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Molly's mom
19th February 2007, 05:11 PM
Well, we leave today for Cornell University. Our appointment with Dr. Dewey is tomorrow, but because of the irratic weather we've had lately and the fact i've never been to Ithaca, I thought it best to get a hotel for the night.

We meet with Dr. Dewey tomorrow, they will keep Molly at that point and she is scheduled for SM decompression surgery on Wednesday.

I get weepy just thinking about the moment I will have to leave her behind.

I will keep you updated on her progress.

19th February 2007, 05:17 PM
Good luck Bev and Molly. I'll be thinking about you both this week and hope that everything goes well.

19th February 2007, 05:23 PM
Good Luck. Cornell is the best around for any type of animal health issues. Molly will be in the best hands.

Denise G.
19th February 2007, 05:53 PM
All the best to you Bev and Molly! You'll be in my prayers. Please keep us posted and give Molly lots of hugs from me, Wrigley and Mia!

19th February 2007, 05:55 PM
Hugs to you both ... You are in my thoughts. :flwr:

19th February 2007, 06:05 PM
Bev....I will be thinking of you and Molly, you are in my prayers. I am hoping for an excellent outcome for Molly. Please keep us posted :flwr:

Cathy T
19th February 2007, 06:28 PM
Bev - you will definitely on my mind, in my thoughts and in my prayers. Know that you are doing the best possible thing for Molly and she will be in excellent hands.

19th February 2007, 07:17 PM
Best wishes for a safe trip! :flwr:

19th February 2007, 07:17 PM
Good luck Molly & Bev. I will be thinking of both of you.

Friday's Mommy
19th February 2007, 07:45 PM
I know what you going through. When Friday had this surgery it was also difficult for us to leave her too! ...but we knew it was for the best. I'll be thinking of you and Molly! Terri

19th February 2007, 07:48 PM
Wishing the very best outcome for Molly. Sounds like she couldn't have better care.

19th February 2007, 08:20 PM

Feel better Molly!

19th February 2007, 08:22 PM
we'll be thinking of you both! good luck---sounds like molly is in excellent hands :flwr: :flwr: :flwr:


19th February 2007, 08:59 PM
best of luck we will be thinking about u!

19th February 2007, 09:22 PM
Hugs and the best of outcomes for Molly. She is in excellent hands with Dr Dewey. Just think of her awakening with that pressure gone. :flwr: Let us know as soon as she is out of surgery.

Cathy Moon
20th February 2007, 01:26 AM
Bev, we're thinking of you and Molly. :hug: :hug: :hug: :flwr: :flwr: :flwr:

20th February 2007, 01:31 AM
Prayers and hugs.

20th February 2007, 02:42 AM
Will be thinking of you both. :flwr:

20th February 2007, 03:39 AM
I'll be rooting for Molly. I think you'll have a crowd there with you, in spirit, on Wednesday. :flwr: :hug:

Please have the safest of trips.

20th February 2007, 03:48 AM
Sending good positive thoughts to you and Molly. We'll be keeping our fingers and paws crossed for a good outcome! Keep us posted.

20th February 2007, 05:12 AM
Hoping for the best outcome for Molly.

Take care of yourself too, Bev. :flwr: :flwr: :hug: :hug:

20th February 2007, 11:28 AM
Wishing Molly all the best for her surgery. Sending her positive, healing thoughts for a speedy recovery & a pain & symptom free life :flwr:

20th February 2007, 12:01 PM
Thinking of you Bev and little Molly, hoping that all goes well :flwr:

20th February 2007, 08:24 PM
Sending good wishes to you and Molly and will be thinking of you both tomorrow.


20th February 2007, 10:09 PM
Thinking of you and Molly today. Please let us know how she's doing. :flwr:

21st February 2007, 02:54 PM
I am thinking of you and molly. I know her surgery is this morning and I pray all goes well. Please let us know as soon as you can how she is doing. :hug:

21st February 2007, 03:21 PM
Yes, thinking of her especially today. :flwr:

22nd February 2007, 02:51 AM
I was just thinking of sweet Molly and wondering how she's recovering. Hope she is feeling better ... :flwr:


Molly's mom
22nd February 2007, 05:39 AM

Yesterday was our consultation with Dr. Dewey and his staff at Cornell (who are all wonderful). Dr. Dewey explained the two options of treatment, medicine vs. surgery. He also did a thorough neurological exam and to my suprise discovered Molly had some discomfort in her lower spine.

Thanks to this website (many thanks Karlin :thnx: ), I felt well prepared and confident with my decision to proceed with surgery. She is only 22 months, doesn't appear to be in any pain yet, but at the same time is showing signs of progression, so I feel in my heart of hearts without surgery she would progress rapidly.

The surgery was today, and lasted approximately 3hrs. One of the interns who I talked to this evening said that when Dr. Dewey removed the piece of skull, the pressure was taken off of the brain immediately.

I was told this evening she is resting comfortably and doing well. The staff at Cornell are wonderful and they will be calling me twice a day. They told me not to worry, that the Cavaliers seem to get star treatment :hug:
Hopefully in 5 days she will be back home with us.

I will keep everyone updated and thank you all for the kind words of encouragement.

22nd February 2007, 06:10 AM
It sounds like Molly is in really good hands. May she heal swiftly & soon be reunited with you. :hug:

Claire L
22nd February 2007, 10:54 AM
:D Delighted to learn that Molly is over her surgery.Hope she has a speedy recovery from the OP and that she has a happy and pain free long life with a great Mom :flwr: :flwr: :hug: :hug:

22nd February 2007, 11:50 AM
delighted that it went well!

Cathy Moon
22nd February 2007, 12:20 PM
Thanks for the update on little Molly. So glad the surgery went well. We're sending hugs and positive thoughts your way. :hug: :hug: :lotsaluv: :xfngr: :xfngr:

22nd February 2007, 12:26 PM
I'm so glad the surgery went well for Molly. I bet you will be looking forward to her coming home! :flwr:

22nd February 2007, 12:47 PM
Oh Bev...That is the best news possible. You and Molly were on my mind all day yesterday, and I was so excited to see you had posted when I checked the thread this morning. Give Molly hugs from Lily and I. :hug:

Cathy T
22nd February 2007, 04:20 PM
What a relief to hear that the surgery went so well. I thought about you often yesterday and was wondering how things were going.

22nd February 2007, 04:25 PM
That is very good news, Bev! It sounds as though she is receiving excellent care, and that has to ease your mind for sure.

Molly's mom
23rd February 2007, 03:21 AM

Received a call from Dr. Bailey who said that Molly is doing great :D
She's eating well, wagging her tail and getting lots of cuddles.

She will probably be able to come home on Sunday....I can't wait.:drivecar:

Cathy T
23rd February 2007, 03:39 AM
Oh I'll bet Sunday can't come fast enough!! I go through withdrawal overnight :roll: I can't imagine what you feel like. Wonderful that she is doing so well. Tail wags...always a good thing!

24th February 2007, 03:59 PM
Fantastic news Bev, bet you can't wait to get her back :flwr:

25th February 2007, 07:40 PM
So glad to hear it all went well - hope you were able to pick Molly up today and she's now home and safe with you.

25th February 2007, 09:43 PM

26th February 2007, 01:46 AM
Hi Bev...Was thinking about you and Molly. Did you get to pick her up today? I sure hope so and that she's doing well :flwr:

Molly's mom
26th February 2007, 07:16 PM
Our little Molly got to come home yesterday (Sunday). She seems to be resting comfortably in her crate. She has to be on crate rest for 8 weeks.

We were told that you could almost hear a sigh of relief from her little brain when the pressure was taken off.

Her head is shaved from the base of her neck up to her little eye brows, but she's still a beauty. The stitches are internal so they will disolve.

She's on Cephalexin (antibiotic) and Predinisone (steroid) for the next 10 days. Gabapentin indefinately to be evaluated later, and Tramadol (pain med) as needed.

She's eating and drinking normally so at this point we couldn't be more happy.

A post op visit is needed in two weeks :drivecar:

Thanks everyone for the good wishes, I will keep updating her progress.

26th February 2007, 07:37 PM
Oh Bev...I have been so worried about that baby. I'm so glad to hear this good news. Is she able to get of of her crate to eat and I guess for potty breaks? I am so happy for you and I will continue to keep Molly in my prayers. Hugs to you and Molly from Lily and me. :flwr:

26th February 2007, 07:41 PM
That's great news Bev! :thmbsup:

Best wishes for Molly's full recovery!

Molly's mom
26th February 2007, 07:53 PM
Molly can come out to eat and potty breaks, but they don't want to risk her trying to jump up or twisting her neck around before it is healed. I carry her outside, but she can walk around alittle.

There is also risk that if activity is resumed too early, that may encourage the formation of scar tissue.

We can hold her as long as she cannot jump down. She's actually pretty pooped and prefers the sanctuary of her crate for now.

We're just so happy to have her home :jump: :jump: :jump:

26th February 2007, 08:03 PM
Oh I know you are!!!!!

26th February 2007, 09:19 PM

You are right to be conservative. Kendall (Rory's mom) felt Rory did too much too soon (not because she didn;t try to keep him calm but he's such an active boy and wanted to play with other dogs) and that probably caused a relapse about two months on that was very hard for her. Plenty of time ahead of her to run and play again; rest and healing for now. :) She advises crating or quiet time outside the crate.

Cathy T
27th February 2007, 01:43 AM
Tears of joy!! I'm so glad she's doing so well. The confinement is difficult but so necessary. It's well worth it after all you've been through to have this phase carried out succssfully. If nothing else...you have a good excuse to coddle and love on her incessantly for the next 8 weeks!! ;) I'm just so incredibly happy for her and you!

Sharon 7
27th February 2007, 07:37 AM
I am so happy for you and Molly, hope all goes well from here :)

:flwr: :hug:

27th February 2007, 09:43 AM
Lots of love and hugs from us here, (((xxx))),

Lots of rest for you both! :flwr: :flwr: :flwr:


Cathy Moon
27th February 2007, 05:39 PM
So glad she's home and doing well! :jump:

27th February 2007, 09:10 PM
oh welcome home molly! i'm so happy to hear that everything went well and that your little angel is on the mend!
:D :D :D
lots of hugs from me and indy!

k :flwr:

28th February 2007, 12:38 AM
Keeping her in our thoughts and hope her recovery is an easy one :flwr: Make sure you take it easy too :hug:

28th February 2007, 03:13 AM
Hoping that her recovery goes well. :flwr: :flwr: :flwr: :flwr:

Friday's Mommy
28th February 2007, 02:31 PM
Rest and heal little Molly!!! :flwr: :flwr:

28th February 2007, 02:42 PM
Here's to a speedy recovery! :flwr: :flwr:

28th February 2007, 05:26 PM
Best wishes for a speedy recovery :flwr:

Molly's mom
28th February 2007, 06:00 PM

Molly is gaining a little more strength everyday and I am beginning to see her personality shine through with each day. It's hard to believe it's been a week already.

Here she is resting in her crate

Here is a picture of her incision. You barely notice it because the sutures are internal.

Cathy T
28th February 2007, 06:21 PM
What a sweet little pumpkin she is!! So glad that she is doing so well!!

28th February 2007, 08:07 PM
Wow Bev....Looks like the doc did a fantastic job with the sutures. Bless her little heart, she looks like she is resting comfortably in her crate. Thanks for keeping us posted.

7th March 2007, 02:16 AM
Bev....I was wondering how Molly is doing???

Molly's mom
7th March 2007, 12:59 PM
We're actually having a bit of a difficult time right now. Molly was doing beautifully until Sunday morning when she woke us up with a huge yelp.
As the day wore on it was quite obvious she was having some sort of neck pain.
Long story short, we took her back to Cornell yesterday (She was scheduled to go on Friday for check up anyways)

Dr. Dewey believes that some how, despite everything we did right, Molly has aggravated her neck muscles. They have increased her pain medication and will change it if necessary and hopefully she will be back on the mend in a few days. This is just heart breaking, as she is in terrible pain. The good news is that they don't think it is in anyway related to SM.

7th March 2007, 01:11 PM
Oh...I'm so sorry to hear of this setback, and that Molly is in pain. I am heartened to hear that it is not related to SM. Give her :hug: from Lily and me.

Molly's mom
7th March 2007, 02:11 PM
Thanks Shay, Molly needs all the hugs she can get right now.

Hopefully we won't have to monkey around too much with the pain medications because it is just killing me to see her like this. I've never experienced having an animal in severe pain but it is heart wrenching. :(

But as my husband said we took her to one of the best of the best so we need to have trust in their decisions.

Dr. Bailey (Dr. Dewey's assistant) said that not too long ago they had another tri color cav (his name was Teddy) come in around 10 days post surgery with an almost identical problem. She said the similarities all around (symptoms as well as the dog himself) were almost spooky. But the good news that Cav is doing well now. :)


7th March 2007, 02:59 PM
Oh Bev.....My heart goes out to you. I can't imagine how you must feel seeing Molly in pain. Does the doc think she pulled her neck or was it caused from the surgery? I am happy to hear the other dog is doing well. That is encouraging for Molly!!

7th March 2007, 04:43 PM

Feel better Molly. I hope things start to turn around soon! :flwr:

7th March 2007, 04:49 PM
:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug: For Molly from me and my boys xxxxx

Denise G.
7th March 2007, 05:29 PM
Bev, I hope Molly feels better very soon.

Prayers and hugs to you and Molly. You're a great mom and Molly's lucky you're taking such good care of her.

Keep us posted--

13th March 2007, 02:44 AM
How is Molly doing? :flwr:

Cathy T
13th March 2007, 03:47 PM
Hoping this is just a bump in the road on the way to recovery. Must have broken your heart. Sounds like it has nothing to do with the sm though. Good thing you have someone you can trust and have confidence in. Hope Molly is feeling better very soon...she's already been through so much. Prayers and hugs!

Molly's mom
20th March 2007, 05:57 PM
Molly who is now 4 weeks post op. foramen magnum decompression, just
came home from a 5 day stay at Cornell University for severe cervical pain.

They xrayed her and found the screws and plate to be in place so
there is at this point no concern that the surgical site is in anyway

In addition to her already long list of meds, she was put on iv pain
medication, a fentanyl patch, and she had acupuncture. She seemed to
be improving a bit and was sent home with a fentanyl patch yesterday. She is currently on prednisone, tramadol, gabapentin, and methocarbomal (muscle relaxer). Today the fentanyl patch comes off, and we will start a new pain reliever that the pain specialist recommended amantadine.

Upon coming home she seems to be right back where we started. She
shows what appears to be fear in moving at all anymore, she does alot
of trembling. At times it is hard to tell how much of her pain is actual or fear induced. Her appetite at the hospital was really good, but now I haven't been able to get her to eat much of anything today.

While I am trying to be patient with the recovery(although the first week went really well), something Dr. Bailey said yesterday is really haunting me....out of the 25 or so surgeries they have done with the mesh plate, there have been 4 or 5 that have had prolonged pain, Molly is by far the worst case they have seen, and they seem kind of stumped as to why.

"Prognosis: Molly's cervical pain is presumptively due to surgical
healing. The surgical implants (screws and mesh plate) radiographically appeared to be in the correct position. There are no signs of infection, or other causes of Molly's pain. We are hopeful that her pain will subside and we are prescribing pain medications to keep her comfortable until then."

I know there are positive things here (absolutely no evidence of the SM, but it is really starting to wear me down how miserable my poor Molly is.

20th March 2007, 06:02 PM
Bev, I'm so sorry to hear that Molly is feeling so awful :(
I can only imagine how you feel watching her like this.

I surely hope her current feelings are due to traveling, and that she will settle in more comfortably in the next couple of days.

I wish I could take the pain away... both Molly's and yours :hug:

Keep us informed as you are able. I think of you daily.

20th March 2007, 06:12 PM
Bev, I'm so sorry to read about Molly and her discomfort. As Barb said, hopefully she'll get more comfortable as settles in at home.

20th March 2007, 06:14 PM
Like Barb, I think of you and Molly every time I go on the board to see if there is an update. I was pleased to see an update today, but I am so sorry the news is not better for you and Molly. Thank you so much for keeping us informed of her progress. We are all hoping for the best possible outcome for Molly. Hang in there and don't get too discouraged, you have come so far, but I know it's hard. Here's hoping and praying that the next update will be what we all want to hear, that Molly is doing so much better. :flwr:

20th March 2007, 06:17 PM
I hope she gets to feeling better soon. It is a relief to hear there are no SM symptoms, though. Take care and give Molly lots of love. :hug:

20th March 2007, 06:44 PM
I'm so sorry that Molly is having such a rough time of it.

My thoughts are for both Molly and your family. :hug: :hug: :hug:

20th March 2007, 06:51 PM
Bev I'm so very sorry to hear this news about Molly - our thoughts and prayers are with you :flwr: :flwr: :flwr:

I really hope Molly will be more comfortable soon - please keep us posted.

20th March 2007, 07:03 PM
My thoughts are with you and Molly. I know of another dog who seemed to have a setback and after about a week or so improved rapidly. I would say this is definitely not SM related -- they have taken the pressure off that part of her brain, and that should have rid her of the SM pain. It does sound like something else going on that hopefully will settle. I know it is difficult to watch her go through this but hang in there. I know you will be keeping her as quiet as possible and the right combo of painkillers will hopefully tide her through this difficulty. I am relieved it doesn't appear to be anything to do with the surgery and the plate.

Cathy Moon
21st March 2007, 01:44 AM
I'm praying that Molly will feel much better soon and for your continued strength during this time. :hug: :hug:

Cathy T
21st March 2007, 03:44 AM
Oh gosh...not what I had hoped to read. I am thinking of you both and hoping this too will pass. Lots of encouraging words from others though. This is just so painful...I know it is tearing you up. Hang in there...we're all pulling for Molly!!

Friday's Mommy
21st March 2007, 03:54 AM
We're sending hugs and positive thoughts your way. We hope Molly gets better soon. I'm sure this is a bump in the road to healing.

Get well little Molly. :flwr:

21st March 2007, 04:31 AM
Thinking of you and sweet Molly!

21st March 2007, 07:43 AM
Thinking of Molly and her family!
// Christina :flwr: :flwr: to you all

21st March 2007, 09:33 AM
How is Molly today? :flwr:

I hope she is feeling much better, poor baby xxxx gentle hugs from us (((x))).


21st March 2007, 11:52 AM
Sending lots of hugs and kisses for Molly - it must be heart wrenching for you.

21st March 2007, 12:51 PM
Molly, my prayers are with you.I am sending possitive thoughts. You are in good hands hope everything goes well.

matties mum
21st March 2007, 07:05 PM
Keep coming to look how Molly is thinking of tou both---Aileen and the gang (Jazzie---Barney---Sam)

Molly's mom
22nd March 2007, 01:08 AM
I called Cornell today to report that Molly isn't any better and perhaps we need to look at changing some of her medication which doesn't seem to be effective. Dr. Dewey called back and suggested that we do an MRI just to make sure nothing is going on with the SM or the surgical site. This way we will know positively which way we will move forward and not have to unecessarily play the medicine game.

It really scares me that we are even considering the posibility of any type of failure this early on.......But at least we will know.

On the positive there is some sort of research fund that will cover 90% of the MRI, on the negative that does not cover the anesthesia, nor the hospital stay.

We leave tomorrow, and her MRI is scheduled for Friday. They require a two night stay (I don't know why, her original MRI was outpatient but at another place). I have decided to stay this time because I don't think I can handle the 16hr total drive in 3 days. I got a room through priceline so it won't be that much more than an extra tank of gas to come home and go back. This will be my 6th trip in a month 4 hours each way.

Please keep those positive thoughts coming Molly's way. I will not be home until Saturday but perhaps will be able to give some news Friday from the hotel internet.

22nd March 2007, 01:41 AM
Gosh, Bev I'm sooo sorry. I hope that Dr. Dewey is able to shed some light on poor Molly this weekend. I think about you guys every day and wish you the best. :hug:

22nd March 2007, 10:51 AM
oh goodness I'm so sorry that poor Molly is still having such a bad time. I think you are very wise in having another MRI done, at least then you will be able to find out what is happening and know how to proceed.

Wishing you a safe journey and hoping for some good news.

22nd March 2007, 11:47 AM
Sending the softest hugs and warmest cuddles for little Molly....(((X)))

Bless her little heart.


22nd March 2007, 02:37 PM
I'm sorry that you're having to go back again but hopefully they can sort things out for Molly.

Our thoughts and hugs to both Molly and yourself. :flwr: :flwr:

Fingers crossed that you get some good news by the weekend. :flwr:

22nd March 2007, 03:02 PM
Oh Bev, I am so sorry you are having to go thru the stress of those long drives again and the continued worry. Lots of us will be with you in spirit as you make the drive and have the MRI done. I am glad some of it can be covered by a fund and hope you get some answers. Let us know when you hear.


22nd March 2007, 03:05 PM
Thinking of you and Molly...sending positive thoughts and hugs your way :hug:

Denise G.
22nd March 2007, 03:06 PM
Oh, Bev--I'm so sorry Molly still isn't feeling well. I know this has to be so exhausting for you. You and Molly are in my thoughts and prayers! I hope the doctors find the trouble and fix it--quick!!

Have a safe trip and hugs to you and Molly! :flwr:

22nd March 2007, 03:17 PM
Wow, I'm so sorry to hear about this. Hang in there, you're doing the right thing; hopefully you'll know soon what is going on. You're a good mom!! :flwr: :flwr:

Cathy T
22nd March 2007, 03:54 PM
Bev - will be keeping you and Molly in my prayers. This is just so difficult and so upsetting. All I can say is...praying with all of my heart for you

Molly's mom
23rd March 2007, 07:13 PM
Very good news!! I just talked to Dr. Dewey and the MRI shows that the decompression surgery is so far a success. Not only is there no sign of scar tissue, her csf flow is good and her syrinx has actually gotten smaller.

That being said, they also did a CT scan which does show an area of inflamation of her neck muscle which may indicate a tear or just post surgical inflamation. But the bottom line is that we have no reason to believe that with time this won't get better. The pain specialist injected some pain killer right into her neck, so hopefully she'll be feeling some relief even if temporary.

So now we just need to figure out the best possible treatment plan for the inflamation.

Thank you all so much for your kind words and positive thoughts......
You have helped me deal with these last couple of weeks.

23rd March 2007, 07:15 PM
That's SOOOO wonderful! I'm glad that the surgery was such a success and hope that Molly feels 100% very soon.

23rd March 2007, 07:20 PM
Oh this is great news! That will make for a great weekend for many of us! :) But especially for you... :flwr:

23rd March 2007, 08:32 PM
Bev that is so great! Keep feeling better, Molly! :D :flwr:

23rd March 2007, 08:54 PM
oh that's wonderful news, so pleased for you :D

23rd March 2007, 09:44 PM
That's great news Bev. :thmbsup:

Best of luck for Molly's continuing progress.

23rd March 2007, 09:55 PM
Bev...That is such great news for Molly and you and what we were hoping to hear. I bet you can breath a sigh of relief now. Hugs coming your way from Lily and me. :hug:

24th March 2007, 12:01 AM
I've been following this thread about Molly, Bev, and I just have to jump in and say how pleased I am to see this update! Fantastic!

We will continue to hope for a quick resolution of the pain that she seems to be in at the moment. You must be feeling so much better!

24th March 2007, 01:24 AM
It's marvellous she's doing so well!

and I suppose it's not altogether surprising that she should have periods of intense pain and discomfort- people get pain in funny places after ops, and it doesn't surprise me that animals do too. And it's fantastic that the syrinx(es) actually seem to be reducing!

24th March 2007, 02:48 AM
That is wonderful news! :pi*no:

24th March 2007, 08:26 AM
Excellent news!!!
:thmbsup: :mexwav:
Sending the BIGGEST (but still so gentle)! hugs (((X))) your way for Molly, keep it up Molly, we are all thinking about you xxx :lotsaluv:


24th March 2007, 01:07 PM
Very happy to hear of Molly's successful surgery ---
Hoping she has a speedy recovery and that the pain is lessening each day :flwr: !

Teddy and sweet, little Katydid

24th March 2007, 03:57 PM
That's great news!!!! :lol:

25th March 2007, 03:11 AM
Here's prayers for quick relief for Molly for the inflammation. But what good news that the SM seems to be improved so much. Hugs to you and Molly. We will continue to keep you both in our prayers.

Cathy T
25th March 2007, 05:03 AM
Oh!!! I gasped and cried at the same time!! That is such wonderful uplifting news. Oh my gosh...I am so happy to hear this! How nice to smile!

Molly's mom
25th March 2007, 03:49 PM
We are finally home, :drivecar: the ride was hellacious . Molly was in more pain that I had seen her to date. Of course it took everything in me to calm down and remember we need to be patient. With a nerve block and all of the other medication she has on board, I can't believe she feels anything! She has also developed a pre-emptive fear of pain where she will flinch and that causes pain. I opened a bottle of pop in the car and that made her flinch and cry out. If necessary, we make look into anti anxiety/sedation if the fear becomes overwhelming.

Now that positive news :) :) :) :)

Molly had a very restful night and voluntarily came out of her crate to go outside. She did her business and walked around alittle and NO PAIN :p
She even did her little "after poo" shake and not one flinch or cry. I realize this may just be a matter of something kicking in i.e. fentanyl patch or nerve block etc. but it was sooooo nice to see her have a little relief.

It's easy to say there will be ups and downs but much harder to actually live through them. Unfortunately I am not patient by nature...and I am also a firm believer in "if it hurts, take something to make it better".
But these little glimpses of pre surgery Molly are keeping me going, as well as all of your warm wishes.

Cathy T
25th March 2007, 03:51 PM
Hang in there Bev and Molly. It's definitely going to be a long road but I'm looking forward to the happy bits and pieces as she recovers.

25th March 2007, 06:15 PM
Phew, it is tough just to read descriptions of the pain she experiences. I am so glad she had a good sleep and good morning too. :) That's a very good sign that she's on the road to medning.

26th March 2007, 01:21 AM
You poor babies, it is a rough & rocky road you are travelling. May the path become smoother with each passing day. :flwr:

26th March 2007, 10:41 AM
I was so pleased to hear that the operation had gone well. It seems like its going to be a long recovery - hang in there! It certainly seems that there is light at the end of the long dark tunnel you have been in. :flwr:

28th March 2007, 04:48 PM
Wow how did I ever miss this thread?! I just read it the whole way through - tears the whole way!! You're so brave Bev - Thank God for people like you doing everything you can. I am sure little Molly will be just fine. :) Just like in regular people surgery recovery is not easy but I have faith that you guys will get through it fine. I am glad that you guys are home now and it's great to see her personality coming back a bit huh!! Please keep us posted. This has been a very informative post which I've learned a great deal. :flwr:

28th March 2007, 09:01 PM
How are things now? Molly is so cute. You are very brave Bev. :hug:

brid kenny
28th March 2007, 09:40 PM
Just reading this. That's a lot of stress. Hope Molly is doing well.

Molly's mom
29th March 2007, 01:37 AM

:( Sad to say Molly's improvement didn't last long. Must have been the shortest lived nerve block in history. We are now at the point where the Drs at Cornell (including the pain specialist) are stumped as to why she has pain and why it is lasting so long.

We are in the process of mixing up her medications, as the ones she is taking are apparently not effective. She is starting a sedative so that she won't tense up (which causes her to flinch and therefore cause the sharp pain) and tomorrow we are starting tylenol 4 for the actual pain.
The pain specialist from Cornell is having a special topical application mixed up for me which includes lidocane and ketamine.

If this is the result of a pinched nerve or torn muscle it is taking way to long to heal. Hopefully by changing some of this medication, she will be able to relax enough that her body will be able to heal instead of being re-aggravated all of the time.

29th March 2007, 03:00 AM
Oh Bev....Poor little Molly and you. What you all have been through is just heartbreaking. I feel so bad for Molly and you. I hope they can get a handle on the pain soon. It must be so hard seeing your baby in so much pain. Please know that we are praying for Molly. You have sure been through it with this surgery. I am hoping for a pain free outcome for Molly and soon :flwr:

Cathy T
29th March 2007, 03:30 AM
Molly's story just breaks my heart. Poor thing. I sure hope the Drs. can get her pain figured out and relieve it for her. Praying for you both!!

29th March 2007, 11:26 AM
Oh no I was really hoping that Molly would be better now - gentle hugs for you both, it's so hard to see your precious baby suffering and you must feel very frustrated with what's happening :flwr: :flwr: :flwr:

29th March 2007, 11:55 AM
Oh no; hang in there; hopefully time and some meds will help you over this setback. :xfngr:

29th March 2007, 01:49 PM
:hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

Hugs to both you and Molly. Hang in there. :flwr: :flwr: :flwr:

29th March 2007, 03:34 PM
So sorry to hear this news.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Molly.

Hope things settle down quickly for both your sakes. :flwr: :flwr:

29th March 2007, 05:32 PM
I hope the Drs are able to get to the bottom of this; I'm sorry for all this stress! :flwr:

30th March 2007, 04:11 AM
I'm so sorry to hear that. You and little Molly are in my thoughts. Hang in there.

Hugs. :hug:

30th March 2007, 09:24 PM
thinking about you and molly! hang in there! :flwr: :flwr: :flwr:

31st March 2007, 08:14 AM
I am so sorry to hear that Molly is in so much pain. Sometimes we really wish that they were human so they could tell us what they are feeling.

Your love and dedication to her is all that you can do, and is so much more other Mommies can do. Good On You. I will keep Molly in my prayers tonight.

31st March 2007, 09:19 AM
Oh I am so sad to hear of Molly's setback. I really hope that this is just a short term thing and will get sorted very soon.

2nd April 2007, 05:15 PM
So sorry to hear Molly is in so much pain and discomfort. I hope they can get it sorted for her soon, Bev. Big gentle hugs for her from me and my boys and a hug for you too. It's hard when you've got a poorly furbaby :flwr:

2nd April 2007, 10:21 PM

Hope Molly starts feeling better. :) I am so sorry to hear of another setback. :( Hopefully this is the last one you'll go through and everything will be great afterwards!!

Gracie's Mommy
3rd April 2007, 01:04 AM
Oh Bev! I've been following Molly's story. My heart goes out to you and your family! I know it must be so difficult to watch her in pain. But, she's so lucky to have such a loving family who's willing to do everything in their power to get her on the road to recovery. I truly hope that this is the only setback and it's clear skies from here! You're in our thoughts! :flwr:

5th April 2007, 07:54 AM
Molly's mom hasn't written for almost a week, I sure hope that isn't a bad sign.

My heart is just breaking for you.

Molly's mom
5th April 2007, 01:36 PM

In my wildest dreams this is not where we were going to be six weeks post op. The last week has held some good and some bad but it appears this is going to be a long haul.

We started Molly on acepromazine (a sedative) last week and that has made a huge difference. It allows her to relax and rest much more comfortably and has brought her anxiety of the anticipation of pain down. She does still occassionally flinch at sudden movements but not quite as much. She has become nervous in general and only wants the comfort of her crate.

We are still battling the pain medication. We received the topical ointment the other day, but I don't see that doing any good, it says apply to the affected area, but honestly it's impossible to pinpoint where the pain is coming from as she doesn't hurt if you touch her. She can be moving her head all over the place, nothing, then all of the sudden yelp out and bow her head in pain. I think the tylenol 4 was better than the tramadol but not what we'd like to see, so we are starting deramaxx.

We have seen little glimmers of improvement but I don't know if she is getting better or if it is the medication. Just in the last couple of days she is wagging her tail, she will stand up and eat her food (no spoon feeding).

i'm trying to stay positive that this will heal in time and is not a permanent condition and that we have put her through all of this for nothing.

5th April 2007, 02:24 PM
You poor babies. It is such a tough & long road. :hug:

5th April 2007, 03:05 PM
Just try to hang in there it may take a long time but if she is slowly showing improvement there is hope that she may have a full and happy life. I know it is sooo hard seeing our babies in pain. I will be praying for a quick recovery.

Cathy Moon
6th April 2007, 02:49 AM
Bev, I'm praying she will improve more and more each day. Hugs to you and Molly. :hug: :hug:

Molly's mom
6th April 2007, 03:10 AM
:jump: :jump:

I know it may be premature to get too excited, but I am excited and wanted to share.

We had a really really good day :p

We started the new pain medication this morning and Molly was pretty much her old self. We had tail wagging, kisses, napping in front of the fireplace :mexwav:

You can really tell that she is at peace. Between the sedative and the new pain meds, we are hoping whatever the cause of her pain (muscle spasm, nerve spasm etc) will heal quicker, now that she is relaxed and at peace.

6th April 2007, 04:24 AM
Bev -

I'm so sorry I've been MIA during this whole ordeal! School has just been taking all my time. :(

i'm so sorry that you've had such a hard time with Molly post-op! :( I'm really glad to hear that she's doing better today. I hope the new meds continue to help. I've got to read the rest of the thread and then I'll send you an email.

Sending good thoughts your way and Rory sends kisses to Miss Molly!

6th April 2007, 04:42 AM
Oh, what a terrible time of ups and downs you have been through... I know how hard it is to see your baby in such pain and to feel so helpless to do anything... :( rory did have a rough patch about 1 month post-op that took a couple weeks to resolve. Not as severe as what you're describing, but he was definitely in pretty chronic pain and I remember how hard it was to see that.

I really hope this new medication regime helps. Did they feel the acupuncture helped at all when they did that in the hospital? That may be worth trying out, too. It is often used in surgery for post-op pain an to encourage healing. They anesthesiologist here at UC Davis Vet Hospital use it and believe firmly in it.

I'm sorry I can't offer anything more, but I can at sympathize and send you my positive thoughts...


brid kenny
6th April 2007, 09:22 AM
Oh please God, this is the beginning for her real recovery.

6th April 2007, 11:13 AM
Oh please God, this is the beginning for her real recovery.


6th April 2007, 01:39 PM
I'm so happy Molly had a good day yesterday and hope that her positive progress continues. Spencer sends both of you a big hug.

Julie S
9th April 2007, 09:17 PM
OK, so I'm just getting caught up on all this.

Molly's story just breaks my heart and I just wanted you to know that I will be keeping her in my prayers. What a sweet little lady.

9th April 2007, 09:39 PM
***HUGZ** To molly!! What wonderful news!! I am so excited to hear that she's doing better and wagging her tail!! :) Happy Easter Indeed!! :):):)

9th April 2007, 10:09 PM
How is Molly doing this week, Bev?

Molly's mom
9th April 2007, 10:12 PM
I hope everyone had a nice holiday.

Molly is doing fantastic :w**h**:

The new medication is doing such a great job, you wouldn't even know she had surgery. It's nothing short of a miracle since she has made a complete turn around.

We are keeping her crated for two more weeks and in 3 weeks we have a check up at Cornell.

Please keep the good wishes and prayers coming, they seem to be working. Thank you all :thnku:

9th April 2007, 11:50 PM
So glad to hear that Bev!! The world needs more people like you that can see the light through the storm :lotsaluv:

Take care of yourself and your baby :) I'm thinking about you :flwr::flwr:

10th April 2007, 12:05 AM
This is encouraging! :xfngr: Thanks for the update!:)

10th April 2007, 02:57 AM
That is great news Bev. That was a fantastic Easter present!:w**h**:

Cathy T
10th April 2007, 04:18 AM
Finally got to come online and look around at the new forum a bit. First place I wanted to check was with Molly.....what a relief!!! I thought about you and her so much while I was on vacation....wondering how she was doing. That is such fantastic news!

10th April 2007, 05:44 PM
Bev, fantastic news. I am so delighted you are having a good response to the new drugs. Bet you and Molly are looking forward to the end of crate rest too!

Claire L
11th April 2007, 09:20 PM
Great news Bev :D I'm so glad that Molly is starting to come round and have good days.........such a relief!!

:lotsaluv: :flwr: :hug: :hug:

12th April 2007, 01:55 AM
Very pleased to hear Molly is feeling so much better. Lots of good wishes.

Cathy Moon
12th April 2007, 03:35 AM
Bev, this is really exciting how Molly is improving! We're continuing to keep Molly and you in our thoughts and prayers.:flwr:

13th April 2007, 06:53 PM
What wonderful news! Hugs to you both. :rah:

Molly's mom
17th April 2007, 06:49 PM

It's been almost two weeks since Molly's dramatic recovery from whatever was causing her pain. We are so thrilled. We are continuing to keep her activity to a minimum, but she is just her old happy self and just in time as next week is her 2nd birthday. :hppybdy: :dogwlk:

17th April 2007, 06:51 PM
:jump: :jump:

Fantastic. That really raises my spirits to read she is doing so well now. Go, Molly! Make sure you get some EXTRA SPECIAL treats on your big b-day too!

Denise G.
17th April 2007, 08:17 PM
Go Molly!!!! :rah:

That's such great news, Bev! These past weeks must have seemed like an eternity for you with a sick little Molly. You deserve a medal! :thmbsup:

Give Molly birthday hugs from my crew...:hppybdy:

Cathy T
17th April 2007, 10:54 PM
Oh hooray!! I've been reading and hearing so much depressing stuff lately it is just doing my heart so good to hear some good news!! Hooray for Molly. She'll be rip roaring and ready to go to celebrate her 2nd birthday.

17th April 2007, 11:28 PM
Finally some GOOD news to cheer about!!!!!!!!!!!! :rah:

:flwr: I am so happy that Molly is doing well!!! :flwr:

:hppybdy: Happy Birthday Little Miss Molly!!!! :hppybdy:

17th April 2007, 11:46 PM
What wonderful news!!

:hppybdy: MOLLY :hppybdy: