Category Archives: Hot News

Explaining Our Blogging Absence

On June 23, 2013, after a 6-day, whirlwind hospice vigil (ending to a long, long illness), my mom died from PSP, a rare, fatal brain disease. That's why the blog sits silent. After a total…

Another (Unwelcome) First – Accidental Chemo Overdose

Honestly. Every time I think Lilly's medical saga cannot get any worse, something else that's unexpected / unwelcome happens. On top of the not-good kidney news from earlier this week, on top of figuring out…

Breaking (Bad) News: New, Dangerous Symptoms a Year After Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction

Friday morning (1/25/13) around 6:45 am, Lilly had her first seizure in about a year. Then, we found an absurd amount of blood in her urine, and our veterinary team found AIR inside the walls…

The Cost of Keeping Lilly Alive – Severe Adverse Vaccine Reaction

As I begin budgeting for 2013, let's look at just how much it has cost to keep Lilly alive following the onset of vaccine-induced meningoencephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain, lining of the brain, and spinal…

Improvement Report: Lilly’s Recovery from Adverse Vaccine Reaction

Last weekend, Lilly got her 3rd cycle of cytarabine injections (4 sub-q injections over 2 days). She handles it like a champ. Honestly, other than the fact that everything about her reeks of medications, you'd…

5 Dog Vital Signs You Should Know BEFORE Your Dog Gets Sick

In addition to continuing to chronicle Lilly’s treatment for rabies vaccine-induced meningoencephalomyelitis (brain inflammation), I’m trying to glean some valuable lessons YOU can learn from our experience. For example, do you know your dog’s “normal”…

Another Canine Emergency – Dogs on Steroids Eat Things That Aren’t Food

Monday dawned with a full-blown anxiety attack hovering. Seeking just an hour of quiet, an hour or solace, an hour of something other than work or worry, I headed out to the greenhouse. Big mistake.…

World Rabies Day 2012 – Insights After a Near-Deadly Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction

Today is World Rabies Day, which is meant to "raise awareness about the impact of human and animal rabies, how easy it is to prevent it, and how to eliminate the main global sources." Nine…

Adverse Vaccine Reaction Treatment Costs Top $15K

It's official. I hadn't added everything up since the end of June, but I did on Friday, and we topped $15,000 in expenses to treat Lilly's severe rabies vaccine reaction. To be exact ... $15,095.01.…

Blood Work, Veterinary Neurology Recheck, and Rude People – Oh, My!

There is a rant brewing about something that happened at the veterinary hospital today with a fellow dog owner, but for now … let’s only focus on Lilly’s recovery status. A tiny bit of potentially…

Update August 17 – Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction Relapse

Lilly made great gains in her recovery through about Wednesday. She hasn't been as great since then. She seems weak, tired, wobbly, and droopy. I worry about her gums and tongue being pale. We're not…