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    Hi Bernie,

    I saw this show on tv on the weekend, was putting a quilt together and had the tv on in the background, I can't normally watch shows like this, but it was so interesting, it's The Bionic Vet, his name is Noel Fitzpatrick, based in the UK. I wonder if we have any of these orthopaedic type surgeons in Australia?

    About Us | Specialist Orthopaedics + Neurosurgery | Fitzpatrick Referrals

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    We have taken Pohm back to vets. Pain relief had not worked, and it was PTS time.
    We get there, and its a different vet. A 3rd opinion.
    She seems to have a paliative care head on her.

    Treatment plan:
    There is a surgeon, who will sometimes do a op, on a payment plan.
    I am referred with this intent. and will need to call them tomorrow to make a consult appnt. Which is a upfront fee? i will ask how much when i book the appnt.

    I have analgesics added to the anti imflamatory AI meds. As A.I. alone was not helping her out much. say 2/10 success.
    Its not definate, but its a far better space i was in at 5.30 today.
    I have taken 2 days off, as i thought it was PTS day, and knew i wouldnt be up for work tom. Now i can take care of her.

    The vet suggests, if we are not in a position to afford surgery, then we use MM, and pain relief, till the end. And we visit more often to assess pain management. And some sort of injections of course. I was spinning in my head at this point. Id gone thinking it was the end. and all i could hear was it doesnt have to be the end. Just up the pain relief, and keep her for longer. Im unsure if this is right/wrong way to go, feeling very tired and confused, but relieved. or it that reprieved? i dont know. Not a lot of sleep last night coz of today.

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    Oh Bernie what a difficult time for you and dear Pohm.

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    I have been thinking of you all week I am so sorry you have to go through this... I truly hope you find a solution that makes Pohm better xx

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    Thinking of you and Pohm, Bernie.

    I hate when every time you ask a different "expert" in the field, you get a different answer.

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    Bernie I have been thinking of you and your family, my heart goes out to you. Please give Pohm a little hug from me

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    Hope the appointment with the surgeon goes well Bernie, thoughts are with you guys

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Thinking of you and Pohm and wish you all the best ...

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    Thankyou for all your support. We are a kind of crazy bunch dog lovers. They get right under your skin and into your soul. Which aches for them.
    I walked all 3 this morning, pre sun up. I had Pohm on leash, its dark, i cant see anything, cept that the path is slightly lighter shade to the ground. When out of nowhere comes some strange guy. Brian who doesnt have a recall in such situations, goes over and i can tell he's checking him out by the snorting sounds, then the male asked if i could get my dog off him. As i get closer i can just make the male out, with Brian between his legs, sniffing his crotch. i apologise and gather troops and head into the lake as i know they all wanted to get in. Me and pohm have a paddle, whilst the other 2 play fight in the water.

    All is good, then just about to turn into the gate, Bernie comes zooming past fast, and takes my leg out. I go down on top of him, and he's screaming in pain.
    Which i will say, 10 mins post this, you'd not of known i hurt him. But must of when i landed.
    He's fine. But i wasnt,
    Im feeling overwhelmed by it all. And that dog crying in pain seems to of burst my banks.

    Im annoyed at a vet(s) giving such different opinions. I am annoyed that folks do not comprehend that a family sometimes does not have 3.5 grand laying around. Wont use the titanium joint piece as unfamiliar with it. and vet wont do payment plan, wants money up front or no op. < not a vocation in life for him clearly.

    My 2nd opinion wont do op, as too busy on his clinical trials with new replacement joints of titanium, and pohm doesnt meet the entry criteria to the trial, so whilst i have the 'bit', they wont put it in.

    And 3rd vet says it would be unothodox to PTS, when MM and painkillers are a option.

    Sometimes, life sucks then vomits down your throat!

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    Oh Bernie that all does suck big time!! I wish there was more I could do than send our love. Please give Pohm hugs from all of us here, and one for you too hey, you poor thing.

    Thank god nobody was hurt in your collision with Bernie this morning, that's a small blessing - last thing you need is another injury in the family.

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