It's been a very long nine days since last I was here. Hannah's story continued. (Once again, I'm lifting from my FB updates and comments to save on time and emotional energy.)
July 6 Hannah Pupdate: Terry and the pup are on their way back in to El Paso to get her to the El Paso Animal Emergency and Veterinary Specialty Center. She's bleeding from a spot in her incision. Looks like she may be losing more internally than externally. I'll update as I get information .... won't be for at least an hour.
6:30pm update: They are keeping her overnight so that her surgeon can look at her in the morning. Taking culture. Does look like an infection, perhaps. But, according to Terry, the emergency vet said "it's not as scary as it looks."
July 7 at 8:42am Nothing yet. Terry is our family's "liaison" with the vet. He will call me as soon as he hears anything. When he came home last night, I asked him, "She's not going to die, right?" He replied, "She's not going to die." And that's what matters. The support that has been rolling in has my heart overflowing this morning.
July 7 Hannah Pupdate: It IS an infection. They are waiting for results on the culture to see what new antibiotic to treat her with since the one she was already on didn't seem to work for this. She is being treated as an emergency patient rather than a surgical follow-up (not quite sure what the difference is). She will be there at least until tonight; Terry would prefer her to stay overnight again. She went downhill so fast yesterday that it scared him. But she will be okay once we figure out how to fight this.
July 7 at 3:58pm She is staying overnight again. Again, I have no reason to believe that the vet and clinic are working in anything other than Hannah's and our best interests. The surgeon was devastated to have to amputate that leg.
July 7 at 8:14pm I misunderstood...they have her on two antibiotics - one of which seems to be helping based on her temperature, appetite, and demeanor. They are waiting for the culture to know which one is THE one. We may have her back tomorrow.
July 8 Hannah Pupdate: She is improving in body and spirit but the culture results still haven't come in and she's still draining, so she's staying in the hospital one more night. I miss my pup. Terry will get to visit with her on his way home tonight, however, so that's good.
Hannah Pupdate: She was obviously happy to see Terry this evening! (I will not share his photos of her wound with you...I'm nice that way, sometimes.)
July 9 Hannah Pupdate: She will be spending at least another night at the clinic. She's doing better. Still no results on the cultures. Dressings are being changed four times a day. I'm a lot more comfortable with them doing that then with me trying to do it by myself.
Hannah Pupdate: Terry stopped by to visit with her today. They had left the open area recently uncleaned intentionally so that he could see what we're going to be up against. She'll come home tomorrow. Yay. The infection is being dealt with (still no culture results) and the rest of the amputation is healing well.
July 11 Hannah Pupdate: She is home! Thank you, everyone, for all your wonderful energy and support.
July 12 Hannah Pupdate: She is resting comfortably, surrounded by those she loves who love her. Since there was no seepage overnight and since her dad is a softie, she is without her cone for the moment. We are so thankful to have her with us, again and still. And thankful to all of you who are making this less of a burden on us.
July 13 Hannah Pupdate: Our patient had a great day yesterday, a good night's sleep, and this morning she thought it was time to try to charge around the yard. It is a good thing that Terry had a strong hold of the lead at the time. Her energy is returning as the infection heals. My heart is full.
July 14 Hannah Pupdate: She must feel better - she's testing her limitations, and my patience, once again. When told to "go crate" this morning, she decided the couch looked more inviting. Rather than correct her (which I really should have done since she didn't follow a command), I'm letting her enjoy her victory. This time. Cuz I'm a tough as nails disciplinarian, dontchaknow.
July 14 Hannah says, "I am home."
two hours ago Hannah Pupdate: Miss Hannah is spending the day at El Paso Animal Emergency and Veterinary Specialty Center. It's okay - no panic! She's having her staples removed (all 4,458 of them). Almost two months to the day since she first broke the leg. We are all finally breathing normally again, and it feels good, really good, to be able to write that. Thank you!
Re: # of staples - I'm kidding, peeps. But it is a lot.
....and now let me tell you about these friends I have
I have had the pleasure of developing friendships with some amazing women who also happen to be bead designers and who also happen to have generous hearts of gold. They have donated patterns to help raise money to cover the huge vet bill my pup has incurred. You can find more information on all of these at Patterns for Hannah. Please take a moment to visit. There are some great deals on some beautiful patterns available. All proceeds benefit Hannah.