Friday, July 29, 2011

Another Vinny Update

Vito, Mommy must apologize for hijacking your blog with all-things-Vinny. But I know you don't mind because you are just as concerned about Vinny as the rest of us!

First night.

Waking up. (Thanks in no part to my camera I'm sure...)

It's been a long few days for all of us. Vinny is doing okay, whatever "okay" means after such a traumatic surgery. He has mostly been in a sitting/standing trance since Wednesday morning (after sleeping all night Tuesday - the day of surgery). The vet said this was normal, caused by the narcotic pain killer that he is on. He also said that he probably does not want to lie down because of the incision, which seems to be true. I have seen him try to lie down on the rug and it's immediately uncomfortable for him and he returns to sitting or standing position. It is truly heartbreaking because I know how tired he has to be. He starts to fall asleep and catches himself.

He does this for HOURS on end...

Or this. Always with his tail down. :(

Bedtime has been hard. The first night, as I said, he slept like a rock. The second night, he woke up, and thus woke me up (luckily actually), by leaping in to action and trying to jump off of the bed at 2:30am. Again at 3:30am. Again at 4:30 am. Neither of us slept again that night. Last night, he did the same thing at 11:30 pm before I had fallen asleep, at which point I decided to just put him in his crate to make it easier for me since I had to actually go to work the next day (I stayed home with him the first day after). It wasn't easy for him though (or me it turned out), he cried at first and was still standing up when I fell asleep, whatever time that was. I woke up to him crying at 6:30am.

He was to be restricted from jumping on the furniture for FOUR WEEKS. But that has proven impossible to stop. He does it before I can catch him, and when I do try to lift him on or off of furniture while avoiding the massive incision, he fights and squirms which I think is more risky for injury than him jumping on to the furniture. Also when I have lifted him up, he immediately jumps back down. :(

This morning I took him back to the vet because I was concerned about how red the area was, and also about him being unable to lie down and sleep. They assured me that all was normal, but also gave me a lower dose pain killer to start tomorrow which should remove him from the trance-like state but still relieve his pain.

One should never wish their life away, but right now I would like to fast-forward four weeks when this boy is healed and I'm able to snuggle on him again!

We should have the results of his pancreas biopsy by the end of next week.

Thanks again for everyone's support! Pug hugs to all!

7 comments:

Payton said...

Poor Vinny! Poor Gina! Poor Vito! Lack of sleep is no fun at all for anyone. We will say a prayer tonight in hopes that he will lay down and rest soundly. Keep us posted.
Love,
Payton
PS. Despite being uncomfortable, he looks great in those pictures! Have a great weekend! Stay cool!

Minnie and Mack said...

Oh, what a sad looking boy...we hope the change in medication is the trick and Vinny can lay down and get some well needed rest, and the rest of you all, too!

Thanks for keeping us posted on Vinny's recovery.

Drools and licks,
Minnie and Mack

Salinger The Pug said...

We hope you ALL get some sleep (and Vito gets some extra ShutUp sticks!) this weekend!

We hope news keeps getting better for sweet Vinny!

Love,
S-Dog

5puggums2mamasanddadandhiscat said...

Gina,
I am so glad you posted. Poor baby! Vinny definently needs his rest and shame on those meds from keeping in from resting and that big ol' incision...bless his heart!! I hope he finds the comfort of rest he needs soon. I sure hope the biopsy reveals nothing terrible as I think he has gone through enough... Thank you so much for sending us (the humans and the pugs) the very nice Thank you card and it was no big deal as it is something that comes natural to all of us who love our "babies"...to help one another out when our little one's aren't feeling well. Keep us updated on Vinny's progress and we hope you all get some great rest soon!!
Much love,
Mama Mindy (and Mama CJ and the puggums send their love to the family of you, Vinny, and Vito, too!!)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We are keeping all of you in our thoughts constantly.
Poor little Vinny ,, we see how miserable he is, and we know how much you care about him,,,
that it hurts your heart to see him this way.
We send positive thoughts and healing wishes,
love
tweedles

Hank said...

Poor baby boy. I know how hard those post-surgery days are - hard on everyone!

Hang in there. Hank and I are thinking of you all and look forward to seeing you soon! :)

Sequoia & Petunia & Emma said...

Give Vinny 3 super puggy hugs from the girls here!!!

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