I was out of state from Surgery Day Plus 3 to Surgery Day Plus 8. During my absence, my husband reported some “lethargy.” I have to say I was scared by Darby’s behavior when I returned. Gone was the dog with a prance in her gait, even the 3-legged variation she was rocking the first couple of days after surgery. She doesn’t walk much at all — when she does, it’s very labored. She spends most of the time sleeping on the couch, and when she’s not doing that, she’s demanding to be petted. Last night I had to do quite a sales pitch to get her off the couch and over to her food bowl.
Are these the rough patches I was warned about, after the hospital meds are stopped? Darby is not a complainer, but I even heard her whine a little bit when she stopped before the one step up from our sunken living room, as if just making that one step up was too much for her. Because of this behavior and the labored gait, my husband and I took her in to be seen on Surgery Day Plus 10. Her incision looks terrific, and we were relieved to find out that her temperature is normal. The on call vet suggested we increase the gabapentin slightly, and then just keep on keeping on until we see the vet on Tuesday to get her stitches out. He wants to discuss starting chemo, but I really don’t want to deal with that while Darby is still so down.
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