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Dear Small Pawsers,
Thank you all so much for coming to little Marley’s aid, late last night.
Thank God, they were able to get it put back in, before any tissue died.
He is back home this morning with Kirk and Vicki Taylor!
For the “rest of the story”, Vicki told me it was ok to “tell the world” about this, as she can use all of the prayer she can get.
Another reason this was so frightening for everyone involved last night, was that our own Vicki Furstenburg Taylor (email@example.com), Marley’s Foster Mom, had a stroke on Monday, at her home near Dallas.
Vicki with one of her many previous Fosters, Romeo.
Vicki has been with Small Paws since day one, over 25 years ago.
She served for many years as our North Texas Team Leader. She is also one of my dearest personal friends.
She and her husband Kirk are fostering Marley.
Last night when she showed me the photo of Marley’s rectum prolapsing, I didn’t know how to even tell her that this was a medical emergency.
They are 30 minutes away from Dallas Medvet and Vicki couldn’t go anywhere. She is still recovering from the stroke.
Kirk said it was the right thing to do to get Marley to the emergency room, so Vicki stayed home in bed and Kirk drove Marley.
Kirk waited and stayed with Marley until they got this put back in.
I’ve always told you to be specific in your prayers.
So please pray for a complete recovery for Vicki with no lasting side effects.
Vicki is in good health. She watches what she eats and she works out.
This stroke came completely from out of the blue. She had the first symptoms on Sunday night.
Her right knee felt tired, but she figured she must have twisted it.
By Monday morning, she couldn’t walk or write with her right hand.
She knew something was terribly wrong and they headed off to the Emergency Room.
She had a MRI yesterday morning and has an Echo scheduled for today.
She is exhausted.
Still, even with all of this going on, her husband, Kirk, still drove Marley to the E.R. late last night and stayed there with him.
I can’t tell you what a wonderful people these two are. Please pray for them!
F.A.S.T. Warning Signs
Use the letters in F.A.S.T. to spot a Stroke
- F = Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
- A = Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S = Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred?
- T = Time to call 911
Please remember these symptoms for you and your friends and family. Minutes count with a stroke.
Vicki said her symptoms were on on her right side.
Kirk, thank you so much for taking Marley to much needed emergency medical care last night.
Vicki, we love you and Kirk and all of us are praying for your complete and full recovery! All My Love, Robin
9:08 p.m. Central Time
Dear Small Pawsers,
You remember little 3 Year Old Marley, who was hit by a car near Dallas in June.
Thanks to all of you, he had pelvic surgery at the Veterinary Clinic of Athens, just outside of Dallas.
Marley is now being fostered with Kirk and Vicky Taylor. Marley actually has an adoption working now. I can’t believe this is happening.
Today, he went to the groomer’s and this wasn’t happening, then.
After he came home this evening, Vicki and Kirk noticed this.
I believe that Marley is displaying a prolapsed rectum, which is life threatening.
“Rectal prolapse is easy to see, as the internal organ is visible from outside the anus. It can be either complete or incomplete, with incomplete prolapse only being evident while the dog is straining. In a complete prolapse, the intestinal tissue stays outside of the body. This tissue begins a bright red color, but as the tissue starts to die, it turns blue or black. Tissue death can be fatal for the dog and requires immediate treatment. Veterinary assistance is required to correct rectal prolapse, and a surgeon is needed if tissue death has occurred.”
They put a soft cone on Marley to ride to the ER in.
Kirk is rushing Marley to Medvet Dallas as I type.
They saw Marley there in June, when we first rescued him from the shelter after he was hit by the car.
They know us and we have an account there which includes a rescue discount.
I will need to give them a deposit tonight.
I imagine he will need surgery, if for no other reason than to “push it back in.”
Sorry to be so graphic here, but body parts are body parts.
Marley needs emergency help. No time for matching challenges.
He needs help now. This is a medical emergency.
All My Love, Robin