Sammy Boy's Medical Bills

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Update #3

about 1 month ago

Whew.

One word that sums up how I'm feeling tonight.

I really wanted to get a quick update out as I feel I owe it to everyone following Sammy's story.

The first 24 hours were...... Interesting.

We all have a new system to learn, but I feel as of tonight we are all getting the hang of it.

Sammy is doing very well moving for what he has been through this week. He is still learning that even though he can walk and move he really can't be running or jumping even though that is what his instincts are telling him.

He ended up back at the vet this morning to replace some staples that had fallen out overnight. We aren't entirely sure HOW they fell out, but we have some sneaky suspicions that I hope we have corrected today. He no longer will be able to wear just the basket mask at night. We switched him to a doughnut and cone. He looks so pitiful in it. Haha! Poor boy.

While there we asked if there was anything we could give him to help with pain as his meds wear off (He is getting meds every 12 hours but by hour 9 he was getting very irritated and grumpy. He would start nipping at us and his surgery spot.) They ended up giving him a long lasting pain med in a shot form. It should last 72 hours which will hopefully help him thru the roughest days. I noticed a huge difference in his attitude all around today, so I think that was a good call on the vets part.

I was up checking him every 2 hours last night making sure he was ok and didn't need to potty. Honestly he did great until about 3-4 am. When my 4 am alarm went of I sat up in bed and shined my light on his bed.... He wasn't in there... I panicked and flew outta bed on the hunt. He had pushed himself off the end of the mattress and on to the floor by my desk. Whew! Its great that he is wanting to move on his own, but it freaked me out a little bit.

I'm hoping tonight we all get a little more rest as we all really need it. Sammy, mom, dad, and all the kiddos. We all have experienced many emotions this week along with a new set of rules and operations.

As for his fur siblings Ivy, Galaxy, and Batman they all are a little jealous he is getting so much attention. HAHA! Ivy (our rescue pit mix) is very unsure of him. She barks and alerts us any time he moves (except last night when he ventured off of course....). Galaxy (our Jack Russell/hunter terrier) just wants to go crazy and see him. She whines a little bit when she sees him, but I really think its just because she wants him. We have kept Ivy and Galaxy separated from him just because of how snappy Sammy has been from the pain and I know once we reunite them all they are going to wanna play and sniff and do allllll the dog things that could potentially be dangerous for him or them right now. They do all get to sleep in the same room, we just have the girls locked up in their kennels. Batman (our mini Chihuahua) just wants to be hand fed like Sammy. Otherwise he has just kept his distance and watched what's going on from afar.

Overall, we are thankful. I swear every time I look at him I find another road burn spot or another bruise. It makes my heart hurt. I'm still so puzzled as to WHY whoever hit him didn't stop to help him. I'm thankful for Laura who happened to see him and stopped. Without her there in the right spot at the right time, our boy very well could have died in one of the deep ditches out here or even been hit again trying to drag himself home. I'm so excited for Sammy to heal up enough to walk over to her home so they can be reunited after this terrible accident. We owe her the world.

And before I end this update and get Sammy ready for bed I also want to thank all of you..... The continued prayers, love, good vibes, and concern for our sweet boy have not gone unnoticed! We appreciate each and every one of you! I have tried my best to keep up with all the comments, messages, and texts but I'm sure some have slipped thru the cracks of this week. I will try to sift through them all again later this coming week.

As of right now all of the generous donations have allowed us to pay off about 1/3 of his vet bill and for that we are sooooo THANKFUL! Every little bit is so very helpful and we can not thank you enough!

Okay, this tired mom is off to Sleepland for a few hours before our first check of the night. Thank you again for loving our Sammy Boy.

xo
Alisha Russell

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Sammy Boy's Medical Bills

On May 4, 2022 our farm/pet dog jumped out back yard and got hit by a vehicle. An amazing lady found him and got him to the shelter and searched for us as she headed to the airport to catch a flight. Once in contact with us and filling us in on where she found him, where she took him, and the condition she found him in I started to make contact with our shelter so I could get him, and take him to the vet to assess our situation.

When arriving at the shelter, Sammy was in so much pain he could no longer stand or move his back half. He wanted no one to touch him. We had to give him a sedative to be able to transport him. He was a bloody mess and I thought there was no way he was going to make it. The cries he let out as we moved him to the back of my vehicle are sounds I will never forget. They shattered my heart instantly knowing our big brave Sammy was in that much pain and not knowing how long ago it happened as it was a "hit and run". I felt so guilty and as if I had failed him as his owner.

 

Once we arrived at Red Hill Vet they scooped him right up and took him right back for xrays and a quick assessment. After multiple xrays we discovered Sammy's femur was snapped in two spots. He had some internal bleed and some pretty bruised up lungs. He also had a tooth (or multiple) that had been cracked off at the gum line causing his mouth to continuously bleed.

The most important issue that needed addressed was that snapped bone. The vet explained that the one spot on the bone was an easy fix and she would 100% recommend doing surgery to fix the bone, however the second spot was the tough one. The spot that it snapped at had a very small spot to "fix" that break. She did say it was possible and she 100% would do the surgery had we opted for it, but did mention there is a high chance of failure. The bone would need a rod and multiple screws in order to fix it. The chance of infection, also, raised greatly. He would have to be on pain meds for 12-18 weeks as he healed with potential of pain past that.

She also gave us the option to amputate his back leg. Assuring us that once that leg was removed his pain level would decrease rapidly and he would most likely be back to himself within 3-6 weeks.

Knowing our Sammy Boy, he HATES being locked up. He HATES being inside. He LOVES his humans and being outside to PROTECT his humans and our little farm. Knowing he was a fighter and an active boy there was no way I wanted to make him suffer up to 18 weeks with the chance of still having to amputate in the end. (Let alone the cost of it all) So we opted to just amputate right away knowing our boy would still thrive.

After making our decision, our vet stated she needed to keep him 24 hours with fluids and monitoring to make sure he didn't go into shock considering the magnitude of the situation he was in. We agreed it was best and we knew he was in the right place, with the right people for his injuries and the possibilities of unknown injuries.

Before Red Hills Vet closed that night I gave them a call just to check in. They explained the vet was a little concerned because Sammy had no want or will to even attempt to stand on his "good leg" and she wanted to re assess him in the morning and go from there.

This morning after dropping our 3 older kids off at school, Chris and I ran to the vets office to go see our boy and see if we couldn't encourage him to WANT to walk. When he seen Chris he perked up a little and just wanted him close. Chris dang near climbed in that little kennel with him.

After some much needed cuddles with our boy the vet tech and vet came out to talk with us and give us and update from their assessment an hour before our arrival.

They let us know that Sammy wasn't eating and still wasn't even attempting to stand, even with assistance. They would hold him up and as soon as that "good leg" touched the floor he would collapse. She informed us that Sammy has no sensation in that good leg, and the reasons why he might not are endless and hard to narrow down, because of all the pain coming from the injured leg. There is a potential that Sammy has had spinal damage. From the xrays she couldn't see any, but that doesn't mean there isn't any. 

Unfortunately, our town doesn't have an MRI or CT for us to find out. We would have to travel 2 hours to get that done and the price to get it done is $2-$3k plus a new treatment plan if anything else is wrong. As much as we would love to be able to take him RIGHT NOW to check we just can not afford it. We are already scrambling to figure out how we are going to pay off his amputation surgery of $2,316.

As of this morning we all decided (Chris, the vet, and I) that we would proceed with the amputation surgery to help alleviate the pain and hope that his sensation returns to his good leg. Thats best case scenario. If sensation does not return Sammy will be wheelchair bound anywhere from a few days to a few months to forever... we really just don't know. There are different therapies we could try but without the MRI or CT we don't know how significant the damage really is.

We also have to consider Sammy's quality of life in a wheelchair. Our boy LOVES to run and be outside. If he can figure the wheelchair out he may still thrive but our worry is he will become very depressed.

Chris and I are not people to ask others (especially people we aren't super close to) for money. We will struggle till we figure it out, however our bills were already piling up with inflation on everything. We have one steady income and I try to make money anywhere I can, but with a mini farm and 4 kids its still a struggle.

We are asking if anyone is willing to help us we would be forever grateful. His original bill was $2,316. We were able to put that on a care credit card for now, however it sounds like our expenses will be much more if he doesn't gain sensation in that "good leg" after surgery. A wheelchair for him would be about $500, and if we can raise enough I would love to get an MRI/CT done to assure we are doing everything we can for him.

Anyone who know Sammy knows he's one of the best dogs out there (even if he does hate my cats with a passion). He has protected our goats, chickens, kids, and other pups on multiple occasions, and we cannot imagine life without him on the farm. He is the biggest lover and will always great you with a hug!

PLEASE, PLEASE help us give him back the best life we can. Our family owes it to him and we all would be grateful beyond words.

Once he is out of surgery today I will update again. Until then please keep sending the good vibes and prayers to our Sammy Boy. He REALLY needs them.

-- Alisha Russell

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Alisha Russell posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #3

Whew.

One word that sums up how I'm feeling tonight.

I really wanted to get a quick update out as I feel I owe it to everyone following Sammy's story.

The first 24 hours were...... Interesting.

We all have a new system to learn, but I feel as of tonight we are all getting the hang of it.

Sammy is doing very well moving for what he has been through this week. He is still learning that even though he can walk and move he really can't be running or jumping even though that is what his instincts are telling him.

He ended up back at the vet this morning to replace some staples that had fallen out overnight. We aren't entirely sure HOW they fell out, but we have some sneaky suspicions that I hope we have corrected today. He no longer will be able to wear just the basket mask at night. We switched him to a doughnut and cone. He looks so pitiful in it. Haha! Poor boy.

While there we asked if there was anything we could give him to help with pain as his meds wear off (He is getting meds every 12 hours but by hour 9 he was getting very irritated and grumpy. He would start nipping at us and his surgery spot.) They ended up giving him a long lasting pain med in a shot form. It should last 72 hours which will hopefully help him thru the roughest days. I noticed a huge difference in his attitude all around today, so I think that was a good call on the vets part.

I was up checking him every 2 hours last night making sure he was ok and didn't need to potty. Honestly he did great until about 3-4 am. When my 4 am alarm went of I sat up in bed and shined my light on his bed.... He wasn't in there... I panicked and flew outta bed on the hunt. He had pushed himself off the end of the mattress and on to the floor by my desk. Whew! Its great that he is wanting to move on his own, but it freaked me out a little bit.

I'm hoping tonight we all get a little more rest as we all really need it. Sammy, mom, dad, and all the kiddos. We all have experienced many emotions this week along with a new set of rules and operations.

As for his fur siblings Ivy, Galaxy, and Batman they all are a little jealous he is getting so much attention. HAHA! Ivy (our rescue pit mix) is very unsure of him. She barks and alerts us any time he moves (except last night when he ventured off of course....). Galaxy (our Jack Russell/hunter terrier) just wants to go crazy and see him. She whines a little bit when she sees him, but I really think its just because she wants him. We have kept Ivy and Galaxy separated from him just because of how snappy Sammy has been from the pain and I know once we reunite them all they are going to wanna play and sniff and do allllll the dog things that could potentially be dangerous for him or them right now. They do all get to sleep in the same room, we just have the girls locked up in their kennels. Batman (our mini Chihuahua) just wants to be hand fed like Sammy. Otherwise he has just kept his distance and watched what's going on from afar.

Overall, we are thankful. I swear every time I look at him I find another road burn spot or another bruise. It makes my heart hurt. I'm still so puzzled as to WHY whoever hit him didn't stop to help him. I'm thankful for Laura who happened to see him and stopped. Without her there in the right spot at the right time, our boy very well could have died in one of the deep ditches out here or even been hit again trying to drag himself home. I'm so excited for Sammy to heal up enough to walk over to her home so they can be reunited after this terrible accident. We owe her the world.

And before I end this update and get Sammy ready for bed I also want to thank all of you..... The continued prayers, love, good vibes, and concern for our sweet boy have not gone unnoticed! We appreciate each and every one of you! I have tried my best to keep up with all the comments, messages, and texts but I'm sure some have slipped thru the cracks of this week. I will try to sift through them all again later this coming week.

As of right now all of the generous donations have allowed us to pay off about 1/3 of his vet bill and for that we are sooooo THANKFUL! Every little bit is so very helpful and we can not thank you enough!

Okay, this tired mom is off to Sleepland for a few hours before our first check of the night. Thank you again for loving our Sammy Boy.

xo
Alisha Russell

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Alisha Russell posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #2

Honestly this update will be difficult to write mainly because I'm just in shock and awe of our Sammy.

We went to check on and visit with Sammy this morning around 10 am. They asked if we could come back in 20-30 minutes and then we could see him as there was a lot going on in the back at the time. We agreed and wandered around Tractor Supply right up the road.

When we returned a vet tech came out with a white bag and started going thru all the discharge information. We had to stop her and ask "Do we get to take him home right now?!" and she said "YES!"

Sammy had done great over night and even ended up eating a little bit of canned chicken this morning! He still hadn't really stood or walked on that back leg, but was showing signs of wanting to pull himself out of the kennel on his own.

After finishing the discharge papers and going over our extensive instructions on getting him healed up we pulled the car right in front of the vet doors so our walk would be short trying to carry our big ol boy.

Much to all of our surprise Sammy not only pulled himself out of the kennel when he seen us, he also walked a little bit! And once he realized he got to come HOME he walked the entire way to the car only stopping once to rest for a second!

WE all were shocked (I tried to get a video but I messed it all up because I was so excited for him!) Daddy even cried when we got him loaded up, because he realized we gave him a fighting chance! Sammy will never understand how much that moment meant to his daddy and I.

Once home we did have to carry him in the house as we have a set of stairs but he walked right to his bed and laid down. (I only got a small video of that as I closed the car doors up as he did this.)

He took a little cat nap as soon as we got home and then ate a few handfuls of dry food and a hotdog from me.

We will get him up and outside after another nap and see if he will walk around and go potty. Until then its just naps, cuddles, food, and healing! We feel so blessed he is still with us. We will continue to update as his healing journey continues. This will be a long road for us all!

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Alisha Russell posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

Hi everyone, Sammy is out of surgery! The vet said he did great being completely under.

While under we requested he be completely shaved down as he still had his winter coat and we didn't want to risk causing more pain to him by brushing it out.

After being shaved down they discovered a large cut on his left leg ( the good leg ) that needed to be cleaned and have a few staples put in.

When removing the broken molar roots they discovered a second molar that also had broken off needing to be removed and a large hole in his lip from the said teeth breaking off/impact of the accident. They are leaving the hole for now, because the risk of infection is too high to stitch it up.

The vet informed us that he does have a lot of bruising all over but barely any swelling on his body, which is great.

Now, the amputated leg. I feel a lot better about going thru with the amputation now that its done. The vet said that leg itself was 10 times bigger than it should have been swelling wise and was VERY bruised and mangled. He would have been in a lot of pain for a long time along with trying to control that swelling, had we fixed the bone.

I'm confident in saying the main impact was probably done to his right hind leg and when he was launched his head probably hit the pavement and busted his teeth and lip. Which also leads me to believe and almost confirming my thoughts as to him trying to chase something off his property and just kept chasing it up the driveway and across the road. Probably being hit by someone on their way to work early that morning.

Unfortunately, we will never actually know what happened, who hit him, or how fast they were going. So instead of dwelling on the unknown, we will be happy and feel incredibly blessed that our boy is still with us. We will let the universe sort out the unknowns. ;)

Sammy has a long road to recovery and we still don't know if he will ever gain sensation to that "good leg" but we are all rooting for him! Good vibes and prayers they can keep his pain managed over night and thru the morning so we can hopefully get him home tomorrow!

THANK YOU for all the donations so far! We love and appreciate you all!

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