Friday, August 2, 2013

A Ray of Hope?

Finally made it back home last night.  Matt had phoned the vet to move up my appointment time to last night at 6pm.  Made it just in time.

Dr. Ladyvet looked deep into my ears and saw pus in the right and a red, flat spot (perhaps not so polypy after all) in my left.  Then she stuck this Qtip thing in my right to clean out the glop, which was rather painful at times, and said she would taste it or something to see what it was.  Matt insists this was not so, but she'd look at it very closely to identify the bacteria.  She said it smelled like bacteria and not yeast, and that helped, I guess.

Then the lesser ladyvet came in and stuck my rump with a needle.  Matt says it's a Covenia injection and would help.  So back home with more pills (Clindamycin) and more ear drops (Baytril Otic) which actually felt comparatively soothing.  Then something strange happened....

I took a short nap when Matt went to bed, but then woke up and started roaming the apartment with a renewed energy.  There was a spring in my step.  A spring I hadn't felt in quite a while.  I wanted to explore places and open forbidden things.  Matt woke up and laughed, saying I might be getting better already.  Somewhere along the line I got sleepy again and found a place to flop.

This morning Matt noticed that I had less congestion in my sinuses that usual (I hardly expelled any snot when I sneezed from the nose spray), and that my right ear was a little improved:  some discharge but very little.

We're not proclaiming victory or anything like that yet.  But it would appear that I'm rallying at least.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The End Is Near...

No, I'm not on my deathbed or anything like that.  Or maybe something not so far off....  Sorry, but my health has turned for the worse.  Allow me to explain...

Dr. Ladyvet found a polyp in my left ear and said THAT might be the reason behind my snot-slinging because the ears are connected to the nasal stuff.  So she wrote up an estimate of cheapest to not so cheapest and came up with $1,075 to $1,465 for the procedure.  AND with no guarantee that it would fix the nasal problem OR if it did, that the problem wouldn't return.  This was 3 weeks ago.  We've been on the road since then.

Today Matt noticed I had a creamy off-white discharge coming out of both ears.  He cleaned them well, but a few hours later my right ear is getting creamy again.

We had made an appointment to see a different vet for a second opinion once we return to town, but with this new development Matt is very sad and is saying somewhat tearfully that we'll be parting company soon.  We've been through a lot of challenges as I've mentioned on this blog.  My health or Matt's employer throwing us curveballs with the threat of my being booted out of the truck or me dying or something.  I may not make it to our eight year anniversary.  But Matt insists he won't allow me to suffer much.  He'll put off the end as long as possible, but if I can't be made reasonably comfortable he'll release me from active duty.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Happy Birthday. I'm Eleven Years Old Now.

I only have a moment or two....  

Just wanted to let all of my wonderful readers to know that although I am dealing with new medical issues, I am still alive and relatively well.  I just turned 11 years old on the 17th of March, sharing birthday celebrations with Matt, my manservant.

Things have gotten better with the Prednisolone treated Inflammatory Bowel disease, in that I am now receiving Gormeds which are like little treats only they're actually medicine.  I can't wait to be medicated now and look forward to receiving them twice daily.  And they really work.  I don't vomit much at all these days.

Also, I am eating DD formula by Hill's Prescription Science Diet.  The ZD is out the window at high speed since my nose started swelling for no apparent reason.  Flavors include duck with split pea and venison with split pea or something.  They had rabbit flavored for a while but discontinued when they found out I loved it.  And so it goes.