Hedgehog fluffy buddy

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My friends came to visit today.   He is such a sweet kid, he hand picked a toy for me and boy did he get it spot on.  Squeaky toys are my favorite!   I just need to make sure my bratty siblings don’t shred it.  I’m appreciative of my toys, but my crazy housemates tear everything up, it’s so annoying.    I’ve carried it around refusing to put it down for the last several hours, the “others” can’t be trusted.   I even took it with me outside to go potty.  Did I mention I love squeaky toys?

This is one cool kid.
This is one cool kid.


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Roller-coaster ride coming to an end?

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I sure do not want to jump the gun on the celebratory happy dance here, BUT what has been a roller-coaster from day one has turned into an amazing survival story.   From the very first day that Sarge broke his leg, our world was spinning with frustration, anger and fear.  Then the DX of Osteosarcoma came and I just couldn’t bare the thought of removing his leg.  Then I came across this site and it gave me hope, hope that amputation could be the right decision.  I can honestly say for the first week post op, I completely doubted my decision on an almost hourly basis.  Then when Sarge started to become more active and strained his back leg, I was completely convinced I had savagely put my beloved best friend, who trusted me beyond everyone else in this world, through a living hell.

Then the seroma started after chemo and I was “doubting” yet again.  Then it was if a light switch went off, or the chemo started working, because my baby is back and he is better than he was 6 months before the pathological fracture!  I am beginning to think, looking back, that some of the lethargy I was observing, could have been due to the un-diagnosed cancer, beginning to wreak havoc in his body.

Sarge is now literally hopping, and jumping and begging to play, which he had not been doing for some time prior to the break.  

I hope someone out there, that finds themselves in the same unfortunate situation as I did, can read this and know that there is hope!  I can tell you that this journey comes with many twists and turns, ups and downs and many doubtful moments.  Had we not decided to at least TRY, I would have always doubted that decision too.  Not every case is the same, not every recovery is the same and not every story has a fairy tale (tail) happy ending.

We have no idea how many days, weeks, months or YEARS we will be blessed to have Sarge with us, but what I do know is I will treasure every butt wiggling minute we have together and his time with us will be the best years of his life.

If only we had the ability to load up and take off on an amazing adventure like Jerry did… Can you imagine a road trip with 5 dogs and 2 kitties!!!! Now that is a picture! 

Better to “hop on 3 than limp on 4”. AMEN!!!

I have always loved cooler weather.

My energy level was so high this morning and I begged my Mom for a walk.

I think she was a little nervous I might hurt my back leg again, or tucker out too fast, but I kept pushing the issue, she finally gave in,  and OFF we went.

I showed her!

This is just what I needed to make my first real walk perfect!!

Check me out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqIt_UFMi3s

Contacted surgeon about seroma

Dr. Streeter said that there should be no reason for concern with swelling this late after amputation as long as he is acting OK and does not have a fever.  I advised her via phone conversation that it was VERY swollen and oozing, but she assured me as long as fluid is pink and clear, no worries.  I almost wanted to hear she would advise a drain because it looks just terrible, but I know she knows best.  So, for now, we will press on with the warm compresses and washing LOTS of towels!  :o)  Sarge got to lay in the sunshine and munch on his venison leg this afternoon.  He really seems to be in great spirits.  It is kind of funny when the vet(s) asks about his energy level…. he has ALWAYS been a very low activity boy.  We even screened him for thyroid disease at one point because I have never had such a chill young dog before.  I just say he is his typical “lethargic self”.  :o)

Day after chemo

The weather here today was nothing short of spectacular.  Sarge has never been fond of the really hot days but it was in to 60’s- 70’s all morning.  He actually went outside with me while I mowed, which he has not done since this ordeal started, and even walked/hopped with me down to our berry patch on the far end of our property!  I am waiting on the side effects of chemo to kick in but the Vet said to let him maintain his normal activity as long as he is up for it.  So digging this improved Sargee-pooh >  Delta Cookies baby!!!

7/9/14 Chemo round ; Carboplatin and Doxorubicin (Adriamycin)

Sarge was dropped off at around 8:30 am today.  The vet called around noon and said I could come get him at 1:30.  Dr. Hintz said he did wonderful. and that he was very pleased with how his back leg is now doing.  I could hear Sarge barking when I got there and I know that bark, he had to go potty!    As soon as they brought him out to me, he was pulling (I actually LOVE to say my dog was PULLING now!!!!)  for the door.  He ran to the yard in front of the clinic and peed for what seemed to be an eternity!  I guess the 2 IV bags of fluids were working his kidneys!   The Dr. said he did wonderful and was a fantastic patient.  He told me I was “doing the right thing because Sarge still so full of life!”  What a wonderful thing to hear from a professional.  Sometimes I get caught up in emotion and, at times,  have doubted my choices.  To hear him tell me that meant SO much!  He told me to expect few to no symptoms for 3 days them look mostly for diarrhea and anorexia.  He advised Imodium AD IF he had more than 1 episode and to call if it was happening more than 3-5 times a day.  I also have my 100% pure pumpkin and chicken broth handy, thanks to Tripawds suggestions!!  Thanks for your advice!.

I have to work a 12 hour shift Friday so granny and paw paw will be staying with Sarge in case any symptoms develop.

 This was a good day on our osteosarcoma roller coaster.  We have an inside “high five” phrase at out work and we call it delta cookies….. today earned major DELTA COOKIES!  

So proud of you Sarge!  

Name this fluid!

imageSarge has had a huge collection of fluid that seemed to make him uncomfortable.  I made the decision to drain it.   I drain knees and such at work so I figured this was just begging to come out!  It was dangling and sloshing around like an overfilled cows utter full of fluid.    I brought home the syringe and an 18g needle.   He was such a brave boy, didn’t even flinch.  I drew out 8 – 10cc syringes, under sterile technique,  just kept unscrewing at the hub and redrawing.  He seems much more comfy now.   After seeing how brave he was I bet he will OWN chemo on Wed!   Was also happy to see this fluid was not infectious looking.

 

Happy 4th and a miraculous update!

Those prayers, positive thoughts and good vibes are  working.  Sarge had an amazing day yesterday!   We had company over which seemed to totally lift his spirits.  He was up and around like he had been 4 days post op.  Sarge even did something he has not done since he broke his leg 4 weeks ago, he got up on the couch!   This is a “no-no”, but we were trilled to see he was up there!  He was even able to do 5 minutes of PT in the pool!

4th of July by the pool watching my peeps.
I was so tired, after having a very fulfilling, active day!  Mom didn’t even tell me to get down like she usually does!

sarge 2014

 

I had a wonderful fourth with my people!  We hung out by the pool and I even swam a little with my life vest on, Mom calls it “PT”.  I’m getting back to being myself again!

 

 

 

 

Lots of swelling today but in great spirits.

Sarge has a significant amount of swelling today but seems to be in wonderful spirits!  Eating great and loving his new Victor grain free food!  Still not drinking great but we have been giving him his water in a 10cc syringe.  Seems to be his preference now.  I think he is milking it a little!!

Talked to some brace fabricators today and cant get a brace till they get a cast then take 2 weeks. I am going to try to use a posterior wheeled cart to see if that will offer any assistance… Getting that tomorrow.  Will update ASAP.

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!  I am pulling a Paws for Life float in our Liberty Fest parade in Edmond OK.  It is a great event if you have never been!  Check it out. http://www.libertyfest.org/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=libertyfest&Category_Code=4thofjulyparade