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GraciesMom
3rd August 2011, 05:45 AM
We are scheduled to see Dr. Schubert at University of Florida on Monday. Surgery likely on Tuesday. Getting all the paperwork and MRI images sent to his office this week. I am consistently hearing very good things about him and the hospital. I have been impressed with the communications by their staff. I did try to talk with other respected options. Long Island Vet Clinic, which is major specialist in CM surgery, never returned calls or emails in three days. Same for Dr. Shores now at Mississippi State. But am okay not hearing from them since it indicates they are overloaded and need to know that now. So....on to the next step. Very scary...I hate to think of Gracie being put through this, but feel it is worth the risks for a chance to have a decent quality of life. I honestly believe that given how fast her symptoms were worsening over a few weeks that surgery is what we have to do now...not wait it out. Thanks all for your support and prayers.

keekycat
3rd August 2011, 06:48 AM
:(:(I am so terribly sorry you are having to go through this. No one wants to see something so serious happen to their furry family member. I hope all will turn out and it does sound as if you are going to receive the best of care as you have already said. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Karen H

anniemac
3rd August 2011, 08:15 AM
you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers

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BrooklynMom
3rd August 2011, 11:13 AM
You are being very brave (and so is Gracie!). It must feel like your life is moving 100 miles an hour right now, hang in there. I will keep my prayers going for Gracie and my thoughts are with you guys. I don't have any advice to offer, but just to stay brave for the little one and be proud of yourself for all that you are doing for her. She is lucky to have a proactive mama like you.

Hugs to you and suggles to Gracie, big big ones. :hug:

Holly
3rd August 2011, 12:59 PM
Debra-

I have talked with a doctor down in FL who adopted a Rescue Cavalier who had the surgery with Dr. Schubert. Her dog is doing really well now.

I really was very impressed with UF and the staff there. It is a beautiful facility and very efficient. They called to check on Scarlett a few days after her MRI and are always available to answer any questions that I have and they get back to me quickly. From the second you walk in the doors, they have "greeters" (like Wal-Mart! :-)) who point you in the right direction and tell you where to go. Our "greeter" was an elderly gentleman who is a volunteer there and he came and sat down and chatted with us while Scarlett was having her MRI done. Nice people who really care about your pet. When we went, we had to take Buster our Bulldog and Rosie our other Cavalier with us and every single vet and student who passed us in the lobby stopped to pet them and talk to us. I know none of this is the most important stuff but it did help to put our minds at ease while we waited.

We are in Atlanta-- let us know if you need to take a break halfway through your trip! It's about 5 hours from here to UF.

Good luck to you and Gracie!

Love my Cavaliers
3rd August 2011, 03:01 PM
Debra, Good luck. Which kind of surgery do they do in Fla? Is it the titanium mesh or a different kind? If you want any help about what seemed to work for us with Riley's recovery just PM me. It will seem longer to you than to Gracie. We're here for you whenever you need us, in whatever way.

meljoy
3rd August 2011, 03:23 PM
Not an easy decidion Im sure. My heart goes out to you...good luck we'll be think if you and little Gracie

XX

Sydneys Mom
3rd August 2011, 03:29 PM
It's too bad Gracie has to go through this, but iwhen it is over she will be enjoying a much better quality of life. You been through so much in so little time, learning all you can to make the right decision. Good luck to all of you. I'll be thinking of you and sending prayers and support.

gyoselyn
3rd August 2011, 05:27 PM
Debra-

Good luck! Will be thinking of you and sending a lot of prayers. She's very lucky to have a mama like you :)

GraciesMom
3rd August 2011, 05:37 PM
Dr. Schubert does the titanium mesh covered with a swine tissue... so will let you all know how that goes. Holly, we will not be going through Atlanta.... we go through South Carolina to Florida on I-95. But if we get to Atlanta, I will let you know.

jld
3rd August 2011, 05:43 PM
What a brave decision. I admire you so much for being so proactive, and doing so much research. I know you are doing what you think is the very best option for your little one. My prayers will be with you. Please keep us updated. Judy:l*v:

anniemac
3rd August 2011, 05:59 PM
Debra, Good luck. Which kind of surgery do they do in Fla? Is it the titanium mesh or a different kind? If you want any help about what seemed to work for us with Riley's recovery just PM me. It will seem longer to you than to Gracie. We're here for you whenever you need us, in whatever way.

Bev,

Were you the one that decorated rileys crate? I know what you mean about it seeming longer for you.

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gamefanz
3rd August 2011, 05:59 PM
Toby and I are wishing Gracie the best! We will be thinking of your family on Monday. Many many hugs and so many positive thoughts going out to you:hug:

Cathy T
3rd August 2011, 06:56 PM
Will be thinking about you both. This has progressed so fast, I'm glad to know you've got a handle on everything and are being proactive for Gracie's sake.

Love my Cavaliers
3rd August 2011, 06:56 PM
Bev,

Were you the one that decorated rileys crate? I know what you mean about it seeming longer for you.

Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk Nope, wasn't me. I did have crates in a lot of rooms though simply because I have a multi-dog household so I had to keep Riley separated from the other dogs, but I also wanted her near me and around the action. And then later I attached an X-pen to her crate to give her more room. No decorations though. She coped so well. Never heard a complaint out of her. But that's her personality also. My youngest, Oz (who does not have SM) would have been complaining so loudly my neighbors would have heard him even with all the doors and windows closed!!! But I wonder if that's a characteristic personality trait of SM dogs - that they deal with and cope with so much pain on a daily basis that they become non-complainers in general.

Debra, after Riley's surgery she came home with a fentanyl patch for pain relief which was absolutley remarkable. It worked so well that the first night home she only whimpered once in pain and then she never again whimpered or cried out in pain. I kept her crate next to my bed at night so I could hear her in case she needed pain med at night. It might be something to ask Gracie's neuro about. Riley had it for about 3 days when she came home and it just worked so well. She also had Tramadol if she needed it for back-up pain relief.

Also just an FYI - with the titanium mesh implant you can take Gracie through the security screening at airports. It will not set off the alarm. Riley has flown with me many, many times since her surgery. I had a note from her neuro the first time in case it set off an alarm, but it never does. When I think of any more tidbits, I'll send them along.

daffymum
3rd August 2011, 07:08 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and Gracie.
It's a very hard decision, I have been through similar process, although my dog's operation isn't the same one i.e decompression, I am glad I have made that decision as my dog is more alert now and the syrinx has reduced in size.

Daffymum

Soushiruiuma
3rd August 2011, 08:13 PM
Also just an FYI - with the titanium mesh implant you can take Gracie through the security screening at airports. It will not set off the alarm. Riley has flown with me many, many times since her surgery. I had a note from her neuro the first time in case it set off an alarm, but it never does.

Surgical grade titanium doesn't set off the metal detectors, even the new "naked scanners" don't find it. I have a plate in my wrist and have flown through several airports in the US, Europe, and Central America with no problems.

Furrfoot
3rd August 2011, 08:23 PM
(((hugs))) and prayers...:hug:

Desrae
4th August 2011, 12:27 AM
Wishing you Luck, sending you hugs and praying for ye.:lotsaluv:

Blondiemonster
4th August 2011, 12:33 AM
U are so brave i really admire you. I simply havent had the guts to go through with surgery or make a final decision. Not ready yet i guess, or maybe ill never be. Good luck and i will be rooting for gracie!!!!

mommytoClaire
4th August 2011, 12:46 AM
Oh goodness, I wasn't expecting this so fast! I know you probably haven't gotten much sleep since she was dx'd. But I am curious as to what symptoms she is having that have increased so rapidly. It seems just yesterday she was doing so well.I'll be thinking if you and Gracie, and saying many prayers on your behalf. How long is the surgery? How long will she be at the hospital? What is recovery? Sorry, I just don't know these things.You are a brave woman Debra. Bless you for being such a wonderful caretaker of Gracie.

GraciesMom
4th August 2011, 01:20 AM
Oh goodness, I wasn't expecting this so fast! I know you probably haven't gotten much sleep since she was dx'd. But I am curious as to what symptoms she is having that have increased so rapidly. It seems just yesterday she was doing so well.I'll be thinking if you and Gracie, and saying many prayers on your behalf. How long is the surgery? How long will she be at the hospital? What is recovery? Sorry, I just don't know these things.You are a brave woman Debra. Bless you for being such a wonderful caretaker of Gracie.Hey....her scratching on walks got bad pretty quickly in this hot weather. Some days very hard to get down the street on a walk. I was not expecting the MRI to show such a large syrinx given her symptoms were still not that bad. She has ALWAYS had some scratching that seemed a bit too much since we got her at 5 months, but would come and go. Probably weather related and did not know connection... Or when she was excited. Gracie is much better on digestive issues after we switched her diet to raw food, but never resolved the scratching episodes. We consult with Dr.Schubert on Monday and surgery is Tuesday. It takes 3-4 hours I think. Then she stays at hospital for about 4-5 days before we take her home. This was a very hard decision....I know it may not work out. But her malformation and syrinx is such that time is our enemy. If it does not work to prevent her from getting worse and being in real pain... we will have done our best. Some do very well on meds for a long time, but the odds of that are not good for her.

mommytoClaire
4th August 2011, 01:32 AM
Oh Debra, I understand. You are trying to do the best for her and if the surgery stops the progression, then it's worth it. I am just so sorry that it was this severe. Does she appear in pain?You need to start a thread that will keep us updated from Monday forward. Hugs to you and hubby.

GraciesMom
4th August 2011, 01:40 AM
Oh Debra, I understand. You are trying to do the best for here, and if the surgery stops the progression, then it's worth it. I am just so sorry that it was this severe. Does she appear in pain?You need to start a thread that will keep us updated from Monday forward. Hugs to you and hubby.No yelping or whining.... But it was slowing her down and preventing her from doing things she once enjoyed, like chasing balls and running up our stairs. I do think she had some headaches though, even if not yelping.

waldor
4th August 2011, 04:58 AM
I hope Gracie's surgery goes well. :l*v:

Margaret C
4th August 2011, 11:01 AM
A few hard weeks ahead but you and Gracie will get through.

There will be a great many people thinking of you both on Monday

Nicki
4th August 2011, 07:26 PM
So sorry to read this Debra - hard for you to make a decision when you are obviously under pressure but only you can make that decision with the advice you have received. We hope that it will be very successful and Gracie will have many happy and healthy years ahead of her.

Will be thinking of you x

Brian M
4th August 2011, 09:06 PM
Hi Debra

And best wishes from all us in Prenton we all will be thinking about you and we know both you and Gracie will
be fine after all this is way behind you .A brave but well thought out decison.

Blondiemonster
5th August 2011, 04:07 AM
Hugs hugs and more hugs!!!! Im going to be anxious for news..

Sydneys Mom
5th August 2011, 04:15 AM
Im going to be anxious for news..

Me too!

Hugs from me and Sydney :hug:

GraciesMom
5th August 2011, 04:39 AM
If I have Internet troubles I will call Annuemac to provide updates. Love you all....truly.

gyoselyn
5th August 2011, 06:46 PM
Good luck!! I hope the surgery goes well. Will be thinking of you and Gracie on Tuesday. Please send updates as soon as you can. Hugs to you both :hug:

Sabby
6th August 2011, 01:25 PM
I will be thinking of you and Gracie on Tuesday. You both will be in my prayers.

Tania
6th August 2011, 08:48 PM
Good luck for Monday, we will be thinking of you :hug::hug:

Zumie05
6th August 2011, 10:01 PM
Best of luck to Gracie. It is never easy knowing our loved ones have to go through such major surgery.. my rottweiler Gary had surgery on his shoulders, elbows, and 1 hip. I remember he couldn't even walk to go potty, it was hard to see. Amazingly he had a smile on his face every day and seemed to know that what he was going through in the end was going to help. I am sure Gracie trusts you and your decision.

Sydneys Mom
6th August 2011, 10:44 PM
Keeping our fingers, toes and paws crossed for you and Gracie.

tara
7th August 2011, 03:19 AM
I think you will find both Dr. Schubert and UF wonderful to work with -- I know I certainly did. I will be thinking of you and sending prayers your way. I am just a couple hours away, so would be happy to provide a stopover post surgery or anything else that might be of assistance. Please let me know if there is anything I can do as I am very close to where you'll be!

lovecavaliers
7th August 2011, 04:08 AM
Just catching up on CT. Debra I will be thinking of you and Gracie Monday and Tue. You are such a good mommy. I will be sending lots of positive and healing vibes your way. Keep us updated.

GraciesMom
7th August 2011, 04:15 AM
Packing up all the stuff to take... Kinda brings it all home that it is really happening. Leaving at 10 am for the long trip down. Took Gracie to play with friends...and played a lot with her toys. Working hard on being brave...

anniemac
7th August 2011, 04:23 AM
So proud of you. Thinking about you

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jld
7th August 2011, 04:47 AM
you have a lot of prayers coming your way.....take one day at a time. hugs to you. :lotsaluv:

Reptigirl
7th August 2011, 05:01 AM
Think of you guys! :hug:

mishy
7th August 2011, 12:23 PM
Hope everything goes well for Gracie, you are all in my prayers.

Spangly
7th August 2011, 01:32 PM
Keeping everything crossed for you and Gracie. We`ll be thinking of you on Monday.:xfngr:

Blondiemonster
8th August 2011, 05:25 AM
you have a lot of prayers coming your way.....take one day at a time. hugs to you. :lotsaluv:

Lots of prayers!! Its sunday night.. Hope u get some sleep...