Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"We Can Celebrate"

Those were Dr. B's words this morning, "We can celebrate".


He was talking about Samba. Today was her checkup, the first in two months. It was last November when she was first diagnosed with MMM and March when the facial paralysis began.


Today the paralysis is almost gone. She has a normal blink reflex in her left eye and almost normal in the right. She has feeling in her lips and and when he pulls them down, they spring back to their normal position. She no longer drools.


Her coat has grown back in, no more bald spots and though it's thin and the texture is abnormal, those should both improve with time.


Her muscle tone is good, reflexes perfect and she's very alert and active. She still has a bit of a pot belly from the Prednisone, but as we continue to decrease the dosage, that should go away. The areas where the jaw muscle were destroyed feel almost normal on top of her head. The surrounding muscles have filled in the area and are taking over the job of the damaged muscles. The muscles under the jaw are a bit slower to fill in, but they are also improved.

Samba can eat normally, yawn, carry a ball and catch a frisbee.


Dr B says he feels confidant we haven't sacrificed quality or quantity of life for Samba with the treatment we've chosen. Those words are like music to me.

35 comments:

Marianne said...

This is alls very good news...

Do a littles dance...

Wiggles & Giggles,
Lucy Lou

soulbrush said...

oh yipppeee and yahoooo i am jumping aorund the room with gleeeee. well done you and your vet- he is a saint!

Nichole said...

What WONDERFUL news! :)

Stella said...

What a perfectly wonderful report, Miz Samba! You Mom has worked hard for you to be well and so have you.

We are happier than happy for your whole family.

Kisses,
Stella and Jo

Sam and Pippen said...

That is fantastic news! You are still in our thoughts for continued good health.

Sam and Pippen

Mad about Craft said...

Such good news!!!!!

Lola said...

That is the most wonderful news! It's so great when there's good news. Give Samba huge licks for me, please. I'm so happy for her and for you.

lotsa happy licks, Lola

Winterdark said...

Congratulations Samba!

-Bolo

♥I am Holly♥ said...

That sounds like wonderful news!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Life with 5 dogs said...

What Wonderful News! Doggy kisses from all of us!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We bet there is a lot of happy dancing going on at your place today - we are so happy you have such wonderful news.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Nicki said...

That's so great. I'm so happy for you guys!

Anny said...

This is wonderful news Sue! Glad Samba is all okay now. Time to celebrate with frosty pawssssssssssss Yayyyy!!

Scrabblequeen said...

Barks, leaps,wiggles, and wags with happiness! Sasha and Misty

Maggie and Mitch said...

We are doing happy dances here! yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Samba! Way to go!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Maggie Mae said...

Yay for Samba!! I am doing the wiggle butt dance cuz I am so happy for hers...and you!

WOofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Julies knitting corner said...

That is good news Samba, but it is down to you to for being so caring. Julie.C

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

This is wonderful news!!!

Channon said...

WONDERFUL news! Hooray!

MAXMOM said...

Hello there Sue
We celebrate with you!
Sorry that I've not been around to the blogs lately. You guys are often in my thoughts though!
Sending lotsaluv
MAXMOM IN SA

the 4 Bs said...

congrats. that is very good news. we're very happy for sweet Samba.

gMarie said...

I am so happy there isn't even words. How did I miss this post yesterday? I want to jump and dance with joy - I can only imagine how you feel!

Give Momma Samba a huge hug from me and kiss right on the tip of her nose (if she likes those). g

Marjie said...

I'm so happy for you! It hurts to have our kids, furry or not, suffering.

Asta said...

That is the most wondewfullest good newsI am soo vewy happy to heaw such good news fow dawling Samba

We needed this..sometimes thewe is so much sadness..I am dancing and celebwating fow you
smoochie kisses
ASTA

scotsmad said...

Fantastic News!!!

We also like the bed story. Congratulations!

We're catching up on the blogs.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Tillybud said...

Brilliant news - you must be so happy!

Janet said...

Wonderful news indeed!

Hound Girl said...

This great news! We will keep our paws crossed! We are new followers of your blog.

Wags,
Fred and Haylie
www.houndgirl.com

Thor said...

This is wonderful news! I'm so happy for Samba and the whole family!

Vivian said...

That's great news! Celebrate indeed.

Serendipity said...

We haven't been around for a while now and didn't know what happened to Samba. So glad to hear you're ok now, Samba. Everyone let's samba for Samba! :-)

The Teacher's Pets said...

I am sorry to have been away from your blog for so long but I have had you in my thoughts, of course. I am sure you and Samba and the rest of your family are very happy that Samba is feeling much better!

Charli and me said...

Oh Samba we are so happy for you! This is very good news. Charli is wagging her tail. You are such a beautiful little pooch. We love you ♥

parlance said...

What a lovely piece o news! Congratulations and best wishes for a continuing good recovery.

Dianne said...

All good news!!! That's what we like to hear!!! Hooray for Samba!!! Big kisses to Samba and the rest of your lovely babes!