FIRST THING THIS MORNING -- MADE HIM A SHIRT. I do need to shorten the length. The cuffs are meant to make it a littler harder for him to get at his biopsy (which is below the shoulder seam... though seams also on the outside for less irritation!)
And in 2 days? I'll figure out what to do w/the right sleeve.
Surgery is done. He’s come out of it a little but they just gave him more strong meds. Looking at transferring him to a local animal hospital for overnight care (briefly discussed but hadn’t gone into details before).
The vet said he’d be in a lot of pain tonight and it could be helpful to have people with more pain management options to care for him. Less stress on us to identify a crisis
When he gets home I should be able to put the new t-shirt (or one I made earlier this week) on him to cover the wound and that should be good.
We'll see how things are at 7am -- he might go back to the original hospital or he might come home.
we both got to give him a lot of snugs during the transfer and wait. It was emotionally really hard at points but also he definitely knew it was us and that he was getting love.
Ok, updates! Sterling had a good night at the overnight vet--continued some hydration, monitoring, IV drip of drugs helped him be comfortable/dopey enough to eventually sleep. He's back at the daytime animal hospital now for tapering IV meds (already started taper abt 2am).
He hasn't yet eaten any food -- he was offered chicken over night and refused it. So regular vet is on that one.
He stood up a little wobblyly in my lap and tried to jump into Micah's--it was not successful, but valiant!
successful evacuation! Obviously he still has to physically heal up but he's eating, sleeping, hopping about with interest, tackling upstairs even from the basement with decent success (and one parent always behind in case he stumbles too badly), and now this... so I feel like we are doing very well!!!
things that are not normal:
Sterling and his bed, which had to be washed at the vet, do not smell right. We can wash the bed again, but should probably not wash the Sterling until his staples are out. So gotta wait until he gets past this antiseptic smell.
I am deeply grateful to a) the surgical team who prepped him for the most sterile surgery possible and b) the overnight care people who had to clean him up a few times because it's hard to control your body when you're doped and lost a limb.
Went on a walk earlier -- look who I met!
to update this thread -- he's done pretty well through the week except... last night he started really bothering his surgery spot (in occasional cleanings, scabs are coming off and nice pink skin is showing, yay!)
This was... very pathetic. And he's now back in the donut.
(he can actually get at the far Y-end of his scar, so that's a problem... we watched for a bit to see if he was just itchy and trying or if he could actually mess with it an alas he could)
@bright_helpings like it's so FUNNY but also really pathetic AND like... buddy, you're catching the end of your Y, so we can't let you do that.
@platypus funny + pathetic + actually likely to do yourself an injury is big Gary vibes. :)
Sending love to you all. This long-haul recovery part is going to be a different kind of exhausting than the crisis part, but it still must be exhausting.
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