Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
|It's been too long again since my last update. I also looked and realized that a post I made was saved as a draft and not posted. Grr. I need to double check things lately, I'm in such a hurry it seems to get everything done that I'm assuming the computer is obeying when it's not. :o)|
Vinny is healing well. The vet said his large bone looks good, but that the smaller bones aren't looking as good as she'd like so she gave us an exercise to do with him for a week. We take his paw and fold it under and hold it for 30 seconds and do that over and over as much as we can throughout the day. He's being a good sport about it, especially when there's treats involved.
Since she's not happy about how his small bones are healing obviously she's not ready to start taking pins out. We found out that the pin removal should be relatively simple, she'll give him a sedative and then poke open the skin and remove a pin or two. That was a huge relief for me, because one of the vets tried to tell us that it would be an operation each time he had pins taken out! EEK! Not only is that expensive, but that's hard on a puppy.
Eventually though she'll take the big screw out and that one will require that he goes under. I'm not looking foward to that. But he'll be fine and we'll get through it. We thank all of you that have been able to help and who have supported us through emails and comments. We really do appreciate it, I know I keep saying that, but it's true. We're doing all we can right now and through your help, we've been able to cover x-rays and the visit when one of the pins was migrating out. Every little bit has helped.
I'm waiting to hear back about an interview I had last week and today I'm putting another application in. I'm just trying to remain hopeful that things are going to turn around. I can't believe how BIG he is getting. I have to upload some pictures in flickr today. He's looking like a little handsome Boston boy.
I'll get some pictures up and check the email, I want to try and send out replies today for those who have sent us messages, I just got backed up last week when my husband had a bad ear infection and had to have a cracked tooth pulled. Then our oldest daughter had some mysterious rash that was itchy and spreading from an "allergic" reaction to "something". The doctor could give us no ideas, just three bottles of medicine. Isn't that the way it always works? Sigh. If it's not one thing, it's another.
Vinny sends his love.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
|I can't believe it's Thursday already. Sorry it has been a few days since my last update. I've barely had time for a shower lately and I'm so tired all the time. |
Friday was a really good night, he slept through most of the night. In fact, I woke up worried about him since I had hardly heard a peep and I had to go check on him which of course just woke him up.
But Saturday and Sunday were really rough. I don't know if it's because it was the first two nights without his pain patch (he hasn't been acting like he's in pain) or if he is just utterly tired of the crate routine. I think Richard and I got like two hours of sleep at a time with lots of cleaning disasters.
Let's just say, I told Vinny, what happens in the crate, stays in the crate. :o) It wasn't a pretty sight though, that's for sure.
We're trying our best to get him back on a normal eating and bathroom routine. We've also been taking turns sitting next to him on the floor while he wears his harness. This way he gets to be out a little bit but we can make sure he doesn't try to get up and run or jump. He's doing a little better at night but now his injured arm is looking funny. Yesterday I noticed that there's sort of a knot or protusion right on the side of his elbow area. At first I thought it looked odd and I didn't remember seeing it before.
Then I told myself to not be hyper-focused that his swelling is finally going down and perhaps we're just now seeing the little bone there and it looks bigger because there's a plate or pin there. Richard assured me that the pin wouldn't just come loose so I'm not sure what's going on. He's not running, jumping, or playing. He'salmost always in the crate (sometimes he does though shake his head or try to move around in the crate) and when we take him out to the bathroom we carry him and then let him lightly walk about to go. They said he could do that, as long as it was carefully and not too much.
This morning the area looks a little red and if I lightly touch it, whatever that is behind the skin does feel rather pokey. I'll really be in bad way if a pin or plate is loose. I don't think I can handle that, and I can't imagine how that could happen, Richard says they drill them into the bone really good. They didn't say that when the swelling goes down that we'd be able to see anything there, if so, I wish they would have so I'm not worrying about it. I think we're taking him in later just to be on the safe side. His follow up isn't until Wednesday and I don't want to take a risk by waiting that long. Of course, they want $100 just to look at it. When there's a will there's a way. I've been watching the vet shows on the animal channel where people's animals have had even more expensive surgeries and they just make it work. Although, it seems those vets have been willing to break up the fee where as mine didn't even give us an option other then signing him over. I'm still upset we had to go through that nightmare.
It's better to be safe then sorry though, so we'll just have to do what we have to.
As I write this, he's been whiny at me from the crate. I did have him in our room to keep him from being disrupted, but with his arm being a concern for me, I want to know whether or not he's moving about. He's finally quiet after I gave him a "Shhh." I've been watching the Dog Whisperer
Cesar said dogs live in the moment, not in the past and not in the future. So I do have to let this go. Reliving it in my head and worrying about what might happen later isn't going to do anyone any good and I don't want to be that person. I've been firm with him when he needs to calm down, he's not going to get his feelings hurt, I'm keeping him from hurting himself. Once I stood there at the crate and calmly told him, "Vinny, no. Shhh!" I saw a big difference. Whew.
I of course have upped his Cheerio intake just a little. I can't help it. He's like my baby.
I'll try to get some pictures up here later or at his Flickr set, I just wanted to post an update while I had a moment.
Thanks again to all who are Vinny's friends,
Melissa & Vinny
Friday, August 04, 2006
|It's official. I have a newborn baby in the house again. OK, not really but it feels like it. Yesterday Richard came home with some sedatives from the vet (apparently the surgery came in $16 under, so they gave us $3 after the meds. Getting money back? That's a nice change.) He took one look at me and asked if I was OK and if I needed anything since I was still in house clothes and my hair was a mess. Apparently a shower would be good too since I had puppy poop on my shirt as well. Heck, I didn't even notice. How I look and how clean my house is right now isn't even on my radar.|
Richard brought home another surprise as well. Since it was Vinny's 3 month birthday yesterday he brought home dog biscuits? No. Rawhide? Certainly not, he'd try to grab them with both arms. A new lovey? Nah, it would just get poopified. Well, what else could it be?
DOGGIE ICE CREAM!!! And did he ever like it. I swear this dog is so spoiled and the fame just might start getting to his head too. I do say though he is the cutest Boston in the whole galaxy, but I'm a bit biased. The doggie ice cream must have been good luck too because not more then 10 minutes later I thought we either had a major case of Boston farts or he finally did his business. Good thing he had training pads in the crate, there looked to be like 2 days worth of poop in there. Ih ope you're not eating. If he could talk, he'd sigh and say, "Boy, I feel better." How can a dog so small poop that much?
Speaking of small. I was looking a pictures from must a few days before the accident and now. I can't believe how fast he's growing and how fast things have changed for him, for us. He's looking so big. It worries me in a way though, I want his leg to grow properly, but I know we're doing all we can to insure he heals well.
The sedative was like magic at first, he slept so nicely on his side keeping pressure off of his arm. He slept for a long time and then we gave him his nightly anti-inflammatory after some water. He was so relaxed but still being himself, giving out kisses. Last night though, he woke up starving like he has been and he never could quite settle back down. I think we got up with him three times, just giving him lovins, checking on him, and trying not to cry from his begging to be on the bed. We gave him another quarter of the sedative but that didn't seem to help this time, she said if we had to, to give him a half. So we tried a little more and it was a tad better but not much. He must have slept too much earlier. I don't want to have him on a half if I can help it either. I think part of the problem is the darn collar. He has a hard time getting comfortable with it on, so we're going to get a different crate today.
Heidi aka Vinny's first mama and a local Boston breeder in the area said she could get us a nice discount on an open crate with dividers. I hope that will make him more comfortable.
I've been trying to rest when he's resting just like you would when you have a baby. This is a really difficult time because he naturally wants to play and get out and he just can't. We take him out for breaks but when we do we're hyper vigilant and constantly nervous something bad is going to happen. :o(
Our family really wants to thank all of you for caring. Some people we know have mentioned that if it were them, they'd put the dog down so they must be heartless. There's no way they'd spend a bunch of money on a dog or ask for help. They aren't heartless, but I don't think they can understand what it is like to love your pet so much, he or she is part of your family, until they've been there. To have those of you who understand give us get well wishes and do what you can to help, it's truly touching.
We've gotten many wonderful and encouraging comments here and at flickr as well as emails. All of Vinny's furry friends are greatly appreiated. To those who could donate, we're very humbled and we mean it when we say we hope we can give back someday soon to help other animals & their people who are in a similiar spot.
A big thank you to John and Tami. Without them, he would have never had his surgery.
A humble thanks to Ali, Letta & Piggy. I've been very humbled by her kindness. She is a genuine person that cares. It seems we have quite a bit in common and I know if I met her on the streets we'd be friends. She also made Vinny's blog look great. You're the bomb! Please check out Alley Cat Designs for a new look for your blogger blog. You're too generous.
Thank you to Andy of the Boston Photo Blog and to his two pups Bandit & Bo. We really appreciate your comments and spreading the message for us.
Thank you Amber & her Boston baby Kyla. You're also an angel and I appreciate the nice emails.
To my friend Kathy, girl your heart is gold. I know times are difficult for you too. Your advice and get well wishes are appreciated and we thank you.
Thanks to Fallen Muse. I have no idea who you are, but we thank you for helping Vinny.
Another big thank you goes to M of Sarcomical with Lucy, Ricky & Shiloh. I'm very touched that you'd come over and help Vinny. We can't thank you all enough.
So far Vinny's fund has $125 to help with his care. I hope to hear back from the surgeon soon about how much future pin exchanges will be and I also hope to hear back from IMOM and The Pet Fund as well. Without all of Vinny's friends & supporters letting us know about these resources I'd feel lost. The vet said that his next visit for staple removal is covered, we just have to come up with funds for x-rays and pain medicaiton if it's needed. I'm going to talk to them about pet insurance too, to get an idea of it works and if it's an option even for us since he's already been in an accident.
And another shout out goes to the flickr community who have offered support, given me great suggestions, and shared their own stories. You've answered my questions and I've learned quite a bit. One 9 week old Boston pup accidentally fell 5 ft when he leapt from his owners arms and fell down off a porch. He fractured both front legs on both sides of the bones! The vet said they had two options, put him down or attempt surgery. Now he's doing so well you'd never know he had BOTH legs broken. I'm so happy for them and hope the same for Vinny.
Of course I don't mean to leave ANYONE out, and I'll keep making sure to give credit and thanks to you all.
Vinny gives everyone snorts and kisses.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
What a long day
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Vinny's Coming home
|We just talked to the vet and they said that our Vinny Vin Vin can come home at around noon. Wow, I didn't think it would be so soon. I'm a little nervous and super excited all at once. Gosh, how we've missed him that last two days. |
The vet said that Vinners is doing well, he's almost doing too well, he's very active in his cage, more so then he'd like for a puppy with a fractured leg. He would like to have see him more calm and sedate like. I imagine they will send us home with pain meds and something to calm him. His arm is NOT in a cast, but its bandaged. (I'm thinking because they have to keep removing and reinserting pins over the next few months that cast is not going to work? They didn't go over that stuff with us before surgery, so I have a lot of questions.)
When I heard how well he's doing I knew that we've done the right thing. A huge smile came to myself, I'm like a silly kid here. I think we're even more excited to bring him home then the first time! It's funny because I could totally picture him in this crate thing being a silly guy trying to get lovins' from all the vets. That's definately our Vinny.
I want to say thank you to everyone that's been pulling for Vinny, that's prayed or given positive thoughts and for those that have been able to donate. Someone said they wish they could have sent more, but I can truly say the smallest donation helps. It's wonderful to know that people understand what we are going through and what it's like to love your pet so much you'd do anything you could to help them. I know that Vinny has made many dog buddies and we've enjoyed all the pictures we've been given so far. We are especially tickled by the Boston Terrier pictures. Bostons have truly captured our hearts and I can see so much of our own little Piglet in the antics of your Bostons.
I do have hope today that our little guy is going to make a full recovery and be his super star self.
I wanted to also thank all of you for the great suggestions and ideas. Ali shared with me a website about disabled dogs and other animals and how they live great full lives. I too believe that a "crippled" animal is worth saving and loving and having a home that cherishes him. For inspiring animal stories you can check out Rolling Dog Ranch. Going through the pictures and stories of the furry friends has helped us quite a bit. Other pets have made it through worse situations and are doing wonderful and I'm so glad that there's places like Rolling Dog Ranch that will pay for all the treatments those animals need and give them a wonderful home. I think that's a great place to donate too and I hope one day I can be able to do so after we get our Vinny on the healed path. I saw too many stories to share with you but the one about Oscar the wiener dog had me teary and smiling all together. My great Aunt had a wiener dog with three legs and he was such a clown and not hindered at all, I couldn't believe how fast he could run and how he could jump all over.
Then there's Travis would a fused jaw. He's so beautiful and it seems he's living a good life now inspite of his issues. There's Pappy whom the Pappy Fund is named for. Bossy Birdie is inpiring too.
Another wonderful person that's been involved in Boston Terrier rescue sent me information about IMOM You can apply with them to see about receiving help for the care of your pet. I might have never known about them had she not taken the time to email me. I also think it's really great that something like IMOM is out there. As far as I knew, there wasn't much one could do if their pet needed treatment that could help them but it was out of their finanical means. I'm learning quite a bit through this nightmare and I just want to pass on the kindess and knowledge I've been given. Bookmark that site if God forbid your furry baby should ever need care you can't afford.
I made a long list of questions I have for the vet so I don't feel rushed or forget anything. And thank you to one of my best friends, who also bred Vinny, for doing his puppy shots; We're also saving quite a bit of money there.
The vet also said everything went so well that the surgery came in at the estimate of $2900, which was paid for by my brother-in-law, his fiance, their cat (who has cancer), and their Jack Russell, Billy.
Whew. Now we will take it one day at a time and hope that we can keep on top of vet bills for the future treatments.
Thank you so much to all, I can't wait to go get him; I'm off to get ready and I'll take plenty of pictures.
By the way, I'm sure my posts have had run on sentences, typos and the like but I've been too tired and scattered brain to care about checking. Excuse me for that, last night though I did finally get some sleep.
Talk to you all soon,
Melissa and Vinny