You may have noticed that I've been a little distracted for the last couple weeks. We've been dealing with some Samba issues, but now it looks like we may be getting things under control. It started when we were at the lake two weeks ago. Samba was excited about having us throw her floating toy and charged right in to get it.
I was worried enough to call Dr B from the lake. We were both concerned that the MMM might be flaring up again. He said to double her Prednisone and he'd see her in the morning. We arrived at the clinic the same time Dr B did and he took her right into the exam room. Fortunately, she didn't appear to be having a flare up. Instead the remaining jaw muscles seem to be stiffening a bit and it's uncomfortable for her to open her mouth wide. That's a real problem with this disease and we need to get those muscles stretched.
Because it's painful for us to open her mouth, she has to do it herself. That's where the PT or physical therapy comes in. We have four balls of different sizes and materials.
Over the weekend while I was throwing the glowballs for Sky and Norma Jean, Samba got tired of all the fuss and started bringing the glowballs to me. She isn't known for her patience.
We've been treating Samba for a bladder infection and when the first round of antibiotics failed to clear it up, we went on to a second stronger course of antibiotics. Monday morning I took a urine sample in to be checked but there was still blood in the urine. We had a consultation with Dr B and he felt we should look for kidney or bladder stones.
When we picked her up in the late afternoon, we went over the xrays and Dr B showed us that there are no stones, deformities or tumors. Everything looks good, but there is still an infection present. We agreed to try a different antibiotic for two weeks, then check the urine again. If this doesn't clear the infection, we'll be consulting with a specialist at the University.