Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Edge of the woods?

A heartfelt thank you for you comments upon the previous post, from both myself and from ol’ stinky herself. The last few days have been traumatic to say the least but all your words of support have been a huge help.


As for Lucy’s present state? Well the news so far is encouraging to say the least. The most recent visit to our vets, following a steroid injection, was anticipated with a sense of dread. Our vet, Mr. Evans, called us through ahead of others as soon as we entered the building. He repeated his previous examination of her abdomen with due care and attention. Now Mr. Evans is what you’d call ‘old school’, a vet of many years experience, totally trust worthy, he barely cracks a smile and his conversation is short and always to the point. Bearing this in mind his expression as he rose from Lucy’s side was most unexpected and could only be described as bemusement! His face slowly creased into a smile as he calmly stated “well that is surprising”. Expanding further he explained that the ‘thickening’ had reduced by a large amount, although there was still some to be felt, Lucy showed no sign of discomfort this time around (t,other day she nearly had his wrist on his first touch of her stomach) and was in much better spirits. He felt that an operation at this point would be unnecessary, although not yet out of the question depending upon her progress. More steroids and anti-biotic were prescribed with a new appointment this Friday.

Now I’m fully aware that the old girl is certainly not out of the woods yet, but there is a sense of tempered optimism here in our home. So with everything crossed that we can cross we wait for Friday. Once again I cannot express my thanks for all your kind words and support.

As an aside walking Lucy on the trails is not an option at the moment so I’m really not to sure what to post about for your perusal at the moment (any ideas welcome), so my postings may well be a little infrequent. Although I have opened up my other blog once more ‘Tales from the Fish’ to while away these cold evenings, so if you’d like me to attempt a story here, feel free to let me know of your ideas.

Again many, many thanks to you all my friends,

John 

19 comments:

Stephanie and Dustin said...

I understand Lucy is a big of part of your family as our pups are for our family. Give her a scratch behind the ear and a good girl from us. My thoughts are with you guys as she gets better. -stephanie

Shoreman said...

Hey John. Glad to hear Lucy is doing better. Tough when one of the family (stinky as she is. Haha) is feeling poorly. I'll keep my fingers crossed for her speedy recovery.

Mark

2 Tramps said...

Things do sound better for dear Lucy. We will hope for her continued recovery. Your Vet sounds much like the one we had for many years - our hounds, Amos and later Angus, both had their lives saved several times by his knowledge and careful ways.

Karl said...

That's great news John. I hope it continues to go well. Stay optimistic. Again, we'll be thinking of Lucy!

Thanks,
Karl

Terria Fleming said...

So happy to hear things are looking better for Lucy. I like to read about all the wanderings you guys do.
Maybe you could post about the town/area you live in? I'd certainly be interested as it is so different from where I live. Just a thought.

Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

Oh yay. I'm so glad for both of you that the news is better. Will be praying for you both through Friday's visit as well! Give her a kiss on her old smelly snout for me,,, come on, please??? I would, if I were there!

Damn The Broccoli said...

Thoughts for you all from over Broccoli way, there are still stagnant pools out there to be splashed in.

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

i will turn that manly hug to a manly slap on the back!

Bob Mc said...

Mark up a win for our side. Hope things continue to go well.

Leigh said...

What a blessing! I'm so happy to hear that she is on the right track!
All the best,
Leigh

danontherock said...

I hope all goes well for you and Lucy

best regards
Dan

Le Loup said...

That is encouraging news John. Fingers crossed.
Keith.

Claire@AreWeNearlyThereYet said...

Oh My!!! I feel I desperately have to apologise for not keeping up in Blogsville lately especially as Lucy has been poorly! I'll have a proper catch up over the next few days but although I'm saddened to hear she's been very poorly (not read back yet to see what the problem is) I'm pleased to learn she's picked up a bit. Baz sends his love and wishes her a speedy recovery. Here's to many walks for you both in the New Year eh? Hugs for her worried M&D too. xxx

Bill said...

Great news John and I hopefully it's good news from here on out!

Wolfy said...

John,

I apologize for not having read about Lucy's ercent health issues, although it did spare ME some grief and heartache.

So glad to hear that things appear to looking up. Wishing you and Lucy all the best.

Joe

Mel said...

You know, John and Lucy, this ol' blogging world we live in here is a pretty special place. I know I said my prayers for Lucy from all these miles away. The power of the blogging world and all the well wishers does have a significant impact on the feelings and emotions that those in need so desperately deserve. God bless the both of you.

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Sounds like a reason to be hopeful. So happy for you all and I'm glad Lucy isn't in pain now. Hope you'll keep us updated on her next exam.

moschops said...

Great news! Glad to hear Lucy is feeling better.
megan x

CDGardens said...

It has been a bit since I last visited...So glad the vet was able to verify sweet Lucy was getting some relief with her medication. Will certainly keep you both in my prayers.