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..what started out as an IVF journey and ended up being about life

We have a Happy Tail!!! October 25, 2012

Filed under: Pets — gertyrae @ 8:15 am
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So, after 5 weeks of a whipping tail leaving massacre-type blood spatters on our walls and 4 weeks of infection and medication due to the initial tail amputation, I am happy to say it’s all over!!
Went to the wonderful Dr. Mary last Monday for a follow-up and when she removed the cute little cap and checked the stitches she declared Miss Stormy all healed.
No more meds, no more constant crating, no more isolation…our happy little pup is back in the fold.
And this whole experience didn’t change her personality one iota. She is still the happy-go-lucky, I-love-you-to-pieces puppy she was.
Once again, a special shout-out to Dr. Mary Phelps-Harrison and the rest of the staff at Long Island Animal Surgery for the wonderful job they did. I don’t know how I would have made it through this experience without them.

 

Happy Tail Surgery – Take Two October 12, 2012

Filed under: Pets — gertyrae @ 3:22 pm
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Had to recut the tail.
Two vertabrae more taken off.
Surgery seemed to go well.
Wacky, innovative cap on her tail to protect it.

a.k.a. Happy Halloween

We are doping her up to the “nth degree”, keeping her in the crate as much as possible.
Follow-up went really well, seems to be healing clean.
Go back on Monday to check it all out.
Fingers crossed – cautiously optimistic.

 

Tail Update Update October 3, 2012

Filed under: Pets — gertyrae @ 7:36 am
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As Dan and Stormy snuggle in the bed, I’ll get up to speed on Stormy’s tail.
It has to be operated on again. They are taking it down another vertebrae and while she is sedated the surgeon will try to fashion some type of protection for her tail to stop her from banging it.
Please, for the sanity of our family, let this work. I don’t think any of us can take much more of this. Stormy, who craves nothing but attention, has been practically isolated from people for 3 weeks now and will be isolated for at least another 3 weeks. Dan, who wasn’t sure about taking her in the first place, is now angry because he acquiesced. I, because I’m a bleeding heart, am sick to my stomach constantly over the whole thing. And Colin, who shouldn’t even know any better, cries when we take her into the vet.
This whole experience has been just too much. And, trust me, I know there’s worse things that could happen but right now this little girl who has wormed her way (literally) into our hearts is the main concern in our lives and all we want is for her to be better and this latest extravaganza to be over.

all snuggled in with her “syringe protector”

 

Tail update October 1, 2012

Filed under: Pets — gertyrae @ 1:35 am
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Not good. Just came back from the emergency vet. The surgeon had put a small piece of skin on the tip of her tail which apparently died and fell off tonite, leaving a raw open wound. I was not comfortable leaving her like that so I took her to the emergency hospital. Thankfully, it looks like there is no infection in the tail itself but the next few weeks should be interesting since there is now nothing to protect this open wound. It’s wrapped and bandaged right now. I will be waiting at the surgeons office when they open tomorrow. And of course, I am stressed to the max over this. I just want to cry…don’t have the money for this at all…will never get another animal ever…I love this dog but I can’t do this anymore. 😦