This is a quick update for my friends... I was out for a good chunk of the day and when I got home, I was tired. But after resting a bit, I did want to post a quick update.
Two wonderful things happened today.. one was that I went with my sister to the surgeon (and to help her with some other things as well). With all the blood tests and scans, imaging, sonograms, colonoscopy, you name it, they have not found the problem in her abdomen. However, the pain has been getting less and less anyway, and almost gone.
The surgeon sees no need to do surgery. She examined my sister and feels there is a weak area in her abdominal wall most likely due to surgeries she had many years ago and that could be what's tender. She also surmises that possibly my sister strained muscles in that weak area without realizing it. So the surgeon is advising that she take it easy now for a while, and see how she feels. But every other test and exam and image that was taken did not show anything.
My sister cannot believe the difference between the horrible burning pain she had at the beginning of this issue versus now where she has virtually no pain. Regardless of the cause, we know that all the credit for healing goes to our wonderful Lord. Through all the tests my sister had all these months, none of the doctors TREATED her because they didn't know what to treat her for.
So we're thanking God for no surgery and praying for all remaining pain to leave!
Later this afternoon, I spoke with my vet re: Missy. He got the urinalysis back and was very pleased! He said the urinalysis showed that her kidneys had IMPROVED in the last few days. Her kidneys are still not working the way they should but they are not as bad as they showed in the blood test earlier this week, and he was much encouraged by this! He did reiterate that she is an older dog and typically organs get weaker as you get older but he felt very optimistic at this time.
So we've taken her off one of her meds Privacox which is an NSAID and could aggravate her kidneys. We've got her on other meds for her arthritis in the meantime. He wants to re-run a blood test on her in 3-4 weeks to see what her kidney numbers are at that point. He is hoping that the numbers will improve further or even go back to normal. Obviously, he and I want to ensure that Missy is living a good quality of life. If we determined that she was suffering and there was nothing to be done, then obviously I would have to make a difficult decision for her benefit. I have had to do that before in the past with other pets; it is always painful but my babies always come before my own desire to hold onto them. I can do what I have to but I won't do it unless I have to.
In any case, I am continuing to pray and believe God for my baby Missy.
Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness, for Your great love and for all the gifts You give... my heart is Yours, my life is Yours! Jesus, You are the Love of my Life and the Savior of my soul! I love You forever! Amen!
P.S. For any interested, with all going on, I did not finish my next blog series post in time for today. I will get that posted this weekend. Thanks for checking back!