Friday, April 9, 2010

'Tis Sweet to Know...

" 'Tis sweet to hear the watch-dog's honest bark
Bay deep mouth'd welcome as we draw near home;
'Tis sweet to know an eye will mark
Our coming, and look brighter when we come! "
Lord Byron
When Cameron took this sweet portrait of Gracie, he had it printed up in a sepia tone. It isn't very old, but it had to be the image for today! I know you have seen this quote more than once on my blog -- I think it is still in the sidebar somewhere--but today I guess you might say it is more about a role reversal here at Graystone. Gracie has been a patient for several days at the AU Veterinary Hospital. She had a lesion removed from her mouth last month. It was a fibrosarcoma: Not good! The CT scan showed little evidence that the cancer had spread. So, on Wednesday the surgeon removed a section of bone from her mandible with a hope of getting a clear margin. The staff of resident doctors and student interns do a really fantastic job in the ICU and call several times a day. Yesterday, the first calls reported how that she was having a lot of pain, and that she was receiving pain meds. But the last call of the day in late evening was that she seemed to be feeling much better and should be coming home tomorrow. Well, that tomorrow is here, and I will be going to collect her at 11:00 this morning. That is Nurse Lucy on the left. Nurse Paddy (our other spaniel), Head Nurse Deusey (the cat---think Nurse Ratched) and I are all ready for her. Guess who will be boohooing, if not baying, a deep mouthed welcome once she is draws near home!!

13 comments:

Janelle Goodwin said...

I wish your sweet Gracie a speedy recovery. Dogs, indeed, are important members of our families. I know how much it means for you to have her home!

Derrick said...

Get well soon, Gracie! Warmest wishes to you and all the "medical" staff, FireLight.

willow said...

I giggled over Head Nurse Deusey! Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery for your sweet Gracie. xox

Vicki Lane said...

What a beauty she is! May she grace your home for many more years.

Martin H. said...

Here's wishing Gracie a complete recovery and many happy years ahead.

Barry said...

Not just excellent but downright joyful news!

She is a beautiful dog.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Hoping that Gracie recovers good as new..it is touching because our pets are all too human and our family...she is gorgeous.

Betsy said...

Get well, Gracie! :)

Alaine said...

Do hope the gorgeous Gracie recovers well with no more pain. She is beautiful; give her a loving pat from me! xa

Poetikat said...

Lots of prayers going out for Gracie. I'll get my four felines to put their paws together.

No, seriously; I do hope she makes a good recovery and has a fine quality of life from now on.

Kat

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i am so glad i stopped by here today..i haven't been here in way too long..as i read this my heart begans to race...and i am reading faster and faster to get to the end...oh please, God, let her be o.k. that beautiful, glorious dog....so HAPPY to hear she is on the mend....there is NOTHING in the world like the love of a dog. nothing...sending tons of get well wishes and have you in my prayers...

take care, my sweet ones

kary

Alan Burnett said...

I hope Gracie gets home safe and sound. That's a lovely photograph you have featured and your love for your dog shines through your post.

Sandra said...

Your Gracie is in my thoughts and prayers; love the photo!

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