A Heartfelt Thank You

I would like to take a moment to apologize to all of you faithful readers who may have been wondering why I haven’t been living up to my New Year’s Resolution of three posts per week.

Initially, I was extremely busy with work.  My company hosts a conference and trade show every year, and I’m in charge of the show’s website and much of the collateral that goes along with it–name badges, conference directory, signage, etc.  This year, not only did I do all of that, but I was working on making innovative pieces that were totally different than anything we’d ever done.  I was also working directly with the printers we were using for the items, instead of having my boss handling that.  It was a lot of work, and 3 straight weeks of minimum 10 hour days.  While I love my job, it was stressful, to say the least.

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But on top of everything, Trixie was sick.  If you’re a fan on Facebook, you’ve been getting updates.  If not, or even if you are, here’s what’s been going on…

It started off with a simple infection, which really wasn’t all that simple because it was actually a cancer scare–our second one recently.  Talk about stress!  But, we were able to clear it up with a simple, two-week round of antibiotics.  Er, well, we thought it cleared up.  It hadn’t, so we did a second round of antibiotics for two weeks.  During that course, we noticed it didn’t seem to be getting much better, and that the infection was spreading to other lymph nodes.  We kept an eye on things, intending to finish out the two weeks of meds before taking her back to the vet.

We were on our last day of meds when things headed south fast.  Hubs and I had driven out to Michigan with my parents to help them with some stuff regarding the construction they’re doing at the lake house.  We left at 6AM, after a lump-check, and returned at around 3PM.  My mom mentioned to me that she had felt a small bump, and I told her we knew about it and that I was calling the vet about it Monday because her meds clearly hadn’t worked.

But then I noticed the lump had gone from the size of a Lima bean to the size of a Clementine orange, and looked bruised.  It was instant panic, and after confirming with my mom that she had felt it when it was small, we rushed in to the emergency vet.  After giving the vet a rundown of Trixie’s recent history, a visual exam, and some prodding, they took Trixie in back to do a blood draw.  The results were terrifying.

“Her white count is well below the normal range, but her platelet count is what scares me,” is what the vet said.  Trixie’s platelet count was, shockingly, at zero.  For a dog, the normal platelet count starts at 160,000, she explained, so this was not only abnormal, but very scary, and very lucky.  Even as we sat there, the area around Trixie’s lump grew more and more bruised.  She was essentially bleeding out internally, because her blood couldn’t clot itself.

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They kept her overnight, while my husband and I worried.  I was sick over it, and spent hours awake crying, trying not to wake my husband, and fighting the urge to call to check on her every 5 minutes. Thankfully, it was Saturday that all of this went down, because Sunday we were able to go in and see her without missing work.

When we went to see her Sunday, the vet informed us that her counts were up enough that we could take her home.  This was good news, but not great.  She still had to be kept somewhere where she couldn’t jump on anything or get hurt in any way, because her platelet count was still so low that she would bleed out if she were injured.  So we slept on an air mattress in our spare room with the dog.  During the day, we boarded her at the vet so we wouldn’t have to worry.

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Rather quickly, her platelet count rose to a near-normal level, and boarding her daily wasn’t necessary.  She was on 6 pills every morning and 5 every evening, and took them all like a champ with some peanut butter.  I still slept with her on the air mattress, because we didn’t want her jumping on the bed, and she needed to go out every 2 hours or so.  We were (and still are) on a strict feeding schedule because of the meds.

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We’re done with 2 of the meds, which is fantastic, but not off everything.  She’s still on prednisone and it makes her eat and drink like crazy, which means we’re still getting up multiple in the middle of the night to let her out to pee.  In another 2 weeks we head back to the vet for another CBC.  It’s completely unknown how long she’ll have to be on prednisone or the-one-I-can’t-pronounce-but-am-not-supposed-to-touch-because-it-could-fuck-with-my-reproductive-goodies.

It’s also completely unknown what caused all of this.  It may have been a reaction to carprofin, which is the generic form of Rimadyl, an NSAID for dogs, which she was on for some discomfort and swelling related to an infection she had.  I’d switched her to that after 2 weeks of Rimadyl and an antibiotic for said infection, because it hadn’t gone away.  Whether or not the infection hadn’t gone away (or came about in the first place) because her white count was suddenly low to begin with, we’ll never know.  There’s now a note in her chart that she’s not to have NSAIDs ever again, because I don’t want to chance it.  But past that, it’s anyone’s best guess as to whether this was medication or autoimmune.

What we do know, is that we were extremely lucky.  Had we not been monitoring that lump, or had she bruised in an area of her body that wasn’t so visible, it’s quite likely that we wouldn’t have found this at all.  And it’s entirely possible that she would have passed away “suddenly”, without us understanding why or what happened.

While this whole ordeal is costing us a fortune, has stressed us out like crazy, and is leaving us not fully rested for who knows how long, I’m ok with that.  Trixie is ok, and she’s going to continue to get better.  In fact, as of last Monday, her platelet count was back up into the healthy, normal range, which means her next CBC determines whether-or-not we can start weaning her off the meds.  It’s likely an ordeal that is going to last months, and may be trying at times, but I’m ok with that, because she’s going to be ok.

Thank you again for all of the support and love you’ve shown Trixie.

It’s brought tears to my eyes, on more than one occasion, seeing well-wishes from friends and family, and even complete strangers.  It’s kept all of us in better spirits, which I know has helped get us through this.  From the bottom of all of our hearts, it’s meant the world.   A big huge thank you to all of you for your continued support and love!

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110 comments for “A Heartfelt Thank You

  1. Christin Connell
    February 25, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    so relieved she’s okay! No one should have to live in a world without Trixie! I know having a sick baby is the WORST thing ever! Hopefully the prednazone weeks will fly by and she’ll be back up to her usual Tricks <3 Love you guys!!!

  2. JD Swoger
    February 25, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Trixie is one lucky gal to have you and Greg as parents. So glad to hear things are improving.

  3. February 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    As someone who did lose their pup to a cancer that presented VERY similarly to Trixie’s symptoms I can say that, yes, you got very lucky and I’m so happy that you were able to catch this AND that it cleared up so relatively quickly.

    We also had a pup once on prednisone and I ended up putting him in diapers because he just couldn’t help himself when he needed to go. Most pathetic thing I ever did see.

    Fingers continue to be crossed that Trixie can go off her meds soon and be back to 100%!

    • February 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Aww diaper dog 🙁 Trixie wouldn’t tolerate that, but she seems to understand pee pads ok. It’s just a matter of making sure I put them down in the right spots.

      There’s a chance this could be cancer, but at this point we have to get things under control before we start doing more tests. Taking it a day at a time and trying not to focus on that.

      Thanks!

  4. February 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Giveaway Dog will RISE AGAIN like a Phoenix just in time for Fashionista. Good Dog Trixie!

  5. March 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I had no idea that Trixie had gotten worse 🙁 I did notice you were missing from the group lately but just thought you were busy or had found another blogger group to hang out in. I am so sorry you all went through this with Trixie. I am glad you caught it when you did and that the emergency vet was able to figure out what was going on and treat Trixie. Lots of soft hugs for Trixie hope she is feeling like her old self very soon.

    • March 3, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Thanks! Things were so crazy between work and things going on that I hardly had time for anything 🙁

  6. March 7, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Awhh, I love my fur babies … hope Trixie feels better soon!

    • March 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Thanks! Getting another blood test done this weekend and hopefully it means cutting back on some meds. Fingers crossed!

  7. March 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    It is always a worry when furry friends don’t feel well. Yours is adorable

  8. March 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Aw, poor baby! I know it’s rough when your puppies get sick 🙁 Hopefully she feels better soon!

  9. March 7, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Hope your doggie feels better soon.

  10. Mary Somerville
    March 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    She is beautiful! So glad she is getting better & glad you can relax a bit. I know the stress!

    • March 7, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Aww thanks 🙂 I think it goes to her head more and more everytime someone calls her beautiful (which is quite often LOL).

  11. debbie jackson
    March 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    love your blog debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  12. Katie Roch
    March 7, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    All my love to your precious pooch. I hope she feels better soon.

  13. soha molina
    March 7, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Thank you!!!!!!

  14. Lorna England
    March 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Aw, poor thing. It’s horrible when pets are sick. So sorry for all you’ve had to go thru. Speedy recovery!

  15. elven johnson
    March 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Get well soon cutie little doggie

  16. RITA LIGHT
    March 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Good luck with everything!

  17. susan strohl
    March 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    So glad you had a good outcome with your baby.

  18. March 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    what a cutie!

  19. amy rouse
    March 8, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    awwwww….cute

  20. Lynne M Meyer
    March 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Such a sweet pup! Sending lots of loving, healing energy her way (and to you!).

  21. Tina
    March 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    I hope Trixie feels better soon. I have 2 dogs and don’t know what I would do if something happened to them. they are like my babies so I can only imagine what you are going through. Feel better soon Trixie! WE LOVE YOU!!!

  22. yenny
    March 9, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    sending love

  23. Helen May
    March 9, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Poor little pup. 🙁 Hate to see them not feeling good. 🙁 Needs some doggie cookies to cheer her up

  24. Dorothy Teel
    March 9, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    That is one LUCKY dog and ya’ll are so CARING. Best to ya’ll

  25. Jill D
    March 9, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Glad to hear that Trixie is doing better; hope her next checkup yields positive results.

  26. Catie
    March 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Feel better soon!

  27. stacy
    March 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    So glad your pup is OK.

  28. dawn k
    March 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    What wonderful pet owners you are! Good luck!

  29. polly
    March 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    she is so cute…glad she is on the road to recovery….they are our ‘babies’ and they love you no matter what. give her a sweet pat on her head for me!

  30. March 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Oh no!! Poor Trixie! Glad she’s doing better.

  31. breanna clewley
    March 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I’m so glad trixie is okay! <3

  32. Melissa S
    March 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Sorry to hear about Trixie’s ill health,lots of wishes for continued good health.

  33. Carolann Leibenguth
    March 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I am a huge animal lover and it brought tears to my eyes reading about Trixie. Glad you all have each other. There is no better love than puppy love

  34. natalie nichols
    March 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    What a cutie. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

  35. Stephanie Hastie
    March 9, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Oh so glad she is ok. We lost our dog to bone cancer about a year ago. We hust have a new guy now. 🙂

  36. Tammy Schweitz
    March 9, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Here too a speedy recovery Hope Trixie 100%

  37. lauren p
    March 10, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    She is adorable and very lucky to have a loving family as well

  38. margaret peg meros
    March 10, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    i’m a cat person, but your dog is adorable…those eyes won’t let me go. kudos for being super pet owner!

  39. March 10, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Being a dog lover, I know how upsetting it is when our furry family are sick. Trixie is lucky to have such wonderful human family to care about her!

  40. March 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    I’m so sorry you and Trixie are going through this right now, hoping for a quick recovery!

  41. Steph
    March 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Prayers for Trixie!

  42. Barbara R.
    March 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I wish you all the best and that Trixie gets better. Hard to watch when our 4-legged Best pals get ill.

  43. Rise Isom
    March 10, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Hoping at this time you all doing better

  44. Yesenia
    March 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Hope Trixie gets better!

  45. Terri Morgan
    March 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    It is great that she is feeling so much better.

  46. March 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Hoping that Trixie is feeling better.

  47. gigi
    March 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Animals are so loyal and loving to us, when they’re sick, we just do whatever we can to make them comfortable & get them healthy again – your Trixie is so lucky to have such loving parents! 😉

  48. Cheryl Abdelnour
    March 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    FEEL BETTER SOON!

  49. Gail Williams
    March 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    My love to Trixie and yourselves. I am glad she is doing better. My daughter is a Vet Tech and takes good care of dogs like your Trixie. I am proud of her!

    • March 10, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      A big thanks to your daughter and others like her. Trixie is easy and loves the vet and all her techs but I know they don’t always have the easiest jobs around!

  50. March 10, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Hope that she feels better soon.

  51. amy jer
    March 10, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    So hard to have a sick pet, they cannot tell you what is wrong.

  52. Fee (Phyllis) Roberts
    March 10, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    So glad Trixie is doing better. I know how you can feel about a pet. They are like your children. It hurt so bad when I lost my Puppy. She helped me raise my daughters. She thought they were her daughters as well. I sure do miss her. She was the best dog I ever had.

    • March 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Trixie is definitely like our child! We don’t have kids, so even moreso. Losing a pet is hard… I dread the day that comes 🙁 So sorry for your loss.

  53. lisa lo
    March 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    I am thinking pet insurance might be a good thing to have.

    • March 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      We have pet insurance thru the ASPCA, and while it’s not the BEST, we’ve been getting reimbursed fairly quickly and without too many issues. It’s not for every penny we’ve spent, but it’s certainly better than not getting anything back. I didn’t have it when Trixie was a puppy and broke her toe, and after that incident, decided it would be a good investment.

  54. Laura Smith
    March 11, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    I would do the same as you did, my oldest dog is 13 and we have had her since she was 5 weeks old. She climbs in bed with me anytime my husband is not in there. This would have been terrible and scary, I am so glad she is much better, keep going Trixie

  55. Bo
    March 11, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I’m glad Trixie is feeling better!

  56. March 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    that is so scary! Im so glad to hear that shes okay and getting better. pets are like children. i cant even imagine.

  57. Sacha Schroeder
    March 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Oh wow! That is terrifying but I am so happy she’s feeling better!

  58. Dandi D
    March 11, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Hope she continues to improve!

  59. marissa
    March 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    you are very lucky she is better now. My dog has a bunch of huge bumps all over his body from cancer and the vet said that there’s nothing we can do about it. ):

    • March 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Oh no! 🙁 🙁 🙁 You poor thing! :hugs: At least you can keep him comfortable and shower him with love and spoils until he goes to the rainbow bridge (hopefully peacefully and pain free).

  60. nicole krutz
    March 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    get well soon pretty puppy!

  61. Sandy McFadden
    March 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Awwwww I hope he gets well soon…………..I know when my Xena is down it affects the whole house sometimes.

  62. March 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Hope she recovers really quickly!

  63. Yuliya
    March 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    She is so cute and I hope she is continuing to do well! She is lucky to have such wonderful parents!!

  64. Lisa R
    March 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    awww, she’s a cutie, good luck and hope she’s feelin better soon

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  65. Kathy flanagan
    March 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    came over from that BIG BIG giveaway. hope you little dog get well soon.

  66. celina k
    March 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Awwww!!!! How awful! I really hope she gets completely well soon!

    • March 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      Thanks! We’re still on the mend. Had good news from the vet today–she’s still in the normal “happy place” range in terms of her platelet count, and we can start weaning her off some of the meds in about a month. YAY!!

  67. Ruben Ramos
    March 12, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Hope everything gets better!

  68. March 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Fell well Trixie and I so relate on the show stuff – have been working my butt on the show that just took place – long hours for months

  69. March 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Awww, poor sweetie! Hope she feels better!

  70. brandi hawn
    March 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    wow what a great story i hate it when one of my pooches is sick or hurt 🙂

  71. March 12, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    It is really hard when your pet gets sick, I hope Trixie continues to improve.

  72. Sarah L
    March 12, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Good thoughts heading your way.

  73. Darlene Owen
    March 12, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    How scary, I have two black labs and they are the love of my live, I would do anything for them. I’m glad all turned out well for Trixie.

  74. Jennifer Mae Hiles
    March 12, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Aww, it just breaks my heart so see an sick animal. Hope Trixie gets better soon! 🙂

  75. Michele P
    March 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    aw, what a sweet dog! sending tons of positive thoughts your way, glad to hear that all results have been positive and that she is on the mend.

  76. Tamar
    March 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    hugs to trixie.

  77. Asha Pena
    March 13, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Aww poor puppy hope trixie feels better.

  78. Lindsey M D
    March 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Awe. So sad. Sound like such a sweet doggy

  79. Audrey
    March 13, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Poor sweet doggie! This made me cry but I am happy Trixie is okay! Pets are our adopted children!

    • March 13, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Aww don’t cry! She’s doing much better! In fact, yesterday we were given the ok to start weaning her off the last 2 meds she’s on!!

  80. Megan Parsons
    March 13, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Glad she is doing better. It breaks my heart when animals are sick : (

  81. Becca Wilson
    March 13, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I am so glad that she is doing better. I hate to see animals in pain!

  82. March 13, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Oh poor puppy and poor you. Our pup, Maddie, and I send our love.

  83. Jayden H
    March 13, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    SUCH a cute dog!!!

  84. March 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Poor baby, sending some love to Trixie, glad she’s getting better!

  85. March 13, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Sending love & prayers for your Trixie! So happy to read she is getting better! Love dogs, they really are family members!

  86. tracy webb
    March 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    lots of love for Trixie

  87. March 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    What an adorable friend!

  88. jennifer padgett
    March 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    My Maltese (Scrappy Doo) is my best bud so I know how you must have felt. I’m so glad Trixie is better.

  89. March 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Dang, what a scary ordeal with such a sweet little doggie! I am so glad Trixie is doing better, and I hope all continues to progress.

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