Hi Sherynr and hello all!
My heart goes out to you and each time I'm asked to assist I live it all over again. I hope you had the opportunity to read the link to our story the Christine posted. If you haven't, please go read that to give you an idea of my empathy for you.
I agree that Lucie needs low dose steroids right away (I think I read where she is getting them) and strict crate rest. I truly believe that our combination of urgent care at Auburn, steroids and crate rest was the key to our success.
I don't have to express Dolcezza Mia because her break was a bit lower than Lucie's, but she does have to wear panties all the time due to incontinence (and a permanent uretherostomy).
Anyway, I read that you are thinking of Auburn. Please ask your vet to call Auburn animal critical care for an emergency consult and get her up there. You have to have a consult to go there I believe, and make your vet fax and give you copies of all records! Insist that you want a hard copy as well as their faxing. If she hasn't had steroids, I would insist on them 20 minutes ago. And if you need any "pull" at Auburn, we have a relationship with the foundation and I will pull any strings I can to help you and Lucie.
Lastly, I couldn't agree more with what everyone else is saying: give it time, do your best, pray, lean on us and control the controllable. Lucie will let you know if she doesn't want to fight and it sounds like she is wanting to stick around despite her challenging life thus far! She can be our next miracle, right ladies?
In conclusion, please let me know if there is anything I can do. Our Dolcezza Mia is bright, lively, fun and is still pooping outside twice a day (a rare "nugget" is found after she barks sometimes) and loves her panties! Our vet said I need to write a book on how to keep a dog with a uretherostomy tube clean. She has never been on antibiotics, has no urine scald and if I didn't think it would gross anyone out I would post a picture of her uretherostomy tube to prove it! Ha!
Carol and Christine, on that note, if you all every want to see what it looks like or you feel it would help someone out to know what it looks like, just e-mail me and I'll send you the pic. Otherwise, I've attached an updated photo of Dolcezza Mia and Sherynr...stay strong!!