'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

26 March 2014

We're Home

Got to Vegas about 1000, which was supposed to be the time for the pick up. We got moved to 1100 so the surgeon could make a final check on his cutest patient. Paid the bill and noted the surgeon didn't charge us for his time. I thought that was fair and reasonable. One could argue that this was simply a continuation of the first repair surgery and we certainly paid the doc enough for that. Still, in this day and age it was gratifying to see him step up that way. My wallet certainly appreciated it.

1100 rolled around and the discharge nurse went over the doctor's instructions. Same one as last time and she recognized us so that went pretty quick. Then they brought Angus out. To say he was happy to see us is a vast understatement. Especially Momma. He went into immediate Whole Body Happy Wiggle mode. He was actually walking very well and we could really see the difference in his leg with the plate gone. It was so good to see him again. We really missed the little stinker.

He pulled us out the door and took a long and well deserved potty break in the gravel beside the truck. We loaded him up in the back seat with Lu and we were off home with prescriptions for antibiotics, inflammation and pain and 3 happy passengers. The trip home was uneventful and pretty easy. He slept most of the way.

Shaved again. I hope this is the last we'll be seeing of his leg skin. If you look real close you'll see that the stitches are....pink. The nurse says it's so they'll stand out against his black skin and fur but I think it's a Gyno conspiracy. Baby Girl thought they were stylish so there's that. 21 stitches total.

After he expressed his happiness at seeing us and being rescued from the Dungeon of Not Home he made sure to punish us. Angus is a sensitive dog. Not to mention badly spoiled. He'll probably hang his head and sad eye us for a few days just to make absolutely sure we understand how badly we disappointed him before he forgives us.

"Is Daddy looking? Does he look miserable and apologetic yet? Good!"

The leg looks straight to my eye and matches the other one pretty well now. The new incision is right over the old one so at least he'll only have one scar. And the surgeon did have to open it up all the way again to get the plate out.

Oh right. The Cone of Shame. We don't make him wear it when he's in direct and constant supervision of either of us but it's always there just in case. And don't think for a second that he doesn't know it. "I'll be good, I promise!"

After a few minutes at home he settled down and seems to have forgiven us. We're just so happy and grateful to have him back safe and whole. As I write this he's up on our bed, snuggled up with Momma and deep in the sleep of the truly content. It's good to be a family again. Welcome home Little Man.

Thank you all again for your well wishes and prayers. They worked. Once again. But this time I'm going to forgo teasing Murphy and tweaking his nose. We've had enough excitement with this one as it is. I'll just say that at this moment things are good and the future seems bright and leave it at that. That dude just has absolutely no sense of humor.

Six

12 comments:

Monkeywrangler said...

Yay! Glad y'all are home safe. I enjoyed the decorations on the cone of shame. That is a heck of a long incision too. I bet you will need the cone in a couple days when the sutures start to itch.

Murphy's Law said...

Glad to hear the news. Made my day here. +1 on that decorated cone. Murphy destroyed his when he had to wear one. Towards the end it was mostly duct tape.

Now heal him up (I hear steak off the grill helps) and get him all fit again.

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LauraB said...

SUCH good news and esp that they got the infection from the bone. Keep an eye out, though. It is very tough to cure...I concur that fresh meat is very recommended. :)

Keads said...

Great news. Glad y'all are back home and he is doing well. (I'm from North Carolina. I can say y'all. I have a permit for that).

Lois Evensen said...

How great to have him home. :) Glad to know all went well. What a special guy. :)

Car Guy said...

Glad to hear that all is working out well.

Old NFO said...

Glad to hear it went well! And hope this is the LAST time...

OldAFSarge said...

Hang in there Angus!

God, Gals, Guns, Grub said...

The gals and I have been thinkin' and prayin' for you folks and Angus...

Ruger and Sasha each give a big "WOOF" too...

Dann in Ohio

Brighid said...

Angus is awesome, even with a stripper's leg. Wishing him good healing!

Six said...

Thanks all for your prayers and kindness. Angus is still pretty sore but seems to be healing well. He's sticking pretty close to Lu and giving her the sad puppy dog eyes but that's pretty normal :) The incision looks good and the meds are giving him some relief. We're going slow and taking things easy while he heals. We are soooo done with surgery. Angus heartily agrees. Here's to no more but at least such is readily available at need.

Thanks again. It is such a joy to have such good friends.