Help Give Cayman a Fighting Chance!

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Cayman is currently being hospitalized at a specialty clinic with a spinal injury.

She was admitted into the ER Thanksgiving evening, Thursday November 22, 2018, experiencing lower lumbar pain, partial paralysis and the inability to urinate or defecate on her own. She was immediately admitted into the hospital overnight.

During the night, she had around the clock nursing care, fluids and pain management until they could begin running extensive tests to figure out the cause of her paralysis Friday morning, November 23, 2018. They preformed blood tests, urinalysis, electrolyte panels, ultrasounds, X-rays and an MRI to determine that she had a herniated disk in her lower back that would require immediate surgery. As soon as they had the okay, she was transferred directly to the OR from her MRI.

From the beginning, the vets have said that this is a very unusual case because dogs don't typically lose the ability to urinate on their own without being completely paralyzed or showing other neurological signs. In some ways, this is good because although she went in not being able to move her tail, she was still walking. However, it makes her prognosis of the nerves regenerating and her being able to go to the bathroom on her on much worse.

During surgery, they said that her case got even more unusual as she did not just have a herniated disk with debris pushing on her spinal cord but that she also had blood clots as well. They removed all of the debris and clots that were pushing on her spine, and they said that the spinal cord was laying more flat along her spine afterwards.

While surgery went as well as could be expected, they said that her prognosis is still the same and that she may get a lot worse before she gets better (i.e. full paralysis).

She is currently being hospitalized for 2-3 more days with pain management.

Once Cayman is able to come home, she will require 8 weeks of recovery and extensive therapies including laser, acupuncture and physical therapy if she has any chance of the nerves healing and regaining the ability to wag her tail and go to the bathroom on her own.

Cayman is honestly the sweetest little girl. Everyone who meets her falls in love with her and comments on how happy is she is and how much she wags her tail. I just can't imagine her being incontinent and unable to wag her tail for the rest of her life. She is only 5 years old...

We are doing absolutely everything we can to give Cayman a fighting chance of beating this. Her medical costs have already risen to $10, 205.49. Her ER visit alone was $3,447.00 and the low end of her initial surgery estimate was $4,320.49. Unfortunately, this does not cover any complications, further hospitalization or therapy. The more therapies she can have, the better chance she has of recovering, so please consider donating to her fund and helping her get through this. I know that she will be forever grateful, and no donation is too small.
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THANK YOU so much to all of you that have contributed to Cayman's medical fund thus far! We are so appreciative of all of your thoughts, prayers and donations!

Cayman has made a lot of strides in her recovery over the past month or so. She has regained the use of her tail and has almost regained complete control over her bladder.

She will continue to receive her acupuncture, land exercises, hydrotherapy and laser therapy twice per week for the next four weeks. At that point, she will then switch over to a once weekly rehab schedule as long as she continues to show improvement for up to six months. Any ability that she may regain will happen by that point, so we are doing absolutely everything we can with her rehab therapy and at-home exercises to get her as strong as possible within that time frame.

The new year is looking very bright and a lot less painful for little Cayman, and we couldn't be more grateful for all of your help along the way!

Happy New Year!

Cara & Cayman
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Cayman had a big week this week!

On Friday, she was able to start her underwater therapy. The doctors think that the underwater therapy will be the most beneficial for her recovery and regaining control of her bladder muscles. For the first session, they usually start with 3-5 minutes of the underwater treadmill with lots of breaks in between. Because she is our little miracle girl, she was able to do a full 5 minutes without any breaks! During her first session, they determined that her right side is weaker than her left side, so we will be working to try to make her right side stronger in therapy. This is probably due to the fact that her incision is more to the right side of her spine since they can't go right over the top during surgery.

Now that she has been home for almost two weeks, we have also started to figure out what is the most helpful for her and what doesn't work quite as well.

Acupuncture has become Cayman's favorite therapy. She always has a very good day after she receives her acupuncture treatment and starts to backslide after 3-4 days. Therefore, we have decided to increase the frequency of her acupuncture treatments to two times per week in an effort to keep her as comfortable as possible.

We've also determined that baby diapers are the way to go to keep everyone as comfortable and happy as possible after trying out pee pads, cloth diapers and doggie diapers.

As hard as this entire experience has been for everyone, I have learned so much about the recovery period from a spinal injury and surgery such as this and will be trying to use everything I have learned to help other pets with the same condition. If you ever experience something like this or know someone who does, please do not hesitate to reach out. It is such a hard and long process, and all of the positive thoughts and support from people like you are what are helping us to get through this.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much again for contributing to Cayman's medical fund. We will continue to do absolutely everything we can to give her the best chance of a full recovery!

If you are interested in receiving more frequent updates or getting more pictures (GoFundMe updates are limited to 3), we will be documenting Cayman's recovery on Instagram @little_cayman as much as possible. Please feel free to follow her and share her story!
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From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to Cayman's medical fund. We could not be more appreciative or thankful as each and every little bit really helps!

I have some fantastic news! Cayman is doing really well and is exceeding all of her surgeons expectations. In fact, everyone in the hospital and the rehab facility call her their miracle girl!

She was able to come home around 11pm Monday evening. The first two days were a little rough as she was still incontinent and had to settle back into a routine at home. I went out first thing Tuesday morning to get her some more towels, blankets and cleaning supplies so that we can keep her as clean and comfortable as possible.

On Wednesday, she had her first post op laser therapy appointment. Everyone in the rehab facility already knew her from their visits to her in the hospital, and she had to go to every room to say hi to all of her friends. When she didn't want to leave, she even got a parade of techs to encourage her to the front of the clinic!

On Thursday, she had her initial consultation with the rehab doctor who drew up a treatment plan for her as well as laser and acupuncture. I found out that Cayman has arthritis throughout her spine, so she will need to have Adequan injections, joint support supplements and fish oil for the rest of her life. In the short term, she will also need 2-3 laser treatments per week and acupuncture once per week. We have also been sent home with an 8 week rehab plan that includes icing her back and doing passive range of motion exercises three times per day in addition to some other exercises as she continues to improve.

When Cayman went into the hospital on Thanksgiving, she was partially paralyzed with no control over her bladder, bowel movements or tail. They gave us a 50/50 chance of recovery, and said that they were expecting her to become fully paralyzed as well as suffer other neurological deficits after surgery. Miraculously, she did not have any neurological deficits and could walk the next day! After being home for about a day and a half, she started to have bowel movements outside. And, yesterday, after her laser and acupuncture treatments, she wagged her tail!!! She is still urinary incontinent and still has fecal accidents in the house. However, these are HUGE signs of progress that no one was expecting to even be a possibility for up to 6 months and gives us hope that she may regain all function back with the right therapies!

Rechecks with her rehab doctor will be $160/ visit, acupuncture will be $67/ visit and all other rehab therapies including her laser and underwater treadmill will be $40/ 15 minutes going forward.

She has a long road ahead of her, but we could not be more thrilled with her progress. And, I am certain that all of your positive wishes and thoughts are what are helping her to pull through!
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