Tag Archives: cytarabine

5 Days of Lethargy, 5 Hours in the Veterinary ER

Thanks to some medicine heroics in response to Lilly's neurological setback Saturday, October 12, 2013, Lilly did seem to stabilize and improve slightly. Starting Thursday, October 17, however, she seemed exhausted and as if she…

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 Difference Between Being With Your Dog and Your Dog Being With You

It was easier to have Silly Lilly Saturdays (or any day) when the weather was warm because we could be outside all day. Now, it’s a bit more challenging. After taking off 12 glorious days…

The Funny and The Not So Funny Moments of Having a Dog With Neurological Deficits

Sometimes we have to laugh at the predicaments spawned by Lilly's ongoing neurological problems -- otherwise, we'll cry. Here are a few examples of the funny and the not so funny moments in our lives.

Best Budget Squeezing Strategies for Desperate Dog Moms

Depending on where you live and work, my ideas for cutting household expenses to help pay for pet care may not work for you, but here are my Best Budget Squeezing Strategies for Desperate Dog…

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…

Holiday Advice from Champion of My Heart Dog Blog

In a year when many times it looked like Lilly might not survive to celebrate, I officially declare the start to the HOLIDAY at our house. 12 glorious days of togetherness begins in 3 ...…

Neurology Exam – 14 Weeks Since Adverse Vaccine Reaction Relapse and Counting

This week marks 14 weeks since Lilly's massive brain inflammation relapse in August. This recovery streak eclipses her previous record of 9 weeks without a setback from earlier in the year. I went into today's…

A Dog Blog Post for the Mojo Challenged

Exhausted doesn't begin to scratch the surface of our current state. All the worry, stress, and veterinary activity has caught up with us. These chemo weekends kick our @$$e$. We also stayed mostly off social…

Conversations of the Heart, Part 2

Early in this unexpected and unwelcome journey, I began having heart-to-heart conversations with Lilly. These days, those conversations are a little different.