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Paintball Poisoning Update 4:30 pm

I’m sorry I didn’t have time to post until now. I tried desperately to get some work done so that I can take care of Lilly when she comes home, which is right about NOW. Tom is picking her up as I write this.

Lilly’s sodium and other electrolyte levels stayed in the safe range all night and all day, thanks to lots and lots of fluids (both via IV and up the old wazoo).

She never did have any tremors or seizures, which is amazing considering the quantity of paintballs consumed … and her relatively small size.

Our regular veterinarian called to check on me earlier today, after she got the overnight report from the ER hospital. We chatted about how things went down, the timeline to intervention and all that. She flat out told me:

“You did the right thing, and you probably saved her life.”

Um, wow.

I promise when I recover from the scary, worry, and lack of sleep that I will give you all the details on how on earth this happened, what we did immediately and why this was SUCH a risk … because sometimes it’s smart to induce vomiting on your own, sometimes it can make things much, much worse.

Lilly Homecoming Prep

I cooked up some rice and boiled some chicken breasts so that Lilly can eat bland food for a couple days until her tummy recovers from all the vomiting and doggy colonics (every 3 hours).

Maybe those probiotics and prebiotics someone wanted me to try and review will come soon. That might be a big help.

I’m also superheating the back bathroom and have a fire going to warm the house up. Despite “promises” last night’s doctor made, the staff didn’t have time to give Lilly a bath. So, we’ll have to do it when she gets home. (sad face) A veterinary technician said earlier that Lilly isn’t “wicked dirty,” but after… all she has been through, how can that be?

So, as much as neither of us have the energy, Lilly and I have a date with the shower when she gets home.

I’ve already put the shampoo and two big pitchers of warm water in there. I have the towels at the ready, and we’ll just do it.

To keep myself busy, I did mondo loads of laundry, so we’ll have fresh sheets. The plan is to keep Lilly in bed with us for at least a few nights so that we can keep an eye on her.

In fact, we might just stay in bed and read and watch movies all day tomorrow.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your kind words and prayers and mojo (here, on Twitter and on Facebook). It means so very much to all of us.

I’m sure, even in her panicked and sickly state, Lilly could feel the love in her hospital cage.

More later.


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.

Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food - December 16, 2010

Wow — I’m glad things seem to be heading in the right direction. I’m sure you are exhausted! Hope you and Lilly get some rest soon.

xx Angie

Kristine - December 16, 2010

Yay! This is such wonderful news! Thank you so much for taking the time to update us, even though I know you had much better things to do.

You and Lilly should take it easy, spend as much guilt-free time in bed as you want. I am so glad she is home where she belongs.

Have a cozy, recovering weekend!

To Dog With Love - December 15, 2010

This is great news! Bed, movies and snugglies sound perfect for tomorrow! Hope you get a good night’s sleep now.
Diane and Cosmo

Crystal (and Maisy) - December 15, 2010

HOORAY!!!! I am so glad to hear this!!

KB - December 15, 2010

Wonderful news!!!!

I think that staying in bed all day tomorrow sounds like a great plan!

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