Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Post-Op Update from Toliver

Hello everyone, this is Toliver.  My person, Forrest had surgery today at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  I really don't like hospitals, but the doctors and nurses are really nice here.  Before surgery, I got to hang out with Forrest in pre-op.  The nurses were all quite smitten with me and I was allowed to give them kisses.  Mum says it was very labradorable.  I was worried when they took Forrest away, but everyone kept reminding me that he is strong and that he will be ok.  I overheard the doctor talking to Mum, Pops and Tami earlier and Dr. Luciano said he is optimistic about how the surgery went to put in the new programmable valve in Forrest's shunt.  They want to take things slow and make gradual adjustments to find what helps Forrest the most.  He might not be able to sit or stand for a day or two to give the new valve a chance to do its job.  Hopefully in a couple of days he will be back to playing with me again.  In the meantime, I will quietly watch over him and help to bring smiles to the faces of the doctors, nurses, other patients and Team 44.  We don't know how long we will be here yet, but we will keep you posted on how my Champion is doing over the next few days.

Thank you all for the love you give to my Forrest.
- Toliver

 Hands in!  "Team 44" on 4!!!  I'm proud to be part of Team 44!


  1. Thanks for the update Toliver! Forrest's story and journey is beyond amazing. I read a couple posts from the beginning and continued throughout the years and... team 44, Forrest and everyone involved are so blessed. I remember hearing about Forrest when he had his accident and also when JP made good vibrations. Forrest you are very blessed to have your family, and I know they are very blessed to have you. Your whole journey has truely touched my heart and has inspired me in so many ways as well. You are a fighter Forrest and your soul is so strong and full of so much life. I will continue to have you in my prayers. May you have a speedy recovery Forrest. God is good and God Bless. -Rachel Litiatco

  2. Oh Tolivar,

    Thanks so much for posting. I know your champion will be up and playing with you before too long. For now, it will be nice to simply cuddle up. Stay strong.

    Gail Wofford

  3. Toliver- you are labradorable for sure and we are also smitten with you. Continue to watch over Forrest and all of Team 44. I am so glad you are there by his side, ain't nothing like a dog, to bring joy to a space and fill it with good vibrations. Keep up the kisses and tail wags and high fives.
    Love Aunt Tricia

  4. Toliver, thank you for the update and please let Forrest know that even though we are not there in person for the "hands in", every time we fold our hands in prayer, Forrest and his team are at the top of our list. We missed you both today in the Virginia office and can't wait until you are back! Take good care of Forrest for us!
    Love and hugs,
    The Rafferty Family

  5. Forrest We are so blessed. You have sun strong determination to come out on top!!! Looking forward to the next time we can chat. Such fun! Love you!!! Grand mom Norma Allen.