Friday, July 11, 2008

Under The Knife

First thing yesterday morning, I confirmed with the new student, who I 'do-not-like' btw, that Brie was going in for surgery and that they were just getting her ready. Around 1 pm, the doctor called to let me know that Brie was doing well and that the surgery went just fine. He commented that it was "...a little boring really." I'm glad he thought so! LOL!

As the MRI showed, the location was between the last something (I forget what he said) and the first lumbar vertebrae. Thankfully, there was no noticeable damage to her spinal cord. Whew! That was one of my biggest worries. She was going to spend last night in ICU so they could keep an eye on her and have her on fluids until she was ready to eat and drink again.

We're still not sure when Brie will be coming home as the doctor said it was really up to her and how quickly she heals. They were going to start physiotherapy and he was hoping she would have some motor function before she left the hospital. That's fine with me. We've gotten this far so I don't want to start making hasty decisions now. The doctor mentioned using water for her physiotherapy and I told him that she loves to swim and could swim just like an otter. He was quite surprised and commented that Doxies weren't usually known as great swimmers. Hey, ours is special :o)

When I got off the phone, I called DH as he was still in Halifax. Needless to say, he was relieved with the good news :o) He even picked up a special something for when Little One comes home -


Isn't it cute? I almost cried on the phone when he told me about the matching pink blanket. DH has a huge heart when it comes to Brie, even though he won't come right out and admit it ;o)

Although we managed to get over a huge hurdle, we still have a long way to go and I'm still prepared for problems along the way. There are going to be LOTS of new rules for the house and any visitors because we can't afford to go through this again (not just financially but emotionally and physically as well). I imagine this will probably be the hardest part because Brie is such an active dog and 'always' has to know everything that's going on around her. She's quite a Nosey Nelly ;o)

So this means no jumping! No jumping on or off furniture, laps, stairs, rocks...whatever. I imagine if she's on the couch with us, she'll have to be supervised so that she doesn't take off and jump down when we're not looking. Her little stairs have been taken away and as you saw, she got a new bed, which will be on the ground. There will be no playing with her cousins anymore :o( This will really upset her but she's the smallest of the bunch and could easily get hurt now. But the biggest one of all will probably be no more K-o-n-g. We might even have to hide it. I guess I'm going to become that overprotective parent that I never wanted to be :oS

I have an admission to make... DH and I sent Brie a Get Well card. I hope it gets there before she leaves. We're nuts, aren't we? I wonder if she's the first patient to ever get mail there. LOL! Hopefully our Little Trooper has a speedy recovery so that she can come home soon :o)


Anonymous said...

Oh how cute for you to send a card and what a cute bed and blankie!!
Glad things went well, and here's hoping for a speedy recovery for Brie,I bet you will spoil her rotten when she comes home

Paisley said...

Happy to hear Brie's surgery went well! Love that you sent her a Get Well card! I hope she gets to come home soon!

Ginnie said...

I am pleased to hear the op went well. She will love her new pink blanket I bet.
Hope she is back home with you again soon.

Karen said...

I love that bed and blanket brie will adore them . Ifr you remove the kong now then it wont be found by accident, hopefully she will be home soon, Candy isnt allowed to do the stairs because of her back legs she knows the rules and sits and grunts for her slaves to cart her up the stairs lol

'Berta said...

I love Brie's new bed! What a cute place to regain her strength once she gets home. As to being an over protective Mommy...I'm sure you'll do what is right for everyone. Brie is a family member after all not just a dog!

All the best for a happy reunion!

Chiloe said...

Can you remind me how she got hurt? Maybe you mantioned it before but I don't remember.

I'm glad the surgery went well and I hope she will recover quickly


~Tammy said...

I'm so glad to hear the operation went well.

I think Brie's new bed is perfect! Good find DH. It is darling that you've sent her a get well card. She'll love it, I'm sure.

Good luck with imposing your rules. As much as you're doing this for her well being, I can imagine she's going to fight you on it. Be prepared. She sounds like a willy one.

Barb said...

Great to hear that Brie is doing better and the surgery went well. Hope she is home with you before long.

Jenn said...

I'm so glad that Brie made it through with flying colors. Hope she's home soon.

WendyCarole said...

glad to hear Brie is doing so well. Love the basket and blanket and I am sure Brie will too.

Daffycat said...

Oh what great news! I'm so happy everything went well. DH chose well with his presents...that pink blankie is to die for! Brie is going to think she is the queen when she gets home to find her humans picking her up to get on & off the couch!

Maybe you could build a ramp with carpet? She might need bumper rails (jumper rails?) to keep her from hopping off the sofa!

Keep us updated!

Anonymous said...

Yea! What good news, that the surgery went well! And I love that you sent her a card - you have a wonderful heart!

Aussie Stitcher said...

That is great news. Glad that the surgery went well and I am sure that she appreciates the get well card.

Sharon said...

Glad to hear everything went well! I sure hope she is home soon. I love the new bed and I think that it's great that you sent her a card-you just love your baby! Very sweet.

~V said...

awww you're a sweetie, your love and devotion to your baby is so heartwarming (((Hugs)))

Lori-Ann said...

Oh! Much better news! Love the new bed and blankie.

Throw away that Kong before she gets home, quick!

Not long 'til she's home, I'm sure.
(are you marking it on the calendar yet?) ;O)

Ranae said...

Aww! poor baby Brie, she is so cute. I hope for a speedy recovery.
Her new bed and blankie is so cute.
I love all that stitchy stash you received. And yes! it was fun swapping with you.
Happy Stitching!!

Sonda in OR said...

It's wonderful that things went well!! Hope the recovery is smooth. I smiled at the get well card confession. I took in a t-shirt that I had slept in to leave with my kitty so he'd "be able to smell me and know he wasn't abandoned." Oh and when we stopped by and it wasn't convenient (because of surgeries going on) to see him, I said to the tech "Tell him we stopped by." LOL! :O)

stitcherw said...

I don't think it's nuts at all to send the card, it made you feel better, and actually given what good smellers dogs are she might even be able to smell you on it. Although, if she's like my Jaz that would be just before she may very well decide to shred it. I'm so glad that she came through surgery well and is healing. The bed and blanket are adorable. Good luck getting the house all orgainzed and "Brie safe" for her. Sounds like you'll have your hands full supervising until she learns what she can and can't do to stay well and comfortable.