Tag Archives: border collie

Dog Adoption Fantasy – What it Really Meant

A few weeks ago, a 3-month-old puppy appeared in my Facebook newsfeed. Cue instant yearning -- even though I'm nowhere near ready and she was about 900 miles away. I squealed. I shared her pix.…

Muzzle Me This

In a last-ditch effort to prevent Lilly from eating her diaper pads -- and risking an intestinal blockage -- we resorted to a muzzle. Tom calls this Lilly's "Silence of the Lambs" look.

Dog With Brain Inflammation – What I’ll Miss Most

It's an odd thing to be both hopeful and practical. We will lose this battle eventually. We will, and I accept that. It could be next week. It could be next year. We simply don't…

Ch-ch-changes in Lilly Town

Oh, boy. We have news to share -- some good, some (potentially) not so good. DIY chemo, 3 weeks off the immune mediator, this week's blood and urine tests, and more!

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…

Canine Kidney Trouble – Not Good, Not Dire

Now that it seems Lilly has been free from bladder bacteria for a few weeks, after nearly 6 straight months of back-to-back bladder infections, we turned our attention to the levels of protein in her…

500 Days and Counting – Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction

Friday, June 7, 2013, marks 500 days since Lilly received the ill-fated rabies vaccine that has forever changed all of our lives. Her widespread brain and spinal cord inflammation remains and requires numerous daily medications…

Bumping Along and Awaiting News

No real changes in Lilly's overall condition to report, but here are just a few news items.

Video Update on Lilly’s Brain Inflammation

I don't much remember what life with Lilly was like before she got so sick with an adverse rabies vaccine reaction called meningoencephalomyelitis in January 2012. Taking care of her fills my days. Our world…

Feeling Brave-ish 16 Months into Our Canine Brain Saga

It's official. I've fallen out of the habit of blogging. It's complicated. Today, for example, my plans to finish work early so that I could clean my house (which is getting scary) got slaughtered by…

Quick Update on Lilly

Not nearly enough chocolate or ice cream in the house for a week like this, but here is a short recap of this week's (mostly good) news ... after Lilly became increasingly wobbly and weak,…

Into the Unknown We Go

We got mostly good news today from Lilly's blood and basic urine tests. The urine culture takes several more days, but Lilly's complete blood count (CBC) and senior dog blood chemistry panel look good. So,…

Reeling from Another Setback

Lilly is having another set-back. Whether the weakness and wobbling we're seeing is a result of the antibiotic-resistant infection in her bladder and monster antibiotic picked to fight it (cloramphenicol)... or the resurgence of her…

Canine Bladder Wars and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infections

The good news? A total of 7 weeks of antibiotics (2 different kinds) wiped out Lilly's e coli bladder infection. The bad news? Now she has an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection called staph pseudointermedius. People get…

Fun With Dog Brains, The Latest Lilly News

Another silly week comes to a close. Lilly received 4 more cytarabine injections Tuesday and Wednesday (that's cycle #11, if you're keeping tabs). Somehow, I ended up with 7 client conference calls this week, including…

The Agony and Amusement of Canine Brain Issues

Lilly is doing pretty well, if you don't count the 2 super-soaker / super-messy diaper days in the last week and the renewed urge to eat paper products. Oh, and we even had to break…

Everything OK After Lilly’s Sudden Collapse

The headline is that Lilly is fine, but here is a recap of how she gave me a BIG scare on Wednesday.

Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction Update 6 Weeks After Setback

Whew! We've been running around like wild monkeys, with as many as 6 veterinary appointments per week. You have our apologies for not posting about every little shift in Lilly's health. Here are some highlights…

Wordless Wednesday – Retroactive Pennies

Since I just came up with the pennies idea to track Lilly's survival, I decided to go retro -- retroactive, that is. I went to the bank and got rolls and rolls of pennies so…

Lilly’s Narrow Remission Ledge

Since Lilly's ongoing weird / scary bladder infection was diagnosed a few weeks ago, we've added a number of experts to Team Lilly. While focusing on improving her quality of life, we're still wrestling with…

Tightrope of Gratitude and Grief, Taking Care of Sick Dogs

I remain befuddled by the reality that Lilly may still die from this vaccine-induced brain and spinal cord inflammation. That, I think, reflects my overall sense of optimism in life. Early on, it never truly…

Canine Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, and Underwater Treadmills: Oh, My

It has been a ridiculous week in Lilly Town. Here is a quick recap of our efforts to help Lilly recover from a terrible bladder infection. It stems from her symptoms and treatment for rabies…