Timmy is very spoiled, he's always received nightly body massages before bedtime. In fact all my animals do, including my cats. I took a pet massage therapy course a couple years back and have been using it ever since. I will try the heat though. I don't have a heating pad, so will use a fairly flat hot water rubber bag (sorry can't remember what they are actually called) instead.
All I can say is thankfully Timmy is awesome and when he's feeling good he will take his meds one syringe after another without any problem. Same with the hand feeding, if he's feeling good, he'll sit there and let you do what you need without complaining. On bad days, like us, he doesn't want things shoved in his face and will resist everything making the process ten times harder.
I wanted to thank everyone for their encouragement and support regarding Timmy’s health and care. It means a lot to me. Like Timmy, I have my good days and bad days. Bad days I tend to doubt myself in how I’m taking care of him, especially after I found out he’d need a 2nd and 3rd surgery, and possibly a 4th. I at times even doubt my decision to have the original surgery done knowing the risks and what he would have to go through to get fully healthy again. Reading your good thoughts help pull me out of that slump and makes facing the day easier. Deep down I know I made the right choice for what was best for Timmy, but it does get hard to remind myself of that sometimes when I see how he reacts to the flushing and when I see his neck everyday.
In September 2006 when we adopted Timmy as a part of our family, it was the best thing I ever did. He’s brought so much joy to all of us, including his fan club. I will do what ever it takes, no matter the cost to make him happy and healthy again. I can’t imagine not having him in my life. Timmy just has this very special place in my heart.
Right, Thursday is his 3rd surgery. I think he'll be in good shape for it, he's gained quite a bit of weight and has a fair amount of energy this time going in, so it should help him with the recovery.
The infection smell hasn't been as strong the last 2 days and his large pocket doesn't seem quite as loose, so hopefully the surgery will be short this time around. We did the flushing this morning and there was no trying to escape and no screaming! Surely that has to be a good sign that things are improving.
Another lump on his neck was found that wasn't there last week. It’s approx the size of a pea. Dr Munn decided to leave it alone for now and hopes the AB's will take care of it. She didn’t want to risk removing it today and having more for Timmy to try and heal. If it grows by next week it will be removed immediately, so we'll have to keep a very
close eye on it. I’m not sure yet if I agree with this, but I have to trust her call on the lump and hope it’s the right decision for Timmy. It is defiantly a lump though and not just scar tissue like last time
He goes back Feb 21st for a follow-up visit, so no 4th surgery for now!
The good news is, his "dry socket" wasn't impacted with food this time and
is closing up nicely. All mouth stitches are now out. His teeth look
really good and more evenly worn which means he's starting to put more
pressure while chewing.
Also the big original pocket is significantly smaller then last week, and no
thick pus was found. She cleaned it out and scraped it until it bled...
weird I know, but it helps speed up the tissue mending process apparently.
All we'll need to do for it now is keep the outside of the hole clean.. no
more flushing!! If I notice any more smell or problems then I'll need to
start up the flushing again. He'll remain on Bactrim and the AB cream for at least 1 more month. The Tramadol, Metacam, Ovol and Cisipride for as long as needed, but at least 1 more week.
Overall I’m happy with today’s outcome, but I’m also heartbroken about the new lump.
He's a tough little guy and I'm sure he's well on his way to recovery! Spoil him extra rotten as I am sure you already are!! My thoughts are with you!!