Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Post Op Update


We went to visit Neala after dinner tonight... The staff at this surgical center is wonderful and I can tell Neala already has them wrapped around her little naked paw.


I think I'm back to being nervous again. After the surgery, I started feeling light hearted and like she was definitely going to be okay, but then after seeing her, I'm back to being nervous. I don't know what I expected- she just had major surgery and who of us has had major surgery and looked wonderful six hours later?


The staff must have great faith in her since they let us see her in the 'visiting room' versus bringing us back into the ICU. She was wrapped in a blankie, but I pushed it aside to snap this photo really quick.


She was purring constantly and I'm sure it was a combination of nerves, pain, and 'take me home!'. I was told that everytime a staff member comes within 10 feet of the cage, she is up and crying, "Come see me! Come see me!" So she is getting plenty of attention.


I'm glad I saw pictures of other Sphynx who have had this surgery before Neala had hers. Yes, you heard me right- two Sphynx in Holland needed this exact same surgery THIS year. Which makes me think it may be something within the breed that we just haven't realized yet- maybe babies pass away before it's diagnosed, maybe we mislabel it and never realize the situation for what it is. I just cannot believe three kittens of the same breed in the same year have had this condition and yet it is so 'rare'. We just haven't connected the dots yet, I think.


Anyways, those pictures made me prepared for the sutures. They look horrendous, I know! She also had a tiny IV in her front paw, but that's all I saw because I was trying to keep her as bundled and warm as I could.


She seemed to get cool too fast, so I sent her back to her nice warmed cage and heating pad...


Now just have to make it through the night and see how she is tomorrow.

20 comments:

  1. I am not sure exactly what I expected but to be honest she looks MUCH better than I thought she would - not having a lot of experience with major cat surgeries before. And the fact that she is up and about just seems amazing to me but again, I don't have experience with any surgery that major on any kitty. We are still sending her lots of purrs and prayers - we know that recovery will not be easy but we hope that it will be as easy and speedy as is possible!

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  2. Oh little Neala... We are just glad to see a picture of her, and to know that she is calling, and purring, it's got to be a good sign... We also have no experience with surgeries in cats, specially in kittens, but seeing her little face made us fill with hope that everything is going to be alright. We will keep purring and praying! Be strong little girl, you will be fine... <3
    Happy Cat Family

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  3. Poor sweet girl. I think she looks good just after a major surgery. She is going to recover and gain strength everyday. Just you see. We are all purring and praying and checking the blog to check up on her. We are purring and praying for you Neala. Hang in there you can do this.

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  4. Oh, we are so glad we checked one more time before heading to bed...we are purring with happiness she made it through her surgery and is getting lots of TLC by the staff...we hope she is home in your arms soon.

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  5. OK, I wasn't prepared for this, that is a huge incision. But what was I thinking, probably wasn't thinking.
    The incision looks so clean and neat. And Neala is such a doll, of course she has all her staff "trained".
    We are all sending prayers and purrs to her and her weary family.
    Harry Spotter was correct yesterday about this being such a strong breed. She may be a tiny girl, but she is very strong.
    We love you, sweet Neala. Hang in there, baby girl.

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  6. We hope you both have a good night's rest.

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  7. Had to get up for one last look at Neala. So precious.
    Hope Mom & Dad are sleeping well.
    Spoke to Peggy earlier, if you can get a mailing address, she will get Neala's new blankie off to her. She was also worried about the fringe... should she remove it? Would Neala be tempted to eat it? At this point, we don't want to take ANY chances.
    Love from all the Sherwoods...
    ML

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  8. I think that if Neala is already calling for attention, then she is recovering nicely. I am sure that she will be home with you again very soon.

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  9. she looks wonderfur...the cut will heal well exposed to air. miss peach took long for her cut because it was tucked into the corner between her leg and tummy. no wearing bekeeknees for her....

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  10. I think you need some healing purrs as much as Neala does! It sounds to me like she is recovering just the way the folks at the clinic expect. I know she will be okay. My human would probably worry as much as you do, if it were any of us...

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  11. Glad to see Neala. It's hard to have one that we love have to endure this type of thing but she appears to have come through this with flying colors and is on the road to recovery. When will you know whether the surgery has done all you hoped it would?
    Runt and Charles woke me up early to check on Neala, so now I can go back to sleep...Taz purred that she knew Neala was going to be all right, so why lose sleep (and of course she's right)!
    So sending snuggles and purrs for continued good reports and future health improvements.
    Taz, Runt, Charles, and mommy, Anna, in Illinois

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  12. Oh that is so exciting that she looks so good after that major surgery. We continue to send tons of purrs and prayers and a big hug for Mom. We will be checking all day to see how she is doing.
    Have a great day.

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  13. Hello sweet baby! You are looking very good for all that you have been through! We just know that she will be fine soon!!!

    Love, uSSSSS

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  14. Excellent...glad to see she is doing better after her surgery. You'll be surprised how quickly that incision will heal. I hope she continues to improve and does get to go home soon. When will they know if the surgery was a success and her esophagus is back to normal?

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  15. Sednign purrs that things keep going well!

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  16. we's happy to awake an' see neala's picture. that's a scairty-lookin' line of sutures, but if it means she's gonna be well, we're all for it!! purrs & blessin's on all of you-uns, an' a special gentle headbutt to neala.

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  17. Awwww, we continue to send you and Neala purrs. It's hard seeing our babies like that. She is in good hands and we hope will be home very soon.

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  18. Well, we think she looks smashing for what she has been through! We will keep up our purrs and maybe our Meowm can meet all of you tonite!

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  19. Thank you for updating us with how Neala and you are doing. We will continue to purr for you.

    Padre, Panda Bear, Meerkat, Cookie, and Caramel

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  20. It is so sad to see tiny Neala with that big incision, but it sounds like she is doing great. Stay strong, little Neala!

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