Thursday, July 05, 2007


It seems I spoke too soon :(

That first vet got our hopes up so high only to send them crashing down again. She was referred to Murdoch yesterday; basically there's a severe fracture on her T12 vertebra which is on the most mobile part of the back. Don't ask me how the first vet missed the fracture, but the orthopaedic vet was pretty pessimistic as soon as he saw her radiographs.

So yesterday evening they did a CT scan to determine whether there were bone chips etc in the spinal column itself, in order to plan the way forward with the surgery. Thankfully there wasn't, so last night Lulu underwent surgery and had pins and plates inserted into her back. She has lost three of the four responses in the back legs, with only deep pain response left (thank god). There's a 50/50 chance of her recovering function in the back legs or being paralysed.

So now it's just wait and see. Apparently the first few days is really critical to see how well the healing is going.

It's all a bit of a tragic week here and the waiting is the hardest part.

1 comment:

purps said...

Oh gosh Irene, I am so sorry to hear this :( I hope LuLu comes through ok! Big hugs!

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