Komodo is a rescue Shitzu. He has a detached Colon which has herniated. This means he desperately needs a delicate operation. Now. Please Help Komodo. He is in URGENT need of your help!! THIS IS KOMODO’S STORY! The Friday before Christmas I rescued a 7 year old Shit-Tzu named Komodo. He had a tennis ball sized bump on his butt, and his overwhelmed ‘owner’ said the vet didn’t know what was wrong as the antibiotics didn’t work…. This of course turned out to be a lie. I couldn’t even tell what color he was because he was so infested with fleas and ticks. But, he looked ‘brown’ and beige. The first thing I did was take him to get bathed. When he got his bath, his skin was literally crawling he had so many fleas and ticks all over his body – the ‘brown & beige’ color was actually dried blood from all the bugs biting him! It turned out that Komodo was actually black and white! A foster mum took him in over Christmas time and took him to her vet, where they said he would need treatment and enemas. The fee was paid by an angel in the form of an attorney. Boxing day. He was unable to stay at his foster mum’s anymore so I picked him up and took him to my local vet, Dr. Jezbera of Riverside Animal Hospital where he took some X-rays and he explained that – The bulge on Komodo’s butt was due to an age-old impacted colon. He has a detached colon which is herniated due to the him trying to push his prostate gland out (thinking it was a piece of stool) and needs a complex surgery to reattach it using non-dissolving mesh and intricate stitching… Simply put, Komodo has a detached Colon which has herniated outside of him - this means he can’t poop very well and it builds up inside him and grows into a huge bubble on his butt the size of a tennis ball. Dr. Jezbera’s helpers cleaned his Colon out. But, unless we have this delicate operation to ‘re-attach’ his Colon, there is a possibility he will die quickly from other complications !! Yes, I can keep taking him to the vet EVERY 2 or 3 days to have his colon and poop cleaned out, but this is dangerous because a build up of poop inside can lead to a deadly infection and he will die. Not to mention I don’t have the funds to keep taking him to the vet every 2-3 days. That’s $125 every 2-3 days!! The vet recommended the surgery center for animals in Irvine - there is no choice! We had our first appointment on Monday, January 6, 2014. The vet, Dr. Donner at Irvine surgery center told me the operation alone is going to cost somewhere in the region of $2800. and then possibly medication and care on top of it. This little dog, even though he is in so much pain, is one of the most mellow, good natured dogs I’ve come across in a long while and he is so happy to be clean and safe. All through the prodding and poking and indignities, he has not once whimpered, growled, whined or tried to bite. He just stands there, blinking, looking embarrassed almost as if he knows he is being helped. But, he is always enthusiastic when I pile him into the car to be poked by someone else – bless his heart – and his tail wags non-stop! Once he has received the medical attention he needs – he will make the best pal for that special someone. If you can help Komodo with ‘ANYTHING’ you can afford (even 1 dollar), you will be helping to save one of the sweetest and bravest little dogs I have ever known… And, in so doing, I will keep you posted and send you photos of little Komodo, who is fighting for his life!!! THANK YOU Komodo & Penny!
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Thanks giving trauma
This time last year I was doing EMT clinicals In emergency rooms at local hospitals on my second clinical I worked in a hospital that was the only trauma hospital in that area it was expected to be a good hands on learning experience…. I got a lot of hands on experience from that emergency room…. Our first patient was unconscious and we had to incubate them because they were having trouble breathing and our second patient we had to restrain because he was suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis - he had a decreased level of consciousness…. Our third call was the terrifying call that’s the one they want you to be around for it’s the true trauma call everyone goes running to the back door of the emergency room as they unload the patient from the ambulance they never stop working on him…. He can’t breathe at all… He is young 17 they put him in the trauma room where everyone is scrambling to try to keep him alive we all know exactly what we are supposed to be doing…. One person is examining the patient while 2 people are giving CPR - one doing chest compressions and the other bagging the patient…. Then another person is suctioning the mouth of the patient and someone else is hooking him up to the machines etc. there is no room to be polite if you bump into someone there is no time to apologize or be polite and take turns you just have to jump straight in head first and hope to god Everything everyone is doing saves a life…. Last year I was hooked the boy up to the EKG and suctioned his mouth till someone took it over and then I helped give him CPR in fact I was the one giving him CPR when his family came in but the thing is we already knew he had died just moments before he took his last breath his extremities went pale white…. You never notice how fast death sets into a body until you see it happen right in front of your eyes!!! You never know what someone’s last breath sounds like until you hear their body release it…. The only way I can try to make you imagine it is if you took in a really deep breath and then exhaled and while you exhaled you some how exhaled your soul/spirit as well and all of a sudden this body is just left there waiting for you…. And you notice how quickly death sets into their body… their extremities turn pure white what you don’t normally realize is healthy blood flow gives your flesh colour…. He was wearing a once crisp white T-shirt that was now covered in bright red blood and pjs his feet were sticking out the bottom and they were now pale white…. he was 17 years old…. After working on him for a while and hearing his family was on their way in we realized that he was gone and not coming back we made the conscious decision to clean up his body so that his family wouldn’t be burned with an image of trauma after all it was bad enough that they just lost their son….. It was the day before thanksgiving…. And now I’m here thinking of what took place only a year ago knowing there is a family who lost their son the day before thanksgiving could you imagine what that holiday must have been like for them and what it now is like for them how could they be thankful?….. The whole family was in the hospital I remember one of the nurses she was the bravest and also the kindest of the bunch she walked up and gave her condolences to the family and talked to them for a while after she spent the rest of her time making sure they were okay even though you couldn’t possibly be okay after something like that but she wanted to make sure they were taken care of while the police did their investigation and the doctors talked with them…. The point is please remember to be thankful for all of those in your life because you never know when they are going to be taken away from you….. Spend time with your loved ones this thanksgiving and please remember to show them or tell them how thankful you are for them :) it doesn’t take long to do but it maybe your only chance to do it…..