09 November 2009

beastie update

I picked up beastie this morning and transferred him to his regular vet for monitoring. It took two techs to lift him out of the car and help him along to the building. We think the pain is causing him to lose control of his back legs and he is very, very wobbly. He's had a bit of arthritis for a while in those back hips and often has trouble with stairs and getting up and down from the bed/sofa.

He didn't eat until about 3:30 this afternoon and then it was just the teeniest bit. The doc says that isn't surprising given what he's been through but with the diabetes, it is a bit of a worry. The other worry is that his "PVC" (I think that is his platelet count/red blood cell?) was 44 before surgery but late this afternoon was down to 23. She thinks it is because of the liver biopsy they did but because of it being low they didn't want him to be alone at the vet all night. So he can be monitored all night, I had to take him back to the emergency place for him to spend the night. My brother (sweetheart that he is) met me up there and did the lifting so beastie wouldn't be hurt too much.

Tomorrow morning I'll go back to the emergency vet and transport him back to his regular vet for the day. If his "PVC" is good, he will spend a few more days at the vet before coming home. I have no way of keeping him contained (unless I buy a crate) and he must be confined/kept still and calm for at least 8-10 days. I have large steps in and out of the house and I know I can't lift him up and down the steps and don't think he could make them on his own. So, more than likely he'll be staying there for a few days.

I was so disturbed when I saw him this morning. He has a large incision down his belly and many, many staples sealing it shut. He couldn't lay down on his belly and couldn't get comfortable on his side, so he sat up on his butt, sort of almost on his back with his butt tucked under him. I don't think it helped me that his winky was sticking out. :)

Anyway, I didn't sleep all that well last night, weird dreams that I need to figure out the meaning behind. It is so strange not having him curled up beside me. Plus, he keeps me warm!

In other news...I did make it in to work today. Granted I was late due to transport of beastie, but I made certain I got in all 8 hours. It was weird being there, not as miserable as I expected it to be, but not as good as I'd hoped. I didn't have to plug up my ears with music all day. I'm hoping tomorrow will be better. Wednesday is a holiday, and then there will be only two more days before two off. I have to figure out how to get myself through each day of work. I can't be off anymore.

Well, I'm off to watch the Steelers play the Broncos. My Tarheels already beat FIU in the college basketball opener. I love this time of year. :)



The Awakened Heart said...

I hope the Beastie gets well again soon. My mum put lots of healing crystals and used aromatherapy oils on our sick dog after an operation he was not expected to recover from. He healed incredibly quickly. Lavender helps scarring and helps inflamation and infection, as does Tea Tree. Both are mild enough to use neat on the skin, though you may prefer to put them into some water or oil first.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Speedy recovery for your Beastie:) Sending healing thoughts and wishes his way:)

Blue Moon said...

You poor thing (hugs). I know how hard it is to watch someone we love suffering. He knows how much you love him and that helps him deal with it.
I hope you can find peach with this. Best wishes to you guys!
Lots of love to the beastie boy!!!

Patricia said...

I'm sorry Beastie is so uncomfortable right now. Hopefully the healing will speed up in the next few days for him. I know your visits and touch will be the most meaningful thing to him and I'm so glad you are spending time with him. (Having worked in a vet ER in the past, you have no idea how many people sometimes don't come to see their pets after surgeries). He's lucky to have such a good mom!!!

Anonymous said...

How much were you loving the Steelers game? They were awesome!!