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Old 01-08-2010, 12:38 PM
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Allie's surgery and update

I haven't been on for awhile due to travel to WSU and their testing.
First and foremost, WSU is a great veterinary college and I would not hesitate to take any pet/animal to be treated there.
They are wonderful, knowledgable, and caring.

Allie was seen on the 5JAN, where two senior residents met me and Allie and examined her. We discussed course of action and then another resident came in and we discussed that rather than a surgical biopsy for Allie, they preferred a CT scan. Which we did.
The CT scan came back with a thoracic mass of 5.7 cm at it's widest and 4.3cm at the longest. The majority of the mass was inside the chest wall and was not able to be felt on the outside. So we were lucky in some ways that the lump was even able to be felt on the outside.
They said they would be able to do surgery the next day. I agreed to all the terms, but I had to leave for my own appointment in Seattle, so I told Allie to be "cougar fierce brave" and cried a bit, and left her in very capable hands.
Allie went into surgery yesterday about 1230PM and I hadn't heard anything by 5PM I started getting very nervous, and I called to get a status report on Allie. About 15 minutes later, they called and said that Allie was just getting closed up and that it went very well, and they wasn't even a blip on the machine for her. That the mass was not attached to any organs, and that they had to take out three ribs. The offending rib and the one in front and the one in back.
Allie slept through the night, the chest tubes are draining great, no bad colorations, and she got up and peed on a pee pad. She nibbled at some food, and they plan to take her outside at noon so she can pee outdoors.
Dogs are TOUGH!! Oh my, can you imagine a person going through this same surgery???

This is still not a cure. Dog cancers are not curable, she will get an average of 3 years out of this, maybe more, maybe less.

Pathology - histology still has to be done, they don't know if there is osteosarcoma involved, and that hurdle still has to be jumped, but even so, we will probably keep her around for at least 1 more year.

I found out that I have to have another brain surgery possibly in another six months, and I would so love to have her around.. I know it sounds selfish, but when you are in bed and can't move around, well I love this dog.
She has already wormed her way into the vet's hearts in Pullman.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:49 PM
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Wow, you both have certainly been through it. Sending positive, healing thoughts to you both with many, many years to enjoy your Alllie.
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Wow, I am so sorry you are going through this. Prayers for both YOU and ALLIE, during these tough times.
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So glad that Allie came thru the surgery so well and has a good diagnosis. We will keep both of you in our prayers during the next couple of months for everything.
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It sounds like Allie is a real brave fighter. Give her lots of lovin' when she gets home. She will be in our thoughts.
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Allie sounds like a wonderfully brave girl. She and you will be in my thoughts. Please post updates.
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Thanks all, I appreciate the kind thoughts.. the first day they don't like the family to come around because the dog will try to do too much. I respect that.
I'm going crazy with the stress of it though.. I had dreams last night of her, and just prayed that she would have a good night and tried to telepathically pass that on to her. Worked didn't it?? hehehe..

Diagnosis? We really don't know yet, the margins are clear right now. The pathology still has to come back.. there are no guarantees on it. I'm still betting on chondrosarcoma.
Allie right now is a very, very brave dog and very special. I will be spoiling her to pieces!
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Fingers crossed for a good pathology report for Allie. Wishing you much more time with your beloved girl and successful surgery for you when you need it.
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Thatgirl is a trooper from the gitgo. Hoping and praying she has many many years with you. That is one toughsurgery she went thru.
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I miss her so much! The weather is bad on the passes so I can't drive there today, I'm going to wait until tomorrow.. I also have to wait to hear what they say about her release date.
I just called for a status update and the vet student wasn't available, so I haven't heard whether she made it outside yet or not... for a tinkle break. How she is handling things and how much care she needs will make a big impact on how I transport her back to Kirkland.
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