Lexi is in the care of SC Veterinary Specialist now. Unfortunately she has another bone infection so she will not be getting her corrective surgery today. Instead, they are doing another set of xrays and a surgical biopsy and culture to check for bone cancer and find out what type of infection she has so they can get her on the right medication. If all goes well, she will be back home tomorrow to start a 6 week course of antibiotics for the infection. The doc says after that he will decide the best course of treatment for her which may include surgical implants, but he isn't sure yet and will know more after the biopsy. Will post another update when I hear from the doc today.
We have officially reached our $2,000 goal to get Lexi into surgery!!! Thank you ALL so very much for the kindess you have shown, I honestly don't know what I would have done without you. I want to send special thanks to Tyler Ryan for inviting us to be on Good Day Columbia and helping us get word out, and to Penny Preston-Eims for the wonderful article she wrote on Lexi's story. Also thanks to my sister, Alyssa Poteet for putting in so much time plastering Lexi's story across craigslist and chat rooms- your crazy idea worked. And thank you to everyone who is making it possible for Lexi to get the surgery she needs"¦Fran, Alyssa, Leslie, Danie, Pat, Rick & friends, Jana, Christie, Alise, Laurie, Carla, Gary, Kimberly, Nicola, Candise, Sammy, Terry, Tamara, Michelle, Amy, Allyson, Sally, Athena, Alicia, Bill, Kerry, Sue, Shari, Kathryn, Patti, Scott, Jennifer, Shari, Katie, Ursula, June, Barry, L.D., Joan, Cathy, Heather, and those who wish to remain anonymous"¦.you are all WONDERFUL people and words cannot express the love and gratitude I feel right now. Your kindness will not be forgotten.
I am still going to keep the fundraiser page open and we are still accepting donations to help cover the rest of the cost of Lexi's surgery. But the most important thing of all is that Lexi can finally get help now and will be back up and running around before long. You can also still keep checking back for updates on how she's doing as we move on to the next step of her recovery.
Lexi's fundraiser page has only been open for a week and we are already only about $100 away from the $2,000 goal to get Lexi in surgery. Amazing! I am overwhelmed by the love, support, and generosity we have received from so many people all over the country, and words just don't seem to be enough to express my gratitude towards everyone that has read, donated, reposted, and prayed for Lexi. You people are AMAZING! I just want to let you know as well that even after we reach our goal we are still keeping the fundraising page open and accepting donations. The $2,000 is to get her into surgery, but the surgery itself will cost up to $4,000. The most important part has almost been accomplished though, Lexi will get her surgery! Thank you so much to everyone out there! I also wanted to share this page with you, an article was written about Lexi for the Examiner and you can find it here: http://m.examiner.com/examiner/pm_60899/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=u1dJOIUC
I was contacted this morning and there is also another article in the works for a pet-related blog. Will update on that with a link when it's completed.
I just wanted to write a response out to Melissad52077's comment:
I have spoken with animal control about the possibility of a civil action suit since it's looking like there will probably be no criminal charges pressed against him due to lack of proof "beyond a reasonable doubt". I was told by the animal control officer that I am able to file a civil suit against the man, but only after the expenses have been paid for. In his words: I can not sue for money I haven't spent. While it makes sense, it does not help Lexi's current condition. My current plan is to first get help for Lexi and when that is over and done with I will bring a civil action against the man that did this to her. If I can get judgement for the full cost of her surgery from him then I will have it stipulated that he is to pay it to a worthy local animal-related charity since this is not my money. This is my hope and it will mean that all donations will help more than just Lexi. If I cannot do that, then I will at least sue for my own out of pocket expense with currently adds up in the hundreds and is ever-growing. Updates regarding all of this will continually be posted on this page even after the fundraiser and surgery are over. Thank you so much for your care and concern!
Thank you ALL for your contributions towards Lexi's surgery. You have given me hope that there will be help for our dog soon and it is greatly appreciated. Lexi had another visit to the vet today for a full workup. The bones in her leg have shifted and it's been causing her excess pain today. We got a refill on her pain meds to keep it manageable. Her surgical consultation has been moved up to this coming Thursday and she has another vet visit on September 10th if she isn't in surgery by then. She is still very much in danger of the broken bones in her leg cutting through her skin. That worries me more now that the bones have shifted. The vet says that is likely to happen until she gets surgery to fix her leg. Praying we get more donations soon so the doctors can get to work on helping heal her up. Thank you again to all who read, all who repost, and all who donate. It's with your help that Lexi will be back up and running around again.
Lexi's story seems to be getting around. I was contacted by a member of WACH Fox's Good Day Columbia who is interested in helping to spread the word about Lexi's story and need for surgery. Hoping I'm not speaking prematurely, but it's looking like Lexi and I will be on the morning show early next week. I'm supposed to get the details on that tomorrow, so here's hoping that enough people will hear about Lexi and donate so we can get her into surgery soon.