Today has been a long day.
This morning, my hubby was preparing to let our dog Greta out for the morning, and discovered that she had vomited in her crate for the second morning in a row. Alarmed, I made her an appointment and DD and I escorted her to the vet.
The doc checked her temp, felt her tummy, and took a stool sample. We discuss her eating habits, possibly switching food, and discussed other possible causes....
Then she took xrays.
When she flashed the xray up on the wall, my heart dropped. There, in the middle of my pups abdomen, was a long, bent, slender strip of white. "...possible metal....I'm not sure" the vet stated.
"I know what it is...."
Night before last, my baby had decided that I needed a toy to play with, so she brought me my pin cushion, containing the longer, thinner, and sharper pins I use when I am sewing my quilts. (She does this a lot, coming into the room with everything from socks to undies to pillows, etc.)
It was in her mouth for all of 15 seconds, just the time it takes to get it from the office to me in the living room and as soon as she dropped it, I took it away.
We immediately checked her mouth, no pins. In fact, aside from the vomiting, she has been my typical romping, loving baby!
But, alas, there it was on the xray.
At this point we faced three scenarios.
First...that the pin is still in her stomach, hasn't perforated, and isn't loose in her abdominal cavity. Surgery to remove it, needing to open up the stomach and a high risk of infection.
Second...the pin has perforated, and is loose in her stomach doing damage to her liver and allowing stomach contents loose and increasing infection risk. Surgery to get it out and clean up, pray that infection is not able to set in.
Third...it is in her intestines...worst case and we don't want that....
So, after about 1 and 1/2 hours, DD and I left her with the vet and I called my mom, my hubby, and a few friends to get them to pray.
Folks, God was in it! The vet was able to do the surgery immediately, she called me about 2 hours later. She said that the pin had perforated, but was still half in and half out of her stomach, so no leakage because it was plugging the hole. Greta's stomach didn't have to be cut open, because the vet was able to just pull the pin the rest of the way out. She flushed her abdominal cavity out, to be safe, will put her on about 2 weeks of antibiotics, and I can get her tomorrow! Praise God! The vet said that it must have only broken through her stomach an hour or two before I brought her in because of the neatness and position of the puncture.
The Lord is so faithful! This worked out the best it could have, and while I am exhausted from the emotional roller coaster, I am so thankful that He cares so much for us and the ones we love.
I can't wait to get my big baby back tomorrow.