whew! what a weekend! the swelling in bailey's brain went down enough that she was able to be discharged friday evening. she was getting quite rambunctious in icu and she was getting to be a danger to herself. her back legs are strong-ish and she can push herself up; however her front legs can't hold her weight, so she falls. no bueno with head trauma. everyone felt it would be better for her to come home where she can get 24/7 care in surroundings that she recognizes.
the crack in her skull is much worse than the emergency hospital had let on. our vet, dr w, found that it goes clear across the top of her head. you can clearly see the crack where the little cursor is pointing. i don't know how in the world the emergency hospital could have missed that! especially since they are the ones that took this x-ray. i'm so glad i switched her care to dr w. he literally saved her life.
here is another image of her skull, taken by dr w, after a few of days in his icu. with the proper diagnosis, the correct medications can be administered, thus decreasing the swelling, which then allows the skull to begin process of fusing back together.
she is not currently mobile and has to be carried everywhere. her limbs move but she cannot coordinate them to walk or hold herself up. i feed her a liquid meal every 3 hours and her medications are spread out throughout the day.
i have her in a harness for three reasons. 1) she's cold. since i can't put clothes on over her head, the harness was the next best thing. 2) we hook a lanyard on to hold her up while she "walks" during her bathroom breaks. 3) it adds bulk to her tiny body which makes her easier to handle. when she's naked, she's just too small. she's like holding a tiny little baby bird.
we don't yet know the extent, if any, of brain damage. that is yet to be determined. we have a follow up visit with dr w this afternoon but she's eating well and she's done a couple of good poops, so i'm sure he'll be happy about that. praying for a good doctor visit and speedy, or at least smooth, recovery.
i can't thank you enough for keeping bailey in your thoughts and prayers. xoxo
thanks to alfie's blog, my brown newfies & snoopy's dog blog for hosting monday mischief blog hop.
until we meet again my friends-
Yay! I'm so glad she's home! My Daddy says brain injuries can take a long time to heal, so keep fighting, little Bailey!ReplyDelete
Bailey's home !!! WooHoo !!!ReplyDelete
Such good news. POTP for a swift, continued recovery
Lots of loves and hugs from us
Loves and kisses
Princess Leah xxx
I'm so behind I didn't know about any of this. Poor baby! Definitely will be keeping yu and Bailey in my prayers and hope there's zero brain damage. Sending hugs.ReplyDelete
This is such good news! Thanks for the updates on Bailey's improvement. She's a fighter for sure!ReplyDelete
It's such a relief to know that she's home. I think getting home is the first and probably biggest step in her recovery process. Sending warm vibes and prayers for a good vet visit and some good news.ReplyDelete
Glad she's home. Lots of prayers for continued recovery.ReplyDelete
Over the moon to learn that little Bailey is home and on the road to full recovery. With your love and care she will be better each day. Will continue prayers for a complete recovery. WOOF!ReplyDelete
How scary. I am so glad she is home and i am sure she is getting the very best of care. I hope she has a full recovery.ReplyDelete
You don't know how much we are praying for you Bailey. Every single day we have friends that don't even have blogs praying. Such good news to have you heal at home. Good luck todayReplyDelete
Lily & Edward
Somehow I missed what happened and just went back and read all your posts. So glad she's home. The first few days are the hardest and it seems like she's really worked hard to recover. Sending you tons of love, wags and prayers for a complete recovery. She really is in the best hands.ReplyDelete
Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
Speedy recovery to Bailey!ReplyDelete
This is the most pawesome news!! We are praying that Bailey gets better with each passing day. Keeping you all in hour hearts, thoughts and prayers xoxoReplyDelete
So happy to hear some great news about Bailey!ReplyDelete
I'm glad Bailey was able to come home! I will continue to keep her in my thoughts and I hope she recovers her strength soon.ReplyDelete
I'm so glad to hear that she is home! That is truly wonderful news. I'm sure she is very glad to be back with you. I continue to keep both of you in my thoughts and prayers. DebbyReplyDelete
Oh Baily, I'm so glad you are home with your loving family. I'm keeping my paws crossed for you, sweet Bailey.
Get well soon,
Hawk aka BrownDog
Good news, Bailey. You're a good little fighter. Home is the best place to be and I'm sure Mommy and Daddy's love and care will also help you heal! Sending Wugs (wags and hugs:-)ReplyDelete
Lexi da Shih Tzu
Harley and I are both elated to hear the news that you are now home! Rest up little one, and take it easy!ReplyDelete
Welcome home, Bailey! We are hoping your poor little brain injury heals quickly and we see your beautiful smile again!ReplyDelete
Oh my dear sweet Bailey, you have a special Guardian Angel assigned to you from above that is watching over you. I pray you will be well in time, I know these things take time but your mommy/daddy love you sooooo very much and they take good care of you with lots and lots of love. Love you sweetie...ReplyDelete
So glad Bailey is home! Good to see the little cutie where she belongs. :)ReplyDelete
oh little! So much to endure! Heal!ReplyDelete
Leeanna and Cole at not afraid of color
HEY GURL!!! OMD, you had us so scared! I am so glads you are getting betters and you are home with your family now! Wows, it is a wonder how those vettie peeps missed THAT! Geesh. Good thingie for regular vetties, huh? I am keepin' my paws crossed real tight that you are gonna make a FULL recovery and be your sassy self real soon!ReplyDelete
Hope Bailey has a good recovery. Sending you and your pup hugs.ReplyDelete
Wonderful news! I'm so happy she's home!ReplyDelete
So happy she is home with you, that has to make her feel better! We are thankful for all the emergency clinics and the help they give, but there is nothing like your own vet. We think the ER clinics do their best, but it is a tough place to work with all kinds of stuff coming in and they don't know the pets.ReplyDelete