Aloha Mai Kakou!
Scooter is home recuperating and he’s doing great — better than expected. He had his first visit to the vet after surgery. He also had his first bath since surgery. Please look through the photos as I’ve uploaded new pictures. His stitches dissolved and the scar is healing nicely. We never had to put the cone of shame on him at home. Wow!
He did his first "Give me five," with his paw! See photo. There’s a post bath photo (you can see his hair is a bit stringy by the ears from the dampness). He was so happy to be sparkly clean!
He has six weeks of recovery yet with his insides — his incision is looking great. He is half shaved across his right rib/flank area. The new hair is growing in nicely.
Things that have improved post-surgery: His appetite is back. He’s happier and is smiling (yes, he smiles). He’s also gone back to his routine things such as burying bones in the carpet and rooting in his bed before bedtime.
He is doing some of his service dog tasks on his own! One task that he has picked up on his own since last year is that he’s detecting when my husband is having an asthma attack in his sleep. Yes, Norm has an issue with asthma at night and sometimes has to get up to do a breathing treatment.
At some point last year, Scooter took it upon himself to alert every time Norm’s oxygen is low due to asthma at night in bed. Last night — Scooter sat up in bed — made lots of noise and tapped Norm with his paw until he got up. Just like old times! Last night and the past few nights, he led Norm to his nebulizer. If Norm falls asleep, he will bark at him to wake him up. Once Norm finishes, Scooter will lead him into the bedroom to go back to bed. Pretty amazing!
VERC sent off Scooter’s lung tissue to the lab. It came back benign. Prayers answered. So, we really do not know what caused the blisters on the lung or what they call bulla. The bulla (blister) burst and that is what caused his lung to collapse. He basically had a hole in his lung caused by a broken blister. This is something that can happen to Covid patients. Could he have caught Covid from us when we had it? Coronavirus is a zoonotic virus (it started in animals) but we just do not know.
One thing I can tell you, we’d be losing our home right now if it weren’t for your donations. With a 98% success rate on this lung removal surgery, there’s no way we could have put him to sleep because —other than his lung — he is very healthy and vibrant.
Scooter has this happiness and expression that tells me he’s happy that he feels normal and healthy again. It seems he thought that he would never get better. He deffinitely knows that his life was saved cause he sure acts like it and is very appreciative by giving kisses everytime we do something simple for him.
We are in the home stretch of his campaign. We are still a little short on the final bill. I’ve decided to put together a "donation plan" for a future dog who has a similar plight at VERC. This will happen once I start working again and we are financially stable once again. I hope to begin working in a few months. I want to be able to pay it forward to another family with a similar battle.
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No words can express how grateful we are thanks to your love, aloha, support and donations!
Mahalo Palena 'ole,
Angela, Norm and Scooter