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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hex update

I am sorry not to have updated sooner. The last few days have been very very difficult. I have too much time to think and cry yet not enough time to actually do anything positive other than think about Hex.

She is at the specialist in Winchester; about 1.5 hours from here. We were referred there on Wednesday afternoon after I dropped Hex back at my vet. She had spent the night at home with us trying to get her to eat anything. I took her back to my vet that morning; just expecting her to go back onto fluids to get stronger. I was devastated to get a call only a few hours later from my vet telling me to come get her immediately and rush her off to the specialist. She was in kidney failure.

The specialist vet seems very competent and very knowledgeable but he is also very honest. Her prognosis is guarded. Her kidneys are damaged quite badly from whatever toxin was involved. She is on very high doses of fluids to try and get whatever kidney function is left to start working. She is on a painkiller patch, diuretics and doses of human albumin. She has even had a blood transfusion as her blood cell volume was down to almost nothing due to the bleeding in the gut. She has not eaten anything for a week.

I wait anxiously for each call to tell me if anything, just anything, has improved.
We went to see her yesterday and she was up on her feet and greeted us by putting her head in our lap. Dennis even got a kiss. The vet nurses are lovely; one said that she would gladly pay for all of Hex's treatments if she could have her! Another is doing Reiki on her in the kennels. At least I know she is being loved while she is there; that does help.

As of today the kidney levels have improved the tiniest little bit. At last finally something is going in the right direction. He was still very guarded but he said at least the numbers are moving in the right direction.

Thank you for all the phone calls, emails and cards. Every little helps. I still cannot believe this has happened and feel like I am living in a nightmare. Everyone knows how much I adore this little dog. I do not care if I ever stepped into another agility ring with her.(Although I am sure she would have something to say about that!) All I want is for her to be by my side again.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Bernadete, we are feeling so much for you and Dennis. After my collie broke his back adn it was 50/50 if the operations would work, I know how you are felling. We are all rooting for you and little Hex.

If there is anything us agility folk can do to help, all you have to do is ask.

Love and best wishes,
Karen & Pam

Mary-Anne said...

Glad to hear there's been even that small improvement. How wonderful those nurses must be - it sounds like she's in the best possible hands.

C'mon Hex - you can do it ...

Mark said...

been so looking out for any updates Bernadette .... were praying for Hex, you & Dennis xxxx

Emma said...

I have just got back from a week's holiday and cannot believe what I have been reading. Poor, poor Hex and poor you.

I am thinking of you and hoping and praying that Hex gets back to normal and back home where she belongs really soon.

Emma

Macfarlane Dogs said...

So glad things are moving in the right direction. Everyone who meets Hex can just see how special she is - no wonder the vet nurses wanted her!! I am so glad she is being taken such good care of.

Keep fighting little Hex - and be back home where you belong soon. X

Dawn said...

Please hang in there and have hope. She sounds like a wonderful little dog. I hug mine more frequently now, knowing what you are going through. We think of you very often, and are praying for as positive a result as possible for you and for her. You are in our hearts.

Brittany said...

I'm praying for you and Hex everyday. Hopefully with the fluid support and given enough time, her kidneys will be able to heal.

Brittany and the Shelties

cedarfield said...

All good, healing thoughts to your Hex. Please keep us posted if possible...

I'm Helen said...

Aw Bernadette. What can anyone say to make it better? COME ON HEX - keep going even more in the right direction. You CAN do it, sweetheart. We're all rooting for you. You are all in our thoughts. Hxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hello !

Happy to hear of that tiny improvement. Hope it is going on.
Does not mind if it takes a certain time as long as she becomes healthy again.
Good to hear she is in loving hands, because I believe that it makes a great difference.
Wish you hope and a brave heart for the next tuff time.

greetings


Margit

Katie Trachte said...

Progress is at least headed in the right direction... we're still sending you positive thoughts!!!!! Come on little Hex...

Anonymous said...

With the little improvements moving in the right direction, Little Hex will soon be on her way to a great recovery. Stay Strong & Brave for her.

Regards,
Shanice & Nova
Singapore