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jjminarcik
07-18-2008, 10:02 PM
My beloved dog, Cisco, had surgery today. :pout: Back in March he had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his left elbow. Well, the bump came back. :sad: The vet wanted it removed immediately. We're not sure if it is scar tissue, or if the original tumor is back. I gave him some pain medicine a little bit ago and he is resting comfortably. The recovery last time was slow, so I'm a bit worried about it this go-around. Not to mention I'm still waiting on biopsy results. And to top it all off, DH is out of town and I have to be nurse all by myself.

I've cried for 2 days straight. I just hope he is okay. Any positive thoughts/prayers would be greatly appreciated if you have the time.

:hug: :hug:

shortnsweetly
07-18-2008, 10:30 PM
you and your doggy are in my thoughts. Cisco looks to be in pretty good spirits, so hang in there. Give Cisco a little scratch behind the ears for me = )

Krystal
07-18-2008, 10:53 PM
Sending all the love and prayers for you and your beautiful Cisco.

:heart::heart:

catlvr
07-19-2008, 09:37 AM
Love and prayers to you and Cisco.

bailsmom
07-19-2008, 11:00 AM
:hug: I hope Cisco makes a fast recovery! Sorry you're having to deal with this by yourself at the moment, I know it isn't easy at all.

Many :hug: and prayers headed your way.

vaknitter
07-19-2008, 11:01 AM
I hope Cisco is feeling better soon. My puppers send all their slurpies (dog kisses).
If you want I could send him my Daisy's new squeeky toy as a get well gift !! She picked it out at the food store this morning and has been squeeking it for 35min straight now. Who new the discount $1 toy would last that long !

Wanda Witch
07-19-2008, 12:02 PM
Love and many prayers for you and your beauty, Cisco. :hug: :heart:

Plantgoddess+
07-19-2008, 05:27 PM
Sending my best for Cisco's speedy recovery. Doesn't it always seem that spouse is gone when you need them for emotional support. It's hard for them to be far away when you need them though.

Puddinpop
07-19-2008, 09:21 PM
Sending my prayers to Cisco and to you for being able to stay strong and cope with it.:heart:

hartleystudio
07-19-2008, 09:37 PM
Wow, can I relate!!! A week ago Friday I had to rush my dog (who I adore) into the emergency vet. To make a long, long story short, he has the most severe case of pancreatitus they had ever seen! I transferred him to our vet on Monday morning (after giving the E Vet $1300!!! I almost needed the emergency room!) and he thought maybe he had swallowed a dish rag or something and did exploratory surgery on him and saw just this horrible pancreas. I cried for 6 days straight and tried to keep a brave face for the kids!!! Nobody thought he was going to make it! He is still at our vet's office and has been hooked up to IV's for 8 days now. It's still touch and go but he is looking better every day. Nobody knows what is going to happen because nobody has ever seen a dog survive this! He has had no food or water by mouth for 9 days and the vet will try to feed him on Monday. My DH was out of town for some of this too! UGH! If he can keep food down on Monday it's a good sign so we are praying like crazy. This whole thing is costing a fortune but what can we do??? We love the dog, right???

Anyway, I didn't mean to gush on and on, it's just been a really tough week and it's nice to know others love their pets as much as we love ours!!!

saracidaltendencies
07-19-2008, 11:25 PM
:hug: I hope your pup recovers quickly and the lump is nothing serious. You have a beautiful baby. :hug:

Dangles
07-19-2008, 11:59 PM
Aww, JJ :hug: I'm sending Cisco speedy healing prayers and you prayers for strength. :hug:

Puddinpop
07-21-2008, 01:08 PM
I have pancreatitis and just read that in the cronic kind, they feed you with i.v. in order to let the pancreasis heal. I hope he eats today.

jjminarcik
07-21-2008, 07:45 PM
As you can see from the icky picture, the bottom part of Cisco's wound has split open. He will be going in to the vet tomorrow morning for a skin graph. :pout: I'm crying. DH is still out of town and I have no emotional support right now. This is really tough. :waah:

bailsmom
07-21-2008, 09:39 PM
Oh my gosh! That's terrible! Did he chew at it or did something happen to make it open up like that?? I'm so sorry, I wish I could be there for you to help you through this. It's just awful being alone and scared with a sick 'fur-child'.

You poor thing. :hug: :hug: :hug:

vaknitter
07-21-2008, 09:40 PM
OMG - I'm sooo sorry. Hope Cisco's feeling better soon.

mks22300
07-21-2008, 10:49 PM
Oooh, poor Cisco and poor you! Hope he feels better soon! :hug:

Doodknitwit
07-21-2008, 11:36 PM
:hug:

Puddinpop
07-22-2008, 01:19 PM
I pray that with the skin graph, he will be fine. Hang in there. You are doing good, considering what he has been through.:hug:

vaknitter
07-23-2008, 08:42 PM
So how'd the surgery go and how's Cisco doing? Is your husband home to help you with your nursing duties?

jjminarcik
07-24-2008, 06:14 PM
Here's an update on Cisco -

His skin graph went well, but the stitches split open nonetheless. :pout: The vet sedated him and sewed him up again, but this time with rubber tubing. The wound is so grotesque, I can't even upload a picture. :ick: But it is holding! DH is finally home to help out and he and I slept in the living room on each side of Cisco last night to keep him comfortable. DH leaves again on Saturday, but I think by then the worst will be over.

Also received the biopsy results from the surgery. It's cancer; same as before. :verysad: We spoke with the vet about it and after his arm heals up, he will have an ultrasound to check his insides for any more tumors or other cancerous-type tissue. Depending on what is found will determine the course of action for treatment.

I am so sad. Please keep the prayers coming. I think this is harder on me and DH than Cisco.

mks22300
07-24-2008, 07:46 PM
:hug:

Wanda Witch
07-24-2008, 07:59 PM
From your words to God's ears. I am really holding out hope for beautiful Cisco. Hang on, miracles do happen. :hug: :heart:

iza
07-24-2008, 08:44 PM
:pout: I'm so sorry to hear that. I think this type of cancer is fairly common in dogs. We had a dog who had it too. :pout:

You could never tell she was sick though, and it never stopped her from doing anything. So hang in there. Cisco might have many good years in front of him. :hug:

saracidaltendencies
07-25-2008, 12:24 AM
:hug:

Luvmyrottnboy
07-25-2008, 10:26 AM
Your family and Cisco are in my prayers today.

stitchwitch
07-25-2008, 10:51 AM
So, so sorry to hear about all of this. :hug:

bailsmom
07-25-2008, 10:53 AM
:hug: I'm so sorry about the results. I hope the stitches hold this time. My goodness, what an ordeal. I'm so glad your DH is home to help now, even if it's only for a few days, like you said it should be better by tomorrow. I don't know what else to say. I wish I could give you a real life hug. Here's another cyber hug :hug: :hug: :hug: . You and Cisco are in my prayers.

Jeremy
07-25-2008, 01:12 PM
:sad::hug:

Debkcs
07-25-2008, 01:24 PM
:grphug:

Certainly hope to hear that poor Cisco does better soon!

tokmom
07-26-2008, 10:05 AM
Aww, poor Cisco and you! I'm sorry. Pet's can be like children and it's painful to watch them suffer. I hope the cancer can be easily treated and cured this time around.:hug:

jjminarcik
07-26-2008, 02:04 PM
This is the never-ending thread of Cisco's non-healing! :hair: Thursday night his rubber stitches came out. He went to the vet on Friday where they restitched his arm and put him in a splint. Not only is it very difficult for him to move, but they also gave us sedation medication to keep him comfortable. :pout: He is supposed to be fairly sedated for about 4 days. At least by that time the wound will have had time to start healing. He has to wear this for 8-10 days.

And another bad part - we live in an apartment on the second floor. Stairs!! That just makes this even harder for him. He weighs 70 lbs, so it's not like I can carry him up and down. And DH left again, so it's just me and Cisco.

Will this ever end?? :zombie:

PS - The picture was taken before the sedation meds. He hasn't smiled in almost 24 hrs. :sad:

bailsmom
07-26-2008, 04:30 PM
Oh sweetie :hug: :hug: :hug: .

Dangles
07-26-2008, 05:18 PM
Aww, poor thing. :hug: Sending Cisco fast healing vibes and for you JJ, prayers to you for strength as you go through this.

stitchwitch
07-26-2008, 06:29 PM
Nothing I can say will help but just know that I'm thinking of you guys. :hug:

Wanda Witch
07-26-2008, 09:09 PM
We all love Cisco. There has to be a silver lining underneath the black cloud. I am, hope you both are too, counting on it. He is soooo beautiful. :muah: :hug: :heart:

Jeremy
07-26-2008, 09:49 PM
Hang in there. :hug::grphug:

Debkcs
07-27-2008, 02:11 AM
I know how awful it is when our furbabies are sick. They seem so stoic, and it doesn't seem like we can do enough for them. (Except financially, vets = $$).

Please pet him on the head, and kiss him on the nose for us.

:hug:

tarrentella
07-27-2008, 08:24 AM
cuddles for Cisco and hugs for you. i hope the healing goes well

auburnchick
07-27-2008, 01:56 PM
:hug:

vaknitter
07-29-2008, 03:24 PM
How's Cisco doing these days?