January 15th 2014 8:54 pm
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Several of my pals have asked how I was doing, so thought I'd do an entry here to update everyone.
Week before last mom took me on Friday to have blood work and a urinalysis done. She was going to take me to the vet on Monday of last week, but since it was super cold here (the week of the polar vortex and temps were in the 20s here) and since I'm still 3/4 bald (did anyone know that it takes FUREVER(!!) for hairs to grow back!?) she decided not to take me and thought they could just discuss the test results on the phone like they've done in the past. Well, at 5:30 we get a phone call from the vet's office telling mom that Dr. Youngblood would like mom to come in the next day so she could go over my test results with her in person. Of course mom is thinking the worse... that I'm not doing good and she wanted to tell mom in person. We went, and although the news wasn't super bad, it wasn't all good either. Seems like 3 weeks of antibiotics didn't get rid of my UTI and the vet wanted to do a urine culture. Mom told her no urine culture, but that she could do this...she could give me another round of antibiotics, do a urine test when that round is done and IF I still have the UTI, they could do a culture with the urine they get from me for the urinalysis. So she gives mom a 3 week supply of antibiotics for me for $150!!!!! WHAT?? Yep, $150! The vet told mom...she has a cheaper one that cost only $50, but mom would have to give it to me twice a day rather than once a day with the $150 drug. Mom told the vet, she gives me medicine 2 and 3 times a day any way, what's another pill or two. So we got the $50 drug and I take 2 pills twice a day. This is only the first week on it, so we won't know anything for a few more weeks. (I have to be off the antibiotic at least a week before they can take the urine sample again.) So, that's 3 more weeks right there. She did tell mom that my liver numbers are improving, so THAT was good news.
Then, mom went to the holistic vet to get my pills/powders/liquids from them that we had run out of. (I didn't have to go since she was just picking up refills.) When mom got home, she did some research and found that she can get 2 of the pills and powders a LOT cheaper from Amazon, so she ordered them for me and saved a bunch of money. They're just herbs and such, not prescription medicines, so that's why she can get them online without a prescription. So that is SOME good news there also.
Other than that, I'm still doing the same. Dr. Youngblood did tell mom she could cut back on my prednisone to 1/2 pill twice a day rather than a whole one in the morning and 1/2 in the evening if she wanted to after talking at length with the specialty clinic vet. That Friday that she took me in for blood work and urinalysis, she was picking up a new refill of my prednisone. I wasn't due in for the tests til after 12:30 (the vet techs could do it instead of the vet, so I really didn't have to have an appointment) and so didn't have my morning dose of prednisone. By time she took me for the tests, she could tell I wasn't feeling well, and that was just from taking the medicine several hours late. So, she's kinda hesitant to cut back to 1/2 twice a day in case it has some adverse affect on me. Maybe when my liver numbers come down some more, she'll feel more confident that the holistic medicines are helping me and she can try the lower dosage.
So, there ya have it..that's all that's new with me. Not overly great news, but not super bad news either. Thank you everybody for wanting to know the latest updates on me. We don't want to bore you too much, so we don't want to update too often and usually wait til something major happens for updates. :)
The Million Dollar Dog
Thanks fur the update, Doo! We pawray fur you,and it's good to know the latest results. Your mommy is doing a spectacular job taking care of you. You just be a good girl and take your meds and get better!
Thank you for the update. Hang in there and stay strong!
Sending you lotsa POTP! And you'd never bore us with updates.
thank you for the update, you sure do have alot on your plate there Doo, but seems Mom is taking very good care of you. We are still sending POTP to you. Love you!!
You are such a sweetheart, keep on feeling better!
Thank you so much for the update! Stay strong sweetie!
Thanks for the update. You are always on our minds and we're always sending lots of love.
Momma an' me, Zaidie, fink 'bout yu wotz an' r gwad tu heer dat dere r no weal bad nues dis time. An' OB CORSE we wanna heer how fings r goin'!
Sweet gurl, yu r werf EBERY cent yur Mom r spendin'
I am pawraying for your wellbeing, Doo!
And hugs for your Mom who works furry hard to keep you well as possible.
Hang in there Sweetie..
Doo, we are so glad to have an update from you. Sounds like you have lots of meds to take but they are helping you so keep up the good work. Hang in there, Doo, we always want updates on you!
From one Million Dollar dog to another - you're worth every penny of it! What a great family you have giving you such good care.
Doo and mommy Lou Ann thank you fur the update. We have been wondering how your doing sweetie. Hang in there my friend. Lots of huggies and continue prayers xoxo
Thanks for the update Doo! We will continue to keep you in our pawrayers sweety. Hugs, Peter and Lisa
Thanks for letting us know, Doo! We're thinking of you!
Thanks for the update...You're worth every single penny!
Will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Sending you lots of hugs,mazy
Thanks for letting us know Miss Doo. We have you in our prayers every single night!
Sending big hugz and lotsa hugz... we posted where are blogs are on our diaries and your Momma can message us on facebook.com/TawdryTerrier so we can find her if she is on the Facebook thing....
Know that you and your family are in our prayers...
Thanks for the update Doo. All in All not bad news and that is wonderful. Tell your Mom not to feel too bad about the $$. Every time Mom came out of the vets with me she was always saying "My vet drives a Porsche, see dog for details" BOL
Love and Hugs
Wyoming..yep, mom feels she is helping to put her vet's kids in college. OBVIOUSLY they must go to an Ivy League school! BOL