Siena seems to be doing well. She slept until about 4AM then started pacing back and forth. I took her out for a pee (the bed was still dry, thankfully) and gave her the next round of pain/sedative meds, then she fell asleep. Overall, not a bad night (although I slept on the couch to be near her and slept with one eye open). She is drinking and eating well. The doc said that likely tomorrow (Monday), she will turn a corner and we will wonder if she really had surgery
Keeping her busy without exercise will definitely be a challenge... 12-16 weeks...ugh I just put up a calendar so we can cross out each day.
As for the vets, she is remarkably good given all the times she's had to be there overnight or for surgeries. This was a brand new location/vet so the unknown was definitely there. She's so vocal...always telling the vet what is going on with her
Her first poo (yesterday) was actually very good. We're giving her fast balance gi while she's on the antibiotics because they will for sure give her diarrhea (most things do), plus it helps with stress, etc. That is the next thing I will keep an eye out on is diarrhea.
She is a sneaky one though. We've had the 'cone of shame' on her since she came home. I take it off when she eats and when I can watch her closely. She just finished breakfast and was being calm and not touching the stitches so I left the room to go potty... I heard a funny sound (thought maybe she decided to check out her bully stick) so I ran out and yup, she was trying to pull out her stitches. Thankfully she didn't do any damage and I'm glad I got there when I did. That would not have been good. So, the cone is back on semi-permanently for the next 10 days til they come out. Once the cone is off, she can sleep in the small crate in our room, but for now, she would get caught up in the crate so will leave her in the family room and set up camp there instead.
I'm happy to keep the thread going for others to see. It certainly was helpful when Kathy (Kayos) shared her story with me, it helped me understand the process a bit better (esp. recovery). The pics helped too.
I will ask one of the mods (Lisa?) to modify the title, if that is helpful for the future. Still working on getting the pics loaded...hopefully today sometime.
Thanks again for all the support. We appreciate it!!