Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Morgan Update

Several of you have contacted me to ask how Morgan is doing. We appreciate your concern more than I can express. Watching a sweet old dog becoming unsteady and confused is so very hard, as many of you already know. I just had a long conversation with Dr B, so I thought I'd catch you all up on where things stand.
Morgan has some good days and some bad days, which make my thought process much harder. If they were all bad, I'd know it was time to let go, but when she then perks up and demands her dinner or chases a squirrel in slow motion, I think we may have more time together.

She sleeps hard most of the day, so hard that I check to see that she's breathing. If we wake her during that time, she refuses to eat anything at all. I give her water by syringe to keep her hydrated. When she wakes up in the afternoon, she likes to wander around the yard or the deck. That's when the slow squirrel chases happen. She eats a pretty good dinner, though she doesn't want the same thing twice, so I have to get really creative.

At 8:30 sharp, she appears in front of me demanding her Ensure milkshake. The agreement we've worked out is that first she goes outside, then she allows me to feed her a cup of kibble by hand. When that is finished, she gets half a bottle of Ensure. She loves it. Then she settles down till it's bedtime. She goes out, has a cookie, then goes to sleep, but she wakes up right about 2:30 every single morning. Then she starts to pace and continues for hours. Because she staggers a bit and bumps into the other dogs, one of us takes her downstairs and dozes on the couch while she paces around the kitchen and living room. After a while, she settles down and goes to sleep. Then in the morning the whole routine starts over.

Last night, while drinking her milkshake, she had a mini seizure. It didn't last long, a couple minutes, and she didn't show any ill effects afterwards, but I awoke this morning expecting a last trip to the vet's office. She greeted me when I came downstairs and the doubts all came flooding back.

I put in a call to the vet and said I needed to talk. He called me back after hours and I described her behavior and the seizure. I asked if it was time and he said no, that I have several options before we have to make that decision. Because of her strange behavior and her history, he suspects that she has high ammonia levels in her blood. Tomorrow morning she'll spend a few hours with him and have a bile acids test. If her ammonia is high, we can treat her with an antibiotic and may see some improvement. The catch is that she'll need that antibiotic for the rest of her life, but that's OK.
 I feel as if a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. There's a chance that Miss Morgan can continue to enjoy a good quality of life for some extra time.

14 comments:

Amber DaWeenie said...

Morgan is definitely a fighter. Sending some prayers and a hug...

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

I don't envy you your position at all. It was the same with Phantom. But if it is any consolation, when that time does come, you WILL know. Gentle hugs to Morgan from me and the pups.And a big one for you too.

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

This is the hardest time to be a pet parent. Morgan is fighting to stay with his family Bless you for aiding him in his fight We pray for all of you.

Ruby said...

Oh my Sista...I knows you're one tough gal! And one lucky puppers to have such good peeps to take care of you!! Sendin' tons of healin' vibes and POTP and lots and lots of {{hugs}}
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

rottrover said...

Oh, Miss Morgan! Ruby went to the vet yesterday for a "full work up" because she just wasn't getting better. Still waiting for the results, but the vet did add something for her vomiting which seems to have made her a happier camper. We ol' gals need to stick together!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

There is no doubt that her resilience is a tribute to your love and devotion and care. I hope there are many, many more of the good days ahead!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

It's a roller coaster, but she sounds like she's still enjoying life...if slower. Good luck at the Vet's.

Mitch and Molly said...

You are such a sweetheart, Morgan. Our paws are crossed for you♥

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Julie said...

Wishing you many more good days ahead
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Anonymous said...

Enjoy every single moment. We all know there's never enough time with our beloved pets, but miss Morgan is still enjoying her life. Every sacrifice we make, every uncomfortable sleepless night is worth it. Take care, thanks for the update. Love Mel and Bronson.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh Morgan sweetheart we are sending lots of good vibes your way
Lily & Edward

Nichole Burke said...

Thinking of you and sending lots of hugs...... it's not easy, we know all too well. I'm happy to hear your vet is so positive and said NO... hopefully the antibiotic will help put a little spring back in her step. Let us know if you need anything.

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

Nothing is more heartbreaking then living with a sick dog. Sending our love and POTP.

Marjie said...

Miss Morgan is a trooper. Her continuing to demand the good stuff in the form of her milkshake is positive. I hope Dr. B can find a simple explanation to help her.