All of us at Canada West Veterinary Specialists and Palm’s family are touched by the caring and generosity we have witnessed since she has been hospitalized.
Palm has well-wishers from North America, Australia and as far as Bejing!
Our miracle girl has been doing well. We were hoping to send her home for a few days before her next series of tests but a recent episode of intestinal upset has delayed her discharge – hopefully by not much more than a day. It is Thanksgiving week-end in Canada and we are certainly all thankful for her recovery!
The main hurdles she still has to overcome are the wound on the chest and her crushed nose. It is likely that she will need a second surgery as some of the skin does not seem viable.
Palm does have some effort when she breathes in. This may be related to the amount of bleeding and swelling that occurred in her nose from the accident but may also be from the collapsed nasal bones. Tests to evaluate the airflow from her nose and a CT scan will be done in a few days to evaluate the structure and function of her nose. If the nasal passages are not open enough, she may need additional surgery.
Dr Loic Legendre (West Coast Veterinary Dental Services) whom we frequently consult in cases of facial reconstruction came to evaluate Palm, review the images of her CT and discuss his ideas on how to best manage her fractures with us. It was an easy task for Palm to charm him as well.
We are thankful for the input of many colleagues and the efforts of our nursing staff. The recovery of a critically ill patient is very much a team effort.