Posted on July 29, 2017
And now the rest of the story...Dolly and I hit the road about 5:00 AM this past Tuesday with the intention of making it to Gainesville for her 11:30 consultation appointment and surgery the following day. It was during the consultation that they informed me that surgery was postponed another day...more stress and expense but we were still going forward. I left Dolly there for her tests including the CT scan which as we all know now showed a foreign body in her stomach. We now had an additional medical problem to deal with but again we were going forward. Because Dolly's liver can't process sedation she had a very rough time of it Tuesday evening and most of Wednesday. Dolly and I returned to UF Small Animal Hospital
Thursday for our 7:30 appointment. We all worked so hard to make her surgery a reality but knowing it was actually about to happen hit hard. With many tears, I kissed Dolly, told her I loved her and that I would see her in a few hours. 2 hours into the surgery I received a call that the stent that was implanted migrated. I could leave it and take my chances or they could add another stent at the cost of an additional $2000. With Dolly's life on the line there was no other choice than to approve the second stent. Dr. Case has done more of these surgeries than anyone else and has had only two other cases where the stent migrated making this a rare complication. Unfortunately Dolly made number 3. More waiting and then the call came through that Dolly did great. What a relief but I was concerned about the time under anesthesia and told the surgeons to not go in for the removal of the object in her stomach. Both surgeons got on the phone to reassure me it was in her best interest so I reluctantly agreed all the while thinking we got her through liver surgery only for her to die because of something in her stomach. More waiting and then the call that they retrieved the object (a cat toy with a metal bell) and she was fine. They told me to wait a couple of hours and they would let me see her for a few minutes. There was no better sight than seeing our girl on her feet. The 9:00 PM update was encouraging and the best news came Friday morning with word that they were releasing her. Dolly is not out of the woods and has a long road of recovery ahead. The doctors have increased some of her meds, added anti seizure meds and most importantly she is on strict crate rest. To insure keeping her quiet they also added a sedative however she did not handle the dose well and after speaking to the surgeon yesterday we have decided to decrease it for now. Follow up is in 30 days which will consist of CBC, Chemistry, Bile Acids and Urinalysis and the results will be forwarded to the surgeon for evaluation. I want to personally thank everyone who has made this possible and who has followed her journey and supported us. I may have been the one who physically went to Gainesville but I couldn't have done it without the amazing support I and Boxer Friends, Inc. (Rescue)
has received. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.