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working at it slowly

Posted: Today at 08:07


I have a decision to make

Yesterday the vet said they are only now monitoring his recovery and he could come home today if I wanted even though the bruising is far from ideal.....they also said they could keep him until Monday.  If I bring him home they would be on the end of the phone or email for pictures if I was concerned his flap was rejecting or dying

Now my heart desperately wants to have him home 

But my head says another 3 days resting in isolation with no other dogs, doorbells or general excitement would be better for wound healing, and with vet nurses checking on him 24/7, especially as Mr P would be in charge all day Sunday....

Normally my scientific head wins out in decision making but I'm really struggling with this one.......even though I know what would be best for him..........as I woke in the middle of the night in a nightmare that I left him there at the weekend and something went wrong and I didn't get to see him again.......

working at it slowly

Posted: Yesterday at 19:47

They are so sweet Tubbs

Just been talking to the vet and the DG's bruising on his leg is getting worse - hopefully it's just a greyhound thing but worst case scenario is that the flap is beginning to reject

I was feeling much more upbeat this morning about him so this is a real downer just before the weekend........but at least he's in the right place and they get 24/7 care also at weekends there so if things start going wrong at least they can intervene sooner rather than later.......

working at it slowly

Posted: Yesterday at 15:29

My brave soldier.....I hope his stripes grow back when his coat eventually grows back...........


working at it slowly

Posted: Yesterday at 11:36

Morning All

Thanks for all the vibes and well wishes for the DG - today's notice from Catherine the vet student is that he is continuing to do well, had his pain meds reduced and is going out every 4 hours or so for a piddle and once he gets going he is putting weight on his bad leg

Wound site still looking clean and stitches holding so keeping everything crossed

DL - Sharkey is missing his brother, more at night oddly enough and has slept on the bed for the last 3 nights which is very atypical.........and hot!!

The NV?  Well in true NV fashion I'm not even sure he's noticed but everything is his world is still EXCITING including having a piddle and coming in from the garden afterwards so he's perfectly happy

(((((((((WIN)))))))))))) and apologies for the self absorption this week 

working at it slowly

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 21:29
DL wrote (see)

With his reconstructive surgery did he go nose job or added pecs?

Sadly the opposite - they've used some of his pecs to mend the leg!  And all my houndie boys are proud of their long noses.........

I've asked if it's possible to get a photo of the wound site - the request is being relayed by my personal case vet student to the big cheese.......I suspect they'll say no for fear of either terrifying me or leaving themselves open to criticism of their work......but I prefer to see these things and I can't go and visit as it would excite him and damage the wound

And a very belated welcome to Monty on the topic of pooches too - he looks lovely and seems to be settling in very nicely.........not into Rossie's shoes of course but perhaps into a nice comfy pair next to hers

Noggy - I too loved the ring idea - very personal which is what makes it so special

working at it slowly

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 14:13

Afternoon All

The DG had surgery yesterday afternoon (can't remember if I said or not!) which removed the lump and involved some reconstructive work too

He's passed a reasonable night and currently the stitches are holding and the wounds look clean.........however he declined to go out for a piddle this morning apparently preferring to go back to bed.........  They think he's reasonably comfortable however so he is at least heading in the right direction

working at it slowly

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 10:48
DL wrote (see)

Will you go visiting? If so what do you take instead of grapes?



I won't visit 

Firstly it's the best part of a 5 hour round trip would you believe (Potters Bar in Herts!)

Secondly I think it would upset the DG more to see me and then have me walk away from him (and me too if I'm honest)

They seem to be a really good team there and keep me updated by phone at each stage so I have to accept that he's in the best place possible for him and just hope I get him back again and nothing goes wrong.........

working at it slowly

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 10:03

Just spoken to vet

They won't biopsy but will go straight in and remove the lump - hopefully this afternoon but they are waiting for all the tests to come back and if not today then tomorrow

He doesn't think they'll be able to remove all the cells so it's likely that once the wound has healed he'll be referred to oncology for radio or chemo treatment..........

Either way given that greyhounds don't heal well I won't get him back until the end of the week at the earliest or more likely early next week

Pirate spotting

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 09:53

I was going to try and open the window and throw a quick "aaaarrrrgggghhhhhhhh" across the traffic as it was so slow but had nothing piraty to wave at you and thought you might think I was a right nutter indulging in road rage  

Then the traffic moved on anyway!

working at it slowly

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 09:37

Morning All

(((((DL and OH))))) must have been horribly tough for you both to have to be all grown up and smily in that situation..........

They admitted the DG yesterday and the process of assessment is ongoing, he had a CT scan yesterday which seems to suggest that it hasn't spread into his abdomen or chest and today (so some small positive there); they are doing another fine needle aspirate today but this time of the associated draining lymph node again re spread and more blood and urine checks as they want to rule out any connection to his funny turns a couple of months ago.....

Depending on all this they are planning this afternoon either a biopsy or a lump removal with reconstructive surgery........but this could all change as this was the situation at 8.30pm last night and they were having another team meeting this morning at 8am

I have to admit I was expecting to have heard from them as they were going to call me earlyish today.........

In some ways the worst thing is how the DG must be feeling as he was feeling great in himself and I've taken him somewhere strange and dumped and abandoned him and now all these people are doing not nice things to him...............

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