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Re: In surgery right now [Re: DianaB] #15063
03/06/10 04:54 AM
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Glad she made it through surgery and everything is going well!

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Re: In surgery right now [Re: mspiker03] #15135
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Great news to hear Diana! Sending wishes for a speedy recovery process!!


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Re: In surgery right now [Re: Northern GSDs] #15230
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So glad to hear that the surgery went well. Sending lots of positiive vibes her way for a speedy recovery!


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Re: In surgery right now [Re: arycrest] #15261
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I am sending positive thoughts your way for a speedy recovery and Im glad surgery went well.


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Re: In surgery right now [Re: gsdmomOH] #15337
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Glad surgery went well and your gal is doing good. Unless one of my dogs is not doing well with the care, then I tend to listen to my vet and not visit.

Zooming healing thoughts your way.

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Re: In surgery right now [Re: DianaB] #15359
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So glad to hear it went well and there wasn't any unexpected "stuff"!!!
hugging


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Re: In surgery right now [Re: Barb E] #15428
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Siena came home today about 3 hours ago. The doc called this morning to tell me that she was doing well and was getting restless. She seems most at ease while home if I am sitting with her. She was able to relax, but when I got up and left her area, she woke and started whining again. She has about a 6 inch incision and is doing some "knuckling" on the affected leg. She's been loaded up with medicines... 21 days for antibiotics, 7 anti-inflammatory and pain/relaxant meds too.. She had an accident in the pen, I noticed the pillow and bedding soaked. She had the longest pee ever before we got in the car to come home. She's gotten restless again... back soon.


Diana - owned by Siena Rose (Oct 29, 2006 - Mar 30, 2018)
http://www.dogster.com/dogs/476646
Re: In surgery right now [Re: DianaB] #15443
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If I recall from indy's TPO, the first couple days/nights are tough, and tough on you emotionally. Hang in there, it will get better, and you will become increasingly convinced that you did the right thing.

Indy's monster vet, after Indy had her pelvis sawed through in 3 places, gave her no pain meds. Just thinking about those couple of days still makes me want to throw up. Sienna will have a much easier time, but it will still be a bit tough on the both of you.

Hang in there, so glad that she is home.


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Re: In surgery right now [Re: MaxaLisa] #15479
03/07/10 03:02 AM
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Diana,

I've been away from the forum for a few days and just saw your post. I'm so glad Siena's surgery went well and I hope she has a speedy recovery! I"ve enjoyed seeing pictures of her and hearing stories so much since I joined the "old" forum a few months ago. She's a beautiful girl! I went through back surgery with my last GSD, so I know how anxious those first few days home can be, but your TLC will make all the difference to her.

Best wishes!

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Re: In surgery right now [Re: Bennett] #15507
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Thanks for the encouragement. I am holding up pretty good, but it's only been 5 hours now... I got her to settle down by just petting her and then she got much more relaxed and not so whimpery. I put an ice pack on the hip as I know from my joint surgeries that it helps with swelling etc. She is definitely incontinent (sp?) and is dribbling all over. I noticed it when she moved to her bed and I was petting her, I noticed a big wet spot on one of the pillows. Off to wash them all (had not anticipated this). Of course, paranoid me called the vet to see if this was normal (he said yes because of the anesthesia combined with the tranquilizers) and should resolve itself in a day or two. We didn't plan for this. I was thinking it pinched a nerve or something.

Getting her around I find a bit difficult (makes my low back hurt). She wants to move quite quickly and I have to hold the back end with the sling and the front end to control the speed. I suspect I will get used to it.

Richard has taken some photos and will probably blog about it. Not sure about posting pics as it might be disturbing to some (I am ok with that stuff, only once has it bothered me, so opinions would be nice).

The nice bit... the $ was the low end... actually about $50 below the low estimate. Yippee... the poor other doggie had an elbow replacement and they went way over because once they got inside, some things had to be changed.


Diana - owned by Siena Rose (Oct 29, 2006 - Mar 30, 2018)
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Re: In surgery right now [Re: DianaB] #15580
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If you had been warned about the incontinence, you could have been prepared with a mattress cover to help with the clean-ups. I have some here, the non-fitted kind, I got them at Walmart. The larger ones fit a twin size. You can get smaller ones in the baby section. I'm glad that it's normal, because somethign like that might freak me out a bit, thinking that something went wrong! yeah for normal!

If you decide to post pics, we'll just make sure to put a "graphic" note in the subject, and I'll also change the original title, then folks can decide if they want to look or not. That is, if you decide to post them. Or if they are posted on Richard's blog(?), you could put a link in your post, however you want to deal with it.


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Re: In surgery right now [Re: MaxaLisa] #15588
03/07/10 07:13 AM
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She seems to be dry for now, so here's to hoping that part is done. I had bath rugs in the crate, so it stayed moderately clean, but I can't bathe her until suture removal. Will be off to get some sleep soon.

Her appetite is good though smile


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Re: In surgery right now [Re: DianaB] #15654
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Sending good thoughts for Siena's recovery. Hang in there. It will get easier.

Glad to her her appetite is good.

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I think these threads are so good for future THR people/dogs to read, thank you for sharing what is a stressful experience for you all. Hoping that it's all nice and quiet now. I think they have some residual stress after being at the vet, if they are that kind of dog.

Re: In surgery right now [Re: JeanKBBMMMAAN] #15663
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Siena seems to be doing well. She slept until about 4AM then started pacing back and forth. I took her out for a pee (the bed was still dry, thankfully) and gave her the next round of pain/sedative meds, then she fell asleep. Overall, not a bad night (although I slept on the couch to be near her and slept with one eye open). She is drinking and eating well. The doc said that likely tomorrow (Monday), she will turn a corner and we will wonder if she really had surgery smile Keeping her busy without exercise will definitely be a challenge... 12-16 weeks...ugh I just put up a calendar so we can cross out each day.

As for the vets, she is remarkably good given all the times she's had to be there overnight or for surgeries. This was a brand new location/vet so the unknown was definitely there. She's so vocal...always telling the vet what is going on with her smile

Her first poo (yesterday) was actually very good. We're giving her fast balance gi while she's on the antibiotics because they will for sure give her diarrhea (most things do), plus it helps with stress, etc. That is the next thing I will keep an eye out on is diarrhea.

She is a sneaky one though. We've had the 'cone of shame' on her since she came home. I take it off when she eats and when I can watch her closely. She just finished breakfast and was being calm and not touching the stitches so I left the room to go potty... I heard a funny sound (thought maybe she decided to check out her bully stick) so I ran out and yup, she was trying to pull out her stitches. Thankfully she didn't do any damage and I'm glad I got there when I did. That would not have been good. So, the cone is back on semi-permanently for the next 10 days til they come out. Once the cone is off, she can sleep in the small crate in our room, but for now, she would get caught up in the crate so will leave her in the family room and set up camp there instead.

I'm happy to keep the thread going for others to see. It certainly was helpful when Kathy (Kayos) shared her story with me, it helped me understand the process a bit better (esp. recovery). The pics helped too.

I will ask one of the mods (Lisa?) to modify the title, if that is helpful for the future. Still working on getting the pics loaded...hopefully today sometime.

Thanks again for all the support. We appreciate it!!


Diana - owned by Siena Rose (Oct 29, 2006 - Mar 30, 2018)
http://www.dogster.com/dogs/476646
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