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It's been 4 years since I have been on this site. I doubt ANYONE remembers me. I was GreyhoundsRock. Lucy is my brindle and white girl. She had a liver failure 3 weeks after I adopted her. So I was frequently updating that here.

I wasn't able to come back when it was decided that you couldn't have an account with yahoo email accounts? Or something like that I don't remember.

 

Well 4 years later Lucy is 6 1/2. And I come back because she developed bone cancer. :(

My sweet girl. My crazy goose. A large quarter size lump showed up on a front center rib. Vet didn't think a whole lot of it. Maybe she knocked it on something. I should have pushed harder. 2 weeks later it is the size of a half baseball. When they removed it, it was twice as big on the inside and attached to the lung wall. Being bone cancer the rib it was coming out of was disintegrated. So the vet removed a whole portion of the rib and scraped it off the lung wall. Had to put in a metal rod to hold the ribs together.

She was in a lot of pain coming home. It was awful!! :( 3 different pain meds weren't helping her. But I began to work with a really great homeopathic vet I wanted to use to fight the cancer and his pain remedies actually worked incredibly!

 

Her surgery was Wednesday the 3rd. On Sunday she slipped her e-collar off (I have no idea how she did it, it was attached to a tight no slip collar!) and pulled out some of the stitches while I was at work and my family was supposed to be watching her. When I got home air was entering the lungs every breath she took. So we rushed her to the vet on a Sunday night. He was able to put her back together. The muscles had torn.

We took her home and this time didn't take the pressure wrap and tape wrap off so we KNEW she wouldn't get to it. On Tuesday my family called me while I was at work. She was bleeding, panting, pacing and had started to breath horribly. I had them rush her to the vet and I met them there. As soon as the vet opened the wrap air entered the lungs and blood and water started to pour out. :( She had developed an infection that ate away the tissue holding her all together and the metal rod holding the ribs together had punctured the lungs several times. She was rushed back into surgery. He didn't think he would have enough tissue to work with to put her together this time. He managed and she made it through anesthesia 3 TIMES.

 

This last time he said would be the last. He had to remove all the disintegrated tissue and the ribs wouldn't pull back together so he took the rod out. So all that is holding her together right now is skin and muscle pulled very tight and a sticky tape wrap and stitches. He said if it breaks open again that there won't be any good tissue left and she will have to be euthanized.

 

Last night (Thursday) she lay down on the wrong side and when she got up she screamed and flailed. It scared me so bad but she seemed ok. When my alarm went off at 3 am to check on her she was bleeding watery blood again. It had already stopped but it was still wet. I cried and cried because I thought she wasn't going to make it then. By morning it still wasn't bleeding and she seemed fine.

 

It's now Friday and I am a wreck. I took a week off of work so I can spend every waking moment watching her and making sure she gets up and lays down slowly. To carry her outside to go to the bathroom (we live in a mobile home with steps and I don't even trust her to go down the ramp we bought anymore). And to just spend time with her because every time she gets up to go to the bathroom could kill her. I can barely stand this. All she has to do is make it until her stitches are out and she will be fine and we can fight the cancer. (Amazing that her aggressive bone cancer is the least of my worries :( )

 

I need support here. Pain wise she is doing really good and is eating and drinking. The last thing I want to have to deal with is having her euthanized while she is pulling through so well! I love her so much and I am not ready to lose her. Losing her from cancer when I know she is ready to go is one thing. This is just to hard. :(

 

I am sad to come back to this site with such a horrible thing to talk about.

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Guest happygrey

Oh my goodness, I am so sorry you are going through this! :grouphug Sending lots of hugs that Lucy gets through this recovery so that she can go on to fight the cancer. :grouphug

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Guest 3greysinPA
:grouphug Oh my ... what a post... I am just so sad :cry1 that you and Lucy are going thru so much pain and scary times... my thoughts and prayers are with you and Lucy. :grouphug
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What a terrible time you are having. I am sorry that this is the issue to bring you back here. I don't have advice, just good thoughts, warm hugs and support for you and your girl.

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Guest AmandaTolleson

Thanks so much guys! :grouphug

I am glad to be back.

Just pray for us.

 

I am crying right now :cry1 and it's been a while since I have cried (besides at 3 am last night). I cried for 3 days straight when I found out she had cancer. Then I just didn't have any tears left.

Sorry for being this way in my first post! But I think posting here is helping.

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Guest greytexplorer

{{{{{{{{{{{Lucy and Amanda}}}}}}}}}}}}}

recnac sucks

big time

 

GT is with you, thru the good times and the bad

 

:grouphug

~Pat

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Guest isntitgreyt

Welcome back. I am so sorry about Lucy. I am sending you 2 prayers and positive thoughts. Lucy seems like a fighter... keep fighting Lucy... and get well soon. :grouphug

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That is terrible. Good thought for you Lucy and you, I dearly hope this time around she heals.

Kyle with Stewie ('Super C Ledoux, Super C Sampson x Sing It Blondie) and forever missing my three angels, Jack ('Roy Jack', Greys Flambeau x Miss Cobblepot) and Charlie ('CTR Midas Touch', Leo's Midas x Hallo Argentina) and Shelby ('Shari's Hooty', Flying Viper x Shari Carusi) running free across the bridge.

Gus an coinnich sinn a'rithist my boys and little girl.

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I am so sorry that your beautiful girl has been diagnosed with cancer. Far too many of us have heard those same evil words. My thoughts and prayers are with you both that she heals.

 

 

 

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Guest AmandaTolleson

Thank you all! :grouphug

Today is a milestone! She has never made it 5 days past a surgery... (including surgery day) Today is day 5 from Tuesday... She seems to be doing pretty good this morning. :hope

 

She is a fighter... She fought through liver failure, spending 5 days on an IV at the vets. Came out skin and bones but made it despite the vets saying they didn't think she would pull through. :wub::gh_runner: (this one looks just like her. :P )

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Guest jettcricket

Oh Geez....I'm so sorry for you and your baby girl. We are here for you.....I know how hard it is.

 

Sounds like she's doing a bit better...

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Guest Heehoo

Oh my, I am so sorry you are going through this & this is one of the many reasons there is Greytalk, for the love & support of doggie owners/lovers. Most of us have been through bone cancer, sickness, and healings & this is what that is going to be about. We accept nothing else. 

 

Many prayers for both of ya'll. For her to get over her cancer, and be completely recovered and for you to have strength to help her through this. I am so sorry you are going through this. 

 

As Clairee in Steel Magnolias said, "That which doesn't kill us, just makes us stronger" and lately I truly believe it. Please keep us posted & come here any time.

 

 

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Guest bluefawn

Welcome back, Amanda! I am glad you are able to get back into the very supportive GT community again! But I am so sorry you have to deal with cancer - it is a horrible thing to deal with. Many prayers hope.gif and hugs for grouphug.gif Lucy for healing, and for you grouphug.gif for strength to continue being the wonderful, loving Mom wub.gif that you are! You are lucky to have each other!

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Guest FordRacingRon

I am so very sorry for you and your pup,,what a horrible experience. There will be payers flying your way from the southern left coast today and for as long as you need them.

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Guest Energy11

I am just seeing this now! What A LOT to have gone through!

 

Sounds like she is healing this time. Anything involving the ribs and lungs can be a problem for sure.

 

Sending you all the love, hugs and prayers we can! Dee and The Five.

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