HOPING FOR A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR

Today, December 30th, 2010, Indy is going really well!! I have not gotten here to do a update in a while. I apologize for that!
Indy went in for her last bandage change on the 22nd. Everything looked really well. We are scheduled to go back Jan. 7th. Xrays will be done and we are HOPING removal of the fixator will began. This is the plan.
Believe me, if it is, I will let you know ASAP!!
Indy had a great Christmas!! I will post some Christmas photos below along with her last bandage change day. Also, a video of her and her best friend Marley. They love to play on Indy's bed!!
Happy New Year to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!

All of us at CPR, Indy and myself want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!
It is SO cold here right now. Indy has not been getting as long or as many walks as I..or she..would like. I have been sick and this cold is killing me. I would love to see some snow.
Indy is doing really well. HOPING for a Christmas present from her Dr. soon!!
Here is Indy's Christmas wish. Thank you to all and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

BANDAGES....GRRRRRR

It is December 2nd, 2010 and I am sick of bandages and I sure know Indy is.
We went back to UGA yesterday. What a day!! We were there almost 3 hours. The good news is, part of the external fixature was removed. 
The stabilizer bar was removed and the bottom pin cut off. Indy does have a smaller bandage, but she had to have a temp bandage placed around her leg to cover the hole where the pin was. It was to be removed in about 4 days. WELL!!! it fell off last night. It comes around the knee, so it is hard to stay in place. I tried to put it back on, but lets just say, I did not do a very good job. I called her tech, Dana, this morning and she is giving me another kind of bandage to put in place for a few days. We will see how that goes.
Xrays were also done yesterday. The bone is about 50% healed. This is a very slow rate, but normal when dealing with the MRSA infection. So I guess we are on track.
We will return to UGA in three weeks, unless something comes up. I do not think xrays will be done again until 5 weeks from now. So we still have several weeks to go. Indy is feeling good and eating OK.
Here are some photos from yesterday. She was tired after we got home. You can tell, she was not very happy to be at UGA waiting!


POOR INDY

Today, November 29th, 2010, it has rained most of the day. Indy cannot get her bandage wet, so that is quite a challenge.
June made her a really good rain jacket! The problem is, Indy hates it! She just does not understand why she is having this thing put on her. It is just something else strange and scary to her.
It is now 11:25pm and we are hoping for a rain break. I know she has to go potty!
Tomorrow the rain is going to be worse!! Another reason to look forward to Wednesday.
We also go back to UGA Wednesday and so hoping the removal of the external fixator will began.
I will update then!!

THANKSGIVING DAY 2010

Indy is doing really well. Not much to update. This is good!! She is continuing to eat well and she is walking really well on her leg. Her tummy is also doing great now that she is on the probiotics.
We did a new design on her blog today..as you can tell! The first thought was to do a Christmas theme, but we decided it will not be Christmas here until her external fixator is gone!! 
Here is Indy enjoying a bone!! Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

NOVEMBER 22, 2010

Sorry it has taken me so long to update! Indy went back to UGA on Wednesday November 17, 2010.
She got a bandage change and everything looked really good! We are hoping on her next visit, they will be able to start the removal of her external fixature. This will be done in stages.
She is continuing to walk really well on her leg and she is getting so playful! Her tummy is MUCH better now she is on the probiotics. I have found a food she likes. She is eating BilJac for now and doing really well on that. (Thanks to Carla's suggestion!)
She also LOVES to chew bones!
We are schedule to return to UGA on Wednesday December 1, 2010.
Here are  some photos of Indy at UGA and one right after we returned home.


INDY IN THE NEWS!!

I almost forgot!! Indy is in the news!! Please go over and check out her story.
Thank you so much to Jan Buckley at the examiner.com for telling Indy's story.
INDY IN THE NEWS 

NOVEMBER 15, 2010

Indy is doing really well. She is walking good and seems to feel good. She has gotten very playful!
She is eating good as long as you feed her stuff she REALLY likes. She has gotten spoiled in that area.
We have rain day and it is expected tomorrow also. Indy will miss her walks if it is raining. We were able to get one in this morning before I left for work.
June has made Indy a raincoat!! She got a red plastic table cloth and cut it to fit. We did not have to try it out this morning, but I am sure we will this afternoon.
Indy will be returning to UGA on Wed. this week for a bandage change. I hope to learn then when the removal of the external fixator can began. It has been 6 weeks today since her surgery.
I will post an update regarding her UGA appt. Please keep spreading the word about Indy. She still needs a lot of help with her medical bills. Each trip back to UGA adds another bill. Thank you to all that have donated and everyone for caring about Indy.
 

INDY ON THE MOVE!!!

Today, November 11, 2010, Indy had a great day! She had the best and biggest poop! Thank you again to Winder Corners for your help with this.
She is feeling really good. Indy was very playful tonight and even chewed on a bone! She is also walking well on her leg.
I shot this little video yesterday on our walk.
Please continue to pray for Indy and send good thoughts and energy! It is working!!
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NOVEMBER 10, 2010

I have a few things to cover! It has been a few days since I have had a chance to update.
Friday morning, Nov. 5th Indy finally pooped, but you could tell it was hard for her to. Plus, you could tell her poop was very hard. Poor girl was constipated AGAIN!
Monday rolled around and she had not pooped again. She was not drinking very much water either. She was still eating her favorite food..chicken and rice. She has been also getting pumpkin, kefir and some satin balls mixed in.
I called Dr. Torres and he suggested I get her some IV fluid and discontinue her tramadol. Rather than drive all the way to UGA, I called my personal vet and they agreed to help us out! It is so much easier to take her to Winder Corners than to drive all the way to UGA. All of the vets and staff at Winder Corners are awesome. I had taken the day off, so off we went to Winder Corners.
I got her some IV fluids, stool softner, and we are starting her on heavy probiotics. All of the antibiotics are destroying her natural flora in her intestines. Once back home, we would wait and watch for the big poop! 
She also got a CBC done. We have to keep a watch on her blood due to the type of antibiotic she has to take.
Dr. Samples called me yesterday and the results of the CBC looked great!
She ate well that night and by late morning on Nov. 9th, she had a big poop! She felt so much better.
This morning she also ate some regular dog food mixed in with her chicken and rice. 
She did not poop this morning yet, but I am hoping it will come later and she can get back on a healthy schedule.
Her mental state is also improving. She is able to be out of her crate more and she is MUCH brighter!
She still hates the vet's office and tries to crawl under things, but who can blame her!
She is becoming very playful at times. She is also walking GREAT on her leg.
Here are a couple of new photos of her. One is outside hoping for poop and the other was last night. She was watching me eat and wanting a bite of what I had!


WORRIED AGAIN

Today, November 4, 2010, Indy has not ate anything since Tuesday night. She also has not pooped since Tuesday morning. I have tried everything from cooked chicken to more satin balls and have not had any luck.
I am hoping she is just constipated again and things will move on out. I have to say, I would be very relieved to come home today and find poop everywhere!
If she has not ate or pooped by tomorrow, I will have to call her Dr. back. She is loosing wait.
I am SO frustrated for her!!!!!!!!!!! Bless her heart! Seems it is always something. 

UGA VISIT 11/01/10

We are ALL back home from UGA. After a good scare and xrays, Indy's broken femur showed good healing. The external fixator looked good also.
The sores under her front leg appears to be some type of hot spot and could be some form of staph. It is not known if it is the same as what was in her bone. I have meds for that now and hope to see improvement in one week. If not, or if it continues to spread, I am to call her doctor back and we will go back in for further eval.
Her meds were changed today also. It is thought that the Clavamox is causing her to feel SO bad and not want to eat. We are going back to the Chloramphenicol 1000 mg every eight hours. I guess that means I will be setting the alarm around 1:00am again. It is just fine as long as she feels better.
She also was found to have movement in her knee joint. I cannot tell you the medical terms that were used, but it is some kind of ligament issue. It is believed this will improve once her femur is healed and she can gain her muscle tone back. If not, at a much later date, this could require some surgery. Let is hope NOT!
She also received another bandage change. No wonder she was not walking well. The bandage she had was to far down in the knee and rubbing. She now has a raw/blistered area on her knee. Another open wound I will worry myself sick over. I hope this just heals on it's own.
We are not scheduled to return to UGA for two weeks unless this get worse. I hope things only improve.
I was not able get photos of her today. Only one of her waiting. She was taken back and given mild sedation for the xrays. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers and hope all continues to improve.

TROUBLES

Today, November 1st, 2010, Indy is not doing well. It appears her MRSA has spread. She now has sores under her right front leg at her body. I will be bringing her back to UGA today.
I am also having problems getting her to eat anything. She is still walking on her leg some, but it does not appear to be as well as she was walking.
Please continue to keep Indy in your thoughts and prayers. I will post an update after she sees the doctor today.

THIRD BANGAGE CHANGE AT UGA

Today, October 27th, 2010, Indy went back to UGA for her third bandage change. Everything looked really good! We are not due to go back until Nov 9th.
At this time, she will get some staples out where they had put the antibiotic beads in. She will also get xrays to see how things are healing. Plus, of course, a bandage change. So keep sending all those good thoughts for her. I am so hoping the xrays will look good!
We have only gotten to do a EARLY morning walk so far today due to rain again. We plan to go again before bed. She is walking really well on her leg during a slow walk. My only concern for Indy right not is her mental state.
She is afraid of of everything. She is much worse at night for some reason. If I am the only one in the room with her, she is fine. If the dogs come around or two people at a time, you can tell she is looking for a place to try and get to and hide. All of this started after this last surgery and does not seem to be getting any better.
Today at UGA, I had to watch her. She would try and crawl under things if I was not careful.
She does LOVE the walks. I feel sure all of this will get better when she can just be a normal dog again. She is still and will always be such a love.
Here are some photos from today. You can tell, she is not happy. She is a wonderful patient though!


FIRST DAY OF TEN MINUTE WALKS

Today, October 26th, 2010, Indy started her ten minute walks! We did not get to start this morning like planned due to rain. So we started this afternoon!
She did great!! She walked on her leg the whole way. I think she was tired when we got back. We will do another tonight. I guess I will have to walk her in the dark in the am. I am ready for the time to change. I know it gets dark quick in the evening, but Indy hates the dark. More so in the morning for some reason.
I tried to video her walking today, but was to hard to do and walk her. I will get help tomorrow.
Tomorrow we return to UGA for a bandage change.
Lets hope the rain holds off!! I am so proud of Indy!!

FEELING MUCH BETTER

Today, October 25, 2010, Indy is feeling MUCH better! She was SO playful this afternoon! More playful than I have ever seen her ! It is so good to see her feeling better. I hope it continues.
We go back Wed. to UGA for another bandage change. The bandage has held up much better this week.
Not much more to add right now. She is eating well and walking on her leg. She still hops. Some of this I think is habit from doing it so long. Plus..it is hard to slow her down at times. When she walks slow, she is walking on her leg. We start 10 min. walks this week.
I will get new photos soon and also going to get a video of her outside on a little walk. This photo is not the best, but it shows how NOT happy she was when I put her back in her crate.

UGA SECOND BANDAGE CHANGE 10/20/10

Indy is doing well. She is walking on her leg good. We only take about 5 minute walks now four times a day. She seems to feel good and she is eating well. She is still having some urinary problems.
Today we went back to UGA for the second bandage change. Everything looked good. They got a urine sample right from her bladder (OUCH!) to test. I will be waiting to hear from that.
I want to thank all the people that have donated to her medical care. Please continue to spread the word about her chipin. We still need help with her medical care. Each time she goes into UGA..another bill comes in.
Indy even has a 8th grade class in Oconee county raising money for her. This is so cool!!!
We will have to go again next Wed. for a third bandage change.
One of the photos below was taken a couple of days ago. She is feeling good enough to be a little playful! The others are from her bandage change today.


NICE DAY OUTSIDE, BUT THAT DANG BANDAGE!!

Today, October 17, 2010, Indy got to enjoy some outside time. Still having bandage issues.
We had to rewrap again. Now she is pink and purple! The bandage issue was not as bad as yesterday. I am hoping it will last until Wed. when she is scheduled to go for a bandage change.
We spent some quality time together all day today. She loves sitting outside and she loves to snuggle too :)
Here are some photos of today.



BANDAGE PROBLEM

Today, October 16, 2010, we ran into a little problem. Indy and I were headed outside for some fresh air. I got her out of her crate and looked down and the top part of her bandage was just hanging on!! I took her on out to potty and tried to figure out want was best to do. I just have no idea how it happened. She had her ecollar on.
I called UGA and spoke with the doctor on call there. She said I could bring her there or see my personal vet to have it put back in place. I looked at the clock and I had 20 minutes until my vet closed. I called them ASAP.
My vets are at Winder Corners Animal Clinic. Dr. Davison was working today and she told me she would wait for me to get there. So off we went.
Once there, Indy was all fixed up and we headed back home. THANK YOU Dr. Davison for being there for us today.
By the time we got back, Indy needed a rest. I did not want her to over do things, so we missed our outside time. We will try it again tomorrow.
We also got her urine to UGA today. June took it on the way to the UGA game this morning. We will see what they find.
Indy would not eat any this morning, but she ate a great dinner tonight.
Maybe tomorrow we can get those outside photos!

A NOT SO GOOD DAY :(

Today, October the 15, 2010, Indy is not feeling well. She would not eat any dinner at all. I know she is constipated again. I think..well..I hope this is her problem.
I spoke with her doctor this morning. He thinks it is the Clavamox causing some of her issues. Looks like she will have to have daily pumpkin. It worked REALLY well last time. I did get some pumpkin in her tonight, so I hope tomorrow we will get some action and she will feel better.
We have got to get a urine sample over to UGA in the morning to check her kidneys.
I am also taking her off of Blue Buffalo food. If you did not know, there is a recall on certain BB foods for high levels of vitamin D. So beware of the big blue buffalo. Some dogs are much more sensitive to vitamin D. Excessive urination is a symptom of high levels of vitamin D. Indy has been having this issue and it stopped for a bit, but it started back. When it was better, she was not eating BB. This may not be it, but after talking with her doctor, it is a good place to start. She will be eating Wellness now.
Her leg is doing really well. She is walking on it so well. We are keeping the walks very short for now, but walks will increase in time as we go.
Tomorrow, we are going to put a blanket outside and just hang out so she can get some fresh air!! I will post photos tomorrow.

CONCERNED..OCTOBER 14, 2010

Indy is doing OK today. It is much better for her now that she can walk around on her own for a little bit. I am concerned though.
Before she got on the first antibiotic for the MRSA, she got where she urinated A LOT. I think this is happening again. The thought was the MRSA had spread and this was the cause. Once on the Chloramphenicol for a few days, this went away. They changed her antibiotic to Clavamox after she had the surgery . I am not so sure this is working. I have a call into her Dr.

INDY'S FIRST BANDAGE CHANGE AT UGA

Today, October 13th, 2010, Indy had a really good day. It did not start off great, but it got better.
Indy has been very constipated due to all the meds from her surgery. Poor thing had some more issues with that at 4:30am. It did improve.
I took her out around noon and she had the biggest normal poop!!! You could tell, she felt so much better after this. She was actually playful a little.
We headed to UGA for her appointment at 3:00pm for a recheck and bandage change. She was the best girl ever for this. Her tech said she wished all of her patients was as good as Indy was.
Dr. Torres checked everything and it all look really good. He also said the sling could now just be used for support in case she were to start to fall. She can now walk on her on 5 mins three times a day!!! Believe me, this is a big deal!!
We will return next week same time for her next bandage change and recheck.
Here are some photos of her waiting at UGA and the bandage change.





WHAT A DAY IT WAS

Today, October the 12th, was a HORRIBLE day!!! No worries, Indy is fine. I feel very sorry for her right now, but she is OK.
Remember I had said she has been constipated?? Well..she is not anymore for now..lets just leave it at that :)
Tomorrow we go for a bandage change.

INDY'S FIRST DAY HOME ALONE ALL DAY

Today, October the 11th, 2010 was Indy's first day home alone all day since her surgery. June and I have been taking half days off at different times so someone would be home with her. I was so worried about her all day. I was very glad to see she had done well when I got home.
Right now, Indy is very constipated. I am sure it is from all the meds. 
This makes it even harder to get her to go when she has her minute of time outside. When I got home, she had went a little. It was like rocks! Tonight I started her on some pumpkin. 
She did not care for it in her food very much. I am hoping this will help by tomorrow. If not, I will have to contact her doctor and see what can be done. 
Here she is taking a cone break while I type here.


INDY HATES THE SLING!!!

Getting Indy outside to potty with the sling continued to be so hard on her. If she sees the leash and collar, she knows the sling is next. She tries her best to avoid it. On Sat. October the 9th, we decided to try to move some furniture around to make more space for her to get in and out of her crate and also to lay her bed out for her PT.
So after a lot of thought, we made the move. This did help so much. We now have room to put more rugs out for her. We have tile, so rugs are a must to prevent her from slipping. She trys to run when she is going out to potty. I think the faster she goes the more she feels she can balance.
Here is a lovely photo of her with the cone..I know she is SO sick of!

AT HOME!!!

Once home, we got Indy out of the car and placed the sling around her and got her inside. She seemed to really dislike the sling. We got her right to her bed and kept all the others away from her for now. Now to figure everything else out.
We tried a large crate we had, but it was just not large enough. So June took off to PetSmart to buy the biggest one they had. She also went to get a rotisserie chicken to have just in case:)
We moved some things around in the room to make it easy for her to get in and out of the crate. After all of that was in place, it was time for dinner and her meds. She ate great! She did have some chicken mixed in. Then it was time for her PT.
This went well also. She seemed to not mind PT at all. Now for a potty break.
This did not go so well, but we got it done. The sling seemed to scare her. She just did not understand. Now she was ready to settle in for the night.
Here are some photos of her right after we arrived home and once we got her crate all fixed up! She was taking a cone break in her crate while we watched after her.





HEADED HOME!!!

It was day three. Two days post surgery. I was anxiously awaiting my morning update call. Caroline called not long after I had arrived at work. She said Indy was doing so well that she could go home that afternoon!! We were all so thrilled. Her Dr. was also very happy with the way she was progressing. Plans were made for me to pick Indy up later in the afternoon.
Around 4:30, I headed over to pick Indy up. She would go home with Clavamox, Tramadol, and Rimadyl. I was given physical therapy instructions also. PT to be done 3 times a day for 5 minutes. Then a very gentle massage of her flank muscle. Indy would return in one week for a bandage change. She and just had a new one put in place right before I arrived.
I also found out Indy ate well the night before. They got her to eat some rotisserie chicken the night before. I was wondering how she was going to take to dog food after eating that! Who cares, she ate and now she was ready to go home. 
I was also told, for the first two weeks, Indy is to only go outside to potty and must have sling support. She must be confined to a crate or a very small room. Her exercise would slowly increase over time. I know Indy must be so sick of it all. 
We checked out and headed home. Here we are in the car. You can see how large her new fixator is now.

VISIT AFTER SURGERY

The next morning, October the 5th, 2010, Caroline called and said Indy was still doing well. She was remaining on IV antibiotics and pain meds through out the day. She had not wanted anything to eat, but they were going to tempt her with all kinds of good things that evening. As soon as she ate, they were going to start her on oral pain meds. Plans were made for me to visit her at 3:00 that afternoon.
I was looking so forward to seeing her. 3:00 FINALLY rolled around. When I got there to visit, they were moving her from isolation into ICU. Caroline came to the waiting area and we walked back, I was made to put a gown and gloves on due to the MRSA. Indy looked really good! She was new to the area, so she was really curious as to what all was going on around her. I was so happy to see her so bright and alert. Her new external fixator was SO much bigger than the previous one. I was not allowed to stay very long. I gave her a hug and told her I would see her tomorrow! 
Caroline called later that evening to say Indy was doing well and was about to have dinner.
I was really missing her at home..

SURGERY DAY OCTOBER THE 4TH, 2010

We had to have Indy back at UGA by 7:30. It seemed like SUCH a long ride to get there. Indy was nervous you could tell. Maybe she was feeding off of my emotions, but I knew she knew something was up. I was doing all I could to remain positive and calm.
When we arrived, she did NOT want to go inside. Finally we made it in and her assigned student, Caroline, came up to get her. She did not want to go back, but did with some encouragement. I went on to work to wait.
It was not long and Dr. Torres called me. He said there and been a change in plans. He said he had met with all clinicians and the decision was to place another pin and external fixator rather than the plates. My heart sank! He said due to all the infection, they all felt this was Indy's best chance. If they plated it, there was a 99% chance they would have to go in and remove it, which would mean yet another surgery. So this was the way it was going to go. All I could do now was wait.
The day went on and I was so anxious to hear how she was. FINALLY the call came.
Dr. Torres said she was doing good. He also said it was much worse than he had thought when they got in there. There was much more dead tissue and infection. They also had to removed some bone in order to get her femur to line back up. The pin and fixator was now in place along with antibiotic beads. They had to remove a lot of dead tissue and then the area was flushed well with some type of MRSA killing solution. Dr. Torres said they hit her with all they had to rid the MRSA. She was placed on IV antibiotics and pain meds and was recovering. I would not be able to visit her this day. I would have to wait for a evening update call.
Caroline did call in the evening and said she was resting comfortably and doing well. She also said she would call me in the morning with an update and we could make plans for me to visit her then.

A SATURDAY FUN DAY

On Sat. October 2nd, Jennifer Gregg was coming to Carla's to take photos of some of the rescue dogs. June and I took Indy to get some new photos made of her. We thought it would get her out and also be a good trip for her. A ride someplace other than to a vet!
Here are some of the shots Jennifer got of Indy.



SCHEDULED SURGERY DAY

I was not able to sleep much the night before. All I could think about was Indy being at UGA. What was she thinking??
I went into work and waited to hear how she was doing. Early that morning, the student assigned to Indy called and said Indy is doing well. She also said they had several emergency cases come in and Indy's surgery would not be done until much later in the day. I continued on at work and waited to hear back.
It was getting late and I was getting anxious. I finally heard around 4:30 that Indy's surgery was not going to get done. They were trying to work her in a already booked surgery schedule and with the emergencies, it just was not happening.
I went over and spoke with the Dr. and we decided it best..rather than Indy sit there and wait and hope she would be worked in, just to reschedule for Monday October 4th. She will be on the schedule and the surgery would for sure be done. I was to have her back on this day at 7:00 am to get ready for the surgery.
So off we went home with Indy. She seemed to be SO happy to be home. 
This is not the best photo, but is one of my favorites. This was taken right after we got back home. She looks so happy.



APPOINTMENT AT UGA

September the 28th finally arrived. Indy's appointment time was at 9:00 am.
When we first arrived, we were scheduled with the internal medicine service. After the review of her case, Indy's case was turned over to the orthopedic department.
We met with Dr. Torres. He laid out a game plan for the day. Indy would get evaluated and have more xrays to see what things looked like. Dr. Torres said he would call me just as soon as they were done. I went on to work for a bit and anxiously awaited the call.
Several hours pasted and the call came. I went back over to discuss Indy with Dr. Torres.
Dr. Torres showed me Indy's xrays. The xrays showed the internal pin that had been placed by the other vet was also backing out and was for sure causing Indy some discomfort. The pin was also not working. The bone had become badly misaligned and you could see the infection all around the bone. Indy would require another surgery. 
At this time, the plan was to plate her femur, clean out all the infection, and place antibiotic beads all around the plate. More cultures would be done at this time also. Indy was to stay the night and have the surgery the next day. A quote of 3000.00 - 4000.00 was given for the surgery. We were also told she could still end up lame or even loose her leg. Dr. Torres said she did have a really good chance at a full recovery, so the surgery was scheduled for the next day. They also wanted Indy to stay the night at UGA to prepare her for the surgery.
We left very sad knowing Indy was really back at square one, but also felt she was in good hands. My main concern was the MRSA and her life. 


REFERRAL TO THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Over the next few days, Indy continued to eat well eating the satin balls. I could tell she was starting to put on a little weight. She still was having problems holding her urine. I was so afraid the MRSA had spread.
Carla and I talked about it and it was decided it was time to go to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. MRSA is something that takes aggression and a little extra knowledge to deal with. So a referral was called in to UGA. Indy was set to go there on September 28 .
On the Wednesday before she was to go to UGA, I came home to what seemed like a different dog. She had held her urine while I was at work and seemed to feel SO much better. She even grabbed a bone and was chewing on it. This was big! It seemed the antibiotics had finally kicked in. The MRSA was the cause of her kidney/bladder problems. It was SO good to see her feeling better. Although feeling better, a trip to UGA was still very necessary.
While waiting to go to UGA, we all made the best of Indy feeling better. Here are some shots of her enjoying her time outside.


ANOTHER INTERNAL PIN AND CULTURES

Something needed to be done quick to find out what caused her femur to refracture. On September the 14th, Indy returned to the veterinary clinic. Another internal pin was put in and cultures were done.
Indy was not eating and really needed to gain back the weight she had lost. We started feeding her satin balls when she returned home from the clinic. She liked these and was again eating.
She continued to have problems holding her urine. Even for a short period of time. I would be amazed at the amount she would urinate. It was hoped this would get better in a few days.
On September the 18st, the results from the cultures came back positive for MRSA. This was what I so dreaded to hear, but was expecting. This is the only answer I could think of that would cause her femur to refracture. Indy needed antibiotics for this right away. She needed Chloramphenicol. This is not a antibiotic found at your local pharmacy. It had to come from a compounding pharmacy. It was a Sat. and Carla and I called all over trying to find this medication.
Finally, Carla found it. It was found at a pharmacy in Forest Park GA. 
My friend Joanne drove me to pick it up. Indy was started on this right away. 1000 mg every eight hours.
A few days went by and Indy continued to have problems holding her urine. We took her urine in for a check, but it came back normal except a low specific gravity. I was so very worried about her.

TIME TO REMOVE INTERNAL PIN

Indy continued to eat well, but also continued to slowly loose weight. I contributed it to the inch and a half of the internal pin that was poking out. The area continued to look more and more angry.
On September the l3rd, Indy returned to the vet. It was time to remove the internal pin. June and I were so excited. We both had worried about the pin working its way out and how it continued to seem to be causing her pain.
Indy was also in need of a spay. I remember early in her recovery, she had went into heat. Just something else the poor girl had to deal with on top of everything else. Carla and I talked about it and the decision was made to go ahead and spay her. The hope was this would be it. No more anesthesia and things could only improve from this day.
The pin was removed and Indy was spayed. While still at the veterinary clinic, Indy slipped and fell on her leg. When she was checked, it was found she had broken it AGAIN! What had caused this?? Why did it break? Our hearts just broke for her.
Once home on the 13th, Indy would not eat. She felt horrible. She could not hold her urine and was going so much and ALOT! We were thinking it was due to the spay. Her body maybe in shock due to lack of estrogen. What to do now was the question..

INDY'S MOVE

Over the past couple of months, I had spent a great deal of time with Indy. Indy and I had formed a real close bond. I ask Carla, now that the external fixator was gone, if I could foster Indy. She agreed and Indy moved to my home.
It was so good to have her home with me. She fit right in right away. All the other dogs loved her and seemed to respect her for her injury. They would bring their toys and sit them on Indy's bed with her.
At first Indy would not eat. I am sure she was missing Carla, but I noticed one day, the internal pin was beginning to back out. It was really poking her skin.
Carla came in a couple of days and paid Indy a visit and the pin came out  and was no longing poking her skin. The vet said this was normal, but it made me hurt just to look at it. After this, she began to eat again. The pin was out about a inch and a half and it only seemed to get worse. The area around the pin started to really ooze. She was doing OK at this point..who knew that something was eating her inside.