Grace is doing well after her heart surgery a week ago! The procedure went as planned with no complications. The Doctor shared that when the placement of the device was checked via ultrasound a day after the procedure, her heart had already begun to return to normal size. Excellent news! 🐾
She left the UW on 3 meds. (None of them for her heart!) She will be down to 1 by the end of this week.The staples holding her incision will be removed next week. They took great care of her at the UW and she was a popular patient!
The biggest challenge we have is keeping Gracie calm and quiet for a couple weeks so the device can heal and become part of her body. Fortunately she is on a sedative to help. During the day Grace is on leash and generally rests well next to someone with eyes on her. While we sleep or are not able to directly watch her, she wears a cone so she doesn't get at her staples and she rests in her crate. (Thankfully she doesn't mind her crate) When she's excited, a kong with frozen baby food or banana helps settle her down. Gracie also likes simply to be next to you while you pet her or rub her belly.
Grace will return to the UW in about 2 months for testing to verify everything is on track and in place. She is very fortunate to have the support of GRRoW and all the people that worked events or made donations for her procedure!💞