Friday, November 19, 2010

A Year Later

This was an important day for us. It was one year ago last Wednesday that Samba was diagnosed with Masticatory Muscle Myositis. In that time we heard of a couple other dogs with MMM dying and Samba also developed facial paralysis, first on one side, then on both.  Samba and Morgan had appointments to see Dr B today. 

First things first. They both got baths.
 Then this afternoon we drove to the clinic. Both girls had checkups and had blood taken.

 Samba went first. The paralysis is almost gone. Her blink reflex isn't perfect, but it's good enough to keep her eyes moist without ointments or drops. She no longer drools or drops her food. Her coat has grown in completely and although it's not as curly as it used to be, it covers her body and is nice and soft.  The muscles surrounding the damaged jaw muscles have taken over and she has about 85% use of her jaw. She's not showing any major side effects from the prednisone and Dr B was so pleased with her progress that we've decided not to change her dosage. We'll reevaluate in six months. Samba also lost three pounds so she's nice and trim again.

 Then it was Morgan's turn. Morgan just turned eleven, so she's a senior citizen now. She has a little cyst behind her ear that we'll have taken off sometime in the next couple months. Morgan has lost four pounds in the last six months and her checkup was great. Dr B said that two years ago he wasn't sure she'd make it thru the year, but now she's doing so well that he thinks she could live to be in the 13 - 15 year range.

 We'll have the blood tests results back on Monday, but  we don't expect any big surprises. Needless to say, I was thrilled with today's visit. My girls are both doing great.


Zona said...

I'm so glad both girls are doing great!! All that playing must have helped those pounds come right off!


Stella said...

I am happy for your family of pups and peeps! Especially for Samba, what a scary disease MMM is but how terrifically you and your vet managed it.

Yea for Sue! Yea for Samba! Yea for Morgan and her new outlook!

Cheers and hugs,

Stella and Jo

Sam said...

How amazing for both of them. They really turned their health around, didn't they? Neither of them were in great shape healthwise, but now they're both thriving. I'm so happy for you.

the 4 Bs said...

awww, we're so happy that your sweet girls are so heathy and doing well. they look great!


scotsmad said...

That is fantastic news for both girls! You must feel like partying.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Maggie and Mitch said...

What great news! We are doing happy dances for you girls here!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Lola said...

That's wonderful news! It's so nice to see the good news. There's been a lot of very difficult news in the blogiverse lately. I'm so glad they're doing so well.

lotsa licks, Lola

Sam said...

Yay! It's so nice to hear good news!


♥I am Holly♥ said...

We are happy that they are doing so good!!! Have a great weekend! Lots of love, Holly and mom

sagechronicles said...

Great news--we always like that kind! Kudos to all of you.

Wild Dingo said...

congratulations on a positive day! I've been there before with "a year ago..." and it always boggles my mind when things turn out better than suggested. MMM sounds nasty. i'm so glad they're doing well!

Janet said...

Wonderful news from the vet visit! Both girls look fit and happy.

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Yay for good bills of health!!!! We are youngsters, but before we came along, Mom had a 'geriatric' household, and know the thrill of good reports from the vet!!!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Channon said...

Hooray! They're both such beautiful girls and we love reading about them - and the rest of the pack.

Nichole said...

Yay for happy vet visits!