Sorry for the delay in updating the blog the last few days. I have been feeling rather depressed the last day or so and mainly slept. My friend is battling cancer, my grandma was just diagnosed with throat cancer on Wednesday and then worrying about Sweetheart just sort of hit me like a truck I think. I will try to not falter on the updates from here on out.
Sweetheart went to the vet Friday for a bandage change (as most of you know if you viewed the pics and video already). I figured I would just give you a little update in print tonight. Her leg no longer has any bone showing and the tissue appears, to me, to be filling in nicely. Her wounds still need to fill in a little but I don't think it will take much longer. I asked Dr. Kolar how he thought her leg was doing and he said "Great". That one word means a ton!
She will have to wear the bandage for a while longer because even though the tissue has filled in, the skin still has to grow over the new tissue. Dr. Kolar didn't give me a time frame regarding how long this will take and I am not concerned. He did say that she will most likely have to wear a halo once the bandage comes off so that she won't lick the new growth raw. I really dread the halo, I would rather her just have the bandage but I will do what is best for her.
She gained .4 pounds this past week so her weight is 41.8 pounds. I discovered she had tapeworms, Dr. Kolar slyly said "I don't know why she would have tapeworms, it isn't like she had any fleas" :) Dr. Kolar treated her for tapes this Friday. He also said her lack of dramatic weight gain can also be attributed to higher activity level at my house since she is going outside and moving around more. I feel as long as she isn't losing weight she is doing fine. I feel these next ten or so pounds will be slow to gain. Her body's need to intake vast amounts of food has decreased and she has stabilized. I am still feeding her all she wants and two cans of puppy food a day and treats but she is moving more and still healing that leg and her whole body in general.
Of course, I know that the ridding of tapeworms will help in the weight gain but I still do not expect any dramatic weight gain like the prior three weeks.
Sweetheart is gaining more energy. She chased me around the yard today and this evening. She played a little with a toy tonight in the house. When Les tried to film her playing with a toy, she dropped the toy and stared at him and then got up and walked away. DIVA! She really does seem to be quite giddy today. She is being silly and I am so happy to see silly. She ate her canned dog food like a champ today and gobbled down treats this evening. All in all, I cannot ask for a better patient. I am very very lucky to have her here and hope she continues making good progress.
A couple thanks yous to share. One of Sweetheart's fans generously bought and donated a Flip for us to take and post video of Sweetheart to this blog. The two videos posted earlier today are from that donated Flip. A big thank you to this fan (you know who you are). In addition, when I walked into Dr. Kolar's office Friday I noticed three cards tacked to his cork board (he has a big cork board used for business cards and lost/found pets, etc). Two of these three cards had greyhounds on the front. I thought " Hmmm, I wonder if these are cards for Sweetheart"? Lo and behold they were. Three of you sent him thank you cards for the great care Dr. Kolar and his staff gave and continue to give her. That means a lot to me. Dr. Kolar and his staff saved her life and without them she wouldn't be home with me recovering so well. So thank you to her three fans for sending him those cards! And, as always, thank you to all who view her blog and post comments. The response to this blog and this little dog has been astounding. I am so very grateful for all your kind thoughts and words, it really does mean a lot to me and to our Fasthound volunteers.
I hope everyone has a nice weekend. I will try to not let full day pass without doing some sort of post.