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Don’t Rock the Boat, Baby

Here is the latest video update on Lilly’s remaining neurological problems from meningoencephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain and lining of the brain and spinal cord) after an adverse reaction to a rabies vaccine given January 23, 2012. While her symptoms are improving, many remain … including continuous body swaying and head wobbling.

I’ll let the latest Lilly recovery video provide what visual evidence it can, but I’ll take just a few minutes to explain what these remaining neurological symptoms are like in our daily lives.

As longtime readers know, I’ve worked at home Lilly’s entire life. She is my best coworker and friend. So, as I tap away on the keyboard, writing whatever magazine or web deadline looms next, I can see Lilly out of the corner of my eye swaying.

She is fond of putting her chin on my leg as I work, and I can feel her body rocking as I write.

Sometimes I get a bit queasy, surrounded by her constant movement.

Lilly and I, it seems, find ourselves in a boat buffeted in rough seas.

Eternal gratitude that we remain together, when there was a good chance our shared lives would be torn apart. Yet, it’s difficult for me to have my girl, my rock, my steady companion struggling to maintain her footing.

I tell myself it’s a brain thing. My heart argues that it’s more.

Once anchor … now boat. Once boat … now anchor.

Don’t rock the boat, baby. Don’t tip the boat over.

(If you’re too young to get that reference, here is a video of the song, with full lyrics. … Our love is like a ship on the ocean / we’ve been sailing with a cargo full of, love and devotion.)

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Stella - March 5, 2012

I feel very encouraged by the progress Lily has made.
Is she able to go for more than just a “pee” walk outside yet? It would seem to me like the more Normal things you can do with her (even abbreviated) would give her a feeling of things being OK. Does she have a bench she could lay on while she is very close to your work spot? Close enough to lay her head on your leg? She is such a dear little dog, we are still keeping her in our prayers and offering you our very best wishes.

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

    Roxanne Hawn - March 6, 2012

    I’ll have to try bringing a big foot stool into my office. Normally, Lilly is happy to lay on her bed under my desk and cuddle with my feet as I work. She has been very antsy. Plop down, get up. Pace. Plop down somewhere else. Get up. Poor sweetie. That’s especially true on steroids-on days, like today (Tues).

Pamela - March 4, 2012

Poor girl. And there’s nothing you can tell her to make her recovery easier.

I’m so sorry you are all going through this.

Sue - March 1, 2012

Tsar did that swaying thing when this first started. He would stare at the floor and sway. I felt that he might feel dizzy. Now that he’s on medication, the staring and swaying have both stopped.

Jane Boursaw - March 1, 2012

It must be so disconcerting for both you and her. I’m holding onto the fact that she’s improving slowly. Thinking of you guys…

LeeAnne McAdam - March 1, 2012

It is good to see Lilly improving. You all have really fought the good fight. We continue to send good thoughts and pray for all of you! Paws crossed she just gets better and better.

Living Large - March 1, 2012

Oh, I keep sending postiive thoughts to you and Lilly each and every day, Roxanne!

Bert - March 1, 2012

Oh Lilly, you sweet girl….Slow steps. The one thing that I noticed is that her eyes are not darting back and forth so that tells me she is not suffering from too bad of dizzy spells which helps keep the nausea down.

I pray for little Lilly everyday and I am so happy that she is improving, however slowly. You are both brave and fearsome and we have great respect for you and how hard you are working to get back to a normal life.


Jana Rade - March 1, 2012

Hang in there, girls. (((hugs)))

kb - February 29, 2012

Definitely improving… although I can see why it would be tough for you to see that she’s not all better yet.

I’m wondering if there’s some kind of PT that would help. In humans with traumatic brain injuries or nerve injuries, there are therapies that help. I have no idea if they do those things for dogs yet.

We’re rooting for a full recovery, and my bet is still that you’ll get it.

Linda martin - February 29, 2012

Watched the video…it’s utterly amazing to see how far she’s come. Hang in there!

Susan - February 29, 2012

She looks a lot better than she did in January.

Amy @ True Dog - February 29, 2012

Thank you for sharing your story with us. We will keep hoping for less boat rockin’ in your home.

Bassetmomma - February 29, 2012

Oh poor Lilly. Though she is recovering it is slow. She does look better. She is such a sweetie I hope she has a full recovery!

Pup Fan - February 29, 2012

Oh, sweet Lilly… I’m glad she’s improving, and I hope her progress continues. ((hug))

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