Lucy is still taken me along for this roller coaster ride called life. When I brought her home from the vet over a week ago I thought that she wouldn't live a week. But...although I haven't been successful getting her meds down most days she does seem to be in good spirits. Her mood seems to improve as the day progresses. She's eating some but I can see that she is getting weaker. She doesn't jump on the furniture as she once did with ease. I hope that she hangs on for a long time if she is not suffering.
On or about August 7, Lucy started losing her appetite. She wouldn't even take a Milkbone. So I knew something was up. All my babies have been rather lethargic these hot summer days, so that didn't really concern me.
When I could get Lucy to eat and I thought whatever it is is over: she would vomit. I took her to the vet and in the light of the office I could see that Lucy was jaundice in her eyes, gums, and ears. I was heart broken. Her and Joe had just had their annuals on July 3rd and the blood work looked normal. Her numbers were off the charts this week. I left her at the vet for three days to do an ultrasound etc. She has nodules on her liver and pancreatitis as well. I could have opted for an exploratory surgery but I did not. The $5000 price did have some influence on that decision. But overall, I thought if doctors say they don't want to subject my 98 year old Father to surgery that will have little or no benefit then why would I do that to my dog of 10 years?
I brought her home Saturday morning and she wasn't in the best of spirits and I could not get her to eat a thing.
Today she was in a much better mood and I finally got her to eat a boiled potato and some rice and a tablespoon of canned dog food.
The vet suggested Pepcid ac for her nausea and I have other medications as well that will be a challenge to get down her. I'm trying not to worry myself silly and to be a good guardian. I'm just glad she is home. I hope I can continue to get her to eat and to keep her comfortable. Pray for my Lucy that she will not suffer and that I will make good choices for her.
No not really. This is how Sable and the rest of us spend our weekends in the heat of the summer. The trend will undoubtedly continue since the prediction is for temps reaching 100 all week. But really, what's the difference in the typical 97 and 100. I'm counting the days till October and cooler temperatures.