let him into the yard with his donut and shortened the shirt a little so the dongle has more space and it's not all the way to his tail. A nice couple inches of butt remain exposed and plenty of tum (while still being very shirt!)
Vet called to confirm appointment. Honestly that was a relief — I was a tiny bit afraid something would come up to complicate it. We have reconciled ourselves to it as a thing that will help his painful limp/stumbles.
Just made myself this jumpsuit last night and this morning, then made Sterling a matching t-shirt without a right arm. Now I am crashing thanks to meds, which -- it's a nice comfy jumpsuit, so that worked out well.
Not a perfect run but I know how to make one if I want another.
Surgery is done. He’s come out of it a little but they just gave him more strong meds. Looking at transferring him to a local animal hospital for overnight care (briefly discussed but hadn’t gone into details before).
The vet said he’d be in a lot of pain tonight and it could be helpful to have people with more pain management options to care for him. Less stress on us to identify a crisis
Ok, updates! Sterling had a good night at the overnight vet--continued some hydration, monitoring, IV drip of drugs helped him be comfortable/dopey enough to eventually sleep. He's back at the daytime animal hospital now for tapering IV meds (already started taper abt 2am).
He hasn't yet eaten any food -- he was offered chicken over night and refused it. So regular vet is on that one.
He stood up a little wobblyly in my lap and tried to jump into Micah's--it was not successful, but valiant!
So we got him home and he was very interested in the chicken and rice but then even more so in the water! While he'd had an IV for fluids, I think his mouth was dry. Lookit him go! (we're gonna put down a mat for standing while he eats too)
He's now hanging out in the backyard on a pile of blankets. Sniffing the wind. trying out different positions, obviously it'll be comfier when he doesn't have a giant wound with staples and can flop on that side.
successful evacuation! Obviously he still has to physically heal up but he's eating, sleeping, hopping about with interest, tackling upstairs even from the basement with decent success (and one parent always behind in case he stumbles too badly), and now this... so I feel like we are doing very well!!!
Sterling and his bed, which had to be washed at the vet, do not smell right. We can wash the bed again, but should probably not wash the Sterling until his staples are out. So gotta wait until he gets past this antiseptic smell.
I am deeply grateful to a) the surgical team who prepped him for the most sterile surgery possible and b) the overnight care people who had to clean him up a few times because it's hard to control your body when you're doped and lost a limb.
We took a longer walk this morning and he got really excited about all the things he can sniff! It's only been 4 days (less than that when this video was recorded!) and the first day was horrible but now??? He's just like ... hop hop hop hop let's sniff all the things I missed!!
to update this thread -- he's done pretty well through the week except... last night he started really bothering his surgery spot (in occasional cleanings, scabs are coming off and nice pink skin is showing, yay!)
This was... very pathetic. And he's now back in the donut.
(he can actually get at the far Y-end of his scar, so that's a problem... we watched for a bit to see if he was just itchy and trying or if he could actually mess with it an alas he could)