Got my boy back from the vet's! (long post)
Happy Dance!! I had referenced the chaos in our lives a couple of times, but wasn't really able to out into print what's been going on with our big guy, Poco. Poco (who's going on 12) had a tumor start bleeding 2 weeks ago - burst a vein just 4 days short of when it was going to be removed. The vet did him as an emergency surgery instead. He lost so much skin when she removed the tumor that there was barely enough to close the incision (it was about 9" long, 3" wide and 2"deep). It, as we feared, is cancer. By Monday, he was having problems with fluid building up around the incision. Back in for 2nd surgery to insert drain tubes. Following Monday when the drains were to come out, I came home and found he managed to eat the dressing that was over it and tore out the stitches (steel tension sutures!) in the center, deepest part. Back in surgery for another repair. This time we elected to leave him at the clinic rather than subject him to the struggle to get in and out of my car every day. Poco weighs 160 and can't get in and out of my back seat easily. I have missed him so much! The 'good' part of this is that, although the third surgery left an open wound about the size of a silver dollar, it is now beginning to heal well enough for him to come home! We brought him home last night and he looks so-o-o-o much better than he did when we left him there a week ago. Because of his eating the dressing before, he is nattily attired in a red sleeveless t-shirt of DH's, with a tan (Ace bandage) sash and a sort of an upside down lampshade that's clear plastic.
Please pray that the vet got all the cancer and that he will recover successfully. We know we are on borrowed time with him because he is such a large dog (his back is about even with my mid-thigh), but the days are now so-o-o-o precious.