Scoutie came home Saturday feeling like a champion. The doctors just received the pathology report on the lung tissue they biposied and there are no abnormalities. Removing the lung lobes removed all the sources of bacteria in her body and the doctors feel "very confident" that she'll be back at 100 percent in the next two weeks. And? 85 percent of her total medical bills were covered by you wonderful human beings who donated to her GoFundMe campaign. Don't forget to email me your snail mail address if you'd like a thank you packet! @email@example.com
This morning, Scout's team of doctors met and cried a little bit because of how astonishing her recovery has been and how remarkable it is that over 300 people came together to pay for her to have a chance to live her full beagle life.
She's eating ice cream this morning (in addition to the chicken and baby food and canned food she's been scarfing down). All of her chest tubes and feeding tubes have been removed. Her vital signs are strong and stable.
She's coming home tomorrow morning.
I am still awash in awe at what y'all have done for her. It has transformed me and I will never, ever forget it.
I would very much like to send all of you a snail mail packet that includes: information about how I used the money you donated, a personalized thanks from me and Scout, and a little treat so you can show off how you're a hero.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And over the next few weeks, as she heals, you can follow her progress here: http://scoutssurgery.blogspot.com/
From the deepest, truest place inside my heart, I thank you all for saving my dog's life.
This morning, Scout ate three helpings of baby food! Then chicken! Then dog food! She is progressing so well after surgery that the doctors expect to send her home on Saturday morning! "A gosh darn rock star" is what her doctor called her today.
Scout ate three whole helpings of baby food this morning and is sitting up in her kennel wagging her tail. :)
What a difference two days (and 306 people coming together to save your life) makes.
Scout is doing really well after her surgery. She's been in the oxygen cage since she came out of anesthesia, but the doctors haven't even had to turn it on. She's breathing all by herself -- a drastic improvement over where she was before she had the surgery; she'd been on oxygen for almost 48 hours at that point. She still has her chest tubes and feeding tube, but the doctors are considering removing at least one of them today, as long as her vitals remain strong throughout the morning. We won't know for a few days, but the doctors feel pretty confident that removing the lung lobes really did remove the infection that was causing her body to attack itself. Her prognosis is better than it has been since she checked into the emergency veterinary clinic at midnight one week ago.
She's not safe yet. She's still got a lot of fighting left to do. These next few days will be crucial for her. But! She's a long way from where she was on Monday night when I asked you to help me help her.
Everyone at the hospital is talking about how quickly and lovinging y'all raised the funds for Scout's surgery, and they're marveling at how you continue to give toward her (hopeful, hopeful) recovery. They know your #ScoutsSurgery hashtag and they're following that too.
I am still overwhelmed by your generosity, and in the coming weeks I will be reaching out to all of you, personally, to express my deep and abiding gratiude.
Please keep sending Scout your most healing thoughts. They give both of us so much strength.
Last night at 7:30, I asked you to join with me to give Scout a fighting chance at fulfilling her puppy destiny; less than two hours later, her surgery had been fully funded. Because of you, this afternoon, Scout was able to have two of her lung lobes removed. She made it through the surgery. She's still got a lot of fighting to do, but for the first time since she fell ill a week ago, the doctors think her chances are looking up.
Many more details and individual thank yous to come. You have blessed me and my family more than you could ever know. Your donations and the kind words you left with them have strengthened us beyond measure.
I honor and cherish all of you.
Dear friends and family and readers of my writings,
On Wednseday, April 9th, I returned home from dinner to find my beagle, Scout, acting out of sorts. Scout lives her life wide-open, and never misses a chance to meet me at the door to demand food or tennis balls or cuddles. But that Wednesday night, she was lethargic and droopy and unwilling to eat dinner. Within five minutes, I realized that her breathing was also labored and her heart was beating way too fast.
She spent Wednesday night in the hospital at North Georgia Veterinary Specialists, and after a series of specialized diagnostics, the doctors couldn't find anything abnormal -- except for her lethargy, loss of appetite, and fever. The following day she visited her own vet, Dr. Qullian at Oakwood, Georgia's Family Pet Clinic. He's familiar enough with her antics to know when something's wrong, even when the tests continued to show that her blood and bones and organs were OK. He suggested that I take her to BluePearl Veterinary Specialists in Sandy Srpings, GA.
Things went from worrisome to dangerous very quickly. Over the next few days, Scout's condition worsened and she began spending most of her time in ICU. Her fever wouldn't break and she continued to be unable to eat. She didn't respond to antibiotics. Yesterday, fluid began to surround her lungs and then one of the lobes of her lungs began filling up with that fluid. The doctors told me the fluid contained bacteria and that she was in danger of going septic, of having the bacteria enter her bloodstream, at which point there was nothing they could do for her.
Before I left, the doctor said, "I'm sorry, but do you feel like you've had a chance to say goodbye to Scout?"
I had held her and petted her and kissed her and scratched her ears so gently in the hospital. I read her some books. I sang her some songs. But no, I could not accept that I had said goodbye to her.
The doctors inserted chest tubes and a feeding tube and kept her on oxygen for most of the night last night and all day today. And finally they feel like they have made a breakthrough. One of the lobes of Scout's lungs is filled with fluid due to an unknown reason, but adding the chest tubes and containing the fluid to one lung seems to have quelled her fever, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Now, she needs surgery. The doctor wants to remove one of the lobes of her lungs. The truth is that they don't know for sure if she can make it through the surgery or if removing the lung will stop the infection, but the doctor is confident that this is the only chance to really save Scout's life. Plenty of dogs and humans come through lung lobe-removal surgery and live normal, active, happy lives. There's a decent chance it is the answer for Scout as well.
Unfortunately, the medical bills have become too much and I can't afford to go through with the surgery unless I can raise around $7,500.
Any tiny bit you can donate will go a long way toward helping me try to help one of the most important girls in my whole world. Every dollar donated will go toward Scout's hospital bills. If there's any left over, I will donate it to PetSmart Charities. Every person who donates, no matter how small the amount, will receive a a handwritten letter of thanks from me, a follow and shout-out on Twitter, and a whole heart full of undying love.
There's a chance the surgery won't help. But there's also a chance that it will. I can't let her go until I know.
Any help at all will make you mine and Scout's hero.
Yours most sincerely,