Happy Sunday, everyone! It sure feels good to be back blogging after a three week hiatus. We’ve missed all our furiends! We definitely didn’t want to miss another Sunday Selfie again, so we’ve got Lucy and Dad in the hot seat today.
This gem was taken by Lucy with the help of my husband. Bobby works from home, so while I’m at work he frequently sends me pictures of the gang, and every now and then one of the pictures is a selfie. They are always the best. This selfie was especially heartwarming to see because we almost lost Lucy last week. To see that she is back to her usual self, hanging out with everyone, and looking happy and healthy is comforting.
Lucy has a chronic case of pancreatitis, which she was diagnosed with a few years ago. Her condition is maintained with a strict diet, but every now and then she has a flare up. Two weeks ago, she had one of those. We weren’t too concerned for the first couple of days because it seemed like she was having one of her usual flare ups, and we expected it to subside as it usually does. But after 3-4 days of throwing up 15-20 times a day, we started to worry. We took her to the vet, who gave her fluids and anti-vomiting medication. Unfortunately we saw no improvement, and we couldn’t get the medication into her system because she would throw it right back up. We returned to the vet, who gave Lucy more fluids and anti-vomiting medicine (by injection). He also did blood work and took X-rays. The blood work gave us hope, as it came back normal, and the X-rays showed us what we expected them to – an inflamed pancreas. Our vet still had hope of a recovery for Lucy and showed us how to give her subQ fluids at home. He also suggested not letting her eat or drink anything for 24 hours to give her system a break. We followed his directions and gave her the fluids for a couple of days but she still showed no signs of improvement.
Long story short, after 8 days of throwing up no less that 200 times (I wish I could say that was an exaggeration), Lucy had gone from 10 pounds to 7.8 pounds. She was skin and bones, hadn’t kept any food or water down in over a week, was weak and tired (I had to carry her down the steps of our back porch to go to the bathroom), and there was no end in sight. I knew that Lucy couldn’t go on like this for much longer, and I didn’t want her to suffer, so last Sunday my husband and I made the decision to take Lucy to the vet the next morning to help her cross over the Rainbow Bridge. That was the hardest decision I had ever made in my life, and one I’ve never had to make before. I’ve lost pets before, but they were either family pets when I was a kid or my parents’ pets – all cases in which I wasn’t the one making the decisions. Needless to say, I was a complete emotional mess.
I spent all day Sunday lying in bed with Lucy, holding her and comforting her, talking to her, telling her how much I loved her, apologizing for every time I had ever gotten annoyed with her, begging for one more adventure with her, one more belly rub, begging her to get well again….
I had given up on trying to feed her anymore, since she just threw up several times whenever she would eat. I didn’t want her to spend her last day throwing up constantly. However, Bobby decided to try to feed her again on Sunday evening. And she kept it down. Two hours later, he fed her another small meal. And she kept it down. Over the course of the evening, Lucy ate 4 little meals and didn’t throw up once. Monday morning came, and she continued to eat the small little meals we gave her, and she continued to keep them down. It was a miracle!
It has now been one week since that terrible day, and Lucy is going strong! She hasn’t thrown up again, and she’s been eating like a little piggy and playing like a little puppy. We are glad to have sweet Lucy back again and intend to spoil her rotten (not that we didn’t before) and take her on lots of special adventures. We look forward to celebrating her 16th birthday in May!
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