|Driving down the endless road!|
Having a rest in Wisconsin, the state that never ends!
|Asleep on the long ride home|
Everyone expected Thursday's surgery to run smoothly as all the preparations had been in place for some time. Dr. Pluhar had the original MRI scans that were done at the Mississauga Oakville clinic and all of Rilley's medical history (related to the tumour). Even the physical exam done during the pre-op appointment was normal. We received regular updates via Brian, the communications point-person for the television production crew. Then when Dr. Pluhar came out while Rilley was moved from the OR to the MRI she told us that things had not been as simple as had been expected. It seemed that everyone was shocked to learn that the tumour had grown much quicker than expected and that it had begun to attach itself to Rilley's brain. Dr. Pluhar had hoped to remove the tumour in one complete piece, but given this new development she had no choice but to cut it into pieces in order to remove it. This gave us a dose of reality and the true weight of Rilley's predicament began to sink in. While it turned out that Dr. Pluhar skillfully removed the tumour despite the increased difficulty we realized that had we not made this journey, our beloved Beagle would have only survived for another week or two.
This development made a lot of recent events make sense. Within the week previous to our departure Rilley had numerous seizures in greater frequency and he had begun to lose some control over his bladder. We had actually commented that something seemed wrong and that things appeared to be getting worse.
Thankfully, we got to Minneapolis in time for the tumour to be stopped. Dr. Pluhar literally ended up saving Rilley's life. It appears that the only consequence to the change in his tumour is that it of a more serious grade. We are still waiting to find out what grade of meningioma the tumour is but it doesn't change Rilley's course of treatment.
|Dr. Pluhar getting Rilley|
ready to be discharged
Rilley will be making return trips to see Dr. Pluhar at the University of Minnesota in three, six and twelve months for follow up MRIs and blood work. But for now, he seems to be happy, healthy and back to his old self...causing trouble.