Klaus is home! That exclamation point isn’t necessarily of excitement but rather more of an indication of the sheer terror I am feeling. I got so worked up earlier I threw up! And I HATE throwing up. I can usually think through it.
His surgery went well. I wished I had made this post yesterday when I had time and wasn’t feeling so clouded in the head. We dropped him off Wednesday night. Because he was so nervous when they took him away for his initial exam, they gave him dexmedetomidine before we left so we could day goodbye without him losing his mind. I had to laugh at just how instant it took effect. We were told 20 minutes. It took 5! I’m the same damn way so apparently he truly is my fur child!
His surgery was Thursday morning at ten and I was told no news is good news. I got a call around three with an update. Like I said, surgery went well but he had a complication involving regurgitation. They cleaned out his mouth and nose as best they could but he was essentially suffering from rhinitis because the stomach contents burned the nasal passages. There was/is cause for concern with developing pneumonia should he regurgitate again and it gets in his lungs. His medicine tract includes meds to help with this.
The plan was to walk, yes walk! and feed him around 8. I received a call with concern for how groggy he still was. I explained he tends to act like that for 8-10 hours after anesthesia! His body temp was also really low still so they pushed his dinner time and walk to ten.
We were anticipating having to bring him home today as the surgeons felt it best because of his anxiety. I admit I wanted him kept longer because I am terribly concerned about him hurting himself. My husband had to work in preparation for an event tomorrow so I went to get him by myself. I checked in and went over the bill. The grand total with our hospital grant discount was $4,899.64. Phew! Even with all the fundraising it’s still a tough bill to swallow.
Going over all the discharge papers was super tough. We have to be firm and diligent in his rehabilitation. Also for the rest of his life we are on infection watch. Any infection he develops could ultimately go to the implant and cause it to break down. They showed me the femoral head they removed. In radiographs it doesn’t look so bad but check this out….
You can’t tell from this angle but it is half the size (height) it should be. That red worn spot is from where the cartilage broke down. That little piece is a bone spur! Poor boy. He received a hybrid implant which means the long part of the implant was cemented into the femur. The acetebellum (sp) is cementless.
It took three people to get him into the car. He became anxious and tried to rush the car. At this point I was so scared. I felt bad crating him with the e-collar because it was such a tight spot. But I just couldn’t risk him getting too crazy. He did fine on the ride home. Only whining and fidgeting a few times.
Getting him into the house was pretty gnarly. The meds he received at 4 had set in and he was super wobbly. I have concerns about bringing him in and out of the house to go to the bathroom by myself because it was terrible with two people and a sling! He is currently resting. Sometimes snoring. Obviously uncomfortable and unsure of his footing.
Sorry for such a long post! It’s been awhile and there was so much to write about. Keep us in your thoughts. Thank you everyone for your kindness and support so far. Thank you so much to the surgical team at Cornell.