Thursday, February 18, 2010

UGA Day 5: A brief visit with Sitka

NEW UPDATE!!! Just got off the phone with Susan (8:15). Sitka ate some liverwurst AND lemon cake. That's my girl!!! Susan said the plan tomorrow is for her to make a goulash for her (with all that we brought), lol! She is now 100% on room air and is taking in 100% of the oxygen. The Path report shows the lung tissue surrounding a pneumothorax looks different under a microscope than other lung tissue. The lung tissue samples were labeled by location so that the pathologist was able to match the pneumothoraxic tissue by location. The path report was clean regarding cancer, parasites, etc. When we were there, we noticed the fur around her eyes was wet. We asked Susan what that was. She said they are using a sterile lube in/around her eyes to help keep them moist (because they have a tendency to dry out from the medication/stress).

I am glad we went up to see Sitka today. I really wasn't even planning to do it until the Doctor told us on Tuesday night if she didn't come home on Thursday that we should come see her because he thought it would help lift her spirits. She whined when she saw us. Gave Jeremy a little kiss. She laid her body into mine. We each only had 5 minutes to be with her as she is still in ICU. That 5 minutes went by like a bolt of lightning. We took her dog food, and all kinds of treats including Ginger Snaps, Lemon Cake, different types of dog treats, and Liverwurst. She seemed interested in the Liverwurst but never ate any. But the doctor thinks there MAY be a chance she eats some after we leave.

We will get an update in the morning. The hopeful plan is to take her off the chest tube. It hasn't pulled off any air since yesterday when they un/re bandaged her. No word on when she could come home. We are just taking it one day at a time. Still fluid draining from the chest cavity, but it is tapering off. The fluid is fairly clear (as opposed to cloudy, which would indicate infection). He said he hadn't seen her as rambunctious or as vocal (which was really just whining) as she was when we got there. He takes that as a good sign.

I miss my baby girl so much and I want her home with me. BUT I want her to get better so that she can come home with me. She is getting there, but it is taking longer than expected. Again, thank you all for your support through this. I feel like I am barely holding it together, but to hear all of your support for us, well, it really does help.


The Army of Four said...

Hang in there, Sitka! I can tell you LOVED seeing your mom and dad. Keep getting stronger and you'll be home before you know it!
Play bows,

Randi said...

YES! HANG IN THERE...Just like you said..>DAY BY DAY...& if that doens't seem managable...

Hour by hour or even minute by minute...

That precious 5 minutes with Sitka today was probably the healing medicine she know that her loved ones are still there & loving her....she's in the very best place she can be at the moment...& healing & getting better...

We are still sending our own healing vibes & good wishes for all of you...


Love & Licks,
Randi & her peoples

Wild Dingo said...

Wow! what an ordeal. I just read all your updates and feel for you. how draining this is for all of you! Poor little girl. I am sending her plenty of sibe vibes from my sibe and zoomie vibes from my non-sibe!

When my sibe, Juno, was hospitalized for 5 days in November for an unknown fever (to this day we don't know if it was bacterial infection or autoimmune disease as all the bacterial labs showed nothing)... we got to visit her for as long as we wanted every day. we had a special quiet room to be with her and we could walk her outside. now granted, she didn't have surgery. they even let us take our other dog to visit her. i guess it's a long way of saying, how hard this must be NOT to visit her. I know she had surgery and she needs rest, but my dawg, it must be so hard on you not to see her. I would be going crazy. Hang in there! and Lots of SIBE VIBES for Sitka!
wild dingo

Ozzie the OZmonster & Zowie said...

We are all so proud of each of you. I know she was soooo happy to see you she cried. It is important for all parties included. We are really so proud of you Mom for being strong for her. She needed to see you there with a stiff upper lip. *smiles*

Hang in there and kkeep up the healing Sitka. And a little whining is a good thing if it gets you Liverwurst. Heck! I might start whining *:)*

Love Oz and zozo

Holly and Khady said...

Nothing beats livergreat and khake to get a Sibe to eat!!! Way to go Sitka! We hope you will be home very very soon! We are so happy you are doing so well!

Holly and Khady

Noah the Airedale said...

Awww Sitka needs to be 100% so she can play with CM. It's best she is fully recovered.
We continue to send aire-zen for our matie.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Maggie and Mitch said...

Liverwurst and lemon cake sounds wonderful to us! Eat up, Sitka, and pretty soon you'll be strong enough to come home! We sooooooooo want that for you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Biloxi and Siber-sibs said...

We is wooting fur woo Sitka! Woo is a strong girl jest like your Maw! Your family wants woo home and feelin' better.
Sibe vibes to woo!

Husky kisses,