Tag Archives: veterinary neurology

Canine Blood Clots Ahoy

Another day. Another run to the veterinary ER. As one of three veterinary emergency and critical care specialists on Team Lilly likes to say, "Lilly doesn't read textbooks." The news we got yesterday (Tuesday, October…

Lilly Video Update – Feeling Better

We threw together a quick 90-second video, showing how Lilly is doing 2 weeks since her most recent setback and 5 days since the ER run to find out why she was feeling so lethargic.…

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…

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.

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…

A Week Later: Champion of My Heart News

From sheer exhaustion and worry, I'm a weepy mess right now. I probably shouldn't even try to write, but I know many of you are worried about Lilly. She is OK. Not great, but OK.…

Lilly Update: What We Know, What We Don’t

We've been busy with "hospitalized at home" protocols for Lilly since she came home Friday evening. Much to do, much to worry about, but here is a quick update from Sunday morning (1-27-13).

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…

Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction: The Year in Pictures, Part 5

If you'd asked me in January 2012 when Lilly first suffered an adverse rabies vaccine reaction if she would survive, I would have said, "Probably." If you'd asked me the same question in August 2012,…

Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction: The Year in Pictures, Part 4

After Lilly’s massive vaccine-induced brain inflammation relapse in August 2012, we began again to rebuild her strength and her life. This time, we added a chemo drug called cytarabine … in addition to all the…

Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction: The Year in Pictures, Part 3

Over three days in early August 2012, Lilly went from a good, steady recovery to near death. Tired one day. Wobbly the next. Bordering on coma the next. Her adverse rabies vaccine reaction (massive brain…

Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction: The Year in Pictures, Part 2

In part 2 of our year in review, you can see how well and how quickly Lilly's first recovery went. Remember, at this point we assume Lilly will get better steadily and fully recover. Check…

Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction: The Year in Pictures, Part 1

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, marks the one year anniversary of the rabies vaccine that nearly killed Lilly, our canine heroine. This whole week, we will review the year in pictures (and video). It's a great…

Lyrics for My Life – Mumford & Sons

I buy very little music, but I've found "Babel," the recent album from Mumford & Sons, to be an apt soundtrack for my life. While the full context of the songs might not match my…

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…

Complementary, Not Alternative, Therapies for Lilly’s Adverse Vaccine Reaction

Today, let's talk a little bit about some of the extra or complementary treatments we've decided to use on Lilly. My rules are pretty simple.

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…

Preemptive Grief and Sunrises

Yes, Lilly is doing well right now. With all the illness / death / destruction in my life in the last 4 years, however, it's hard not to wither from anticipatory grief -- not just…

Lilly News: Veterinary Neurology Recheck

Miss Lilly and I hauled our silly selves across town for her veterinary neurology recheck appointment this morning, in advance of this weekend’s third round of cytarabine injections. It has been 6 weeks since her…

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.…

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.