It is so hard to believe that 3 weeks has already gone by ( and very quickly ) since Henri had his amputation surgery. I can not tell a lie, I am beyond EXHAUSTED! We have been so very fortunate that Henri has done so well with his recovery and he continues to amaze me every day! What a strong boy he is! Henri did not get sick one bit from the surgery and I only kept him on Tramadol for about 5 days after. It is exciting that he is no longer on the pain meds…they made him so tired and a little silly anyway! : ) He never had accidents in the house but the first week did take lots of encouraging to get him to go potty outside…otherwise, he would just hold it. I think it was just too much work during that first week and he was so sleepy! After sleeping in our living room for 19 nights, I finally decided it was time to move back upstairs. I have not slept through the night since he had surgery. Even though Henri is better, I always find myself waking up to check on him and see if he needs anything. I have to say that my surgeon rocked! She did a fantastic job on Henri and luckily, he had internal stitches ( WHICH IS THE WAY TO GO IF POSSIBLE )…. his wound healed so quickly! It was nice not having to worry about him picking/scratching at the stitches/staples and he never once had bleeding, bruising, oozing or anything of the sort! Just a clean wound that continues to look better every day! He did wear a T-shirt in the beginning just so I could protect Henri from scratching the wound with his foot…he loves to scratch! SIGH
We started chemo this past Tuesday ( March 9th ) and so far, things are going well! Keeping our fingers and paws crossed!
There is nothing I would do to change the decisions I have made for Henri. I realize that I have so much fight in myself for him because I lost my own mother so suddenly to cancer back in October of 2007. She never had a chance to fight because she passed so quickly after diagnosis. I realized that I want this for Henri, the chance to fight and have more great times/quality times. We do not know what tomorrow brings because we are not promised tomorrow…but Henri and I will continue fighting and continue enjoying our love for each other every moment we can! In the end, I will always be confident that I gave him life, courage, and the WILL to continue on as long as our journey can continue. Henri knows I love him, and that makes me feel so good!!! : )