Spinal Cyst Saga: A New Chapter
July 25, 2011 17 Comments
“Well, he’s not dead.”
That’s the response the Husband received when he spoke to Moses’ surgeon this afternoon. …Part of me is beginning to think that maybe spinal surgery is a little more risky and complicated than she initially lead us to believe.
I kid, of course. But having gone into our last consultation with our minds really already made up does mean we had selective hearing with respect to some details.
And today was the big day. We have now entered the period “Moses: AC” (After Cyst).
I don’t really have a lot of surgery details to report right now. She went in through the top at the shoulders (rather than other surgical procedures, like for a disc problem, where they go in through the bottom) and had to make a large incision to get through all of the muscle in that area on a big dog. And once she had cut into the vertebrae, apparently there was a lot of spinal fluid that came out, since there was such a blockage due to the cyst. (Hats off to surgeons everywhere – not a job for just anyone!)
And now Moses is in post-op care; he’ll be their guest for the next couple of days.
The good news is that as soon as he woke up his tail was wagging, he can move his front legs and has already tried to sit up on his own. (Key word: ‘tried’ – not there yet.)
Will we ever get back to this point:
Only time will tell.
But we are very happy that he made it through surgery and it’s now on to the recovery and rehabilitation process.
Thanks to all for your kind words and support throughout this whole thing!
(Video from last spring; Moses accompanies the Husband to work whenever possible – I wish my job had that perk!)
(Also, after uploading the video, it came to my attention that there’s another Newf out there on YouTube named Moses – is it ‘great minds’ or ‘mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery’? Hmm…)