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ladyR, Great Dane, dob: 10/93, F, Spayed, 178lb(1998), 120lb(2004), 37"

March 10, 2004
Procedure: Gold Bead Implants + Removal of 3 Fatty Tumors
Purpose: Spondylosis

Vet shaved her and installed the IV for fluids before doing the anesthesia.
Propofol was used to induce for intubation, then maintained on Isoflurane.
Procedure started at 10:21am - Ended at 11:04pm - Home at 12:05pm

I was invited to be in the room as it was being done ... I declined.
( I faint when watching injections - gushing blood is ok, just not needles)
I chose instead to sit in the waiting area crying for fear of ladyR dying
from the anesthesia. 
Vet said ladyR went through anesthesia like a trooper. I think the VET
is the trooper for not over-doing the anesthesia. She took the time to 
show me everything beforehand and explain every detail also.
With this Vet, i will no longer be terrified of anesthesia.

48 points were beaded.
6 in each point, with 12 in one point and 18 in a particularly weak hip point.
This Vet has been doing acupuncture on ladyR for 4 years.
She utilizes heat sensing, as opposed to pulse sensing to ferret out areas of need.
( I should have asked her to bead ladyR's ears to overcome her selective hearing )

3 Fatty Tumors were removed.
Lordy ... what a trip. The Vet said the large one looked like the perfect breast implant. It was definitely strange to touch and photograph it. Yuck. 
But really nice that it is gone.

At home, ladyR peed, had a drink, then crashed on the couch until 6pm.
Roasted Chicken and baked sweet potato for dinner. She was walking guardedly. Still sort of drowsy, she rested all night until midnight. Got up to pee, and ate her normal midnight meal with gusto. Walked the entire yard while deciding where to pee. Then went to bed for the night.

Some dogs, I have been told get remarkable and noticeable results right away. 
We did not. Others get steadily increasing improvement over time.
I can be patient.

Dr. Durkes told me that GBI is as much about balancing the entire being as about treating specific issues. That balancing is what causes the reversal of the ailments. He said that if she lives long enough, as much as 2 years ... the calcium deposits on her spine would re-sorb, leaving her with much better mobility.
He initially was concerned about her advanced age, because the younger a dog is done, the better the results I could expect.
When I explained that ladyR is not at all decrepit and is in fact in superior
physical condition, he advised we go for it.

The procedure would have been done 2 months earlier, but current x-rays
showed an area of concern that looked like it could be Osteosarcoma.
Thankfully, a Board Certified Radiologist determined it was nothing more 
than arthritic changes.

All the points had tiny scabs, welts/swelling has subsided.
For all intents, she is back to where she was prior to the procedure.
Vet said to keep on walking schedule.
Still no noticeable improvement.   

Posture and balance during urination seems steadier.

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