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Day of Surgery

September 15th, 2011

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Well, here we are signing up for “Tripawds”.  Who would have thought?  As I type this, my Gracie is still in surgery.  This all started about a month and a half ago when our Great Dane had an unexplained limp.  Of course we thought she had a small injury of some sort.  After waiting a couple of weeks we took her to our vet who told us everything looked fine on the xray and we should continue to try to get her to walk and strengthen the leg.  After using Deramax and taking her for short walks, I realized there must be something else going on.  We took her to a specialist whom came back with the news of cancer.  The good news was that it had not spread into her lungs or other parts of her body and that she would do fine with the amputation.  She was already used to walking on 3 legs.  So, here we are waiting and feeling bad about removing a limb but after reading so many positive stories we are sure we have made the right decision.  We will continue to update you on her success..

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11 Responses to “Day of Surgery”

  1. AbbysMom on September 14, 2011 9:57 pm

    Welcome to the site nobody wants to join but everybody is glad they did.

    What type of cancer does Gracie have? If it is osteosarcoma you are for sure doing the best thing for her as the amp will take away the pain.

    The next couple of weeks will be tough, the recovery period can be hard, especially when your pooch is not feeling like herself because of the pain meds, but once she gets through that initial period you will see her get back to her old pain-free self quickly.

    Definitely post any questions in the forums section of the site and come there often when you need advice or just want to vent a bit. Everyone here is really great and supportive.

    Try to get some rest before she comes home as you probably won’t sleep too well the first few nights after she comes home – not necessarily because she will need you in the night, but if you are like us you’ll be awake at every little sound, worrying about how she is doing.

    We’ve been there so know how you feel. Hang in there!
    Jackie, Abby’s mom

  2. Jessica on September 14, 2011 10:39 pm

    I am sorry to hear about Gracie. It is wonderful news that her cancer has not spread and you were able to remove it along with her pain. Yes, she will be one leg down but she will be here with you to share what I am sure will be many more years of love together. Best wishes and a speedy recovery. We will be monitoring her progress on your blog.


    Jessica, Ryan, and Chewbacca

  3. kaitken432 on September 14, 2011 11:03 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement. They do believe it is osteosarcoma, however, we will know more when the biopsy comes back. We are very confident we made the right decision:)

  4. riosmom on September 14, 2011 11:28 pm

    So sorry that you are now part of the club…. But at least here you will find answers and comfort and people who’ve been through the same hell that you’re going through now.

    Gracie’s a tough girl (cuz she’s a dog, and dogs are tough); take your cues from her: Live life now and in the moment and cancer be damned!!!

    The next couple of weeks will probably be a roller coaster of emotions and even some moments of freaking out. Just remember to breathe, get sleep when you can, and know that you did the right thing for your girl. Try not to worry too much.

    Best wishes for your speedy recovery and positive test results!

    Rio and Rio’s mom, Micki

  5. bartsmom on September 15, 2011 4:37 am

    How is Gracie doing today? AbbysMom is right – the first week is the toughest with all the new adjustments but once you get over the hump it gets better from there.

    My Bart was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma over three years ago and if there is anything we can do to help you out, please ask. Tripawds is a terrific support system as well as a place to find a lot of excellent, cutting edge information.

    Hugs to you & Gracie!

    Darcy & Bart

  6. chilidawg on September 15, 2011 5:29 am

    Welcome to tripawds! Cancer sucks, but you’ve come to a great place for support. These people are wonderful and this community is a great place to find help, support, laughter, tears, & family. Make sure you get plenty of rest, because the first 2 weeks are the toughest, and remember that the medicine will make Gracie seem not like herself, but once she comes off of it, she will return to her regular self.

    Jenna & Spirit Chili Dawg

  7. dakotagirldog on September 15, 2011 6:45 am

    Gracie’s eyes say she is a strong, eager, and smart dog. She will amaze you every day as she goes through the healing. Dakota is on week 2 of her recovery of an amputation and TTA (torn knee ligament). She is not back to her ole self yet but that is because of the TTA. Gracie will be in our prayers today.

  8. samsamsmom on September 15, 2011 7:01 am

    Yup, the site is a blessing! Stinks that we need to join but thank goodness we have so many friends to support and understand what we’re going through! Welcome. Gracie will do fantastic. I have a large breed pup (Berner) and although not quite as big as a GD, he’s done really, really well as a tripaw. You’ll be amazed at how quickly she adapts and you’ll be at peace that she’s not in pain. Good luck and hang in there!


  9. etgayle on September 15, 2011 7:22 am

    ending the pain is priority number one. the next two weeks will be a challenge, but you guys will get through it. the first time your eyes meet after the surgery, you’ll see all the love in heart and you will know that together you guys can get through anything. get some rest while you can.

    charon & gayle

  10. Diane on September 15, 2011 7:28 am

    You absolutely made the right decision! I bet Gracie will adapt to three legs faster than you could think she would! As Abby said, the first few weeks will be tough for both you and her; stay strong and be positive around her. Keep us updated on her progress!

  11. admin on September 15, 2011 11:00 am

    Welcome and thanks for joining! Best wishes for Gracie’s speedy recovery.

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