December 2nd 2012 12:59 pm
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So my bruising was officially all gone by friday! However something new has since appeared. On Saturday morning my peeps noticed that on one side of my belly, the same one that had the bruising, I had large amount of swelling that really came out of nowhere. It is hard to the touch and almost like a big giant lump.I wasn't acting like I was in any pain and my behavior was 100% normal but it still worried the peeps. This morning it hadn't gotten any better. The animal clinic is closed on Sundays but luckily my girl works there and she had to go in this AM with one of the vets (who this time just so happened to be my main doc who did my surgery!)to take care of the animals there. When she went in she talked with the Doctor and he was a bit concerned, so afer she finnished all her work she called up one of the peeps and had them bring me up there.
The vet took my temp and got my weight and everything looked normal. Once he started checking out my belly he said that he thought it was really odd, especially with how quickly is appeared & so long after my surgery! He looked at my stiches and they have healed really nicely so he just went ahead & took them out. He suggested that we take an xray of me to really figure out what was wrong & the peeps agreed. The xray showed that my swelling had nothing to do with my intestines or anything like that which was good to hear. The doc believed that there were two possible things that could be causing my problem: #1.The sutures I got when I was spayed are suposed to dissovle but there could be something messed up with them & they could be causing harm. If this is the case I will have to have surgery again. #2.Its a hematoma. The more he discussed this the more he believes this is what is causing the problem. This could also explain the bruising which ended up resulting in the swelling. He says that the best thing we can do right now...is nothing. We should just closely monitor it, as well as how I feel and if it is a hematoma it will go down. He did suggest putting a warm compress on it to help decrease the swelling. If it doesn;t get smaller or go away all together after some time or if it gets bigger or I begin acting sick then it is #1 & I will have to go back under for surgery. The peeps are really hoping this doesn't happen.
The doc also says that he will be sending the xrays down to another doc at the local emergency vet, he says that this person is very experienced in this sort of thing and will be able to give some more insight. It will be interesting to see what this person has to say about it as well. This whole thing was quite a way to start my day! I was pretty freaked out at the clinic but I was a really good girl and as soon as I got home I was acting like nothing even happened. The peeps are happy that it doesn't look like anything extremely bad is wrong with me and the outlook is good. They are keeping their fingers crossed though to make sure that I continue to recover well and everything works out.
I will keep you guys updated!
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We hope that it will just go away. At least, your vet is being cautious....
paws cross and purrrrrrs being sent your way..
I sure hope that its only a hematoma, that eventually will go away. If it was the other problem, wouldn't you be feeling sick?
Keep us posted. We are hoping it is just a hematoma.
OH gosh, that is awful. Our Nana had one after a surgery, and it took a while, but it went away - so try not to worry too much. It makes sense with that bruise. Nana had a bruise that was so dark purple, and then when it went away, it was hard in the same spot - but it did go away. Sending you purrs still.