacles…but just remember one day at a time, sometimes one moment at a time and we will be here for you every step of the way.
Mom and Zeus
Heather and Spirit Zeus - Our life changing journey…from the earth to the heavens…one day at a time…always together
23 December 2008
You are on the road to recovery- hang in there for this next 2 weeks- it can be a little tough on the emotions- but you can count on all of us for support- just bark if you need anything.
We are thinking good thoughts for you and wishing you all the best-
Hang in there.
Seanne and CA Wrigley
Seanne and Angel Wrigley
16 February 2008
Yay!!!! I'm so glad to hear Marley is doing well! The first couple of days might be tough, but she will improve as each day passes by 🙂 :). Smokey was the same way after his surgery – he had little issue hopping up or wanting to get out of his recovery area and was giving all of the techs slobbery kisses! Marley is very lucky to have you as her mom! The best medicine for me, after a ton of worry, was seeing Smokey's face for the first time after a few days (I kept him in the hospital for a couple of days as I didn't have the best environment for him to recover in – a tiny apartment – but then we recovered at his grandpawrents house for two weeks with a full yard for him to take his time in!). Seeing his face and seeing how he was able to get around made it all so much more worth it!
We'll continue to check in to see how Marley's doing – just so, so happy she's doing great!!!!
22 August 2008
Just heard from the Vet on duty at the hospital overnight. He said she did pretty well – on an off resting and some whimpering. She's definitely an anxious, not into being in a crate in a strange place type of dog. He said they kept up her pain meds via IV so thought maybe she was whimpering because she just didn't want to be there. I am not surprised. He said they took her out a few times with a sling – she did better each time and she did pee. He said she could possibly go home today. I'm just not sure what is the best place for her. We of course can't wait to see her and of course she'd be happier at home, but were planning to pick her up tomorrow and just want to make sure she doesn't come home too soon and we have a really rough night. (for her not for us of course) What if she's not ready to switch from IV to just Tramadol? Just don't want to end up putting her in more PAIN… we'll hear from the surgeon today and see what she says. If you have any thoughts please do let us know!!
Your vet will know whats best so trust in their judgement. If you feel that things arent right when you get home, they are only a phone call away. I think you'll find that she will be better at home and trust me, it could be a rough night…but it may not be too. All dogs react differently to the surgery and to the drugs. The vet wont send her home until they feel she is ready. You can probably expect some panting and whimpering, but remember that alot of that is the drugs. Max is still on some pain meds and pants quite a bit.
Like CA Wrigleys Mom said…just bark if you need us!! Best of luck!
Paula and Max
Paula and Spirit Max
When Smokey went through his surgery, I had the hospital keep him for a few extra days so I didn't have him home right away… but my reasonings was that I am a single pawrent and didn't have the right environment for him to be in. And in case something would have happened, I wanted to make sure he was with the doctors because I had no idea what to expect in the surgery and what the outcome would be like, and didn't want to face it alone. I felt more comfortable with him being surrounded by the experts, even though I so wanted him to come home with me. But unfortunately whenever he is in pain, he's always hid it from me so I never quite knew when he was hurting. But I was very thankful to be able to have those few extra days so that I didn't have to try to see him walk around and get used to only being on 3 legs… and then it felt right the morning I picked him up – I think he and I were both ready. But again, that's due to my fears and I know not everyone is like me :).