Little Chelsea is finally getting her surgery on January 16! (Click here to read about her procedure.) We are so excited to have it scheduled– it has been a long time coming. Through donations of friends, family, our readers and even strangers, we have raised a large portion of the money required for surgery and aftercare. Thank you to everyone who donated, shared Chelsea’s story or gave words of support and encouragement! We truly would not be able to do this without you.
We’ve been enjoying Chelsea’s last week as a playful puppy; after her surgery, she won’t be mobile for a while. The estimated recovery time for this surgery is 8 months but when our vet saw her yesterday, he said he thinks it will be more like 6 months. This, because we’ve been working with her daily to maintain muscle mass in her bad leg. We also stopped giving her pain medicine unless she really needs it (rarely now–none for a week). She doesn’t limp nearly anymore at all, but we can obviously tell she’s compensating. She will be limping next Monday, that’s for sure!
*UPDATE 1/10/11- We’ve raised all the money needed to get Chelsea’s surgery done on Monday!!!! God is great and we are so grateful to everyone who has helped little Chelsea. Thank you all so so much; words cannot express our gratitude!!!
During her surgery, they will shave off the dead bone mass that formed and reattach her leg in the correct spot. It will not be completely normal; rather the bone will fuse to the hip and muscles will grow around it, forming a support system. She should gain 90% function in her leg; seeing her now, we have no reason to believe she can’t be 100% after proper recovery.
Her last mange treatment is next Thursday (this is, in part, why we delayed surgery). She gets a chemical dip bath and then must air-dry. This is the suggested treatment for the type of mange she has, Demodectic mange but can take the longest. She has received a dip per week since we got her ($65 per dip!). We can tell the mange is healing completely and looks much better. We’re lucky it didn’t spread past her elbows.
Please keep Chelsea is your prayers; she is going to need lots of TLC throughout the recovery process. In 6-8 months, Chelsea should be completely healed, healthy and ready to live her life. She is one of the many rescue dog success stories and we are looking forward to a long, healthy life for our little angel.
We also received the Versatile Blogger Award from one of our new friends, DogDaz. It’s a wonderful blog starring two pups, Sophie and Louise and three kitties, Connie, Noel and Muffin who are always up to something. They are new and deserve many more followers, so be sure to check them out! Thanks, DogDaz for awarding us with our second Versatile Blogger Award! We are honored to be in such great company as the other blogs you selected 🙂
You can see my previous Versatile Blogger Nominations by clicking here. Enjoy!