jesse is going for surgery...

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jesse is going for surgery...

Postby Maryellen » Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:49 pm

her left ear has gotten progressively worse with her allergies over the past 6 years, to the point that she has scar tissue and is partially deaf in that ear. today we saw a board certified dermatologist to get to the bottom of it and its her allergies bottom line.. we are scheduling surgery to remove her entire inner left ear, which will leave her completely deaf in that ear, and will stop the ear from producing the bacteria as there will be nothing there , no ear canal, nothing... her ear issue is at stage 3 severe otitis externa with otitis media,, which is the worst it can get before needing this type of surgery... once surgery is done she will be on ketaconzonole and cyclosporine for the rest of her life, with blood work done every 4 months to monitor her liver to make sure the drugs dont affect the liver.. this is my only option for her , as she gets sedated every year to have the ear cleaned out surgically, but the bacteria and yeast keep building up due to her allergies.... her private parts are also affected as well, so the cyclosporine and ketaconzonole will be for that as well. the surgery is called TECA (total ear canal ablation)

i have to schedule the appointment tomorrow when i go back to work. a surgeon has to do it, so its going to be VERY pricey, but at least she wont have reoccurring ear infections anymore, since she has been on every drug possible and nothing is working...

oh joy...

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Postby MikeZev » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:30 pm

oh jeez you cant catch a break. my shep mix had a similar ear allergy problem so i know it can be very frustrating. best of luck..

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Postby Maryellen » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:31 pm

there is no such thing as luck in this house thats for sure...

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Postby MikeZev » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:32 pm

maybe bad luck..

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Postby Maryellen » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:35 pm

plenty of that thats for sure. this is the house for misfit dogs definitely...

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Postby akaspaddero » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:39 pm

oh ME! :hug:

hang in there....

Paws crossed for Jesse!

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Postby Mya&theSiebenDackels » Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:16 pm

Hope everything works out for Jesse!

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Postby Maryellen » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:28 pm

its bad enough when she doesnt want to listen to me she turns her head,with her going to be deaf in her left ear she will be able to ignore me even more LOL she has been very subdued this past few days due to her ear, i couldnt put anything in it due to seeing the dermatologist today as they took a bunch of cultures and scoped her ear and i got to watch the scope go down and we watched it on the tv to see what her ear is like inside.. pretty cool seeing all the way down into her ear.. i can tell she is not feeling well as she is ignoring the other dogs and staying downstairs here.. trying to be invisible. the dermatologist cleaned out her ear again today, i cleaned it out every day with a cloth but nothing on it, so now its somewhat clean again and i can use the genesis spray for now until i make the ear surgery appointment.. i am afraid to ask how much the surgery will be as i know its going to be at least $1000 as i am seeing a specialist for the surgery. uggh..

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Postby msvette2u » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:45 pm

Yep it's expensive.
Remember Grizz? He needed it done but we could not afford it - luckily he went to a vet tech who could get the surgery at her job for a discount!
He wound up w/the ablation.
Smitty, the senior Cocker we had, had the surgery some time prior to when we met him - he was completely deaf, both ears.
It's so refreshing and I can only imagine, such a relief to the dog, it has to be worth it though...

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Postby Leslie H » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:08 pm

Awwww, poor you and poor Jesse. And your poor wallet must be crying for mercy.

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Postby Allie » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:10 pm

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Postby Maryellen » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:21 pm

i knew this day was coming, my vet told me about this a few years ago, that we would be heading down this road, so i was prepared for it.. my wallet however,is beyond empty and i just keep working and selling stuff to help pay for the bills between ruby and now jesse.. oh well. what am i going to do?i cant let jesse suffer,and i dont want to keep putting her under for her ear to be flushed out..that is just redundant.. this is the best way to go, at least she wont have the problem anymore in her left ear. her right ear is good, the dermatologist said to leave the right one alone as its not affected by her allergies as her left ear..

i counted all the meds she has been given for her ears and its 15 different ear meds /yeast/bacteria meds that she has taken over the past 6 years for her ears, not including different ear sprays.. at least she has no evidence of cranial nerve deficits.. the dermatologist checked that out too with the scope. she did say that once the surgeon operates its possible he might find something down further, as she couldnt get the scope all the way down as her ear was closed up in the ear canal and clogged and she didnt want to poke thru it..

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Postby FransterDoo » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:32 pm

sorry to hear that ME.

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Postby mtlu » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:35 pm

I hope all goes well with the surgery :hug:

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Postby Deniselynn » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:45 pm

:frown: Oh ME, I am so sorry! Poor you and poor Jesse! Like you said, there is no alternative for her infected ear. I wonder why the one ear gets so infected all the time? Her other ear is fine right?

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