August 25th 2007 8:46 am
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Mica received a Pmail yesterday and that pup was kind enough to let us share it with you.
It's from Precious, a Jack Russell terrier..Dogster # 534359
***beforehand, Mica wants to tell you something, just so you may understand better- you'll see this term used: "PCV". A PCV stands for packed cell volume. It is a measurement of the oxygen-carrying portion of the blood (the red blood cells, or RBC) and in part how the vets know how many are present in a volume of blood. They monitor this very carefully in IMHA. Mica's had fallen to 6. After her transfusions it climbed to 21, and held. Mica's should have been between 45 and 60.***
Mica says she hopes this helps.
Hi, my name is Precious. I'm a Jack Russell terrier. I have the same disease as Mica did. At first we didn't know what it was until I saw your site. My (PCV) was at 12 when mom took me to the vets. I was critical. They wanted to keep me overnight. Dad talked to the vet and said how bad was it? Vet told dad I wouldn't make it through the night so dad just said we are taking her home, and they did.
This happened on the 4th of July.
I have to say that I'm doing much better. I'm on meds that help me. My PCV is at 26 now. So, I made it through, with the help of Dogster pals and of course you.
Yes, you may ask why?
Because you gave me the information that I needed. And, you helped me to live.
I just wish it was the same for your beloved Mica. Without Mica I wouldn't have known about the disease and how to deal with it. So, thanks from the bottom of my heart.
With love, hugs, Precious & Precious's mom
**Mica, mom & I hope & pray that Precious will continue to do well. We thank her & her mom for letting us tell other dogs & their pawrents on Dogster about what happened to her. We are sorry that she has been diagnosed with IMHA, yet very thankful that Mica could help someone, as that has been our wish all along. Mom says she knows Mica is smiling like no other dog can right now.
Bless you Precious.
LOVE, Mirra the pup
July 20th 2007 11:09 am
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Thanks KJ, Dogster # 94249 for the honor of being tagged by such a sweet and accomplished dog such as yourself. I don't know many dogs yet, as I haven't even reached my FURever home yet. I'm looking to Mica then for my inspiration.
Please see her diary too. There are some really furtastic dogs over there, and she has more experience writing than I do.
Like Mica mentioned, there are so many dogs that come to mind and are deserving in their own right. I've been watching, and learning like puppies do.
Games are fun. I hope I do a good job.
I tag Angus, The Warrior, Dogster # 173508. He is a warrior in every sense of the word, as he stands tall alongside my Mica, facing each day with IMHA. He has such honor and dignity. He may not even realize how much he helps my mom. At times she gets so overwhelmed by the formidable task of research, advocacy, fund-raising and even just holding someone's paw who has just been diagnosed. He always has a kind word for everyone and his loving nature brings about a sense of calm in the midst of a weathering storm that this disease is that we battle together each and every day.
I respect him and his family on behalf of mine. I love you too, Uncle Angus, the Warrior. I hope to earn my own title and I'd like to play dress-up and get some battle gear, for practice! Thank you.
Next, I tag Arthur, Dogster # 457493. I heard a story about Mica the day before she went to Heaven. Mom learned something very special that day, about friendship and it makes me proud to tell the story. Mica was in ICU and my pawrents got to spend most of the day and evenings with her-outside of visiting hours. The doctors felt she did better when they were near. She was very very sick, and yet the staff always told mom and dad that Mica was a sense of calm and comforted them and the other sick dogs and cats. None of this would surprise them, knowing Mica, it's just that in all this time she never uttered a cry or a moan, and showed such courage that could almost break your heart, mom said.
On one trip to do her 'chores' outside, they passed a bulldog that was in considerable distress. Mica had never seen a bulldog before, and she stopped and calmly turned and looked straight into my mother's eyes. Mom smiled back at her. It was then that Mica performed her magic on the both of them. She showed such kindness in her own adversity to this dog, who sensed Mica's help, and led him to a place where he could be comfortable. Mom said she knew Mica was curious about this dog she'd never seen in her life, (I have heard tales of Mica's intelligence) and she was immediately taken with him. It was one of the last acts Mica ever performed, and because she loved and accepted him as a friend, mom fell for bulldogs, because Mica led the way.
It was Arthur who then befriended Mica, and took my family under his wing, as a fine representative of bulldogs everywhere, he fills our lives with joy in the midst of sorrow. He puts others first, always and he makes sure you know that you are special in a way, for us, that only a bulldog can. He has a very special family too, and anyone that knows him adores him. I want you to know him too. Thank you, Arthur, for Mica.
Last and certainly no way on this planet least is a dashing young pal of Mica's named Gibbon, Dogster # 238846. Mica calls him Gibbety..(mom tries to say that really fast 3x in a row) he's a Min Pin with character the size of Liberty herself, as he comes from "The Big Apple' too. He's kind of like a Cary Grant of the dog world- a real man about town. Suave, debonair and as funny as the day is long. He fills the absolutely necessary void in my mom & Mica's life with sheer devotion and a LOT of humor.
He's very well known, highly respected and it is in part because he takes an interest in others in many many ways. We watched him just have his 2nd woof day and welcome a new baby sister Mia into his family. He does it all with great patience, and grace and like Mica said earlier, it's hard to fathom sometimes how much goodness one can fit into such a small space as a dog like a Min Pin, and still have room for even more heart. He's a blessing, and an absolute laugh-riot, and if you don't know him, I hope you will soon. Mica adores him, and I am hoping that he and Mia (see how close that is to Mica?) will be my pals a long time too. You see, in them, I get to know the sister I won't meet for a very long time, and it's a good thing for a puppy, to learn about goodness, and friendship, and why the grown-ups value these blessings so.
Thank you again, KJ
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