UPDATE SEPTTEMBER 10, 2011: (as always, click on any image for a larger view)
However, this does not stop her from eating at all. They said she ate a big breakfast and as you can see from the photos, she ate her lunch with gusto. We had a nice walk outside on such a beautiful balmy day here in Atlanta. When we went to the door to go back in she didn’t want to go in and pulled backward on the leash. I’m amazed that she is as alert and looks as good as she does – even though it’s still pretty horrifying if you haven’t been used to seeing her every day like I am.
Every vet there and all the technicians are so invested in her that it’s just unbelievable. Dr. Hayes came in to visit and said she thought Blaze actually felt better than she did before the surgery – many of the painful teeth and the painful abscess are now gone and of course she’s has the Fentanyl patch for pain and other pain meds, as well. She is still gravely ill – if the gum “flaps” they built to cover the bone come loose we’re in big trouble because they can’t do another surgery in the near future. But the fear that she wouldn’t eat was one hurdle we can worry less about now; and her pain seems to be under control.
Some of the pictures are obviously gruesome, and some of the photos are not as clear as they could be, but they show the reality of Blaze's condition. The biopsies on the mouth tumor and belly tumor won’t come back for another week yet, so we just have to wait to know that verdict.
I petted her a lot, scratched her right ear which she loves. I got to feed her myself. After she ate, they washed her face and feet and put her protective collar back on. She turned around in three circles and went peacefully to sleep. I love that picture the most. Darling girl is nowhere near out of the woods yet but everyone is guardedly optimistic. They remind me to take it one day at a time. And Blaze is trying so hard to do her part. I’ll never cease to be amazed at how tough and how stoic fox terriers are!
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