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Day 1 Post Op


Posted by Aiden's Mom | Posted in The First Weeks | Posted on 13-12-2019

The day after surgery . . . wasn’t sure what to expect . . . how Aiden would be responding.  I should have known he would be doing great after seeing the picture the ICU staff sent five hours after surgery.  He was standing up on his own with what looked like a big smile on his face.  I’m sure he was feeling good on those IV pain meds!

Aiden has always been strong-willed and it’s showing now one day after surgery.  He’s getting up on his own and being a little more active than they want him to be.  He ate his first meal with warm chicken broth at 2 AM.  They are hoping the patch and oral pain meds will keep his pain under control today so he can come home tomorrow.  I’m going to have my hands full . . . he’s a hundred pounds of bull-headedness (which I absolutely love) that I’m going to have to keep calm for 14 days.

Also got the news that we will begin his immunotherapy treatment on December 26.  It will be weekly treatments for six weeks.  Aiden will be our oncologist’s first patient using this treatment so he will be a pioneer in the search for a definitive treatment for OSA.  Only a small number of dogs have been given this treatment but the results have been extraordinarily promising.  Aiden will also begin rehab during those six weeks.  It’s going to be a very busy time.

Reflecting on the last ten days I realized how differently Aiden and I looked at what was going on.  I was consumed with knowing everything about OSA and what to do to help him recover from it.  I was stressing over an uncertain future.  Aiden was more interested in playing, eating, and following me around . . . he was living moment to moment.  I think this boy is going to have a lot to teach me.

Comments (1)

Yeah! That stubborn nature of his is gonna come in very handy during recovery and afterward. AND he will show you how to Be More Dog, guaranteed.

I’m excited to learn more about his immunotherapy. Which treatment is it? Did you see all of our blog posts about all the exciting new research in this field? It’s sooo promising!

Keep us pupdated and heh heh I just saw the rest of the pack, they are ADORABLE. Can’t wait to read all about ’em. Which reminds me, be sure to blog about how you are handling Aiden’s recovery with multiple dogs in the house. Lots of people worry about this and I know they would be interested in finding out what worked (and didn’t) for you.

Paws crossed he gets to come home soon!

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