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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!