Really have been pretty slack on updating my journal here... I'm not online all day every day like I have been for the past 8 or so years, since I'm having to juggle so many things at once now - it's sometimes difficult to catch my breath.
Currently in the middle of helping the boyfriend move as he graduated last weekend. I could live the rest of my life without visiting him here again! Just a crappy town in general. Anyhow, saying my goodbyes tonight, I won't be back here ever again if I can help it.
A bit of a downturn to my week, our Macie is in the NC State Vet School ER and has been staying there the past few nights.
She had some surgery done today because she's had issues with pericardial fluid again, just as she did two years ago. They had to cut into her chest cavity to get a closer look at her lungs and heart, so she's going to be recovering for a bit longer this time around. Her doctors/surgeons still have not a single clue as to why this keeps happening or what's causing the fluid to build up in her lungs and around her heart. They went in and removed some bad lymph nodes and so far - fingers crossed - there have been no real signs of the "C" word. Blood work doesn't show cancer cells and the liver biopsy results are basically normal, even though they see a small mass/nodule on her liver.
At this point, I'm not worried, she's about 10 years old now and this is what happens to older dogs... She's had one of the best lives a dog can have, and if she may not have much longer, she will certainly always have a place in our hearts. Although, I can tell it's definitely not her time yet, so we're all very happy she will grace us with her presence for a little while longer.
Please keep miss Macie in your thoughts and prayers this week as she recovers from her surgery and continues on her journey to recovery.
a tumor in her heart, a break in mineI've been bawling my eyes out ever since I woke up this morning.
We've recently noticed some breathing problems with our golden, Macie. Her chest x-ray results came back, and apparently she has Hemangiosarcoma, a tumor on her heart....... and it's very, very serious. I can't even bear to write this.
She's at the vet school right now, my mom will hear back from the oncologist in a few hours.
Please pray for her, be thinking about her... I'm so upset right now...
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She's the sweetest creature I've ever known and loved. God, please don't take her a
good news, bad newsI did a horrible thing today. I found a stray dog and took him to the shelter. I panicked and didn't know what else to do... I'm really thinking that once his holding time is up, I should foster him until he finds a forever home.
He was a tiny little tan chihuahua (I've never owned such a small, frail dog in my life) - the sweetest little dog, NOT yappy (surprisingly), and just all around friendly. He didn't like parting from me, that's for sure, but he really liked my couch... This makes me sad.
But in better news, news that all of you have been wondering about.
Macie is better.
Once the fluid was drained out of her chest cavity / abdomen area (which was 2.5 liters of fluid ), she could actually breathe again. She was still a little groggy once I got out to see her Wednesday night, but she definitely perked up by Friday. I wouldn't say she's gone back to being her normal, silly, Macie-self, but she's definitely been improving.
The question is... How often will her lungs fill up w
updates!I thought I would mention a few updates while I take one of my many study breaks tonight..
1. Macie is healthy. It's astonishing, and we continue to be amazed by how well she's doing for having her condition. We've been hoping since the beginning that what they saw on the chest x-ray wasn't a tumor on her heart, but it's still not clear what they saw. She'll get another x-ray done if her symptoms start coming back, which haven't re-appeared in two months. It's really an incredible miracle. God has some great little wonders up His sleeve... Unfortunately though, through all this, we had to take her off her other meds which helped her with her itchy skin. She has turned into an itchy MESS! So she now has another appointment with a vet dermatologist. And recently she's developed Horner's Syndrome, which is where her third eyelid is having problems retracting, so she looks like a 'Zombie puppy', according to my Mom. Usually the problem corrects itself within
After spending several days in the ER just before Christmas, Macie returned home three Sundays ago, very disoriented and unable to be "herself" due to the heavy amount of painkillers she was put on after her surgery. They have "tapped" (drained fluid) her twice since her surgery, the fluid is still building up around her heart and there is still no known cause. Unfortunately, there have been signs of metastatic cancer cells in her abdomen but luckily (or perhaps unluckily) no visible masses or tumors. Once she was weaned off of her painkillers, she returned to her puppy self - so happy! It's clear that it's not her "time" because, while she does get sick, she doesn't act
sick after they drain the fluid buildup from her chest. Macie received her first round of chemotherapy just after Christmas and really had no side effects, which was a wonderful post-Christmas present. She'll return for chemo every 3 weeks. She has a port now so it's easier for us to drain the fluids whenever necessary, we really just want her to be comfortable and happy.
On another note, we've been looking into getting another golden pup and found a breeder nearby - the puppies were born the same day Macie came home from surgery. Kind of a bittersweet feeling, but we look forward to having Macie show the puppy the ropes (and hopefully Luke will have no influence, as he's a little devil). We were able to visit the puppies just a week after they were born (see pic here
), and we immediately fell in love. I cannot WAIT until we get to bring him/her home! Perhaps this will give me some inspiration for new photos, as I've been tied up with work and school with little to no motivation for photography outside of my job.
'Til my next update, perhaps around the time we take home our new pup.