And more poo is a good thing! Dr. Mettee came by for rounds today and was able to remove more material from Lola’s lower G.I. tract. (If you are curious about how that happens, let’s just say that it involves a very long glove – and the good Doctor hopes to never have to do it again.) The fact that the material was not there on Saturday – which means that it has actually moved from higher in the colon – is great news.
While she is by no means out of the woods, it is a bit of improvement. The stricture that was encountered on Saturday seems to be gone. This means it was not a permanent defect and so surgery would appear to be ruled out of the picture for now. The next week is very important – her system needs to start working well on it’s own but we are all pleased with today’s progress.
Below is an x-ray of Lola’s left side showing some of the shell material in her intestines. There is 3 times that much material on the right side. (The x-ray is backwards because that is how vets look at them).
Lola’s x-ray: A – barnacles, B – intestine filled with shell, C – left knee