Hi, friends! It’s me – Noodle. Mom has updates but it’s been so long since she let me type anything and I just wanted to say hi before turning the blog over to her. I also wanted to thank everyone for praying for my brother. He’s scary and even downright evil at times but he’s MY brother and I don’t want him leaving. Okay, here’s Mom:
Good evening, Blogville. I wish I had as much good news as I had last night but I don’t. As a matter of fact, I feel quite discouraged compared to how I felt last night.
Jamison spent the day at the vet so I could go to work without worrying about him all day (I missed Tuesday and Wednesday because I was taking care of him). While there he had his drains and stitches removed. Unfortunately, the area of his abdomen that appeared necrotic is in fact necrotic and he has to go for surgery on Tuesday to debride the area. Since so much needs to be removed, there will not be enough skin to sew him up edge-to-edge and the area will be left open. We will be responsible for bandaging him daily with a wet to dry dressing. Because it won’t be stitched together, the recovery time is going to be MONTHS!
I could just cry. Not because I don’t want to take care of him for months but because he has to endure this for months. I knew he had a long road ahead of him but I was thinking more along the lines of minor wound care and physical therapy, not a gaping wound that doesn’t even currently exist.
Between now and Tuesday, I have to pack his wound through the hole left from the drain nearest to the dying area with 3 ml of nitrofurazone per day, and apply it to the outside of his abdomen as well.
My primary concern this evening is that some of the stitches were removed too soon. I’m not an expert but I will be calling the vet in the morning to ask about one of the wounds in particular.
On top of it all, Jamison is exhausted this evening and out of it. I tried the soft blanket and there was no reaction to it. He looks awful and I’m just having a pity party right now. I just thought the progress was so much more than it really is.