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Brain Surgery

Brain Surgery
April 23, 2015 Stryder's Mom

I did a big post on Stryder’s brain surgery. All the ups and downs, ins and outs, but it disappeared, sadly- and I don’t know if I will ever be able to write about it again with the same emotion. So, in the meantime, I will post images of the surgery and prep and then the entire trip to New York at a later date. We went as a family because, well, it was brain surgery. We obviously hoped for the best, but we wanted everyone there in case it didn’t turn out well. We went up a few days prior to surgery so we could take a tour of the big city. It was HUGE and all those pictures on TV didn’t do it justice as to the size. And the smell, oh my– definitely not Oregon. 🙂 People kept taking out picture, like we were on display. Actually it was Stryder and Keebler they were taking pictures of. Surprisingly, we didn’t see a single other service dog while there.

Stryder had several things done:

  • Decompression
  • Odontoidectomy
  • Clivectomy
  • Craniectomy
  • Skull-C4 fusion.

The surgery day was the best of all of the days. I was at peace during the 8 hours, but it was the days after that were hard. Stryder had to have a blood transfusion, which we didn’t expect, and he couldn’t walk for days. They even told us that he may never walk again and they were getting other services ready in case. We had to stay extra days and they even wanted us to stay longer. By the 5th day, Stryder walked for the first time and we left the hospital that same night because our flight out was the very next morning.


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