Lyra Will Walk Again!

(中文版在下面)


On July 5th at 9 a.m. my dog Lyra was with us while we were running errands at a few shops in Jialeshui (southern Taiwan). She slipped out of the car while I went to pick up a recently repaired surfboard. While going over the repairs with the shop owner, a loud noise made me turn to see her tumbling underneath the rear of a speeding mid-sized sedan. The driver slowed but never stopped.

 
(In the emergency room after the accident.)

I ran to pick Lyra up as she was yelping and dragging her back legs frantically on the pavement, meanwhile the car sped off. I picked her up and we immediately rushed her to the nearest animal hospital. The entire 25 minutes of the drive Lyra looked, with nothing but trust, directly in my eyes, as I scratched her slobbery chin and looked into her eyes fearing that this could be our last car ride together. We wouldn’t hear from the driver for another hour when she finally called to assert that she was "Not driving that fast.”  Later, after Lyra was relatively stable, the driver would go on to claim that her car had been damaged in the accident and implied that she would seek compensation.  She never apologized or expressed any remorse for hitting Lyra.



Initial tests revealed Lyra’s  ALT (alanine transaminase) level was over 5,000, whereas it should be 8-80.  X-rays and a CT scan determined that her seventh vertebrae had been shattered and she would need surgery. After the CT scan, we had the first fear and realization that we may never have Lyra jump on up on our legs and comfort us as we come home. Lyra's surgery was performed the following Wednesday, July 9, during which four screws were implanted to immobilize said vertebrae.
 
(First visit post-op)

As of July 19, Lyra spent  11 days in ICU. We visited her every day and while her spirits were raised when she saw us. It’s hard for us to watch her struggle in her failed attempts to stand and greet us. Although the prognosis on her walking is optimistic, Lyra has also suffered neurological damage that could potentially affect urinary and bowel control. Lyra has now been released from the hospital, and has to spend one month in “crate care” where she has to stay in a restricted area. We have to express her bladder (squeeze the bladder to help entice urination) three times a day, and clean her wounds at least once a day.
 

(Lyra's first stand test after surgery)

Lyra’s recovery process will be long and financially taxing, particularly because I am still a student and Mei—my girlfriend—has only recently graduated and is currently working in an entry-level position.  Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated, as we’d like to see Lyra climbing over rocks at the beach and barking at waves again as soon as possible.
 
(A sandy nosed Lyra)

A resounding, heart-felt thank you to everyone who has ever, or is currently contributing to the recovery of these animals who might not otherwise have a chance.


(Her claim to fame was once climbing up things taller than others thought possible.)

在七月五號當天我跟朋友帶著我的狗(Lyra)與他的狗群在佳樂水衝浪,正當我從衝浪店拿板子出來時,聽到了一個巨大碰撞聲;轉頭映入我眼簾的,是Lyra已在一台車後輪底下翻滾幾圈,肇事者有稍微慢下來,但卻沒停下來,反之揚長而去。

我用這輩子跑最快的速度衝上前去抱住她,Lyra則拖著殘破不堪的下半身哀嚎,朋友也以最快的速度準備發車帶我們到最近的動物醫院,我要抱住她的時候由於Lyra過度驚嚇瘋狂亂咬,即使我滿手是血但當下只能思考的就是保住她的命。路程上整整25分鐘,Lyra的眼睛直直地看著我,我只能不斷地安撫她並且想辦法止血,我不知道我還能為她多做什麼,我也回應她的眼神,因為我害怕這是最後一次這樣看她。整個急救過程我嘗試打電話給肇事者,因為是當地某間民宿業者撞的。當我們將Lyra交給醫生之後我才去醫院打針包紮。一小時後肇事者終於打來但她的第一句話卻是”我當時根本沒有開這麼快“!我的理智線在Lyra生死未卜的當下應聲斷裂,我憤怒為何有人這麼沒同理心,在別人所愛惜的生命動物正在搶救過程當下居然說出這種保衛自己,認為自己沒有錯的話。過了幾小時,醫生說目前Lyra是穩定的,但能不能撐過性命要看今晚,我平撫好自己的情緒再次打給肇事者,他們卻回說,我們正在派出所已經報了案,而且車子也凹了幾個洞,看怎麼處理。從頭到尾她沒有一句真心的對不起或者至少關心一下她撞的是一條生命,只在乎她的立場。

Lyra最初體檢報告指出她的肝指數已高達9000,而後半部的脊椎骨折尾巴也斷裂,因為攸關性命,我們決定讓她做手術。醫生評估做完手術並不能保證復原到正常程度是多少,但我們早已做好心理準備在她剩下的生命裡照顧她行動不便的一切。

從事發至今,Lyra經過了搶救性命,脊椎骨折手術,已經在加護病房裡待了11天,我們每天都去看她,雖然她開心看到我們的尾巴不會再搖了,下半身也無法像狗一樣正常走路了,但我們最欣慰的是她依然在我們身邊。

Lyra的療癒之路將是很漫長的還有所有的醫療費用,由於我現在還是學生半工半讀,我女友也是社會新鮮人能付出的有限,因此任何能幫助我們讓Lyra重新站起來費用與力量都是給予我們最大的動力,Lyra已經確定我們必須永遠照顧她的大小便問題,因為神經已被破壞;但我們不願意放棄她再次重新走路擁有豐富的生命。

無論如何,謝謝你們願意花時間看文章,更重要的是願意幫我們分享,因為任何的小動作對我們來說都是最大的動力,謝謝!
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