Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Day 3: UGA AM Update on Sitka

I just spoke with Sitka's nurse/tech. She is more alert this morning than last night when we talked with her at 9:30. Sitka is also grumpy. So they will increase her pain meds a little to help with that. They don't want her to stress.

The incision area looks good this AM. The fluid from her chest tube (post opp fluid from inflammation) has gone from 75mls to 17mls. Leaving in the chest tube - that is how they are giving the anesthetic.

BP is normal. No sign of heart arrhythmia. Recovery is going as they expect it to at this point. They took her out on the cart last night to urinate, which she did not. Susan went to put her on the cart this morning and she was not having any of that. So, she walked out on a leash. No urination, but she did get a little trot in her step. To which Susan told me, "Yup! They do like the cold!"

Not sure of when she can come home. Couple of days ... up to 5. Just will have to see how her recovery is going to make a decision.

She is in ICU and will remain there until discharge. She is right at the main desk, so someone always can see her. She does much better if someone is right next to her. Not sure about visiting her.... Susan is asking to see if that is a possibility in the next few days. I don't want her to stress or get excited, but I know she will have to see me at some point and we will have to cross that bridge.

My concern is keeping CM calm when she sees Sitka for the first time. CM is going through some separation issues right now that I am trying to figure out the best way to work with her on that. She yells even if I walk into a room she can't go in. That is not the case generally.

I can't thank you all enough for your support. I try to thank you all individually, but I know there may be some comments I miss responding on. But know, I really appreciate your support, thoughts, and words.


Cyber-sibes said...

Furry positive morning report! Better watch out - after having sweet Sitka close by for a few days, they might not want to send her back home, ha-roo roo roo! Hugs to CM, hope she doesn't stress out too much. Maybe some mom-time & a new toy to cuddle with?

a-roos to yous,
jack + moo, still sending sibe vibes.

PS - we have an award fur woo today, but know woo have your paws full, just want woo to know we're thinking of woo!

Randi said...

So good to hear Sitka was walking on a leash on her own! YEAH!!!!

We are keeping you in our thoughts & prayers...its hard when are little ones are going through such trama...

Lots of Love,
Randi & her peoples

Maggie and Mitch said...

The news is sounding better and better! Our paws remain crossed for you, Sitka!
We can only imagine how much Cornelia Marie and Tia are missing you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

We sure hope Sitka feels better vurrry soon!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

JackDaddy said...

It's so hard to decide about visiting in the dogpital. You want to let them see you, but then they want to come home and can't, and it's so hard to leave them each time.

Glad that things seem to be getting better!

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Woo hoo! We like the sound of this report.

Ozzie the OZmonster & Zowie said...

We are watching diligently. Our ears are perky(arent they always) with this report. Sounds like us Georgians have the best support group. Hopefully none of us will ever need it. Hang in there CM. Your Sitka will be home soon enough. All good sibe vibes are rocking your way.

Take care everyone

Oz, Zo, John, and Kel

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

We are so pleased to read this post, we have been very worried.

Take care, sending Sitka positive and healthy vibes.

lotsaluv Marvin xxxxxx oh and Jeannie xxxxxxx

Lacy said...

w00fs, sounds like all is going well, thank dog for that..CM prolly dont understand where her big sisfur is..i know it so hard on u and hubby to not b with sitka..but like u said, she would think u came to take her home and also like u said she doesnt need stess..hopefully soon u can take her home, after all danger is past..would it help to put sitka in a kennel when u do get to bring her home so she can heal? always wishin her the best, and start feeling better.

b safe,
~rocky and mama~

Holly and Khady said...

We are still sending lots and lots of vibes and prayers for Sitka to get better very quickly!! Sending SiberMal hugs and kisses her way!

Holly and Khady