Lola had great results. Her heart is good and there are no signs of cancer or pancreatitis.
Nothing to explain her inability to walk properly but a tonne of good news for her overall health.
And then we got her home. The bandage on her leg, we thought was a bandage, to be removed in days. It was a tourniquet, not a bandage. Just to stop the bleeding where the catheter was removed.
We had it on 11 hours. Overnight. We left the vet just after 7pm and I woke up about 5:30am.
She got up just before 6am when I picked her up out of her bed for her to cuddle me. Lola didn’t feel like cuddles and very concerningly drunk walked. She wobbled, fast but not steady, over Triston, scampered away when I tried to grab her before she jumped off the bed and headed to the bathroom.
When she was done I offered her food. I had to hand feed her. That is when I noticed the size of her paw. 3 to 4 time the size of the other. I picked her up and yelled for Triston to help me get the bandage off. I couldn’t do it myself without her getting away.
11 hours we accidentally left it on for. Something that is meant to be removed after a max of 15 minutes and was likely not needed.
We are so sorry Lola
We feel terrible. Just absolutely terrible. We weren’t told so we didn’t know. Triston had thought about it about 8pm but didn’t think to ask the vet because his parents were in Singapore for 12 hours and he was at the airport to see them. He left as soon as Lola left her carrier.
Triston called the vet at 6am and they said it should start to be normal by mid-morning. 6 hours later her paw was still 3 times the size. He called the vet again and they said to wait another 6 hours. I think they didn’t realise how long it was on for. It is starting to reduce now, 12 hours later.
But now I wonder, did she hurt her foot when it was fat and swollen and bandaged and she jumped off the bed. She can’t walk on it. She keeps it tucked under.
Was it on so long that tissue started to die. Is the dead tissue going to spread? Did our actions cause more issues and is she going to lose the paw. I don’t know if I will believe it is ok until it is confirmed that it isn’t. Once she loses the foot I will stop stressing over if she is going to lose the foot.
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This post was originally posted on 20 May 2019
The day was 20 May 2019
Updated 5 November 2019