Friday, August 27, 2010

Time is the Wisest Counsellor of All

We're having a bit of a writer's block today, we're not sure where to start or where to finish.  Joey was very sick when Maggie went and visited him in the hospital, which was the primary reason for her visit.  We can't bring ourselves to go into the sordid details, but suffice to say it was almost all over for him.  The docs did an ultrasound of his pancreas to get a better picture of what is going on, and the result is that his pancreas is "really messed up" as a post-surgical complication.  There is a possibility that his pancreas may also have a blood clot which has lodged there.  Hopefully by not allowing food and water, his pancreas can rest and heal itself.
Joey has not really eaten anything since Monday a week ago (the day before his surgery), so he is obviously very weak, and restricting food at this point (not that he would keep it down), is not an option, so he has been started on TPN, Total Parenteral Nutrition, or intravenous feed.  In order for this to happen, Joey had to have a central IV line placed in his jugular, and the line goes very near his heart.  It could become infected, or it could make him throw another clot, but it was his only option to administer the TPN.  They tried to access a large vein in his hind leg instead of running the risk of the jugular access, and then the tube would run far into his body, but the short little legs of a Dachshund would not allow the tube to be placed.
And so it's another wait-and-see adventure for Joey.  He is doing better than he was when Maggie visited him, so all the prayers and well-wishes are working, and so appreciated.  Now we wait and give him time for his pancreas to heal.  The doc said we will know more in two or three days, and gives him a 60-70% chance of pulling through this complication.  We're banking on those odds coupled with all the good will in his general direction that he will heal. 

62 comments:

Jerry S. said...

You beat the odds on getting through the surgery, Joey, and all of us are rooting for you on this latest medical adventure. It's tough, we know, but hang in there.

masstransit said...

Taco's and my good will is flowing to you and Joey in a constant stream. I am buoyed by your report this a.m. I think we are all loving our dogs a little bit more (if that's possible) these days.

Anonymous said...

Dear Joey,
A lot has gone on in your little body and of course you're tired so just rest and heal. Love to you, your Dad and your Sister.
Kay

impromptublogger said...

Oh dear. I am hoping the little guy pulls through. You and Maggie need him! Hugs to all of you.

Kim said...

Dearest Joey,

We are all praying for you to pull through and sending our love. I have been saying multiple prayers for you, your Dad, and Maggie each day and night.
Joey, you are a strong boy. Hang in there! Carson, you are so strong, especially with the daily posts to keep us all updated. We know it must be very difficult. Just know that your cadre of readers are behind you all with their wishes of healing and restored health for Joey.

Anonymous said...

Joey, now you are as amazing as your Dad! Maybe your Dad has black spots too. He is making decisions that will make you feel much, much better. You can trust him and relax, sweetie. Just breathe and heal- you can do it!

Anonymous said...

Joey,
I have been thinking of you and checking for updates since yesterday's post. I am sorry that your road to recovery has been so challenging, but I (and my short four legged friend) are sending you many good wishes for a quick recovery. Hang in there!

claragilbert said...

We are all pulling for Joey. we know it is hard to watch a loving friend suffer,it sounds as though he has top quality care.

Donna/Doxy/LyricFox said...

Joey,

I haven't commented before now, but I've been following your progress closely.

(((Fiercest GET WELL SOON thoughts)))

There are lots of positive thoughts coming from me and the rest of my household (even the cats *g*).

Please get well soon.

Love,
Donna, Haley, Skeeter, Elvis, Cat Howdy and Cat Ollie

Anonymous said...

((((((Joey)))))

You're the little engine that can.

Keep on hanging in there. We're pulling for you.

H/T/C

Anonymous said...

Oh Joey, you are so brave and such a fighter. Rest your weary head and let your body heal. We continue to pray for you to be well and healthy again. Sending our love and virtual snuggles. Be well precious little one, we are all pulling for you.
xoxo

Podgirl said...

Power of the paw to you little Joey.

Schatzi and family

Jayne D. and AnnieBelle said...

Healing prayers are coming your way, sweet Joey. The "man upstairs" will keep watch over you and keep you safe and comfortable. Love to you, Maggie and your Dad. Jayne D. and AnnieBelle

Shar said...

Joey, I sent a prayer for you to be placed on the altar of St. Jude, the patron of hopeless cases. He has been a powerful aide in my life and in those of my two dachshunds, one of whom has had two bouts with cancer. My prayers to St. Jude are hoping that he will turn what seems like hopelessness into the hopefulness that your dad has always exhibited. I hope that St. Jude can help turn everyone's tears of sadness into tears of joy for you soon. Rest and be well, little guy.

Anonymous said...

Joey, baby, get better! I'm praying hard for you to pull through, Maggie and Dad need you. We've never met but we have fallen in love with you and your blog! Sending all the positive vibes in the world to you and your recovery! Lots of love and tail wags!

Taia & Slinky

Oscar and Hans said...

Joey -

We continue to think about and pray for you and your family. Keep fighting, little man!

WOOF!

--Oscar, Hans, and Holly

Anonymous said...

Don't worry about the writer's block! Sometimes putting painful things in writing makes the pain all the more real.

We are sending all of the positive white light to you and Joey and just trying to trust in the process, which is not easy. You are doing a wonderful job in remaining positive and hopeful and not getting angry. That in and of itself is the pathway to healing!!!

Joey is on his journey and he is loved and strong and we are all lucky to be a part of his life.

Hang in there, Joey boy!!!

Karen Hening-Speedone said...

Your heart was strong when you started this "adventure" and now you have all the love we've sent you to buoy you up. You just rest and keep listening to all these messages that Dad reads you. Maybe a little tail wag every once in a while, but nothing more strenuous!

Love and kisses from Auntie Karen, Guinness, Ima Dorabelle, Merlin and Dr. Beau Leaky

Anonymous said...

Joey, we are praying extra hard to St. Francis for you to get well and prayers to give dad strength during this very hard time. Rest well and get well buddy. Doxie kisses from your 4 fur friends from Quebec Canada

Anonymous said...

Hi Joey, we are praying for you that you can beat this complication. Joey's Dad, I can only imagine how hard this is for you. Please know all of us are praying very hard for you too. I'm glad he has improved a bit since the visit yesterday. I know the Lord is watching over Joey and Joey's Dad. Sometimes, we don't understand the path God puts us on. But, I am prayerful it will lead to healing for Joey. Dogs are one of God's most noble creations (for me anyway, especially Dachshunds). They love totally, forgive instantly, and live life in its fullest in each moment. Just what God wants each of us to do.

Peejums said...

We're rooting for you, Joey. Stay strong for just a little longer. You've got lots of people—and dachsies—on your side, boy!

Anonymous said...

Joey, buddy, we're sending you restful thoughts! Carson- big hugs, we know that this is not easy and thanks for keeping your worldwide doxie family up to date. We're all rooting for Joey! Here's an extra virtual treat for Maggie. xoxoxo Fern the sausage princess + fam (Montreal, Canada)

Anonymous said...

Oh Joey, please pull through. We are all praying to our gods for you and your family. We are going to cling to the odds and hope and hope and hope.

-- Rosie, Felix, Maisy and Mom.

Anonymous said...

joey hang in there, im sure youre going to make it thanks for your dad for updating your situation, we are all praying for your recovery.

britney, the dachshund from the philippines

Bludog said...

Oh Joey, thinking of you.

Owned ByDoxies said...

One day at a time....you can do it

Jeanne said...

Go, Joey, go! We're pulling for you as hard as we can! Let your body rest, especially your stomach and pancreas, and let us do all the work. We'll keep sending you positive vibes to help you heal. You can beat those odds!

Anne said...

YOU CAN DO IT JOEY!!!!!! FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!!!!!!! you doxies are tough little weeners!!!! rest that pancreas - hopefully, it will calm down SOON!!! many, many prayers and HUGE amounts of love to you, Maggie and pops!!!
-Roxie Lou, Coco Beane and Auntie Annie Em

cheyne923 said...

Joey, Joey, Joey baby, Jeeves and I are continuing to send love, healing energy and joyful thoughts your way. Taking time is often the most helpful and sometimes the hardest thing to do. We are all with you, one day, one hour, one minute at a time! Lots of love, sniffs and kisses, Jeeves and Melinda
PS: thank you so much Carson for finding time to share an update with us. Know that our love and support are there whether you are posting or not. We love you so much!

Stacey L and Toby said...

We are praying really hard for you. We are praying right now.

Come on, Joey. You can do this.

Anonymous said...

gimme a "J"
gimme an "O"
gimme an "E"
gimme a "Y"
GO JOEY!!! I just know you can pull through. Dad, Maggie and all of your devoted fans (two-legged and four-legged) are rooting for you and saying prayers and sending hugs and warm fuzzy blankie thoughts. Feel better soon - we miss our happy Joey!

Siver said...

you are the most caring dachshund owners i think i will ever know. i hope for both your's and joey's sake that he pulls through. after all that you have done to get him better you deserve to spend a long long time together. good luck, little man!

-your piebald friend, Rocky.

Anonymous said...

JOEY! We will not rest praying for your full recovery. You are always on our minds and in our hearts. As we doxies say: one for all and all for one! Lots of love from the north of Germany, Tobi & Ani
P.S. Carson, if there is anything we can do MORE to support you - just let us know!

Anonymous said...

praying for your sweet baby

Coloradolady said...

Joey!! All the dachshund love and well wishes from the bunch here....You need to hurry and get well so you can enjoy the last of the summer sun while sunning!! We are praying for you sweet boy! Fight...fight...fight....wish I was there to give you a hug!!

Debi and Ringo said...

I'm so sorry that you all have to go through this, I know it's hard. But Joey, sweetie, hang in there and be strong, you can make it! We are praying for you all, and hope that things will start getting better very soon.

*hugs*
Debi & Ringo

Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for Joey's quick recovery

Sending Love & Hugs your way...

Nancy & Hildy

s.kate said...

Positive thoughts radiating towards you and your family Joey. Times are tough but we all belief you are tougher!

Pull through little man. :)
-Kate, Samson's (RIP) Mom

Ammo the dachshund said...

hang in there Joey. We're all waiting for your happy return home.

Anonymous said...

Your family and especially Joey have been in my prayers constantly since I read your post last night. I pray for a quick and speedy recovery.

Hugs from Florida

Anonymous said...

Joey, Carson, Maggie you are all so strong. You have made it this far. Please make it all the way to good health with the love and care that you are receiving and with God's help and the powerful healing thoughts and prayers of your many friends and followers.
Praying and hoping so hard for you.
John & Ozzie

Anonymous said...

Sending all our love and good wishes straight to you, brave, strong, wonderful Mr. Joey. Please rest, heal, regain your strength, and know that your are surrounded by so much love and have so many well-wishers rooting for you.

Carson, you are in my thoughts during this difficult, difficult time. I wish you did not have to go through this heartache, and I hope the amazing, loving care you've given your sweet boy will be rewarded by good news very, very, very soon.

With absolutely all our best wishes for Joey's recovery,

Becky and Michael dog in Israel

Peni and Beau (2 longhaired doxied rooting for you to get well soon) said...

Oh no! Poor little guy. Our parents have been out of town for the last two weeks and haven't visited your site. We are praying for Joey's recovery... stay strong and give him lots of love.

Trinket's mom said...

{{{Joey}}}

So many people and doxies all over the world are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers for your recovery. May you be strong. May you be well.

We are also thinking of your Dad and Maggie because they love you and this is hard for them, too.

Love and light,
Trinket and her mom

Leanna said...

Joey, Joey, Little Gentleman...
You need to rest, Darling! Your doctor is giving you very good numbers, so you will just have to go with that. Think about your little body getting rested so you can run in your yard...and chase Maggie...and then go for a snooze in the sun...doesn't that sound wonderful...

I love your blog...I've been following for a while now, and my whole family is pulling for you! You are such a dignified little doxie...WE LOVE YOU!!

Whit said...

All the prayers and well-wishes the space from here to there can handle!

From Milo (and Whit) in PA

girlorange said...

oh Joey!!! We are all thinking of you so much and we are sending you healing thoughts and lots of power and energy!!! Please be well very soon!!!
Lovie and Anette and Jack

Cynthia (Geneva's mom) said...

Oh no! Please, please hang in there, Joey. I am thinking of you every single day. In fact, I open your page with my heart in my mouth, hoping for good news. You are a very brave little dog, and I am so sorry you have to endure this. Please get better soon!

Jane said...

Thank you so much for the updates. Joey is in my thoughts. I wish you the best. Love, Jane and the furry crew in Hawaii.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Joey, stay strong! We are praying for you to make it through this difficult time. We are especially praying for your Dad and Maggie as well. Sweet Joey, every minute and every hour is a victory!

Love and tons of tail wags,
Faith, Tigger and Petie (and their mother)

doxie mama said...

We're crossing our paws, Joey! Rest and let all the healing thoughts wash over you.

Anonymous said...

Thinking of all of you -- Joey, Carson and Maggie. We're rooting for you, Joey!

--Bogie and Monty

Linda said...

Hoping and praying for a peaceful, restful, healing weekend for Joey! Rest that handsome Joey head as much as you want and know that we are all rooting for you big time and confident things will turn in a more positive direction and you will soon be home with Dad and Maggie. Love and hugs to all of you, Linda, Frankie and Maggie

Anonymous said...

Sweet Joey!
Hang in there, Little Guy! We all love you and know that things will get better! Smooches to you, Joey!
Stay positive Dad! A kiss for Maggie, too!
Mickey

Anonymous said...

We are praying and praying and then praying some more for your recovery, sweet, sweet Joey! You can make it through this new setback. You are such a brave, strong boy!

Nelly, Minnie, Kirby, Henry and Mom Lyn

kalyxcorn said...

Sweet boy, we're always thinking of you. Let's get this all over with so you can start hanging with your homies again!! :) Warmest of hugs.

Jolyn7 said...

poor Joey... hang in there n get well quick! we all can't wait to hear from u & Maggie again.

Take really good care from Jolyn & Jed

Lilli said...

Joey are hearts are so full of good will for you. Please get better soon, for yourself and Daddy and Maggie.

Love from
Lilli xx

Anonymous said...

Oh Joey... I hope you pull through this. We are sending prayers up above and are thinking of you. Please keep on fighting! We are rooting for you!!!

My Name is Gunter said...

Hang in there Joey. Doxies are a stubborn lot and this is one time it comes in handy. You have so much love, well wishes and prayers coming your way from sooo many friends, not just from ones that have posted but others like me that are not posters. Just rest and heal. We love ya Joey........

Anonymous said...

Looking for the latest!

Hang in there, Joey!

H/T/C

The Sheridan Avenue Boys said...

You all are in our thoughts and prayers everyday. You're such a little trooper Joey. Hang in there!

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