Surgery for Greta

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Raised by 34 people in 11 months

My black and silver German shephard, Greta, has recently been diagnosed with a large tumor located inside the vertebral nerve canal at the base of her brain. It is a slow-growing mass, but has reached a size that is nearly two-thirds of the canal itself. Excruciating pain has been temporarily relieved with prednizone, but the tumor will soon fill the nerve channel and cause more pain and permanent disablement. She is but 71/2 years old and my constant and only companion.

The neurologist at Washington State University Veterinary School, Dr. Chen-Allen, has reviewed her case and highly recommends surgery and follow-up radiation for what she and her collegues believe is a meningioma tumor. The outlook for her recovery, providing her treatment is soon, is good, with perhaps several years more of the quality of life she has enjoyed in the past. 

I am attempting to raise enough capital to cover her surgery ($3,500 - 4,500) and radiation treatment to eradicate any remaining tumor cells ($3,500) as well as transportation to Pullman, WA and living costs in the area during the several weeks required for surgery, recovery, and rehabilitation ($500). We travel full-time in a 5th wheel trailer so those costs are minimal. My income is limited to social security and her previous medical bills have weighed heavily against that income.

Greta's needs are now beyond my ability to provide and she needs help within the next two weeks to return to the happy traveler's life she has always known. We thank you for your interest and for sharing Greta's story.
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I had been waiting to close out Greta’s GoFundMe page with the results of her MRI. It was scheduled for November 15, but had to be postponed due to complications of an infection that proved severe and then fatal. On November 13, she developed pain in her left front foot and could not stand. We rushed to the hospital and she was admitted to ICU for observation and fluids. A small swelling in her wrist developed overnight into a massive swelling of her entire leg accompanied by a temperature of 107. Her blood pressure dropped to 50 and her heart rate was over 230. She was treated with pain medication, several different antibiotics and oxygen. I stayed all night in the hospital and during the next two days she gained and lost ground before finally succumbing November 16 at 10:30 pm. I was with her shortly before and she was alert and quite comfortable. I was called in 30 minutes later moments after her heart suddenly stopped beating. It was instantaneous and she felt no pain.

Her immune system was severely depleted and what happened would have occurred eventually. We are so very fortunate to have been here and in the midst of hospital staff who had come to love her when the end came. Everyone who contributed to her treatments from this summer on gave us four bittersweet months together that brought us to an even greater attachment. Her soul is now part of mine and we will continue our journeys as before though I must look very hard to see her on the trail before me. We thank you all so much and we feel we are in the midst of angels.
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Forever Greta
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Hello everyone. The WSU veterinary school wanted Greta's story for their website. It has just come out and I am posting it here. Thanks again, Greta and Jim
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Hello to all of our friends, it has been a long time since our last update. We are back in Woodland, Washington now and Greta is much happier in her familiar surroundings. We arrived from Pullman this past Saturday after a long 10-hour drive. The moment I opened the door she dashed across the orchard and had her way with the remains of a dead squirrel. Despite intensive surgery it appears her wiring is still intact.

Greta's final radiation treatment was Thursday last week and Friday she had her neurological examination at discharge. Everything has gone very well and better than her doctors expected. She is still on pain medication that we expect will be diminished after her next exam the end of this month. Her final bill came to a goodish bit more than expected. Additional donations to the GoFundMe campaign just covered all of that and I can say that every single contribution paid for some service she would not have otherwise had. We thank you all so very, very much.

In order that I might post an update after her examination and her final MRI scheduled for late November, I will keep the GoFundMe site open.
Greta at our cousin Carol's in Woodland
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Congratulations and thank you to everyone. We have reached our goal and Greta has started her radiation treatment. We will be camped in Pullman until the 26th of August when her radiation has been completed. Follow up MR imaging will be run in early December as part of the research program to determine any regrowth of the tumor. So it will be a while before we get back to the desert, but we are sure looking forward to it.
The stream by our campsite in Pullman.
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