Sunday, April 22, 2012

Maybe I Do Like Procedures

Bentley, my beloved heart-mender, was - ahem - "teutored" last July.  When it became apparent he would never make it into the show ring and win, when it became apparent his cloudy, cataract laden eyes at less than a year would be wrongful to send into the next generation of great dane puppies, he was "snipped"... we do not use the 'n' word in our house.

What I did not know until very recently, is that his stitches did not dissolve.  They have to be snipped (pardon the pun) and gently withdrawn.  From "there" where his, how shall I say this for the more gentle of readers, family jewels no longer reside.

Today was the day.  I knew it had to be done.  And although I'm not squeamish, I do not like to inflict pain.

Carefully, I put Neosporin (is that medication GOD or what?!?!?!?  I mean you could use it to cure anything!) on the open sores that had appeared (that's what prompted my 'looking' in the first place - he was licking all the time) on his sores.  Eyeglasses on, tweezers, and nail clippers (I'm not a doc, right?  I have no 'tools') and he laid on the floor.

Over the next 10 minutes or so, I carefully held one end of the suture up, while trying to gently clip the knotted end.  Painstaking, yes; to be sure, Bentley was completely oblivious for the longest time that I was snipping and clipping "there" ...

And then it was done.  The sutures needed a little tug to come loose once I'd clipped the knot, and Bentley leaned over to lick me.

Not sure if he was thankful the itchy sutures were out, or if he was thankful I was done, or if he is just a licker (I tend to think the latter - any chance for a slurpy great dane kiss, and he's all in!).

Anyway, it was kind of cool... in a geeky sort of way.  Maybe I would not mind being procedural (okay, yes, I realize that procedures as a doc are FAR more complicated than suture removal on a dog... I get that.  Baby steps!)


Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

slobber slobber, love love, bye-bye itchy stuff.

A Doc 2 Be said...

HAHA! Yes!!!

Lisa said...

The stitches didn't hurt coming out because the skin at the area of surgery is numb. The incision cut the nerves and they do not work any more.

A Doc 2 Be said...

@ Lisa - did not think of that - so true!

Lisa said...

I can tell that you've never had surgery. You should try to keep it that way.

A Doc 2 Be said...

Eh - in 1997 I had a ruptured appendix that had happened (the docs believe) 3 or 4 days before I arrived in the ER.

It took 12 hours of heavy medications to get my body stable enough for them to do surgery to repair my innards. During which time, the doc told my father I had a less than 50% of surviving.

Less than 24 hours after surgery, I was released from the hospital because my health insurance had been declined (I was a new employee and the new insurer had not received the paperwork - this was 1997).

I had no stitches externally; just the butterfly things... and yes, I learned to debride.

Gaross! :D