For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Jun 15, 2011

Back for recheck-Not Quite Ready to Yell "Victory"!

Just a quick update today. I took Jack back in for a check and he had accumulated fluid. It was a bummer (my heart just sank). Though the surgeon at the Atlanta hospital said he was worried, he is not ready to call the surgery a failure.

As promised, I emailed the surgeon in Texas with the update as she had requested and she returned my email within minutes. "No worries, yet." It's actually normal for a dog to drain a bit after surgery, and she said she left a bit in their to see if it would reabsorb over a month's time. She has a more optimistic view, and says we don't have to worry until a month or more as long as he doesn't start breathing heavily or show other changes.

Fortunately, it was a short visit, and he was one dog in a hurry to get out of the hospital! I only had one pain pill left, and I don't think I'll need more, but the vet said he'd be happy to call in a prescription to my pharmacy for my peace of mind. I would hate to wake up in the middle of the night to a pup in pain and not be able to do anything. So far he hasn't had anything since 6 a.m., and appears to be comfortable I think he feels naked without his Georgia State University t-shirt!

I was going to take a picture of his staples, but I figured I'd give the poor guy some privacy.

We go back next Wednesday to the internist to have the stitches out.

Been hot and muggy in Atlanta-hate it, but I hear thunder in the distance. Let's hope the rain comes. Everything is bone dry.

Good news for little Mary. The chemo is working and they will take a middle of the road approach toward a cure. She's not the best, but more importantly, isn't the worst. Sweet little thing. Time is moving slowly for her though they feel at this point she may be able to stop chemo 2 months short of the full 3 years.


  1. Jack is still in our prayers and glad he doesn't seem to be in too much pain. Sure hope we hear really good news soon. Give him a big sloppy kiss from my girls.

  2. Thanks so much. He loves slopping kisses from girls!

  3. SLOPPY! I was a much better typist on a typewriter--especially when it had 6 carbons! Computers ruined good typists!


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