Tuesday Medical Update

I must say, we thank you all for prayers and well-wishes for our Emmalee girl.

Em post-op

I was not sure I’d ever see her again yesterday when Paul took her off in the car to see dog-doctor. She was SO poorly acting that I really thought they would take one look at her and say it was “time.” I prepared Kip for it as best I could. I sat close to him and we had a long cuddle and a chat about things. He really is an amazing dog, y’know… he seems to know what I’m thinking most of the time. Except when I’m telling him to stop barking… he can’t quite figure out the meaning of my words during those times, but otherwise he’s very good.

So Em was gone all day yesterday. The doc called late morning to say they’d given her IV fluids and antibiotics… that she had quite a good (?) infection in there. They expressed/drained some pus from her wound area. She should be coming home later in the afternoon.

At around 4:30 Paul went down to get her. She seemed happier upon arrival home than she was when she left here, that’s for sure but still very hesitant to do anything. For some reason, since her operation, she seems to have lost most use of her rear end and legs… She never really had good strength in those back legs of hers, but now it is much worse. She really struggles to get up from a lying-down position now and is quite wobbly going up/down stairs.

She refused her usual food last night but I had made some boiled eggs to go with our salad for supper so I gave her pieces of mine, and she ate them all! At least it was something.

After a long night of sitting in the reading room with her sleeping on the floor, and monitoring the “drain” she has which leaks blood out of it on a regular basis, we finally all went up to bed around 9 o’clock.

This morning Paul said she would not eat anything at all. So I got up and we made her some scrambled hamburg… she turned her nose up at THAT! Very unusual for a dog to pass up beef. Then I thought of the eggs, so we scrambled up 3 eggs and served them up to her on a flat dish and she ate almost the whole dish! We gave doting brother Kip the rest as he was hovering over her the whole time, wondering why she gets all the good stuff and he gets the kibble!

I am going to cook up a batch of rice, and we cooked up the rest of the 1/2 lb. of hamburg for later… and I’ll make some more eggs for her… She needs to eat or she will never recover!

You can see below the drain they inserted to keep the fluids from building up inside her wound. Sorry this is so graphic. I guess we are used to seeing it now so it’s not so horrible, and the blood stains are just from dripping out of the drain.

Em post-op

She goes back on Friday to have that removed… and I really hope she has done some good healing by then and feels better. She is snoozing right now over there in the corner on her bed.

Let me just say that I’d much rather be showing you photos of the flowers that are popping out around the garden right now. The viburnum bush out back bloomed yesterday in full and the aroma from that plant permeates the entire property. I was sitting out front on the porch and could smell it, and it’s all the way behind the house! I had all the windows open (we were in the 80’s) and the aroma was divine from that bush. I love my viburnums.

But our Emmalee is our flower of the day, so she is what we get here.


Bex & Co.

Look at that great man of mine… mowing the lawn for the first time this year…

garden 13 May 2014

Below, the plum bush/tree, not sure which, but it was transplanted from the front garden years ago and is not growing very symmetrically because of the large evergreens around it… but it’s blooming right now which is nice.

garden 13 May 2014

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13 Responses to Tuesday Medical Update

  1. TopsyTurvy says:

    Poor Em! I hope she’s showing signs of improvement today. Yes, eggs is a much better choice for when you’re not feeling well. Much better on the tummy.

    Wrapping you all in warm hugs…


  2. Sandy in Chicago says:

    Hi Bex.

    I just now read about Em and hope she continues to improve. One thing I’ve found is that it can take dogs & cats longer to recover from anesthesia. Chicken & AD are both great suggestions. I’m sending out prayers & positive thoughts for Em’s full recovery. Her brother Kip is amazing 🙂


  3. Annanotbob3 says:

    So glad Em’s pulling through – fingers crossed for the next few days xxxxxxxx


  4. Bex says:

    Eric… (smile) our grass has been shaggy for a few weeks now… it was time… and he only did the “inside” front lawn, not the lawn out by the street – so that can get a little shaggier for a while.


  5. Eric Mayer says:

    I am glad Em was good enough to come home. Infections are not unusual in connection with surgeries so hopefully the vet has everything under control now. It is distressing when pets won’t eat but I suppose, like people, sometimes they don’t feel up to it. Unfortunately, when pets are sick you can’t chide them to eat because otherwise they won’t get better or explain to them why they don’t feel well and what is being done to help them.

    The first lawn mowing. Ouch. I probably should be out there today for my first mowing but I’m letting it get a little shaggy. It’s been a long winter. The grass deserves a chance to enjoy itself for a while doesn’t it?


  6. Bex says:

    Chicken.. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of chicken for Em. Of course, all the chicken I have is frozen solid in freezer, so I took out a whole chicken, a block of ice, and stuck it in a pan w/cover and put it in the oven – it will probably take all day to thaw/cook but that should give us something to work with for Em… thanks for the tips!



  7. This made me cry. I don’t like suffering of any sorts. I hope she perks up soon. Em is as much a member of the JS family as you. I know nothing about nothing but the not eating doesn’t alarm me so much as long as she’s hydrated. I think of times I lost my appetite when feeling poorly – and unfortunately I was very, very ill. Perhaps the digestive process is too rigorous and the body knows that and instinctively isn’t interested in food? (Hope that made sense.) For me, prayer is nothing but kind and loving thoughts, and a beseeching of hope. Sending those thoughts your way for all of your sweet family.


  8. Bex says:

    Just went out and took a bunch of garden photos… no sun so the colors are quite dull, plus blooming is not optimal, but here is a pic of the viburnum bushes out back… one over in the far corner and one closer… how wonderful those smell now!

    Click photo to see the rest of the garden photos from today.


  9. Hope Em is feeling a lot better soon! She must be glad to be home with her people and fur buddy though, that has got to help the healing process.


  10. nina says:

    Sending chicken love from Wisconsin! Will look for updates today and tomorrow.


  11. WendyNC says:

    Joining in here with all best wishes. Also, if you have some chicken you can cook up for Em, that’s a little easier to digest than the beef. We know the chicken and rice diet well at our house.


  12. sandy freel says:

    Prayers for your flower child…


  13. Karen G. DiCicco says:

    Have you ever tried A/D from the vets? It is sometimes a good start back to eating. Also, Chicken Noodle soup w/small amount of warm water.
    All my many Collie’s have lost their rear end as they age. Also, they are bad from being in those low cages at the vets when having had surgery. Usually goes away in a few days. Em must have one bad infection that quickly went though out her systems, and makes her feel so bad. If you are still concerned, I would get another vet in.
    My Maia had the same surgery, drain & all but is fully recovered for over a year. How old is your flower child?
    I will send good thoughts to you all. Miss Em is loved & her brother’s concern is what you expect from a collie.
    Get well Em. You are needed at Crow Cottage still.


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