Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Big News: Slightly Dampened
Yesterday was an exciting day in the recovery of your 'Long and Short of it All' host 'Joey,' and his continued recovery following his bilateral adrenalectomy and the complications which ensued. Dad went back to work because he's gotta pay that vet bill, when he received a call about 11 AM that Joey is ready to go home! So, it was a day earlier than expected, and off to the veterinary emergency center we went.
It was exciting to bring him home and let him see his littermate sister 'Maggie' again, and do you think she was excited? Not so much. A couple of sniffs, and a few tail wags; she was more excited to see her Dad walk through the door honestly. Joey gave her a few good sniffs as well. We had planned on capturing the big reunion on video, but couldn't find the camera at the moment, and thank goodness we didn't, cause it was a real snoozer.
Joey settled in well, and went straight for the rug in the kitchen next to the door with the sun blaring in so he could take a much-needed sun bath. "Aaaaaahh," he most certainly thought. He rested there for about an hour.
Meanwhile, Dad started thawing some chicken breasts, cooked them up, and added some rice. The vet said that he could start back on his raw food upon discharge, but we decided to keep his food bland with the cooked chicken and rice. Dad offered Joey his evening metronidazole for his diarrhea issues in a small hunk of nice organic swiss cheese, only to have Joey turn up his nose at his favorite dairy delight. And so he was pilled. He did eat about 1/4 cup of the chicken and rice though, and was drinking well.
Afterwards, he had some lap time at the computer while Dad stroked him and read him all his most recent comments and emails. He enjoyed this immensely, and was happy and content to be home. He did surprisingly well at bedtime, and just sort of knew that he wasn't allowed to sleep in the big bed tonight; both he and Maggie were to sleep on their own bed in the bedroom - don't want to risk him sleeping funny next to Dad, and then having issues with his incision, or for some reason deciding to jump off the bed without using the stairs, which could also damage his incision.
Sleeping was peaceful until about 4 AM when Joey vomited three times. And so, after a telephone consult with the veterinary hospital where he was, it was off to a closer emergency vet for some supportive care. He will have bloodwork drawn, and he will be started on an IV again to get him some fluids. Dad will transfer him to his regular vet at 9 AM to be monitored while Dad is at work.
Hopefully this is just a bump in the road on his continued recovery. It was so nice to have him home for a while though. Expecting that he can come home again tonight.