Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Update on life

Gosh, I have been remiss in not posting in a long time! February was not a good month.  Chili, our white poodle, has been having undiagnosed  problems with pain and mobility as well as two really bad UTIs.   We've tried different meds and they seem to help for awhile but then the symptoms  come back.  Most noticeable is that she has a difficult time rising to a standing position.  Once she is on all four feet, she moves around well other than she is a bit unstable going down stairs.  She also only lays on her side if she is not standing, she does not sit any longer.   A week ago we decided to bite the bullet and take her for an MRI.  Our vet suspected a brain problem because she has had seizures and because she was holding her head to the side just a tad.  Anyway the MRI is showing a vascular problem of some sort that is affecting the cerebellum. (no idea if I spelled that right!)  It is an uncommon thing and now we are going to see a neuro specialist at NCSU vet school March 8th.  Mostly I want to find out what the problem is, what the prognosis is, and what, if anything, we can do to control it and make her more comfortable.  We will not prolong her life if she is in pain.  It is sad and it hurts our hearts, but it is the reality of having a pet and a responsiblity that every pet owner should face and accept.

Dick will be retiring mid May and he is getting excited about that.  We had planned  to go to Alaska just after he retires but now we will have to wait and see if Chili is able to travel.

Better days ahead, putting one foot in front of the other, life goes on.

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