Wednesday, June 28, 2017

S*T*R*E*S*S

As you may have guessed from the title, I'm feeling a bit stressed. No, I'm feeling a lot stressed and I'm about to share it with you.
Let's start last week. After not having a seizure since January, Mackey had one. Then six days later she had two more in the same day, about an hour apart. We had hoped that her condition was getting better, but now we think she may be getting worse.

 Since Noah's eye exam last month we've been treating his eyes with two different ointments daily, but I was getting frustrated because they didn't seem to be getting better. They were both still red and in the morning they were goopy.
 We had sent another sample off to the lab for Fudge to see if the 'killer' antibiotic had cured his e-coli infection but we hadn't heard from them yet.

Then on Friday we had yet another thunderstorm. At 1:00 there was a lightning strike and the power went out. Then the real fun started!

The power stayed out for 22 hours. No lights, no air conditioning, no telephone, no internet, no hot food or coffee. For dinner we ate ice cream because it was melting. I sat up until 3AM reading on my Kindle because the dogs wouldn't settle down. We all finally got a couple hours sleep while I worried about the food in the freezer and other things.
Now it's a new week. We have electricity and air conditioning once more.  Mackey has had no more seizures, but Dr B and I did have a conversation about her. She'll probably be starting some medication because her seizures last from 12 to 15 minutes and having two in one day is a big concern.

The news about Fudge did nothing to help my stress level. The culture came back positive again for e-coli. We can't seem to get this infection under control. Dr  B was worried that it might now be a drug resistant strain, so he had the university do another test. Yesterday it came back and there are several drugs that should kill it, so we're trying a strong one for the next two weeks and then we'll test again. Keep those paws crossed because Fudge really needs some help with this. If this drug doesn't work, he may be in serious trouble. The vet says he can live with e-coli, but not for long.
Then there's Noah and his funky eyes. Monday they actually looked better, no pink and no goop. On Tuesday morning he went for a recheck and the news was excellent. The conjunctivitis is gone. We did another dryness test and that was better, too. The number we shoot for is 12. His right eye was up from 10 to 14 and his left eye was up from 4 to 10. Dr B was pleased and said there is no sign of permanent damage and his eyes look comfortable. Noah will need his ointment for the rest of his life, but at least it's still working for him. We think the recent problem was a reaction to a new medication he was taking. I know you're all asking, how do you even know Noah's eyes look bad, we can't even see his eyes.

Well, here's a picture of Noah with his happy, comfortable eyes.
So there you have it folks, my stressful week. I'm still not sleeping well and I feel as if I've been dragged behind a bus, but at least we have light again.

8 comments:

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

We understand your STRESS! What a horrible week. We're glad this one has been much better. Sending POTP for the dogs.

Molly the AireGirl said...

Wow - we can totally understand why you're stressed, Miss Sue. We are sending lots of AireZen and positive vibes for Mackey, Noah and Fudge and lots for you too♥

Jan said...

things can only get better

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Your stress level is totally understandable, especially since you always work so hard to keep the puss well. We hope all the new meds work well. Keep us updated on all, and especially little Mackey.

Hugs abd Woos - Lightning and Misty

Casey said...

At least Noah's doing better! We'll keep our paws crossed for Fudge and Mackey.

Marjie said...

That was a lot of things to go wrong in just a few days. And that kind of feeling is why we blew 8 grand on a whole house generator. At least I don't have to worry about my dearly beloved having problems and being unable to solve them, and don't have to stress out over feeding all of us - or the ruination of food. I'm glad Noah's eyes are on the mend; I hope you have success soon with Mr. Fudge and Mackey.

Ruby said...

Oh man! No electricals is NO FUNS!!! And 22 hours??! yeah, not good in the summer heat!
Oh Fudge, I sure hopes this new medication works dude....you knows I gots my paws crossed real tight for you!!! And Mackey, paws crossed for you too gurl ~ i hopes you can kick that seizure monster in the ass! if you needs help, you knows where I am.....
YAY Noah! Your eyes look bright and happy! Nows, you gives your Moms lots of hugs from me, and if you can manage it, some REALLY slobbery kisses too....☺
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

gMarie said...

I've been so out of the loop. I'm glad you've got power back and things are somewhat back to normal. Paws crossed the new antibiotics work for Fudge. I'm feeling a bit lost these days without my heart dog. g