Friday, January 10, 2014

Cali update

A deaf and demented mutt, a 13 year old wobbly greyhound and a 3 legged greyhound with cancer walk in to a bar....

too soon?

All jokes aside (and honestly...if we don't joke, we sob)...Cali is 3 days post amputation.  If it seemed quick..it was.  She went in for an orthopedic consult after a year of limping that has gotten worse.  When we took her in the limping was constant and she would cry out if she hit it wrong. Two vets had taken multiple Xrays over the past year and noted no changes. The orthopedic surgeon also noted no changes and only something 'suspicious' that hadn't changed.  We did a CT scan which showed a massive degradation to the proximal humerus consistent with osteosarcoma.  it was such a shock but we really had few options, so we chose to amputate while she was under anesthesia.  Her lungs were clear.  For those non-greyhound readers, this just bought us more time..it isn't a cure.  We start chemo in 3-4 weeks.
But for now..she is eating VERY well (and tolerates the "pea cold compress")
And is getting a lot of attention from us both. She is a special girl and she has convinced many people to adopt a greyhound. The orange sock will stay on for a while...the swelling and bruising have increased quite a bit but that is all normal (so I'm assured)
 I think she knows everyone is pulling for her.  (*notice her raw nose..she decided to throw a tantrum pre-CT scan in the run and got her nose all scraped up...)
 Not to be overshadowed..Shiloh enjoys her breakfast of scrambled eggs and ham...what could be bad with that?
 Dana's 13th birthday is coming up.  I will update in a few days with Cali's progress.  Thank you to everyone for their support. 

8 comments:

Mad Red Hare said...

We are rooting for you Cali!

Hazel said...

Calli, your Mom and Dad are very brave to get this lifesaving surgery! I hope that both you and they will heal well!

gyeong said...

Been there, done that. It totally sucks! But we'd do it all again for the extra time we had with Jaime and Stella. Cali, we'll be over tomorrow to give you give kisses.

houndstooth said...

Poor girl! I'm glad she's feeling so much love and support! We're pulling for her, too!

Dory and the Mama said...

Hang in there Cali!!!

Sue said...

Polly and I are sending healing positive thoughts and gentle hugs (((Cali))).

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Lots of positive thoughts and hopes for a LOT MORE HAPPY time with Cali.

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