4 FEBRUARY 2010
Sully had his surgery late today, around 4:30 p.m. and everything went well; he was in surgery for two hours. The procedure was more complicated than a "normal" amputation because of all the internal damaged & healed fractures, etc., caused by being struck by a car. However, the doctor was able to make the break at mid femur as opposed to at the hip. This is mostly just somewhat more aesthetically pleasing with the added benefit of allowing some protection for his "naughty bits" if he happens to fall.
Sully has a lot of healing and adjusting to go but he's a happy boy in a most wonderful foster home. Pictures and updates will continue.
Many, many thanks to all who've send prayers and good thoughts his way. Keep them coming.
5 FEBRUARY 2010
Sully was scooped up by his foster mom & dad this afternoon at about 2:00 p.m. Before seeing him, they spoke with the intern about what was going to be required for his home care & safety. They were quite anxious to see Sully, but not as thrilled as he was to see them. They were escorted in to the ICU unit where he was resting on a soft bed. As soon as he saw them he cautiously stood, wagged his tail and had eyes for no one but them.
The surgeon & intern agreed that proper after-care is always very important, but especially so with "terrier breeds who seem to be more energetic & stoic than others". We're betting this will be the case with Sully. It seems he is already accustomed to walking on three legs because was up and at 'em early this morning, wanting to eat, then go potty.
He went home with a pain patch, antibiotics & anti-inflammatory medication. A lot of swelling, bruising and some fluid build-up is expected & normal. He will get cold compresses for three days, switching to hot compresses after that.
Contrary to what Sully might think or feel, he will need to be carefully monitored for the next two weeks. He must get plenty of rest, be walked on lead to do his business and kept calm & quiet. His sutures will be removed between ten and fourteen days from today. Fortunately, his foster parents have a ranch house that is mostly carpeted and has plenty of throw rugs in areas of their home that might be a bit precarious until he finds and adapts to a new center of balance.
He couldn't be in a better place and is finally on the road to a life with no pain and assured love, guidance and, eventually, his own family who'll never let him roam again.
Sully's journey continues....click here Sully
ESTIMATED COST OF PROCEDURE, NOT INCLUDING FOLLOW-UP REHAB
The amputation surgery itself will be around $2500 USD (= 1600 GBP = 2676 CAN), plus pain meds for a while for him. The vet does not know if the right leg needs anything yet, as they cannot get a clear x-ray of it, being unable to move the left leg out of the way. There is the possibility that some water treadmill therapy will be needed afterwards, to help build up the strength in his remaining back leg.
ATRA is taking donations to help defray Sully's expenses via . . .
PAYPAL: ATRA's account username is AML9848@comcast.net
CREDIT CARD: Call in to (734) 995-4455
CHECK: MAKE OUT TO ATRA AND SEND TO:
1123 VESPER RD
ANN ARBOR MI 48103
(PLEASE NOTATE THAT THE DONATION IS FOR SULLY)