Wednesday, July 21, 2010
What a week. It's been a whirlwind.
I can't tell you when I have been so emotionally drained, scared, upset and just a plain ole wreck....not to mention broke.
I think I have cried more in the last week than I have in a year.
I was physically making myself sick over Moose's illness. Couldn't sleep, was throwing up everything I ate, constant worry. It really was taking a toll on me.
I know some people would say, "oh it's just a dog", but he's not. He's part of our family and when one of us is hurting, we are all hurting.
After 6 days in the ICU at Tufts, Moose is finally home.
The road ahead is going to be rough. He is on 7 different meds. He's nauseous. He's tired. His voice is crackly and hoarse from anesthesia. He's not broken, he's badly bent.....but he's home.
Home in his comfy bed with his toy baby bunny.
Home where he can get lots and lots of belly rubs and ear stratchin'
Home where we will all help him recuperate and get back to being the Moose we all love.
He was finally diagnosed with Bacterial Endocarditis, which means he has a bacterial infection in one of his heart valves, which traveled through his bloodstream, effecting his joints, making it hard for him to walk, along with a host of other side effects. Before we can treat him with a steroid (which will make him feel better very quickly) we have to clear up this infection and that could take 2 weeks.
It's going to be long road, but we'll just take it day by day and work on making him better.
Thank goodness for the wonderful vets at Tufts who diagnosed him and took such good care of him. I can't say enough good things about Tufts except that I wish is was much closer to home, but they were absolutely wonderful. Treated Moose so well and with such care, that it made it a tiny bit easier leaving him, knowing he was in such good care.
He goes back on Saturday for a check up and another blood sample.
Please keep him in your thoughts.
I have no doubt in my mind that all the positive energy and prayers that are being sent are helping him.
So thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
It means so much to me. So very much.
The last line on the information for home care said "Moose is a very sweet dog and was a wonderful patient to work with".
A very sweet dog indeed.