I talked to Sally at the clinic this afternoon.
Herschel is doing good . . . not great, but good.
He still has some drainage in one location from the first hip surgery,
so Dr. McKee will be going back in to remove the screw at that location.
Herschel is doing well with his physical therapy.
Sally doesn't think that the surgery
to remove the screw will interfere with that.
Sherry just emailed me that she should be home tonight.
Her heart tried to quit on her during surgery,
so she had to stay on the cardiac floor for a day.
She is hurting a lot, but the surgery apparently went well.
On 26 April comes the word:
Poor Herschel has had a bit of a setback.
While they had Herschel under to do the surgery
to remove the wire that was causing the drainage,
Dr. McKee took x-rays of everything and found that
there were three screws loose in the bone plate in the first hip.
Dr. McKee went in to replace the screws and found that
a piece of the pelvic bone had broken off.
He has never had anything like this happen
in his entire career and has no explanation for it.
They have wired & pinned the plate and are hoping that
this will work to keep everything stable until the bone knits.
Dr. McKee is going to keep Herschel under close supervision
for the next two weeks and baby that hip
to try to get everything knitted together.
If it doesn't, then they will probably have to do the
FHO (Femoral Head Ostectomy) on that side.
The good news is that the second repaired hip is doing well
and Herschel's spirits are good.
Sherry & Judi sent him a care package of rawhide bones;
that is helping pass the time.
Everyone at the clinic up to and including Dr. McKee
really, really likes Herschel.
Sherry herself is doing better.
She is in a lot of pain and gets tired easily,
but is happy to be at home.
Please continue to send that powerful AireZen to Herschel & Sherry.