Maintenance

Welcome to our 50th post!

It has been relatively uneventful a Chez Buck-White lately, but there is still plenty going on.  We met with Oliver’s new “specialist” veterinarian – he’s an internist, apparently the only one in the state of Nevada.  Who knew?

He keeps his happy face on through all of it.

He keeps his happy face on through all of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plan is that O-man will have regular check ups and at each one we’ll do blood tests, blood pressure, etc.  The most recent tests showed that his red blood cells are still not as high as we would like; they are better than they were, but not as good as they had been.  This is the one we need to watch carefully since it could indicate more bleeding or “leaking” blood vessels.  His blood pressure is still too high, as well.

Nap time is the best time!

Nap time is the best time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’s on a lot of meds, but we’re pulling back on the prednisone.  This immune-mediated disease responds well to steroids, but steroids have some pretty ugly side effects; it’s a delicate balance.  And since we’re still dealing with so many unknowns, we keep trying to maintain that balance.

The daily dose - twice a day.

The daily dose – twice a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His attitude through all of this is great.  His energy isn’t exactly what it was, but he went through a lot in the last month.  We did notice, though, that once all the fluid he was holding onto was gone he started looking really, really thin.  He’s always been on the skinny side, but he was really gaunt.  A call to the vet said that Dads could increase his food to FOUR CUPS A DAY!  We hate him for that – now he gets Breakfast and Dinner like usual, but he gets LUNCH TOO!  Not fair.

Got to go on an outing!

Got to go on an outing!

Just chilling!

Just chilling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He gets a little sleepy from time to time and you do NOT want to be in the room when he, uh, “crop dusts” if you know what we mean.  Phew-eeeeeeee, that’s some nasty stank.

Naptime for yellows!

Naptime for yellows!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we keep going.  We cannot tell you how much we appreciate the thoughts and prayers and karma and tweets and posts – keep ’em coming!   We’ll try to steer this blog back to fun stuff, toy reviews and stuff we really love.  Which is a lot of stuff!  Besides, Barclay’s getting a little jealous that the blog hasn’t been about him for awhile.

Hey, by the way, here’s a little thing one of our Dads wrote about their trip to Alaska: mpeska.blogspot.com.  Enjoy it and check out Marcy Preska’s writing – good stuff!

 

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8 responses to “Maintenance

  1. Rosa Caldwell

    Thanks for the updates and lovely pictures. I am glad to hear that Oliver is getting three meals a day now, maybe that will help with his energy level. Any steroids he is taking “should”increase his appetite, at least that has been my experience. Let him know all of his readers are asking about him and waiting for his return. In my prayers Oliver, we love you and miss you.

  2. MB

    I’m so glad Oliver is showing improvement. One of my dogs (who follows you on twitter) had Immune-mediated Hemolytic Anemia about 5 years ago. It was a long road back. She was loaded up on pills daily too – though I had to get creative with hiding them in foods! I hope Oliver gets back to himself as soon as possible. Hes lucky to have such a great family.

  3. Linda

    Today is a good day–a gift. We will take em as they come. Glad Oliver is more stable today. Welcome to the new normal. :/. Love.

  4. kim openo

    I, too, have to balance steriods w/ high BP, weight gain (yippee) & other nasty side effects. But steriods=inflammation of spinal cord low= kim walks! So tell dear swet Oliver to hang tough. Y’all are the best, BuckWhite boys!!

  5. dianne

    Thank God sweet Oliver ended up in your fabulous family so he can have amazing care during this time of figuring out exactly what is going on! Take Care of each other sweet, sweet family!!!

    • We still can’t believe his first family gave him up because he was “too much trouble.” But we’re glad they did ’cause he came to us, which is where he belonged anyway. Thanks for the warm fuzzies!

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