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‘‘Twas the night before surgery ‘

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It’s the night before surgery to remove Jessie’s leg. We spent all last week fishing in the Uintah mountains- Jessie’s favorite thing to do.   I watched her run and play basically on three legs already. The limp leg seemed to get in her way- which at times was quite funny!

i have two worries tonight:

1-  pain management- how will we know we are helping her pain. I see her moods in her eyes- I hope this will help me understand.  I see her love, her happiness, her discontent- will I see her pain and be able to help?

2- additional tumors- when they open her up will they find additional tumors?  Will we have to make a decision I am not prepared to make?

i have come to peace with one reality- this isn’t something we are doing to Jessie, but it is something we are doing FOR Jessie.

Love you sweet girl- be strong!


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11 Comments

  1. What a beauty Jessie is!! I apologize, I don’t know how I missed your previous blog. She is breathtaking!!
    It’s great you had some time away to do some of her favorite things before this. She’ll be back up to speed in no time. An greyhound expert doctor we consulted with before the amputation pointed out to us, when we were trying to figure out whether to amputate or not, that our Fallon was probably already relying on only 3 legs for awhile–just as you saw with Jessie. I’ve been impressed with how well and quickly they adapt!!
    Others will weigh in on pain management–my strategy was to just try to stay ahead of the pain. We had a regular regime of pain meds, with “as needed” doses available. Honestly, it was all by feeling and intuition–but it worked out for us. Others may have more scientific advice.
    You’ll both be in our thoughts. I’ll check back for your update–let us know how it all goes.

    • erikekberg

      August 21, 2018 at 1:44 am

      Thank you for your comment and advice. This site has been therapeutic for me! I know she will be strong and is used to moving around already. I told her you said she was beautiful- she said thanks!!
      I appreciate the support and love. I’ll keep updating as the time moves along. I

      • We all have doubts. The mantra doing this for her is what I focused on. Three weeks after surgery she was chasing squirrels. You are doing the right thing

  2. Shelly and Winston

    August 21, 2018 at 1:46 am

    We are all here to help you. Jessie will let you know when she needs her pain meds, and the vets do a great job of helping you help her to manage the pain. The first few weeks will be the hardest on both of you, yet you both have this! Once the pain from surgery is gone, she will feel so much better, and she will let you know that too! My golden is 5 months out from his amputation, and he is back to his silly, playful self. He can run like the wind!

    Prayers for Jessie ❤️

    • erikekberg

      August 21, 2018 at 1:58 am

      Thank you so much! Your support is very much appreciated!! I am glad Your Golden is thriving- I trust our GSP will be the same. Thanks again my new friend!

  3. You all will be in my thoughts today.

  4. You all will be in my thoughts today.

  5. Welcome and thank you for staring a blog. I love your photos so far, we can’t wait to see more!

    Here is a good post about recognizing pain signals in pets:
    http://tripawds.com/2016/09/07/pain-signs-cats-and-dogs/

    And another about managing post-op amputation pain
    http://tripawds.com/2018/04/18/tripawds-post-amputation-recovery-pain/

    • erikekberg

      August 21, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you Jerry- this is very helpful information! Appreciate the message, and we will keep you posted how things go today and beyond!

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