I think I'm more stressed about this than Jaida (or Kim...thank goodness one of us can stay calm in these situations). Jaida's arm has been "leaking" all week...not terribly alarming...but last night she pulled off her bandage, to reveal a large open wound where a bunch of stitches had "popped". We got back from the vets not long ago, with Jaida re-bandaged and 10 new staples in place to hold everything together.
She is taking a long time to heal, longer than "normal". It may be weeks until we are able to take out the sutures/staples or even take the bandage off and let things breathe a little bit. Her poor little immune system has already been through so much...it's like her body is saying "give it a rest, already!". The good news is, there's no infection and the incision is clean and healthy so far. All we can do is take it a day at a time.
It's a bit hard (ok, a lot hard) to see her arm like this. I spent a fair bit of time awake, staring at the ceiling, and wondering if we did the right thing by trying to spare her upper arm for the prosthesis. But, my rational side tells me we've done everything right so far, and things could have gone flawlessly...there's no point in second guessing our decision. It's made, and we'll work with it until things change considerably. In the meantime, I permitted myself a good weep at the vet clinic while Jaida was in the treatment area getting fixed up.
On another note, a fellow amputee, Magic Crazy Bear the beautiful malamute girl, has passed away after a long courageous battle with bone cancer. She will be missed by everyone, especially her human, Peter, who loved her more than life itself.
Friday, June 22, 2007