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♥♥♥ thanks!
 

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Kandis, it pretty much is that long----I, too, was surprised when I saw that length! The surgeon didn't remove & change the bandages the day after surgery so I didn't get to see completely. It looks like, from the bandages, that he has either had some bleeding/oozing from the wound---I am not sure as maybe it has been there most of the time, but earlier photos did not show it that I can tell. He is still sleeping a lot too. I hope that is good.

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I'm glad he is resting comfortable. I took as Sammie would not be doing much on that leg till his stitches came out. But we didn't get that deep into the aftercare, to say for sure. You may have posted Sandi and I missed it. But have you been able to talk to a anyone in the office yet about your concerns? :smscare2: If not, I would give them a call, so you won't stress about his sleeping and meds. I bet you are SO TIRED!
 

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He is doing great IF a bit crabby w/his new baby sister. This aft/eve. has been a bit better. The stitches are tightening up & he is trying to get at them more. We have a ProCollar which really helps but sometimes I take it off & watch him closely. He gets stitches out Mon. I am anxious to see the real wounds!
 

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Sandi -- will you be returning home after he gets the stitches out? How much longer in Vienna?

So glad that he's doing so well. I feel so sad for this poor little baby, but I'm glad that he is through the surgery and on the mend. Hoping that it solves the problems he has had for the last year. :)
 

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He is doing great IF a bit crabby w/his new baby sister. This aft/eve. has been a bit better. The stitches are tightening up & he is trying to get at them more. We have a ProCollar which really helps but sometimes I take it off & watch him closely. He gets stitches out Mon. I am anxious to see the real wounds!
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I am so glad he is improving. He looks so good in the pics by window. When I first opened them I thought your finger was his wee wee Sandi. :HistericalSmiley: I had to tell you that. Sorry. I am bad. Might take him a while to adapt to little sis. But I bet he will love her after his legs are healed. How old is she? They can really want to play at that age. I am going to schedule Sammie's soon. He skips alot. I got the estimate, 2,600. :w00t::w00t:
 

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Today I went back & quickly scanned this epilog since several have inquired about how Kitzel is doing. It is amazing how far we have come since Dec. 29th! I am not sure we did it the right way---getting Lisel toward the end of our time in Vienna, but we had post-poned twice getting her so if we were going to get her it had to be then! We are not sorry we did it but I might suggest that others do it differently. :HistericalSmiley:

Kitzel is doing great. He is on a hepatic diet (thank you Deb & Gigi) & his slightly elevated liver enzymes are hopefully coming down. He is also on Samylin. We will retest in about 2 weeks after a month on this regime to see what his ALT levels are, so stay tuned. I did not see the specialist after all as this was the best I could do for him at this time in my opinion. I can always see a specialist if need be.
He is due for his last follow up exray on his knees & leg around the 22nd of March. He has now started his 11th week post-op. He can't walk a long way without getting tired, but I think w/time & training he will have more endurance. I am not having much luck w/him on the tread-mill but have DH bringing home a life-vest for bath therapy. He probably won't like that either. :innocent:
Thankfully he is a sweetie, at least w/people---although Lisi is teaching him a few bad manners. I am still so, so proud of his brave heart & his not causing issues. He was great in the stroller & in re-coup---it could have been much worse. Thank you again for all your prayers and encouragement!
As Hillary Clinton once said "it takes a village to raise a child" aka "it takes SM to raise a pup.":thumbsup:
 

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Love the update, Sandi. I think Kitzel's doing very well. When you talked about being tired I have to say that it reminds me of when I tore my ACL and MCL years ago in a skiing accident. At that point they were into stabilization and not moving using the leg or putting any weight on it, in fact a brace where you would slowly dial in a little more bend each week once you could put weight on it. Well my recuperation took a long time. The doc said that even after a week of so of no use of the leg, atrophy can set in and you lose muscle tone. So I'm assuming that might be part of Kitzel's problem. It takes time and exercise to build up that muscle mass again...it took me months and to tell you the truth I never thought I'd walk normally again, but I do. Slow and steady won the race. Interestingly that when I tore my ACL and meniscus on the other knee (skiing glutton for punishment that I was) they had me walking on it the next day. Difference in thinking nearly 20 years later was use it or lose it. I think Kitzel will be just fine, if his sister doesn't bug him too much. :HistericalSmiley:
 
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