A Community of Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Lovers
It's been waaaay too long since I've posted in this community, and I apologize for that. I have thought of you all, but just haven't had the energy to touch base. We've been on quite a roller coaster for over 6 months now. Gracie is GREAT! She just turned 8 and you would think she just turned 2. She is healthy and happy and full of life and love and energy. Quinn... well, Quinn can't seem to catch a break. In the spring, he was diagnosed with immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP) and we have been battling ever since. He is currently on 3 different immunosuppressants. Between the seizure meds and the ITP meds, he gets a total of 31 pills a day with 5 different dose times. We have been trying to get him weaned off the prednisone, but each time we get about half way, his platelets start to drop again and we have to increase a bit. In the midst of all this, he had another cluster seizure event and ended up in critical care for 4 days (which was an absolute nightmare--I swear they almost killed him!), and now he has a highly resistant E coli UTI (which he likely got while admitted). We have been giving twice daily subcutaneous antibiotic injections. Six more days and we will be able to check to see if it worked. Everything crossed on this one because I don't know what we do if this drug doesn't do it. He is not in pain and you really can't tell he's sick, but he hasn't been himself for over 6 months now. He doesn't run. He plays very seldom and then only short little bursts. However, he still barks his fool head off when it's walk time and meal time and he's game for all social outings, but because his immune system is suppressed, he's not allowed to go into parks or have play dates. We visit Home Depot and Lowes quite a bit. And we are still banking on remission, and working at living each day to the fullest.
I need to do some reading and see if I can get caught up a bit on what all of you have been up to. I hope to find that all are doing well, and I am really going to try to be more active in the community. I've missed you guys!
This is from last winter -- we spent a month in St. Augustine--most dog friendly city ever!!