Lilly Setbacks: Meningoencephalitis, Vomiting, and Seizures
We were prepared to share moderate news (not worse, not better) about Lilly from Wednesday afternoon (and we will below), but a crushing early morning call brought a report that Lilly began having seizures overnight. Our neurologist called about 6:20 am with the news. He was en route to the hospital. While it wasn’t unexpected, we’re still devastated and worried 10 x more Thursday morning than we were Wednesday afternoon. Photos and video below from that visit. We won’t be able to see Lilly until about 1 pm today.
The ONLY plus is that this happened at the hospital, where Lilly gets 24-hour care. If she’d come home Thursday afternoon as we’d hoped and had her first seizure here, that would have been wildly scary for me. (I’ve never had a dog with seizures.)
Her cage is about 3 down from their main ER treatment area, so there were staff there to jump in and start medications to control the seizures right away. So far, she has had two … that we know of.
Lilly went in a bit of a hunger strike with the staff, after vomiting a couple of times over night (Tuesday into Wednesday). They say it isn’t from the chemo drug, but more just because her brain is so affected by the rampant inflammation that is meningoencephalitis. They asked us to try and hand feed her, and to drink a little more.
I’ve heard from others who’ve been through this that the chemo drug (cytoxan) is VERY hard on the bladder, so good hydration is key. Lilly is on IV fluids, but I’m always glad when she drinks even a little … because her warm / dry nose is too, too sad.
So, we try to get her to eat in this video from Wednesday (2/1) afternoon: