Feb 6, 2013

Update on Brudder Rusty

Me's all pooped out and went through da wringer yesterday waiting to hear sometin bout me Rusty, so me givin me post time to Mom today...okee dokey??
Before I say anything else, I want to send out a heartfelt THANK YOU to all our wonderful friends in Blogville.  Yesterday we received so many heartwarming comments and personal emails along with prayers and lots of Paw Power!  And I want to add that it worked, although Rusty isn't quite out of the woods yet.

On Monday our wonderful vet was honest enough to say that on the sonogram, Rusty's tumor looked pretty bad.  He also said to prepare for the worst as his recommendation would be to just let Rusty quietly leave this world if he opened him up and found a "big mess" in there.

Surprisingly he found the tumor to be very "clean" without "fingers", although it was very large.  Actually the tumor weighed 2 pounds...poor Rusty is only about 11 pounds now.
The tumor was touching the spleen and partially wrapped around his intestines (which explains why Rusty couldn't poop normally and had diarrhea most of the time).  The vet made the decision to also remove his spleen and six inches of his intestines to make sure he got it all out.  He feels since it came out in one piece along with all the surrounding tissue, that there won't be a need for any further treatments.

One uncertainty is Rusty's liver.  There were no cancerous nodules on the liver, but it was very pale in color.  So the vet also took a liver sample to send along with the tumor to the lab for analysis and a biopsy.  The results should be back in about a week.

I just spoke to the vet this morning.  Rusty had a very restful night (on a morphine drip) and was walking around this morning.  The first 48 hours after surgery is crucial because of possible blood clot formation that could kill him, so they're keeping a close eye on him today.  I will check back tonight to see how his day went.  So far he's refusing to eat, but who could blame him!
So we're feeling cautiously optimistic right now.  And once again the POTP has been heard and answered.  Thank You!
Yes, my friends.  The POTP really does work.  Now let's keep this going for our buddy,
who is having a similar surgery today.

And as if this wasn't enough,
will also be having surgery this week to check a mass that was found.

And we can't forget
who is waiting for some very important test results! 

We would also like to send our own POTP to all those who are feeling poorly right now, pets and their peeps included.
Blogville and all its residents are the best!


Molly The Wally said...

More POTP and big love and hugs. We sincerely hope Rusty pulls through. Our thoughts are with you and all our furry friends in trouble. A big hug and kiss to Rusty. Paws tightly crossed.
Best wishes Molly

harrispen said...

Glad to hear Rusty came through the surgery. I will be keeping my paws crossed for him and all our Blogville friends in need.


Random Felines said...

we are glad it is a good update - we worried all day yesterday. paws crossed for good test results. and we continue to purr for Asta and Rusty and R (and everyone who needs it)

Gloria Hood said...

I don't think I am getting all your your posts????? I sure will pray now, for Rusty and all the others you mentioned! Hip Hip Hurray for Blogville!
Lovies, Miss Mindy

Patrice and Higgins said...

OMD, what a major surgery fur poor little Rusty! Will have my paws crossed and will be praying!


GOOSE said...

Happy to hear that the surgery went well. I will keep Rusty in my prayers.

Sarge said...

Hey Rusty!
Wow, this sounds like the start of a pawsitive recovery for you. I'm so glad to hear that this went well and I'm gonna keep those healing vibes headed your way!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Lovable Lily said...

Praying, praying and praying some more for Rusty and all our other furends and friends!

Hang in there Rusty, we know you can pull through this with flying colors!

Lily Belle & Muffin

3 doxies said...

I is just sooooo relieved to knows da surgery went well, and sounds like it was betters than expected. We has been thinkin' so much bouts ya'll and Rusty. Nows I guess we has to play da waitin' game fur da results...ugh.
We will continue to send our prayers and good thoughts to ya'll. Keep us posted cuz you knows we worries.

All our love to ya'll.


Ruby said...

Oh Amber, that is great news. I was thinkin' about Rusty all day yesterday, and hoping that it would be good news! I will keep my paws crossed for him, and keep sending Rusty, and your family good vibes and some AireZens...

Life with Wrigs said...

Amber and family, we are so happy to hear that Rusty's surgery went well! We'll continue to send lots of positive thought your way!

Susan and Wrigs

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

We are giving a Big SIGH of RELIEF here. THIS is GOOD news... Poor Rusty that must have been so uncomfortable to be carrying such a large thing around. Well it is GONE now and that is WONDERFUL.
PeeS... Rem is outta surgery too. And you are soooooooo right that BLOGVILLE has the POWER. We just gotta keep it coming fur Rusty, Remington and Asta. WE of Blogville CAN do it. We may need a bit of Laughter to keep recharging our batteries right now... butt WE CAN DO IT...
Hip Hip HoooooRay fur Rusty.

Nola said...

Glad he came through! Paws still crossed for all

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Mom and Amber!!
Happy dance for Rusty's first night after a grueling surgery. We will keep purring and praying for him until he is home. Yay for an excellent and loving vet and
POTP is an amazing tool God bless you all.
Hugs Madi and mom

Casey said...

We're so glad the surgery went well! We'll keep sending good thoughts for the recovery and test results!

Jazzi said...

poor rusty!! Great news to hear that they got it all. Still have paws crossed for the testing and recovery!!

Jazzi and Addi

Reuben said...

Good work Rusty, you has made it through very tough surgery! And a 2 POUND tumor.... OMD, that is very very big! I hope your poopings will start coming normally now and that you continues on the road to recoveries.


Jan's Funny Farm said...

Some days it's like living a nightmare with the list of sick furries and humans, so we're always happy to read optimistic news. We're glad Rusty came through the surgery and is recuperating. We wish him health!

KB said...

I'm so glad that you have cautious optimism right now! I hope that Rusty steadily gets stronger and that the vet got it all out.

We had a 11 year old lab who had a mass that was on his spleen and liver. It was cancer but they removed it, and he lived another 3 years with no problems from it. So, I am hoping that Rusty has a similar story!

POTP is coming your way. We, unfortunately, just learned that we won't get R's results until MONDAY. Holy moly - that's a long wait.

Most of all, I am happy that Rusty is doing well right now.

Dolly Townsend said...

Thank you for the update it was wonderful for you to take the time to write it when you have so much on your mind. We will continue to hope for more encouraging news! Love Dolly and Sandra

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

You know, he mite be feeling pritty good with that morphine drip. Mebbe he can get some in a go bag to bring home to all of you from being put through the wringer! Still has my paws crossed here fur even better news.

Murray's Mouth said...

We wish a speedy recovery for you, Friend! Be well...we will keep you in our thoughts.

K9 Katastrophie said...

We are sending love and prayers!


PoochesForPeace said...

We'll be sending POTP in all directions! Glad to hear that things are looking up.

rottrover said...

Continuing POTP, but with cautious optimism. Thanks for the update!

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Siku Marie, White Dog said...

What awesome news! Rusty you are quite a Warrior! Never surrender, right! We continue to surround you with paws of healing energy and positivity. The WDA is howling with happiness.

Mitch and Molly said...

Our paws remain crossed and we continue to send lots of positive vibes and AireZen your way, Rusty.

Love ya lots
Mitch and Molly

Mr. Pip said...

My paws are crossed so tight for Rusty! So glad the surgery went well and that the tumor was clean. Please keep us posted and we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Your pal, Pip

chicamom85 said...

I am crossing paws for Rusty and sending hugs and loveys. My Remington is gonna be ok and I know Rusty will too. POTP is amazing.

Loveys Sasha

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We're so happy & relieved Rusty's surgey seems to have gone so well. We're keeping our paws crossed for a speedy recovery and an excellent report on the liver biopsy. Sorry we're MIA recently; stupid mama's shoulder again.

Old Kitty said...

Beautiful Amber!!! We are so sorry we are late (again!!!!) with sending you paw power of healing and goodness to gorgeous brother Rusty!!! We are glad the surgery went well and have all our paws and fingers crossed for good results with his liver!!! Purrs and hugs to all the other sweeties too! Take care

tubby3pug said...

I am glad that Rusty is home with you I had a pug with this condition at one point and he lived quite some time with a spleenic tumor

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Ruby and Penny said...

We are so happy that Rusty was able to have his tumor removed and is recovering from surgery. We will continue to send him tonnes of doxie feel good rayz.

Love Ruby & Penny

Team Beaglebratz said...

We Beaglebratz r so furry much glad that Rusty's surgery went better then x-pected. Now he just NEEDZ tue hurry an'git better - we'll keep sendin'POTP an'good vibez fur Rusty. So many loved onez, 2 AN’4 leggerz needin’the POTP BUTT we here in Blogville know just how strong POTP can b.
Shiloh'n Diva Shasta

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John Rose said...

Happy to hear that the surgery went well. I will keep Rusty in my prayers.
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