Hi friends, sorry I didn’t post yesterday but Oscar did not go into surgery until 4pm. It was a long day for all us in my family and I was glued to my phone waiting for the call. When I get upset I clean, so my house is sparkling today. Here is the news we know……..
Oscar had his CT scan and they saw that the problem was with his 12-15 vertibrea. They moved him right into surgery which took a little over an hour. They said that the “gel-like” material that protects your spinal cord had completely degenerated into a gravel like substance and was causing him immense pain. The surgery went well and last night he was sedated and on morphine. I am not going to visit him because I don’t want to remind him to miss me, I need him to heal and rest. The surgeon did say there was nerve damage but he expects Oscar to eventually make a great recovery. With that being said Oscar might have a few issues throughout his life but we won’t know that now. I am waiting to hear from the hospital this morning to see how the night went. They say no news is good news….but I do happen to be the crazy Mom who called 4xs yesterday to check in! When he is ready to leave in a few days I will have an extensive meeting with the doctors to discuss a therapy plan and how to care for him around the clock at home….and everything that will entail.
My friend Traci ( you can visit her blog HERE) has been sharing her tips, videos and ideas she did when her pup went thru this…it is so comforting knowing I have someone who went thru this too. And did I mention her weenie is named Oscar too??
Today I am going to spend the day fixing things up for Oscar when he comes home. He will have to be crated for a month or so to limit his movement. I am going to get a crate today, bed, blankets and I am moving him into the master bedroom with my cat. I think it will be hard for him to be in the living room watching the other dogs play. Bella (the cat) and him go way back and she comforts him so I think it will be a good fit. I am going to go ahead and also get the things I will be needing for his eventual at home physical therapy. (we will be doing water therapy)
I have to say that this week I have been racked with guilt, the surgeon said he has probably been in pain for some time but this week is when he lost his movement. I think back to signs I saw, I think maybe I have not been as comforting as he needed, I think about how he couldn’t tell me he is in pain. I know I can not change the past but I can’t get my mind to stop. These animals of mine are 100% my children and I love them as much as I would ever love a baby. I am scared to bring him home, I will be a wreck trying to figure out how to make him comfortable and not hurt him. But we will cross that bridge when it comes and this week has given me a few days to prepare for him to come home.
I will let you all know any updates I have and of course you all are going to be taking this journey with us. I want to say again how much I appreciate all the support, prayers and kind words. I 100% can feel that it is helping!
UPDATE for the UPDATE!
The surgeon JUST called and said he is uncomfortable and tender but he can feel his back legs and has sensation! Great news