Saturday, July 14, 2012

We are not out of the woods  . . . . yet.  But I want to start by thanking each and every one of you who has sent warm encouraging words and kind thoughts and prayers for our darling Daisy.
She remains a VERY sick girl.  After we moved her to the specialty hospital on Thursday evening, she had a restful night and more IV fluids before being seen by the kidney specialist on Friday morning.  While the tests are still out to confirm, so many things have now been ruled out that we are all but certain she is suffering kidney failure due to a Lyme-borne illness that is also causing some swelling in her joints.
Hubby and I had a wonderful and long visit with Daisy at the hospital last evening as well as a detailed consultation with the specialist.  We took Daisy for a short walk and did our best to encourage her to eat (lack of appetite and rapid weight loss were the triggers that told us something was horribly wrong.)
To make a long story short, we have got a battle supreme on our hands.  This is compounded by the fact that Lyme is not something that is found on the west coast - so not seen or treated by the vets here.  Though we were given hope by the success story of the one previous doggy patient at this hospital.
Overnight Daisy had a kidney biopsy taken as well as a feeding tube inserted.  Now she is getting good valuable nutrition to help keep her strong in this fight for her life.  Additionally they have started treatments to suppress her immune system.  Now I do not understand all of this, much medical jargon was bandied about, but as best as I could make it is:  Daisy's body is fighting with itself rather than letting her heal.
We have an appointment at 5 p.m. to discuss treatment plan and discharge instructions.  We have been told that this will be a long and involved appointment.  Now I am nothing but a mess of squeamishness when there is even a little bit of talk about procedures and the like let alone actually having to deal with feeding tubes and catheters *yikes*  We have asked The Princess, our resident medical professional, to join us at this appointment.  Trained ears that won't shut out the 'icky' words will be key.
We still do not know what the future holds, but Hubby and I have determined that we are going to give Daisy the best fighting chance we can as long as we can be assured that she will live a long, normal, happy doggy life.  Each day has seemed overwhelming, but the tenuous thread of hope has grown just a bit stronger.
Hubby and I stopped at the store today and picked up a few movies that we think Daisy will enjoy over the next few days.  Yes, she does watch television - particularly animated shows or programs featuring animals.  We will do our best to keep her well cared for and well entertained while she works to get herself better.

38 comments:

Marian said...

Daisy will certainly feel the love surrounding her. It made me smile to think of her watching movies while she recovers. Prayers for all of you.

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh dear Daisy, I hope all will go well. She is getting wonderful care and her whole family is pitching in to help, too. Get well soon, Daisy.

The Civil War Quilter said...

Knowing the cause is a step in the right direction. I'm glad the vet is on top of it. A dog will fight to live if it's loved and cared for and Daisy surely is! Good luck and God bless you and Daisy.

Texan said...

She has tons of love pulling for her and she knows it I am quite sure!

Quilt Hollow said...

I'm pulling for her and for you both!

WoolenSails said...

Daisy has been through so much, but it sounds like you have a great medical team and with your love and support, she has the best chance of fighting this. That is so cute that you got her some movies to watch, it will surely pick up her spirits and I think just being home with you and her favorite cushion, that will really help.

Debbie

Quilting by the Lake said...

Thoughts and prayers to your family and Daisy. Pulling for her here in Pennsylvania!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

My heart breaks reading your last couple of posts. The unknown can be so scary, and I know how our Schnauzer warms our heart. I wish Daisy the best and and pray all goes well with her treatment. She is so lucky to have you and your DH to care for her.

Jan said...

Hoping for the best for you all. My dog Murray is like a son to me, and I would do as much as possible for him, too. Murray watches tv, too, and barks at animals. I guess that is partly why Daisy's trial is resonating with me. Plus, she is so loved!

Quilter Kathy said...

So sorry to hear that Daisy continues to suffer... hope she starts making amazing progress really soon.

Tina said...

I just love the pictures (especially your Blog Header) of Daisy! They really make me smile and I would imagine that Daisy in real life is just an absolute sweetie-pie. I will keep Daisy and you guys in my thoughts and prayers. Daisy is so very lucky to have such a wonderful caring family!!

Karen said...

I took a deep breath before clicking on your post to read what news there was about Daisy. Hoping to read good news. I am keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well.

Carol said...

We have all of our fingers and toes crossed for sweet Daisy. Lots and lots of good thoughts for all of you. Being home with you all will make her feel so much better.

Carrie said...

Oh no. Poor girl. Both you and Daisy. I have missed what has been going on but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Rosie's too.

Take good care and hugs to Daisy and you. :)

Carrie said...

P.S. I love your Daisy pictures ~ especially your blog header. I think Daisy and Rosie would be very good friends. :)

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh Libby. this is just so sad. I"m still thinking of her (and you).

Milah Frost said...

I'm sorry to hear this, I hope she's better soon.
Sending her doggy ((hugs)).

Mimi said...

We just recently had a family of 5 in our church four of whom have been diagnosed with Lymes disease. They have been told it will get worse before it gets better and that is because of the dormant parasite/germ/whatever releases toxins when it wakes up. So I pray that your furry friend can handle the worse and gets better really soon.

Jeanne said...

Your Daisy is a fighter. I pray she can beat this and be back to normal soon. Hang in there and know we are all pulling for her and praying for a good outcome.

Sharon said...

Oh poor Daisy, it does sound like everything possible is being done, she is young and that is the key to fighting a health battle. Keep us posted, we are all thinking of her and your family.

mylittlecottage said...

nice post thanks for sharing looking for to visit more...blessings

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Still praying for beautiful Miss Daisy. Hang in there sweet girl. Fight!!! We are pulling for you.

Loris said...

Thank you so much for the update. Your family is in my heart and on my mind continually. It does sound like the vet is really focused on Daisy's care and I'm so glad your daughter could be there to help you with details. I know you are doing everything you can to help Daisy. I sure hope she gets some comfort and strength from being able to come home with you. I hope you are comforted too.
Get well soon, Daisy. We love you!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Praying for healthy days ahead for Daisy and strength for her caregivers... sending huge hugs for all!

edie said...

Thank you so much for letting us know how it's going. Our heartfelt thoughts, hopes, prayers, are with you all. (Some tears, too -- we were in a similar situation in February.) Kisses and hugs to Daisy.

Linnie Quilts said...

I can't hug your Daisy to help make her feel better but I can hug my own Sadie Anne and send you our thoughts and prayers. Love is a powerful antedote and can help overcome many, many things ~ there is a lot of that coming your way!

Susie Q said...

Libby I am continuing to think of you all and hope Daisy continues to improve. Prayers for you all. Susie x

Candace said...

I shed a few tears reading about Daisy's plight but a smile comes to me when I think of what a wonderful home and doggy parents she chose to live her life with. I know in my heart that you and Andy will do the utmost for her. Good that the Princess will be along - another set of ears is always helpful.
Take care.

A Quilter Awakens said...

Dear Precious Daisy, I wish you and your family all good things as you work your way through all this. Love will see you all to the right steps. Karmen

Nancy in MT said...

Daisy, please get well.

Nancy in MT said...

Daisy, please get well.

Colleen said...

Oh Libby.... my heart goes out to you guys. Hang in there beautiful Daisy!

Claudia said...

Continued hugs and good thoughts sent your way.... We deal with lyme disease in this part of the country...we have wood ticks that carry this... darn nasty wood ticks.

Barb said...

Oh I feel so bad for all of you! I'm hoping and praying that Daisy starts getting well soon!

Carolyn said...

I'm so sorry...Lyme is a huge problem here in the east, I hope that she heals quickly now that she's being treated. Please keep us posted, I'll be praying for all of you.

Juliann in WA said...

I am so sorry for this journey you are on but what a lovely picture I have of you visiting Daisy and loving her so much. Thank you for sharing this with us. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Lori said...

I've been keeping updated via Facebook while out of town. Poor Daisy and her family. I hope she makes a turn for the better very quickly.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

So, so sorry about Daisy's passing. I know several "human" friends with Lyme and it is a horrible disease. Love the snow picture of her.