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Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by Libby, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    She's a tough girl for sure! I hope she can keep down the next few meals. Still sending good vibes your way.
  2. Bubblz Calhoun

    Bubblz Calhoun Good Dog

    My condolences to you and yours,.. best wishes that she recovers but also sending :hug: the courage and strength for you to do the right thing if need be. But hopefully it doesn't come to that.
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  3. Joey&Zoey

    Joey&Zoey Good Dog

    Zoey and I both send you both our best wishes for a fast recovery, and I hope you both continue to fight and remain strong. I am very sorry Libby:hug:
  4. jsorrow

    jsorrow Big Dog

    Libby i hope everything works out for yall. I know there is little to nothing i could offer to help, but ill keep you and your family in my thoughts.
  5. bringbackup

    bringbackup Big Dog

    How awful. When I almost lost my dog to an intestinal blockage, it was the hardest thing I'd been through. I know how you feel. Wishing you both the best!
  6. ReneeMcDougal

    ReneeMcDougal Good Dog

    I keep checking back here for updates and hoping she is still ok. I will continue to think of you both.
  7. Libby

    Libby GRCH Dog

    She's home!

  8. SemasMom

    SemasMom Big Dog

    Still sending prayers and good wishes for you and Gypsy....So glad she's home!
  9. Andrea12065

    Andrea12065 Little Dog

    thats great news! Hope she gets better fast!
  10. ReneeMcDougal

    ReneeMcDougal Good Dog

    Woot...I am so happy to hear that!!! Now she better just hurry up and recover :)
  11. Pink

    Pink GRCH Dog

    That's great! I'm sure she'll be back to her old self in no time. :)
  12. Libby

    Libby GRCH Dog

    She's so happy to be home. She was miserable being in a kennel at the clinic, even though I went back there often to check on her and visit.

    She's in pain and very stiff, but her entire attitude just seems more positive being here. I'm afraid I will have to crate her though, because she's been glued to me since we got here. She wont stay in one spot for a minute if I leave the room, she's even following me to the bathroom and waiting outside the door which she hasn't done in a long time.

    While we want her to move around so the muscles don't get super tight as they heal at the surgery site, she needs to rest for a few days, at least.
    She has to go back in tomorrow, because a serum pocket formed at the top of the incision :( It wont go away on its own, and we can't put her under anesthesia again because she might not wake up from it. So we will be using a local around the area and putting a hole in it so it can drain.
  13. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    Welcome home, Gypsy and hang in there - both of you.
  14. jeoestreich

    jeoestreich GRCH Dog

    Good vibes being sent your way.
  15. lmwst18

    lmwst18 Good Dog

    Libby, I am so sorry!! All the vibes I have are coming your way
  16. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    I am so glad she is home!! I hope the correction of the serum pocket goes smoothly, and that everything is speedy recovery from there!
  17. monkeys23

    monkeys23 GRCH Dog

    Good luck with healing!
  18. Libby

    Libby GRCH Dog

    It didn't even halfway resemble the way the abscess looked six months ago, when it originally appeared. Then, it was still odd, but pretty straightforward, or so we thought. There was a small pocket of puss and little particle..things, that we flushed and cleaned and found the end of.

    This...this was just UGLY. At first when we started operating nothing looked wrong, but as soon as we went through the first layer of fat and muscle, the tissue itself started to look wrong. The color, the texture, and then we started hitting the first of the many tiny pus-filled pockets. It was a bright green colored pus, and all of the pockets were about the size of a pin head, but they were all throughout. The track just kept going, it hooked from the middle of her loin/hip area, down under her last rib, then back and deeper in, down underneath her spine, where it finally connected to the spaces between two of the...I'll have to double check this, but I think it was two of the lumbar vertibrae.

    Once Gypsy is healed and stronger, we are going to take radiographs of her spine, because this all connected right to the area she has the arthritis in her back. We looked at the films from three months ago, and there isn't anything to show any of this on them.

    We did get it all out, but since we had to remove so much muscle, and cut so deep (we had to go into her abdominal cavity at one point) its going to be a very touchy recovery for quite some time.

    This morning she's uncomfortable, but she is walking and wagging her tail. She doesn't have an appetite, but she did drink water and I gave her meds for the pain and some antibiotics. We are leaving to go back in for the second procedure in just a few minutes, I will let you guys know how it went when we get back.
  19. Libby

    Libby GRCH Dog

    Good news! We didn't end up having to do a drain on the wound. We aspirated it and there was no fluid, so its just soft tissue swelling.

    She's doing much better now, about 45 minutes after I gave her the pain pill this morning her appetite was back in force--she was begging from one of my coworkers (who was eating banana nut bread) like crazy and leaking from the mouth like a fosset lol We just got home a little while ago and she ate a can of food with gusto, its the most I've allowed her and we shall see how she holds it down. So far so good!

    Her cough is still here, so we put her on some decongestant meds because her cough occurs whenever she moves after laying/sitting in one position for a while, or when she moves too fast, and when she starts coughing she doesn't want to eat or drink, so we need to get rid of it.

    The incision looks really good, aside from from a bit of swelling which really wasn't unexpected since her surgery was so major.

    I took some pictures last night but my internet was being freaky, I will try to upload them now.
  20. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Glad to hear Gypsy is home. She is such a beautiful girl. One of my favorite dogs here. My prayers are with you guys that she continues to have a productive recovery and is 100 percent healthy from here on out.


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