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01 March 2007 @ 08:18 pm
A small Sydney update  
I'm so sorry that I haven't responded to your comments in my last post, but I wanted to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all the kind and warm thoughts you've been sending us for Sydney. I honestly couldn't bring myself to come back here to respond to them... not too sure if I'm in denial or if it's just a case of avoidance, but I haven't been by LJ since writing the darn entry - as if somehow reading the responses or talking about it makes it more "real."

In any case, please know that Mark & I are SOOOO thankful for wonderful, supportive friends like all of you and for all of your good thoughts, prayers, and support through all of this.

As an update, Sydney's doing about the same... She still will not eat her regular food and is showing signs of further yellowing (her gums, and the whites of her eyes) which only lends credence to the liver disease diagnosis from before. What's causing her liver condition could be anything from an infection to liver cancer - and unfortunately there's no real way to know without further testing... We're trying a bunch of medication to see if that'll help and have an appointment to go back to see the vet in a week.

Speaking of vets, we've done a drastic thing and changed Sydney's vet mid-way through all of this - which may have just been an impulse reaction to all the negativity that we've gotten in the past (when Sydney was sick 4 years ago). Our old vet was a nice woman, but had to be THE MOST depressing person on the face of the earth! :( I appreciate being informed of what could happen, but our old vet kept scaring us with awful scenarios in which Sydney was doomed to meet an awful demise. So... we changed our vet and even though the news may not be better from our new vet, at least most of the unnecessary negativity is gone.

The oddest thing is still that Sydney doesn't act any different... she still plays with her toys, barks at the neighbors, etc... while that should make me happy, in some ways that scares me even more. At first I thought it might be the same thing she had 4 years ago - and if it was, at least we know that it could be cured... But because she isn't acting the same, what if this is just the early stages of something much worse?

I don't even want to think about it...

Thank you all SO MUCH for putting up with all of my depressing entries recently... and for understanding what Sydney means to us... Really, it means so much more to me than I could ever express in words. Big HUGS to you all.
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Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on March 2nd, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your continued prayers, Angela - they're so appreciated!!
lindasings on March 2nd, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
The good news is that Sydney isn't suffering. Keep hanging onto that.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on March 5th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
VERY true, thanks Linda. In fact, Sydney acts more spunky and cheerful than normal lately... At least she's not in pain or anything...
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Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on March 5th, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sue!! We love Sydney SOOOO much, she's our baby, after all! Thanks for your kind words.
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on March 2nd, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update, Sheri! You all have been and you are in my heart and my thoughts. I so hope that Sydney will be alright soon!

Sheri, in January a LJ friend's dog was ill (he is doing well again) - yellow ears and the sclera of his eyes, he too did not like to eat but seemed to be normal otherwise. Of course, that does not mean that he had the same illness as Sydney but if you want I'll ask her (her posts were "friends only") if she perhaps knows something what could help you.

Much love and big *hugs* to all of you!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on March 5th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
Thanks so much Sabine - do you know how old your other LJ friend's dog was? I've been reading up on liver conditions online and it says that for dogs who are Sydney's age, chances that the liver ailment could be something other than cancer are slim... :( Though we are thinking positive thoughts that perhaps it's just some sort of infection which could be cleared up. I would love to know what your friend did to help her dog.

Big *HUGS* to you and thanks so much for always being such a wonderfully supportive friend to me, Sabine!! Much love to you!
Sabine: M+Ssabine10 on March 5th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
I think he was nine years old. I wrote her an email and I think she will let us know if she knows anything what could be helpful. Love and big *hugs* to you, Sheri!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on March 7th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
BTW, did I mention how much I love this icon? :)
Sabinesabine10 on March 6th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Here it's was my friend wrote
It really does sound a bit like how Darius was though; early in his illness, he was still active and playful but he went off his food and that was what made me realise that something was wrong. I couldn't find anything that he'd eat with much interest save for scrambled eggs. He didn't want his regular food, or any other kind of dog food; he even got to the point of not wanting the soft canned food. I don't recall his water intake being off much, but I was more concerned over his reluctance to eat.

Is Sydney having diarrhea or soft stools? Is her urine looking very dark yellow, as if it's quite concentrated? Those were some of Darius' symptoms as well. His eyes, the insides of his ears and the area around his stomach and groin were quite yellow as well. She might try to remember if Sydney ate or drank something that could be toxic.
Grapes, onions, various houseplants and stuff like that can be poisonous to dogs.

I'd probably tell Sheri to have her veterinarian draw the most comprehensive blood panels possible, as well has having a urine test to check for the bilirubin levels that are in it. Darius also had abdominal X-rays and ultrasounds to check for any tumours, swelling, masses or worrisome spots.

The thing with Darius is that we never had anything that turned out to be very concrete as far as results. They ruled out cancer, hepatitis and several other diseases but they never could really pinpoint exactly what was wrong. He's on two medicines now (Denosyl is one), as well as a special prescription dog food for animals with liver problems.

I guess that the main advice I can give is for Sheri to try to think of *anything* that Sydney could have eaten in case it's something that is poisoning her. Then, she should sit down and talk with her veterinarian to make sure that all possible tests are being run, even ones that might not be so obvious...just in case these symptoms are indicative of something other than liver problems. It may be that something else is going on in Sydney's body that is affecting her liver, so I'd advise having full medical tests run to see if another body system is failing for some reason and affecting the liver.

And I shall tell you that she is thinking of you and Sydney. Be sure that all of you are in my thoughts, too. I hope that Sydney will be healthy again soon!

Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on March 7th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Here it's was my friend wrote
Thank you SOOO much for this, Sabine!! I'm so glad to hear that Darius is much better and that the medication is working. I will certainly speak with my vet about this during her next visit in a few days. Again, Sabine, I can't thank you enough for your support and all the help you've given us!! Big *HUGS* and much love to you!!
karmastyx: heart by unknownkarmastyx on March 2nd, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see an update. Please don't appologize for not being around. I totally understand about reading things makes them more real. I will continue to keep you all in thought. BIG HUGS!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on March 5th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your good thoughts for Sydney, Laura!! HUGS
ajayne on March 2nd, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Keep doing what you're doing and update us when you can. *hugs* I am still hoping for the best outcome!!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on March 5th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Andrea!! BIG HUGS to you
Michael Corleyclivec on March 3rd, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Well, if she's not acting too different, odds are good she's not suffering overmuch.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on March 5th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
I'm certainly glad that she isn't in any pain, and her good spirits are a good sign that possibly the medication is working - at least I hope it is...
Blancheblanche on March 3rd, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
I'm sorry Sydney and your family are having such a hard time! ****Hugs!**** I'll be praying for Syd.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on March 5th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your prayers!! They're greatly appreciated!! HUGS
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on March 3rd, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
No worries about being unavailable for a while, but thanks for the update now. And no apologies about depressing entries!

It's hard to find bright spots when you're anxious, but it really is great for Sydney that she is enjoying her life right now. Maybe one of the things we can learn from her is to live in the moment and not worry so much about tomorrow. All those great moments add up to a great life, no matter how long it is.

Glad you found a vet you feel better about. I once had a doctor who never smiled; she was depressing even when I was healthy!

Blessings on you both.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on March 5th, 2007 07:27 am (UTC)
I completely agree with everything you wrote... No matter what's ahead, I'm EXTREMELY grateful that Sydney's feeling well now and in good spirits! In fact, she's been more lively and upbeat than she has in a while and whether or not that's a good sign, I'm not too sure, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts. :)

Thank you so much for your comment!!