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Brina needs good wishes

Melinda
January 5th, 2011, 07:02 AM
send a few good wishes and prayers up for Brina please if you have a few seconds, she'll be having TPLO surgery on January 13th:( and her momma is terrified, if anyone else has gone through the recovery, could you give me some hints or tips? In cornwall we have a physio specialist and she is going to show hubby and I exercises to do with her leg to keep it mobile and prevent it from going stiff. Any help will be very much appreciated.
thank you.

shirley1011
January 5th, 2011, 08:38 AM
Hoping for all the best for Brina, Melinda. We thought our Gunnar needed surgery but dealing with severe arthritis. It is awful when you have to watch them in pain.

Prayers for Brina coming your way.

breeze
January 5th, 2011, 08:48 AM
:goodvibes::goodvibes:

:grouphug::grouphug:

for you and Brina :goodvibes::grouphug:

I think Rainbow's Chase went through this maybe she can shed some calming light for you.

Love4himies
January 5th, 2011, 08:48 AM
Sending lots of :goodvibes::goodvibes: for Brina and of course, a great big :grouphug: for you.

Melinda
January 5th, 2011, 09:30 AM
thanks guys, I know Kandy's newf had the surgery two years ago and she's been enlightening me, any help is appreciated.

Dog Dancer
January 5th, 2011, 11:32 AM
Aw Melinda, so sorry to hear this about Brina. She's just a baby! Of course she (and you) will be in our prayers. :grouphug: Big hugs to Brina and you from our house my friend. Sorry I can't give you any advice or input on the surgery though. Prayers for a speedy recovery for Brina and extra strength for you and hubby.

Sylvie
January 5th, 2011, 12:18 PM
Lots of good vibes and prayers going up for Brina.

:grouphug: for you as it will be harder on you than Brina :D

I will definately think of her on the day.

Stacer
January 5th, 2011, 12:44 PM
We're sending good, healing vibes to Brina. Keeping our fingers crossed for a successful surgery and a fast recovery.

Melinda
January 5th, 2011, 12:46 PM
thanks guys, Sylvie, I know it will be hard for me, I keep having flashbacks to all we did for my Daisy and watched her die in my arms...I know I shouldn't think like that because Lepto is not curable and she was given a death sentence and Brina is very healthy, the vet said she had a hard time believing she was going to be six in april, and she will be coming home to lead a great life...rambling on again aren't I?:wall:

Sylvie
January 5th, 2011, 03:47 PM
No you are not rambling on. Sometimes things are just hard to take and this is a great place to share our feelings. :thumbs up

luckypenny
January 5th, 2011, 03:58 PM
I'm hoping Brina's recovery will be quick and as pain-free as possible :fingerscr. Did she injure herself, Melinda?

...rambling on again aren't I?

Nothing wrong with rambling but,.....it's much better when accompanied with lots of photos :D.

Melinda
January 5th, 2011, 04:34 PM
not that she showed LuckyPenny, she developed a limp in oct but it would come and go so we thought arthritis and treated her for that.

chico2
January 5th, 2011, 05:08 PM
Melinda,I too will think of you and Brina on the 13th,of course you are worried,
she's your baby and she's having surgery.
:goodvibes::fingerscr:pray:for Brina and you:grouphug:

Melinda
January 5th, 2011, 05:22 PM
thank you Chico!

rainbow
January 5th, 2011, 08:15 PM
I'm sure that Kandy has given you all the advice you need. :thumbs up

Chase's first TPLO on his right leg went great ......it was the second one on his left leg that had complications. Here's the thread if you're interested ....

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=42467&highlight=chase+tplo

And, then shortly after both TPLO's he ended up having part of the meniscus removed in one knee and then the other. Poor boy didn't get to enjoy his puppyhood at all. :(

Good luck ....I hope Brina's surgery goes well. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

Melinda
January 5th, 2011, 08:35 PM
thank you Rainbow, I'll go read it all now.

cpietra16
January 5th, 2011, 09:04 PM
thinking of you and Brina on the 13th....:pray:

Melinda
January 5th, 2011, 09:51 PM
thank you cpietra *S*

friendlygal
January 5th, 2011, 10:32 PM
I just wanted to let u know, that my dog had TPLO surgery a few years back on both of his legs. He had the first surgery on one leg, then the second 6 months later. He did wonderful, with no complications. I think I was more worried, and stressed than he was, lol. One thing that was very difficult was trying to keep him from jumping up on couches, etc when he was used to doing so, as well as getting him up and down stairs. One tip the vet gave me was to use a sheet as a sling, and place it under his hips, and literally lift his entire lower end up when going up and down stairs, so that he isn't doing any of the work with his lower end on his own. I did find that he had a tremendous amount of swelling too, which i used cold compresses to help with. I wish u the best of luck, and Brina too!! God Bless!

Melinda
January 6th, 2011, 06:48 AM
thank you friendly gal, how soon was your pupper back to normal? I'm wondering because we have a side car on our motorcycle for her and I'm hoping she'll be ok by june/july to ride in it or will that be out from now on? I guess I'm wondering if she'll ever be the same or if all we love to do is over now? we walk 2-2 1/2 miles per day, go to the beach swimming, long car rides and dog parks, often weekends will find us in one bush or another exploring, what will her life be like afterwards?

friendlygal
January 6th, 2011, 10:20 AM
please do not think brina's life is over as u know it, because that is far from the truth. my king took about 3-4 months to recover from each surgery, but remember, he was a big dog (german shepherd), and he was 10 years old. He also took longer to recover from the first surgery because his second leg was still injured and waiting for repair. He recovered quicker from the second surgery because the first leg was already fixed. After he had had both surgeries, and had finished recovering, I would say about 6 months after the second surgery, you would never even know he had had surgery. He was out for walk, going for car rides (although he did need help climbing into our van), and playing with our children. He was literally like a new dog!! But keep in mind, King was 10 years old, so he wouldn't be going for 2 mile walks even with good legs, lol. So, you just have to play it by ear, and see how brina is. every dog is going to be different. but i know, that king was like a new dog. we did physio exercises on him on our own that the vet taught us, simply because by the time we paid $6000.00 for his surgeries, we couldnt afford to pay for the physio, which was $500.00 per session. we took him for 2 sessions, just to learn how to do it, and one water treadmill session. all in all, he came out with flying colours, and it literaly bought him more 'time'. he was like a new dog!! it was worth the money. king passed away last month, bless his heart....but i am so thankful for the extra time we had with him...without tplo, i would have lost him 4 years ago... i wish u and brina the best of luck...feel free to ask me anything u think of. praying for u both.:)

Melinda
January 6th, 2011, 10:46 AM
thank you so much friendlygal, between you and Kandy I feel much better, they are going to teach us how to work her leg when we go to pick her up, there is a physio specialist there and its included in the cost. Brina is part shepherd and lab, she weighs 68 pounds. I feel a lot better now, I'm so sorry about your baby's passing, its so hard to lose a member of the family.

BenMax
January 6th, 2011, 11:16 AM
Passing on good vibes Melinda.:goodvibes:

Melinda
January 6th, 2011, 06:32 PM
thank you benmax

hazelrunpack
January 6th, 2011, 09:35 PM
Sending more :goodvibes:, Melinda! Wishing all the best for Brina!!!

Luvmypitgirls
January 6th, 2011, 09:42 PM
Sending lots and lots and lots of :goodvibes: to you and Brina. I'm sure it will all go fine! Try to stay positive!
Hugz to you and Brina...

Melinda
January 7th, 2011, 06:29 AM
thanks Hazel and luvmypitgirls

the gang
January 7th, 2011, 08:21 AM
:fingerscr and good vibes brenda and the pins

friendlygal
January 7th, 2011, 08:36 AM
I am new here Melinda, and I am just so happy I have been able to make u feel a bit better....hang in there, and please, please, do not worry....but yourself some relaxation treats for the day of the surgery, (maybe some bubble bath stuff, a video, some chocolate, etc), then when u get the call that brina sailed thru with flying colours, u can pamper yourself that evening, because the day brina is in surgery u will be very stressed...it will be good to treat yourself that evening....don't forget to take care of YOU too!! that is my last piece of advice....brina would want u too!! sending u big (((hugs))) from canada...i will be thinking of brina and u on the 13th...best of luck. :goodvibes

rainbow
January 7th, 2011, 01:27 PM
thank you so much friendlygal, between you and Kandy I feel much better, they are going to teach us how to work her leg when we go to pick her up, there is a physio specialist there and its included in the cost. Brina is part shepherd and lab, she weighs 68 pounds. I feel a lot better now, I'm so sorry about your baby's passing, its so hard to lose a member of the family.

Hey Melinda, I hope I didn't upset you with posting my thread about the experience we had with Chase. Like I said, his first TPLO surgery went very well ....it was his second one that we had all the bad luck with. :rolleyes:

Have you checked out the Yahoo Groups Ortho Dogs forum? There's lots of information and support there ....

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/orthodogs/?yguid=250363800

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Melinda
January 7th, 2011, 04:04 PM
of course you didn't upset me rainbow! I want to know all sides of it, not just the success but the troubles also, I want to be prepared for anything, I found a great blog where he shows you step by step the healing and what to expect in terms of the looks of the scar, what is normal and what isn't normal, and what all you guys have told me and the links you've all sent is really helping me to understand it more and get a grasp on it. Everyone has been so helpful, my mom brought some "horse" type blankets she made for her for when we take potty breaks outside, my neighbour who owns a flooring business brought me over 18 feet of end of the roll non slip carpeting for her recovery (we have all tile/wood floors)and the girls at the pet feed store where I deal and who send me dogs to find homes for donated a sling carrier so I can lift her more easily to go out. I'm feeling more confident to deal with it all now.

Dog Dancer
January 7th, 2011, 05:37 PM
Melinda, how great that everyone has been so helpful to you! I agree that it's good Rainbow included the bad, you really want to know everything you can and includes bad stuff sometimes. But Brina will no doubt come through with flying colours - because of all the positive vibes you guys will be getting. Hugs for you all. You are such a good mommy for Brina!

rainbow
January 7th, 2011, 07:38 PM
Glad that I didn't upset you and great to hear that you have such wonderful support around you. :thumbs up

Are you going to be crating Brina for the first while or is she not that active? :)

Melinda
January 7th, 2011, 11:05 PM
Brina is really active *L* we have a pen , you know with metal fencing? people use them for pups. We use it for wild life we're rehabbing, Brina will be using it, its large enough for me to lay out my single blow up bed in and I'll be sleeping there for a few nights.

TeriM
January 8th, 2011, 09:31 PM
Please add my good wishes that Brina has an successful surgery and easy recuperation :goodvibes: :fingerscr :goodvibes:.

Melinda
January 9th, 2011, 06:40 AM
thanks Teri!

hedgiemama
January 9th, 2011, 10:26 AM
melinda, best of luck for brina! i hope everything goes well. lots of :goodvibes::pray:

breeze
January 9th, 2011, 11:01 AM
more
:goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes:

and
:grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:

from me arch and bree

friendlygal
January 12th, 2011, 09:24 PM
Just wanted to let u know that i haven't forgotten that tomorrows the big day....u and brina are in my thoughts and prayers tonite...i will be thinking of u both tomorrow, and the days that follow...please keep us posted. i just know she will do beautifully.....hugs to both of u. hang in there melinda!!! :goodvibes:

breeze
January 12th, 2011, 09:41 PM
:goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes:

:fingerscr:pray:

:grouphug:

for Brina will be thinking of both of you on the 13th

hazelrunpack
January 12th, 2011, 10:40 PM
Sending some more :goodvibes: for tomorrow!

Winston
January 13th, 2011, 06:06 AM
Sending positive vibes for you and Brina! :thumbs up

Melinda
January 13th, 2011, 06:28 AM
thank you everyone for remembering, its killing me this morning, I look at her sitting beside me and can't help thinking what I'm about to put her through....I'm a bundle of nerves.

Love4himies
January 13th, 2011, 08:26 AM
Lots of :goodvibes: for Brina today! and of course a huge :grouphug: for mom.

BenMax
January 13th, 2011, 08:29 AM
All the very best Melinda. Best wishes to you both.:grouphug::goodvibes:

Melinda
January 13th, 2011, 10:46 AM
thanks for the wishes, she's in surgery right now............

BenMax
January 13th, 2011, 11:16 AM
thanks for the wishes, she's in surgery right now............

Find strength Melinda. My thoughts and prayers are with you and her at this time.
:grouphug:

Dog Dancer
January 13th, 2011, 12:06 PM
Melinda, stay strong, we're all praying for Brina to have a smooth surgery and a spoiled rotten recovery. I do believe this stuff is harder on us than them sometimes. We wuvs our furkids! I know I don't need to say this, but keep us posted. :grouphug: to you as you wait for news.

Love4himies
January 13th, 2011, 12:30 PM
Any word yet?

Melinda
January 13th, 2011, 01:49 PM
not a word yet........did I mention I eat when I'm nervous?....damn xmas left over goodies....I'll be calling them shortly if I don't hear soon.

Dog Dancer
January 13th, 2011, 01:53 PM
I think this is soon, go ahead and call! I hear you about the Christmas leftovers. I have been methodically giving mine away or throwing them away. Managed to re-home a couple boxes of chocolates, threw away a few half boxes of less than amazing chocolates but have finished eating the really good ones! Have left the frozen cookies in the far outside freezer so they're not easy to get to - have to make a concerted effort to go there to munch on them. Anyhow, you know we're all anxious and waiting with you. Hugs.

Melinda
January 13th, 2011, 02:57 PM
the first dog they did had complications and then an emergency arose (dog hit by car) so Brina is on the table right now.

breeze
January 13th, 2011, 03:08 PM
still in my thought melinda and Brina

:goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes:

:fingerscr:pray::grouphug:

hazelrunpack
January 13th, 2011, 03:25 PM
:goodvibes: :goodvibes: :goodvibes:

How much longer did they think it would take? :grouphug:

Melinda
January 13th, 2011, 04:10 PM
not sure Hazel

Melinda
January 13th, 2011, 05:45 PM
dr. tropea just called, they were about to wake her up, all went fine, they can't believe she was walking on that leg, her crusia (spelling) was torn 100%, they had to turn the bone 16? degree which is also good, anything under 29 degree is good according to him. the angle was only changed 6.5 degree....I think I have it all right..I'll find out more tomorrow when we go pick her up which is at 1 pm. He gave me a good hint being her sling isn't in yet, he said you take a cloth grocery bag and cut out the two ends, the thinner sides so that you have the two handles. anyways....guess thats it for now, I'm relieved... a bit...will be better tomorrow when we get her home. thanks for all the good wishes guys

Dog Dancer
January 13th, 2011, 05:52 PM
Yay! :thumbs up Good to hear the Dr. feels it went well. Dogs are so hard to read when it comes to pain aren't they. And yes, you will feel 300 times better when she's home tomorrow. Way to go Brina. That's a good idea about the shopping bag - handy for an emergency. Give Brina a big sloppy kiss for me tomorrow - when you're through giving her your own!

breeze
January 13th, 2011, 05:59 PM
Give Brina a big sloppy kiss for me tomorrow - when you're through giving her your own!

me too!! me too!! please
and a hug for you too melinda..:thumbs up

:grouphug::grouphug::goodvibes::goodvibes:

Melinda
January 13th, 2011, 08:17 PM
thanks Breeze and dog dancer!!!

luckypenny
January 13th, 2011, 09:04 PM
I'm so happy all went well. Mega hugs and kisses to Brina tomorrow from me too :cloud9:. And wishing the speediest recovery possible :goodvibes:.

Sylvie
January 13th, 2011, 09:20 PM
Yeh Brina, way to go. :thumbs up

A big hug for both of you :grouphug::grouphug:

Will check back tomorrow.

Love4himies
January 14th, 2011, 08:10 AM
I am so glad all went well, Melinda :highfive: :thumbs up :grouphug:.

friendlygal
January 14th, 2011, 12:20 PM
Oh Melinda, I am sooo thrilled to hear Brina did well! I was waiting to hear your post....I just knew she would get thru this with flying colours!!! Please give her a great big hug for me, and of course, I am sending u a big (((hug)) too!! Make sure u look after yourself too....don't wear yourself out. It won't be long, and she will be running around in the yard, lol.... I am just tickled, lol....Congrats Melinda and Brina....best wishes for a successful and speedy recovery....:thumbs up

Melinda
January 14th, 2011, 12:29 PM
thanks guys, ok, off we go to pick her up!! man am I nervous *L*.

luckypenny
January 14th, 2011, 12:36 PM
I wish I could be there to see her reaction when she sees you :goodvibes:.

Love her up for me please :lovestruck:.

hazelrunpack
January 14th, 2011, 12:50 PM
Yay! Glad it went well and she's coming home today! :goodvibes: Now for a speedy and complete recovery and rehab!

Melinda
January 14th, 2011, 04:33 PM
she went crazy when she saw hubs and I and the vet tech couldn't hold her back, we had to try to hold her down to get the leash on her. once home she was over excited and I had to climb in the pen to hold her still, took over an hour to get her to just sit in one place, she doesn't like her pen at all, hubs had to go to shoppers drug mart to pick up the painpills /sedative, we let her have some rice/hamburg, her pain pilll and finally, after 2 hours of whining etc she's now sleeping quietly......guess I'd better get use to life on the floor and in the pen for the next few days *S* thanks all for your interest and well wishes.

14+kitties
January 14th, 2011, 04:54 PM
Good news!! :thumbs up

chico2
January 14th, 2011, 05:16 PM
Melinda,that's great news:thumbs up
Now comes the hard part,to keep her still,maybe you could put a cot inside her pen:laughing:

Love4himies
January 14th, 2011, 05:30 PM
Well, I a so glad that she made it through very well, but feeling a little sorry for you having to stay in the pen with her :o :grouphug:

Dog Dancer
January 14th, 2011, 05:45 PM
I'm so glad she's home with her people. What a good mommy you are to sleep in her pen with her. Hopefully after a short while she'll get the hang of it and you'll be able to "get out of jail". Will you be able to put the pen in your bedroom at night or will you need a matt in the pen?? Hugs to you all. You're all going to need them.

luckypenny
January 14th, 2011, 06:59 PM
...feeling a little sorry for you having to stay in the pen with her :o :grouphug:

I'd volunteer to do it :D.

Welcome home Brina :goodvibes:. Now be good and rest up so you can heal asap :fingerscr.

Melinda
January 14th, 2011, 08:22 PM
its like a gated puppy pen, so I'll open it wide and slide my blow up bed against it so my bed makes a "wall" she will be able to sleep right up against me like we do on our bed.

Dog dancer, unfortunately it won't fit in our bedroom , its an 18 foot long "fencing" we can bend to fit together so its quite large. I'll try to post pics tomorrow of the set up

hazelrunpack
January 14th, 2011, 08:35 PM
Holy catz, Melinda! Does that bring back memories of when we had Priscilla's hip replacements done! We blocked her off in the kitchen and the first thing she wanted to do was jump over the barricade to get out!!! :eek: Sigh....hard to explain to them why they can't do it!!

Hope she stays settled now that the excitement of getting home is over. :grouphug: Hope you get some sleep tonight! :fingerscr

friendlygal
January 14th, 2011, 11:01 PM
Awww, I am so happy to hear Brina is doing good so far...Melinda, u are such a wonderful mommy to your furbaby, lol....Brina is sooo lucky to have u in her life. Just remember, I am here for u if u have any questions, or just need some support...(((hugs)))

hazelrunpack
January 15th, 2011, 09:54 AM
I know how stressful the first few days after joint surgery are, Melinda! Hope all is going smoothly and you're getting a little relaxation time squeezed in with the medical observation! :goodvibes: You be good, Brina, and do what your mommy tells you!!!!

Melinda
January 15th, 2011, 12:16 PM
the pain meds make her sleepy, so I get some "clean up around the house time" she seems extra hungry? is this normal???
thought I'd show you some pics of her "bedroom"
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/brina%20surgery%20Jan%2013/IMG_2609.jpg

this is what happened when I set up my bed and went to change into pjs

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/brina%20surgery%20Jan%2013/IMG_2612.jpg

a bone to keep her quiet in her "feeling good" times.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/brina%20surgery%20Jan%2013/IMG_2607.jpg

this morning when I went to make a coffee

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/brina%20surgery%20Jan%2013/IMG_2615.jpg

cpietra16
January 15th, 2011, 01:09 PM
wow...looks like 24hour around the clock care...:thumbs up: I love the set up.
I am glad to see she is doing well.

cpietra16
January 15th, 2011, 01:10 PM
I just took another look at the picutres and couldn;t help but noitce hwat was on TV....Isn't she like 80 now???? What's her name...CHiCHi something????:rolleyes::shrug:

Melinda
January 15th, 2011, 01:42 PM
I just took another look at the picutres and couldn;t help but noitce hwat was on TV....Isn't she like 80 now???? What's her name...CHiCHi something????:rolleyes::shrug:

*L* I hope not, (I love Charo) she's only 2 yrs older than I am *LOL* and I'm nowhere near 80

hazelrunpack
January 15th, 2011, 03:21 PM
Great recovery ward, Melinda! :D That leash will be your best tool--I had Priscilla strapped to my waist through 3 surgeries and 22 weeks all told. o.O But it did the trick in keeping her quiet! :thumbs up

How long is the recovery period expected to be? And will you need to do some sort of therapy with her?

chico2
January 15th, 2011, 05:04 PM
That's a great setup for her,I would sleep in there,with no problems:lovestruck:

Melinda
January 15th, 2011, 06:12 PM
Great recovery ward, Melinda! :D That leash will be your best tool--I had Priscilla strapped to my waist through 3 surgeries and 22 weeks all told. o.O But it did the trick in keeping her quiet! :thumbs up

How long is the recovery period expected to be? And will you need to do some sort of therapy with her?

on day 4 (monday) we can start some simple 3 point rotation "stretches" with her and then day 6 we had a fourth....we have a therapist that will work with us if need be, we go to get the staples out friday and she'll see me then to have a talk and look at the range Brina has by that time, complete complete rehab takes up to 4 months. but the bone should be heeled by week 8 and at that time she will be sedated "heavily" and xrayed so they can check.

Melinda
January 15th, 2011, 06:14 PM
oh , and on a side note (cause you don't see it happen often) we were given a quote, low up to high , but the actual price of the surgery was 260. less than the lowest estimate!:thumbs up

breeze
January 15th, 2011, 07:18 PM
the recovery pen looks very comfy melinda :thumbs up

Melinda
January 15th, 2011, 08:54 PM
it is Breeze!! oh, you meant for Brina didn't you? :crazy:

Melinda
January 15th, 2011, 08:56 PM
I posted a pic of her incision with a warning...was it removed? of did I lose it somewhere????

breeze
January 15th, 2011, 08:59 PM
it is Breeze!! oh, you meant for Brina didn't you? :crazy:

for both of youz!! :thumbs up

breeze
January 15th, 2011, 09:01 PM
I posted a pic of her incision with a warning...was it removed? of did I lose it somewhere????

I don't see it :shrug:
was it in the picture forum?? or in this thread..

if it was deleted wouldn't there be a post saying delete by one of the mods??

Melinda
January 15th, 2011, 10:37 PM
it was this one...I'll try again, warning, graphic picture



http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n132/Shelleyb15/brina%20surgery%20Jan%2013/IMG_2616.jpg

hazelrunpack
January 16th, 2011, 12:34 AM
Man, that's a whole lotta staples... The incision is looking nice and clean, Melinda, albeit bruised, but that's pretty normal! Is she trying to lick at it at all?

Melinda
January 16th, 2011, 07:52 AM
she tried yesterday a couple of times and we tell her "leave it" (the one thing she exelled in class with*L*) and so far so good, she "air" licks it, but they say by the 5th day it gets really itchy and thats when we have to really watch, so we may make her a collar then to prevent it, I hate the cone to be honest.

hazelrunpack
January 16th, 2011, 12:22 PM
I hate the cone, too, but sometimes it's necessary for a few days. If you can get one of the ones made of clear plastic, the dogs adjust much, much faster. :fingerscr she won't need it.

Dog Dancer
January 17th, 2011, 06:20 PM
I've seen plastic blow-up collars at one of our pet stores out here. Sort of like an airplane pillow that goes around your neck only it goes all the way. That may be less disturbing that an e-collar if you can find one. Good girl Brina, listening when Mommy tells you leave it. What a sweetie. How you sleeping Melinda?? :thumbs up

Melinda
January 18th, 2011, 05:19 AM
I may look into one of those collars DogDancer, I was sleeping ok, but now that she's improving I think its time to return to my own bed again, she's a bed hog and shoves me off the mattress at least once every hour and I'm beat!!

Love4himies
January 18th, 2011, 08:29 AM
Oh, poor Brina, that looks so painful :(.

Melinda
January 18th, 2011, 09:10 AM
to be honest Love4himies it doesn't seem to bother her, now today we have to start her rotation exercises, warm pack to loosen the muscles then after the exercise a cold pack to help with swelling. 4 rotations about 5 times a day for now.

mastifflover
January 18th, 2011, 12:24 PM
I was so pleased to see how well the surgery went. You have quite the set-up for Brina glad she is doing great

Melinda
January 18th, 2011, 01:52 PM
thanks Mastiff lover, can you tell me if its normal that the first 3 days after surgery that they are so hungry??? man it was like she was starved for a week

hazelrunpack
January 18th, 2011, 02:19 PM
I'm trying to remember if Priscilla was hungry after her surgeries...and I'm thinking her appetite was about normal. What other meds do they have her on?

Dog Dancer
January 18th, 2011, 02:53 PM
Poor Brina, if she's anything like Halo you gotta try the extra food card you know. "Look at me mom, I'm starving and sore.... give me a few extra cookies pleaaaaaase!!!" :laughing: She's probably just bored, I know I want to eat more (if that's possible) when I'm bored. Good luck getting back into your own bed - probably now hubby thinks it's all his...

Melinda
January 18th, 2011, 08:05 PM
it wasn't bored , it was wolfing down the food like it was her last meal. she's on metacam,novolexim and tramadol

hazelrunpack
January 19th, 2011, 05:12 PM
I don't think any of those should act as an appetite stimulater. Is she still so voracious, Melinda?

Love4himies
January 19th, 2011, 05:58 PM
Melinda, could it be a temporary fallout from having to fast her before surgery? Sending lots of :goodvibes: for a speedy recovery :grouphug:

Melinda
January 20th, 2011, 10:28 AM
I honestly don't know love4himmies,
ok, to show my well known stupidity, does anyone know how they remove staples from her leg? we're having it done tomorrow.

Winston
January 20th, 2011, 10:41 AM
Pretty sure they just pull them out like staples? with a remover? The incision looked good though! Good luck tomorrow!

Oh and I thin the hunger is just from the type of drugs she is on for pain!

Hugs for your girl please!

Melinda
January 20th, 2011, 10:45 AM
thanks for the replies guys!

breeze
January 20th, 2011, 10:53 AM
I honestly don't know love4himmies,
ok, to show my well known stupidity, does anyone know how they remove staples from her leg? we're having it done tomorrow.

if it's the same as the human ones,
the staples hinge in the middle, kinda thing
they pull one end out/up then the other end/up at least mine was like that.


good luck tomorrow :goodvibes::grouphug:

Melinda
January 20th, 2011, 11:02 AM
ohhhh ok, gotcha!! all I could picture was him pulling it like I do from magazines *L* duh....thanks Breeze

Dog Dancer
January 20th, 2011, 11:21 AM
Hope her appetite eases off and that the staple removal goes well. Never had them on myself or my girls so I can't offer any help. Hugs to you all.

breeze
January 20th, 2011, 11:22 AM
ohhhh ok, gotcha!! all I could picture was him pulling it like I do from magazines *L* duh....thanks Breeze


that's what I thought to!!! I was scared $hitless, didn't want staples....
I have to admit that they are way better that stitches IMO.

anything like that still give me the hibbie geebies though :o

Melinda
January 20th, 2011, 02:26 PM
stitches don't bother me and I usually don't take them back to have them removed, I do it myself and they approve, hell, I gave myself stitches waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when I was 16 (which wasn't yesterday) but staples gives ME the heebee jeebees *L* and I'm the one taking her in tomorrow.

breeze
January 20th, 2011, 02:32 PM
stitches don't bother me and I usually don't take them back to have them removed, I do it myself and they approve, hell, I gave myself stitches waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when I was 16 (which wasn't yesterday) but staples gives ME the heebee jeebees *L* and I'm the one taking her in tomorrow.

:eek::eek:



if I was able to watch when they did mine, and I'm usally terrible with these kinda of things I think you and Brina should have no problem. :fingerscr:goodvibes:

:lightbulb:you could always look the other way?? or get the tech to help while you wait in the other room??:o

Melinda
January 20th, 2011, 02:46 PM
its tempting, but if I stay in and hold her she'll be ok, she freaks if I leave.

breeze
January 20th, 2011, 02:50 PM
its tempting, but if I stay in and hold her she'll be ok, she freaks if I leave.


then bury your face in her fur/neck and give her kisses from me :D
this way you won't see it and you can be with her and she gets kisses passed from me to you to her :D:thumbs up

Melinda
January 20th, 2011, 02:55 PM
perfect solution!!

breeze
January 20th, 2011, 02:59 PM
perfect solution!!

:thumbs up

:grouphug::grouphug:

http://www.smileycons.com/img/emotions/185.gif

hazelrunpack
January 20th, 2011, 04:45 PM
Staple removal is something I always dread, but it's also always an anticlimax! :o You'll do great... :D

Melinda
January 20th, 2011, 05:20 PM
thanks for your vote of confidence Hazel *L* we'll see just how green I am by tomorrow afternoon, her appointment is for 9 am.

Luvmypitgirls
January 20th, 2011, 05:54 PM
Melinda, you'll do fine! Your love for her will overcome any fear or discomfort in watching the staples come out.
Hugs...wishing you the best.

breeze
January 21st, 2011, 08:39 AM
good luck this morning Melinda and Brina

:goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes:

Melinda
January 21st, 2011, 10:19 AM
thanks Breeze, well it went ok, one staple was turned backwards and gave him (dr Tropea)a little bit of a problem removing it and she has a slight fever so she's on a second antibiotic for 10 days and then a recheck, hopefully its not a reaction to the metal in her leg. There was one spot that was a bit puffy so he figures there is a teeny bit of infection in there, and she has the "ok" to sleep on the couch again. and I'm doing ok too now *LOL*:sick:

Dog Dancer
January 21st, 2011, 11:03 AM
Good to hear that it went well enough Melinda. Big hugs to you and Brina for such a stressful morning. Brina's going to be so much happier now!:lovestruck:

breeze
January 21st, 2011, 12:12 PM
I am happy that things were not to bad for the staples :highfive: there's always one or two that give troubles :frustrated:

hopefully the fever will go away quickly and Brina will be back to herself soon.
:goodvibes::grouphug:
Lucky Brina she get the couch again!! does this mean that you melinda will be able to sleep in your bed again?? or do you have to still keep her in her pen for a couple more nights??

hazelrunpack
January 21st, 2011, 10:34 PM
:fingerscr the antibiotics clear up any infection. Glad the staples came out fairly smoothly. :thumbs up Bet you're glad that part is over! :D

She's gonna love being able to sleep on the furniture again! :dog:

Melinda
January 22nd, 2011, 08:07 AM
I am happy that things were not to bad for the staples :highfive: there's always one or two that give troubles :frustrated:

hopefully the fever will go away quickly and Brina will be back to herself soon.
:goodvibes::grouphug:
Lucky Brina she get the couch again!! does this mean that you melinda will be able to sleep in your bed again?? or do you have to still keep her in her pen for a couple more nights??

we now have the gate right across the livingroom/kitchen and pretty well the only off limit place is our bedroom and YES!!!!!! I slept in MY bed last night......heaven *L* slept for a straight 6 hours....

mastifflover
January 22nd, 2011, 08:13 AM
Glad it went well I think it was harder on you then Brina:laughing: Wow a whole six hours straight you won't need to sleep for 2 days now

Love4himies
January 22nd, 2011, 08:23 AM
thanks Breeze, well it went ok, one staple was turned backwards and gave him (dr Tropea)a little bit of a problem removing it and she has a slight fever so she's on a second antibiotic for 10 days and then a recheck, hopefully its not a reaction to the metal in her leg. There was one spot that was a bit puffy so he figures there is a teeny bit of infection in there, and she has the "ok" to sleep on the couch again. and I'm doing ok too now *LOL*:sick:

Glad the stitch removal went OK. Sending lots of :goodvibes: that the infection clears up quickly.

Melinda
January 22nd, 2011, 02:57 PM
Glad it went well I think it was harder on you then Brina:laughing: Wow a whole six hours straight you won't need to sleep for 2 days now

ha ha ha *L* it seems the older I get the less sleep I need.:eek:

friendlygal
January 24th, 2011, 05:01 PM
hello melinda and brina...just wanted to pop my head in and check to make sure u and brina are recuperating ok! best wishes to both of u.....just reminding u again that i am here for u!!

Melinda
January 24th, 2011, 07:25 PM
hey friendly gal! *hugs* we're doing fine so far, today we had our first 12 minute on flat surface walk *L* all the way to the mailbox and back...she limped a bit afterwards and I put heat then cold on it...is that normal?

friendlygal
January 27th, 2011, 12:32 AM
Oh yes Melinda, I would def. say yes that all sounds normal to me. if the limping doesnt go away, give your vet a call, but if she gets better after some rest, i wouldnt worry too much hun...sounds like brina is doing fantastic! i am sooo thrilled for her! cheers for brina!! feel free to pick my brain if u need to, thats what i am here for! keep up the great work, brina is soooo lucky to have u!

hazelrunpack
January 28th, 2011, 09:09 PM
How are you and Brina doing, Melinda? :goodvibes: