Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cheyenne Sick

Yesterday was not a great day for Cheyenne but she is still alive so that's good. Last week her limp got worse and over the weekend her hind leg started ballooning and so Dr Edie came by to check on Cheyenne. That was when the afternoon spiraled badly out of control.
Suddenly the house call turned serious and it seemed most likely Cheyenne had bone cancer and there weren't any options for an old dog. I wasn't going for amputation and surgery in case seemed likely to kill her, quite aside from the fact that Cheyenne copes terribly on three legs. I carried her down to the car and drove to the hospital 5 miles away with tears streaming down my face. My wife left her job at Marathon making me promise Cheyenne would be alive to say good bye when she got to the Cruz Animal Hospital.
Dr Cruz, the kindly looking guy with the moustache ran his hand over her hind leg and made the exact same face Dr Edie did, like he had sucked on the world's most sour lemon. I insisted we do an x-ray, as much to give my wife time to arrive as anything. I figured Cheyenne was a goner and I said goodbye as they took her back to confirm the terminal diagnosis. 
 Dr Cruz came back shaking his head. "If I wasn't in the room I'd swear we got the wrong dog," he said in puzzlement. "Her bones are fine, no cancer at all. But look at this," he said pointing to a little white dot on the x-ray. "She was shot in the leg by an air gun." And there it was, on her perfectly formed leg bone a little white speck that had been there for years. They shaved her leg and could find no entry wound. 
They did a complete blood work on her and she was fine over all, no infection and slightly over worked kidneys owing to her recent drug regimen. What was wrong with her leg? Dr Cruz thought it was possibly a dickey lymph node but the tests proved nothing. Cheyenne lay on the table pretending she was in her happy place. My wife had arrived and suddenly everyone was happy even though the workers were staying after hours for us (and another dog in the room next door).
We took her home and I carried her up and started her pills. Hopefully they will get the swelling down and end the pain and allow Cheyenne to walk again. We go back next Tuesday and if the pain is still bad we will have to call it curtains for Cheyenne. That will be a right cheerful day and I can't think about it now. For the moment she is in a Tramadol haze and I hope the rest will allow the swelling to go down in the next few days.   
I know she's old and her days are numbered one way or another but I would like to see her lose a lot more interest in life before her life has to end. But as always it's not fair to listen to her pant in pain because I don't want to let her go. And I don't.
Here's hoping the leg gets it's shit together and heals, whatever it is, and Cheyenne stops panting in pain. My plan for my unusually single minded dog is that she gradually slip away and one fine morning she not wake up on a day of her choosing. I've not been that lucky yet with any dog, but we both deserve that kind of ending to our story.

15 comments:

Dar said...

Michael

I will say a prayer for Cheyenne. I hope her leg gets better, I don't envy the position you are in right now. Thinking about it draws me back to Muggins passing 4 years ago, I still mourn her passing.

Richard Holt said...

Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Andrew A said...

Just a little note to say I appreciate your updates and I'm thinking of all of you. Hoping for the best for Cheyenne.

Sandi Foster said...

just so sad to read this... lots of love sent for chyenne

Louis Vetter said...

So many of us have been where you are. Be strong for her, knowing you do the best you can.

Deb said...

So sorry she is going through this along with her family. I hope she can find some relief and heal up quickly. Dogs are tough-they hang in for us. Prayers her way....

Deb

Arizona Harley Dude said...

As a dog lover I feel your pain. Cheyenne is lucky that you rescued her and care so much. You won't mourn alone when she passes, as all who have followed her adventures will shed a tear or three also.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about Cheyenne's condition, hopeful she will perk up. We had two Black Lab's we had to put down within a year of each other due to cancer. Tough time.

Ken in Cleveland

David Masse said...

Michael, Susan and I have been where you two thought you were with Cheyenne. I am so pleased there was a reprieve.

I had a dog when I was a kid, and she was shot with a pellet gun. We took her to the vet and had her patched up. We suspected one of our neighbors but who knows. People do hateful things.

Best wishes to Cheyenne. Miracles do happen, even for dogs.

Denise S. said...

Hello. I have been following your blog for a few years now and this is my first comment. I so look forward to your pictures and stories of my favorite place and of course, Cheyenne. She is in my prayers, as are you and your wife. She is very luck to have been rescued by such a loving and attentive dog lover. Hope she gets the reprieve you are looking for. Bless you all.

Trobairitz said...

I am so sorry Michael. I know how much Cheyenne means to you two.

I am glad that it was not bone cancer. Hopefully the meds will work and she'll hold on a little longer. You're all in our thoughts.

Conchscooter said...

Bloody dog. Gets far too many comments. I am hoping for the best. But things aren't brilliant and I fear the worst so everyone should be warned. I probably won't write much for a few days if she does have to die. She is eating Dions chicken with her pills but she has lost a ton of weight. Her leg remains swollen and I carry her everywhere, up and down stairs all 92 pounds of her. I have never seen her this disinterested in food and life in general, such is her pain and her drug dosage , which depresses me.
Rant over.
Thanks to all.

Denise P said...

So very sorry for what you all are going through. I am still in mourning for my dog Nick Nack from when she passed in April. Hang in there and we are thinking of you and Cheyenne.

SalParadise said...

Damn that is sad. No antibiotics? That would be my first go to, a broad spectrum antibiotic. If she eats and craps regularly and nothing gets worse then there is still hope.

SalParadise said...

Forget to add - if you aren't already doing it, massage the leg three times a day. It may help heal or it may just feel good but either way it is worth it.