Just thought you'd maybe like to know.....
September 5th 2011 3:35 pm
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Hi friends! I haven't been feeling well! I 'm getting old ya know ...11 years is up there and I'm a big girl. My appetite hasn't been the same , walks have been getting tougher especially in the humid weather. Anyways...Mom noticed something wrong as my appetite had decreased more , I had vomited twice after eating and was having diarrhea. My appetite started to decrease even more so to almost nothing . I did eat some hamburg , cheese and chicken during the week and walking had become even more difficult for me with lots of panting! My eye became swollen and my coat looked almost like I had hives. Mom treated it with Benedryl and it cleared but not sure if it was the Benedryl or not? A couple more days went by and my panting, walking and appetite got worse. Mom noticed I was having difficulty walking and getting up. The next morning I was limp in the back hind area/legs. I was unable to move and had no feeling in the back of me. Luckily my Vet. took me right in on a Saturday and amazingly she was able to clip my back toenails without a move and draw blood in my hind quarters ,... Mom knew this was bad! The Vet. was concerned it could possibly be a slipped disc in my spine. Most of these symptoms are part of the Lyme disease , also . We waited right there for most of the blood results and it showed I was anemic , and I tested positive for a type of Lyme disease,Anaplasma/Ehrichia. I have always been on on Frontline Plus ? Later results came back and my thyroid was low and had some protein in my urine. Well...I was sent to a nuerologist who informed I had chronic arthritis in hind/limbs area. However, she also mentioned that Lyme Disease has symptoms like this. My blood pressure was high...wouldn't yours be at this point...all this poking around , tests etc...?!! I had an EKG also and arrythmia was found for no apparent reason and a type of murmur. I had a echocardiogram done the following day and my heart looked fine they say. It all boiled down to are these Lyme disease symptoms or is something else going on? We'll just have to wait and see. Now a week later Mom stopped the Rymadil for pain and Pepcid for my stomache to see how I'd be without. She is no longer having to lift my hind quarters up and down steps,I appearr less lame, I'm walking short distances when it's cooler outside, I have eaten some dry food , however it has hamburg mixed in and that is the only way I'll even taste it! Mom is just relieved I'm eating something. I'm on an antibiotic for the month for the Lyme Diseae and thyroid medicine . At the end of the month they'll recheck my urine for the protein loss, check my thyroid level and for the Lyme disease. Hopefully I'll continue to improve , my appetite will improve , the Lyme disease will be gone from my system and none of the dragging or knuckling in my hind limbs will return and I can blame most of these symptoms on the Erlichia/Lyme disease. Unfortunately, I will continue to have old age syptoms as to be expected. Thank you to my Kind friends who have been concerned and showed their Love by prayers and nice messages, gifts etc... You're the Best friends anyone could have!
Snow Angel - misses you ! :(