The picture above is of me kissing Oscar goodbye just a little over an hour ago…..his nurse took the picture for me! Let me start from the beginning but you will have to forgive me I am still processing this myself and I want to accurately describe what is going on.
First of all I am alone, Matt has been gone since last Wed and will be gone until Friday…home for 2 days then gone again all for work. So when the Pet Hospital asked about my emergency contact ….I have none here. Matt is actually in Chicago sick, suppose to be working but so sick, so I have that worry in my head as well. Anyways….
Last night Oscar got hurt playing and I decided to see how he was this morning before making a call, maybe he needed to rest. Well this morning I carry him out to go potty and when I set him down he tried standing on this back legs and fell over and had to use the rest room that way…it was horrific. I ran inside and called the vet and they worked us in…..one the drive to the vet he cried which is so awful because you can’t explain to an animal that you are getting him help, when he looks at me in pain it rips my heart in two. This is my child. At the vet our new doctor was very matter of fact and came back into our room with a referral page to head straight over to the Animal Hospital about 30 minutes north….he then told me it was serious and a neurologist is waiting for me. I was shocked but I am so proud of myself I kept it together, I didn’t want to alarm Oscar anymore than he already was. When we got to the hospital we went thru the ER and while we waited seeing all the hurt and sick animals waiting was horrible, I lost it. I was the crazy person crying in the corner covering my Oscee in kisses. Over the course of the next 2+ hours I met his nurse, neurosurgeon and head of surgery who then told me he has degenerative disc disease.
Here is the QUICK quick version….the “sponge-like” stuff that protects his spinal cord has degenerated and like in the picture below without that buffer his disk(s) are pinching his spinal cord which is causing his paralysis………
I know right?
What happens now…………
He is there, I am so glad he is getting IV fluid, pain meds and great care… much more than I can do with him here. Then tomorrow morning they will put him under and do a “MRI” of sorts to find the discs that are causing this. You see if I had waited longer than 24 hours he might not have been able to recover. Scary. After the imaging and the doctors know where to operate he will be in surgery on his spinal cord. He will then stay at the Hospital a number of days to recover. I will learn more about his physical therapy later this week but it is extensive! My friend Traci had this exact thing happen to her weenie last year, she will be so helpful and walk me thru everything. Yes, this is VERY pricey…I had to pay in full a $1,950 deposit today just to get this ball rolling. But we will figure it out, ya know? This is family and the only option.
I will keep you updated tomorrow as I talk to the doctors after his surgery. I appreciate everyones kind thoughts and prayers SO much…..they help. Oscar is so hard headed he will get thru this, it won’t be easy but he will be running around again I know it at some point.