Hi all… Another quick update on MrB. We are still plodding along with no clear idea on what the lump on his chest is! The initial testing shows that it’s a sarcoma, it’s different to what was on his leg, and it’s unclear whether it’s malignant. They are doing more analysis and we just have to be patient. ARGH!
Badger is mostly doing well. His chest surgery seems to be healing well and the stitches come out on Tuesday. His mobility is improving. I managed to get him up on my bed for a cuddle for the first time. 🙂 We were both very pleased with this achievement. We are starting to do regular short walks together again, which both of us need. He’s restless and wanting more sniffing in his life.
The one mystery that remains (other than his pathology results) is that several times a day, he jumps up with a yelp and runs across the room. He always looks behind himself with a most offended look on his face, as if he’s been stung or bitten by something. We’ve started giving him Gabapentin again on the theory that it’s phantom limb pain. It seems to have reduced the mystery “attacks” but overall I think he’s more restless. Hard to say.
The last bit of news is that we are still dressing his wound every 1-2 days! That’s about 2 months of daily dressing changes. We feel like we could just about do it in our sleep now. (This is for the failed skin graft.) When we first started, we were using 1 1/2 sheets of the “Jelonet” dressing to cover the wound. Each sheet is 10 x 10cm. Now, we are using about 1/3 of a sheet each time. We can hardly believe it! Our boy has regrown that much skin!! Clever doggy.
We are so proud of him and ourselves for persevering. (Let’s face it – we’re in mid lock down so we’ve had the time to put into extending his care.) It means he will have actual fur-growing skin over the wound instead of scar tissue, and we DO NOT HAVE TO SACRIFICE HIS TAIL for a new graft. Our goal now is to get 100% new skin growth over the wound.
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