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Nosebleeds and Puffed Cheeks – Lilly’s Recovery from Meningoencephalomyelitis

As the rampant inflammation slowly subsides, Lilly is getting fewer nosebleeds. Her nose is still all crusty and blocked, though. So, I had to share this video of her sleeping and trying to breathe.

A few other important data points:

  • 2 weeks … how long Lilly has been seizure free
  • 1.5 pounds … how much weight Lilly has regained since the brutal, week-long diarrhea stopped
  • 2 … the number of times Lilly now wakes us up each night for help (compared to 10-12 per night)
  • 2/23 … Lilly’s next recheck appointment with our neurology team
  • $865 … the amount raised via chip-in to help pay Lilly’s veterinary bills, including money sent my mail and other means (outside the chip-in).

Thank you! We haven’t had time to send individual notes, but we are humbled and grateful for each person who has sent us money. Here is a link to the Champion of My Heart chip-in explanation page. After next week’s recheck appointment, I expect our total costs of saving Lilly’s life to reach $8,000.

Still no insurance or other financial assistance news on the official front.

Anyway, here is our latest video update, showing Lilly trying to breathe despite her stuffed, crusty nose. It’s kind of sweet. I could watch her rest all day long. I’m just so grateful she is still alive.

Two weeks ago, that outcome was not at all certain.


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.

Kris @ Attainable Sustainable - February 20, 2012

In spite of the crusty nose, I’m so happy that Lilly is doing well! What a rough couple of weeks you’ve had.

47 - February 19, 2012

Oh dear. I hope all is well at Lilly’s next check up.

Bassetmomma - February 18, 2012

That video of Lilly sleeping melts my heart!

melF - February 17, 2012

Poor Lilly. Must be hard for her given the yucky nose stuff. But I am so very glad that she is doing so much better. To think a vaccine caused all this. It’s a blessing that she has come through all of this so much more intact than anyone could imagine.

I had no idea that your bill would be that much Roxanne. I am so sorry. I imagined $3000-$4000, but $8000? Absolutely I will donate. I hope every little bit helps. Lilly is one very lucky girl. Now if only her mom and dad could win the lottery.

I continue thinking about all of you (mom too) and hoping for some less exciting days where all you have to worry about is sunscreen.
Go Lilly Go!

    Roxanne Hawn - February 18, 2012

    Thanks, Mel. We’ve had MANY $2,500-$3,000 veterinary emergencies around here. We’re used to that (in a way). Heck, we even had a $5,000 year when Ginko blew both knees, but this is WAY outside the financial realm for dog care that we’re (somewhat) prepared for).

Saoirse - February 17, 2012

I’m grateful, too, for the sake of all of you. 🙂

Stella - February 17, 2012

Does she ever sneeze? I would almost think her nasal passages would do that to get rid of the blockage. Poor baby, I am thrilled that she is doing better, resting and all.

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

    Roxanne Hawn - February 17, 2012

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat ~ Indeed, poor Lilly sneezes ALL THE TIME now. Doing so (or really anything that strained her, even pooping) often caused her nose to bleed a few days ago. She is bleeding less now, but she does still sneeze, snort, snore, and rub her nose on us to try and clear things out. Since I’ve PROMISED the veterinarians that I will NOT mess with her nose, I’m restraining the urge to help her by using a warm / wet washcloth to tidy up.

Kim - February 17, 2012

Oh my, I think everyone who has had a nasty cold or sinus issues all know how Lilly must be feeling trying to breath through a clogged nose. Hopefully it will be temporary and her nose will soon be healing along with the rest of her body. I hope that you hear something positive soon on aid for her medical bills.

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