PhaseYa post surgery/transfusion long (wednesday)
- Hi all, here's today's news. I got her to Dr Elkins' office at just
before 8 am and we talked before they took her back. We discussed the
advantage to her recovery from the bone marrow test with having a
blood transfusion (started before the surgery) and we opted to go
ahead with it. His own personal dog was used as the donor for this
transfusion as the pups' and her cross matching hasn't come back yet
and I guess the first transfusion is less apt to be rejected so cross
matching isn't as imperative the first time but it is from now
forward. He also told me yesterday that chances are she will need
probably 2 or 3 transfusions plus what ever treatment for whatever we
are fighting. Back to today ... He said as long as things went well,
she'd be able to come home in the afternoon which made me VERY happy!
I left her in their care at appx 845; she wasn't real happy about
being lead away from me but she did go without too much problem (just
turned around and stared at me a couple times). The transfusion was
started within a half hour I guess of me leaving.
This is what the surgery (test) entailed: shaved both front legs for
the IVs to be put in, sedated, tubed, masked down [I think I have all
this right], shaved the whole shoulder area, 1 1/2" incision on her
right shoulder, drill a hole into the shoulder blade, a needle was
inserted to remove a 'core' and a 'spoon' tool used to scrape out
more bone marrow, and then sewn up - again I THINK I have all this
right but my brain is still reeling.
After they got part of the transfusion done they started the above
surgery finished that while the transfusion continued. At one point
she started swelling so they slowed it and administered Benedryl and
the swelling reduced. I talked with Dr Elkins at 1 pm and he said
she'd be ready to come home at 2:30. He also told me that they had
done some Xrays and their radiologist had already gone over all of
them and found nothing to be suspect at all, no abnormalities in any
organs, no 'unidentified objects' (my wording not his <g>). He felt
that everything went well, that he obtained enough marrow for the
test but that everything was very 'thin'. He said she was being a
very good and pleasant patient.
I got there at 2:28 <g> and had a few other questions to ask (ie when
can she eat: at 6, what can she eat: anything she will, what about
exercise: let her decide, if she wants to run around, let her but
supervise, what about pain meds: give her 1/2 a tablet (1/2 of a 10
mg tablet of Torbutrol) twice a day, first one at 5 pm tonight; what
about the other meds she's on: give them again starting tomorrow
morning, none tonight to avoid stomach upset; when will the test
results be in: Friday, they were sent out tonight. About that time
the vet tech brought her out, Phase leading the way, pulling and
limping on her right front, tail wagging a mile a minute! She was a
bit drugged still and groggy but she sure was happy to see me (not
nearly as happy as I was to see her though I don't think LOL).
She rode in the truck, staring at me most of the way home, sitting up
with the right leg up. I coaxed her to lay down and she did for
awhile but preferred sitting. Of course she was carried out of the
truck, to the yard to relieve herself, and again carried into the
house, coat and lead off and laid gingerly on her soft bed. We did
some talking and cuddling for awhile and she hobbled over to the
crate and laid down and dozed off.
5 pm I gave her the dose of pain meds and at 6 she ate her first
meal, 1/4 of a can of ProPlan puppy, hand fed but she ate DOG food so
it seems there is already a tad of progress with her appetite. I
offered her a bite again at 7 but she wasn't interested and so we did
another potty walk out front (the other dogs are out back right now
and I don't want her bumped), again she was carried out front to the
yard and she did her thing and carried back in. She's not real steady
right now due to the drugs so I prefer making sure she gets where
she's going without falling. She has walked into the kitchen on her
own after a drink of water and back to the living room without issue
but the front has three steps.
Anyhow she's resting now in the living room crate with the door on
and a blanket covering it for privacy while the others have some
house time as they've been excommunicated to the yard or dog room
most of the day since she's been home.
At this point, all that can be done is wait for the results. I deeply
appreciate everyone's thoughts, prayers and emails - if you'd not
mind continuing Phase and I would really be very grateful - we've
only jumped another hurdle, the race is by no means over yet.
hugs to everyone,
mary and princess phaseya lynne
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