Bruno had been staying at the vet for a few weeks. He was still barely eating and drinking little water. The weekend was coming. No one staffed the vet's office on Sundays, so we were prepared to bring Bruno home on Saturday and take care of him. I was going to have to give him shots, IV fluids and medications. I was prepared, and thought being home might be good for him.
I was told on Saturday that "she" did not want Bruno to be released and "she" wanted him to stay at the office over the weekend. Again, I had to advocate for my little man. I was pissed that "she" wanted to keep him in the office, on Sunday, when NO ONE would be there. If something went wrong, they would not find Bruno until Monday morning, when it could be too late. If he came home, we would be with him and ready to do something if needed.
Bruno came home. He was so sick. He was so exhausted. But he was happy to be home! I took vital signs every hour. I gave him fluids through a needle 4 times a day. I gave him shots every few hours.... He did well on Saturday. On Sunday, he took a downhill turn. He began to vomit. We decided he need to go to the doggie emergency room. When we got there, I explained everything to the vet. The vet gave Bruno a heavy duty medication that the owner of my regular clinic refused to buy or give. It turned out to be a miracle drug! Bruno began to feel better!! He started to eat and drink small amounts on his own.
I called Dr. Lynne on the way home and she was as excited as I was!! She called the emergency vet the next day and order some of the miracle drug for Bruno. He was showing signs of hope!! We continued to go back to the clinic, EVERYDAY for a couple of months. He was getting ultra sounds weekly to look at the pus pockets (the ultra sound doc did not make us pay for many of them, as we were already racking up a huge medical bill). I was still giving him shots and heavy duty anitbiotics and taking his vital signs frequently.
Then it happened.... About 6 months after that awful night that Bruno was taken into surgery, we had another ultra sound. Dr. Lynne, Dr. Dawn, the ultra sound doc, the front office and of course Bruno, my daughter and I were nervous!! We went into the ultra sound room and flipped the little guy on his side. She began to check the area where the largest and most stubborn pus pocket had formed. The room was so quiet... But wait, she couldn't find it!!! IT WAS GONE!!!!!! Bruno was completely healed!!!! I couldn't believe it! The vets couldn't believe it, the office couldn't believe it. HE WAS HEALED!!! We all had tears in our eyes! Bruno was a fighter and he had won this battle!
Almost three years later, I sit here typing, with my 12 year old buddy, Bruno, laying next to me. What a blessing! He was like a new dog when he finally felt better. No more blockage, no more pancreatitis, no more infections! For the first time since my husband and I had been together, he saw Bruno play!! That blocked intestine had been causing Bruno a great deal of problems for many years. We just didn't know how bad until he was all better!
There are so many people to thank for helping Bruno get through this.... Dr. Lynne, you are amazing! I am so glad we met that night, so is Bruno!!! Dr. Dawn, you, too are amazing! You have been such a wonderful vet for so many years, and you finally got that nose lick you always wanted!!!!! The office staff, the techs, the ultra sound doc, my family and the community for all being there - to listen, to let me cry, to hug me! You guys are ALL AMAZING!!! Each and everyone of you have been a blessing to us, and we have our Bruno Bear to prove it!! THANK YOU!!!