Today was Kobalt’s surgery day. We left him at the hospital last night with the hope that everything would be okay. Neither of us slept last night, we were both tossing and turning with worry. We were both up at 5am, him to work, me to start my research. I spent hours pouring over the Tripawds website and watching youtube videos.
I used my research to distract me from how long it was taking between phone calls from the vet. I wanted to call every half an hour to check on him. I wanted to rush down there and comfort him, but I knew that stressing out the vet was NOT the way to ensure his surgery went well.
The first time the vet called was just to tell us that he was about to go into surgery and that they would call us again soon. That happened at 11:30 am. I was going crazy. I tried to read, watch YouTube, or give attention to Kobalt’s siblings.
When the second call came they told me that they were finishing up his surgery. They told me that he was doing okay,but he had lost a lot of blood. Immediately I was terrified for him. How could I leave him alone there? Were we doing the right thing? We’re going to be able to bring him home right? The vet said they were going to keep a close eye on him and update us in a few hours.
The last phone call of the day finally came at 5pm. This time they were upbeat. They told me that Kobalt was finally waking up regularly. They said he is recovering well and everyone loves him. Of course, this isn’t a surprise to me whatsoever. He is an absolute doll. Kobalt used to be my service dog, but now I guess I’ll be his service hooman. The vet tech told me that the whole office was getting a kick out of his silly tongue. Kobalt has a genetic disease and needed half the teeth in his mouth pulled a few years ago. So he takes advantage of that and tries to look as cute as possible by letting his tongue fall out of his mouth. With the pain meds effecting him it was even sillier. The office told us we can see him tomorrow and we cannot wait.
I know that we will both sleep better tonight thanks to the tech who sent us this precious picture:
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