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21 May 2007 @ 08:46 pm
Sydney Update...  
...first of all, thank you all so much for all the good wishes, thoughts and prayers in my last post here and on MySpace. It really warmed my heart that I've been able to find such a wonderful group of caring people who understand what Sydney means to us. Thank you all SO MUCH! You're the best!

Mark & I took Sydney in to the vet first thing this morning and the whole time Sydney was NOT acting like herself at all. She was VERY disinterested in everything around her - she's usually VERY excited to see other dogs, but this morning, she barely turned her head to look at them. :( In the examining room, she lay down on the examining table and didn't even try to get up...

The vet took some x-rays and some blood and we waited around for the results. Apparently, her white blood cell count is extremely high - which is a sure sign of an infection, but her liver levels didn't seem extremely elevated from the previous blood work. Her sodium levels were elevated, but the vet said it was probably due to dehydration... And she couldn't tell us why Sydney seemed so out of it and why she was so disoriented. :(

They advised us to keep her there so they could administer fluids and anti-biotics and so they could keep an eye on her overnight. They said that the most they'd probably want to keep her is three nights - to flush out her system of possible toxins - but they weren't sure.

So tonight is literally THE FIRST night that Mark & I will spend in our house without Sydney. It seems so strange not to always have her underfoot or looking at us longing as we eat dinner. :( We're hoping that she's able to come home soon, but we worry too... The vet doesn't know if the disorientation is permanent (she said it could've been a stroke or even a brain tumor...) but we'll just have to see...

Like I've said so many times, Sydney is really our baby and I don't know what I'd do if anything bad ever happened to her. We've been extremely fortunate up until now and Sydney has been such a trooper through everything - even through the awful illness she had when she was six... But somehow this seems different. If the Sydney I know (personality wise) is gone, I don't know what I'd do...

Thanks so much again for all of your good thoughts and prayers - really, they mean so much to us!! Big HUGS to everyone!
Current Mood: gloomygloomy
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (sarah) oh my dogaudienceawaits on May 22nd, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
I am so so sorry to hear this, Sheri! And I know exactly how you feel - Sarah was our little baby too and not have her around hurts so much sometimes. But I certainly hope that Sydney is going to recover and come back to be with you both. I'm sending lots of good vibes your way! ♥♥
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH, Gill - I know that you understand what Sydney means to us!! BTW, I've missed you guys SO MUCH!!! Thank you SOOO much for the postcards!! I just got both of them yesterday and they totally made me smile just when I needed it!! Big HUGS and much love to you!!
karmastyx: Hugs by mekarmastyx on May 22nd, 2007 09:09 am (UTC)
I'll keep that beautiful dog in my prayers.

I can relate. When I had my dogs they were like my children too, and so I wanted to do anything I could to help them.

HUGS! I'm here if you need to talk or anything. Love ya!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment and prayers, Laura!! The poor fuzzy dog has been through so much in her life - we feel so bad! :( And being a dog lover too, I know that you understand. Thanks so much for your comment! Love you!!
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Sheri: Puppy Loveshutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sue!! I know what a dog lover you are and I know you totally understand how much Sydney means to us! Thanks so much for your prayers, HUGS, and good thoughts - they mean so much to us! HUGS to you and your fuzzy babies!!
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Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, that is just the sweetest, sweetest thing!! Thank you SO MUCH, Sue!!! Big HUGS to both of you!!!
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on May 22nd, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
More good thoughts from here! I hope Sydney's okay and that she's able to return home soon. :)
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Laura!! Being a puppy parent yourself, I know you understand! Thanks so much for the comments and the good wishes - we're so thankful to have wonderful friends like all of you! Big HUGS to you, Robert, and Chewie!
Daniel the California Highway Guy: sympathy and teacahwyguy on May 22nd, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
I'm keeping you and fluffy dog in my thoughts.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks SO much, Daniel!! Your good thoughts mean so much to us and we really appreciate it!! HUGS!
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on May 22nd, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that.*Hugs you tight*I'll keep you all in my thoughts and I send good vibes your way. I hope that Sydney feels better and that she will be back at home with you soon. Much love to all of you.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on May 22nd, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH, Sabine!! I know that you understand me - probably better than anyone since you've been here with me through everything that Sydney's gone through in the past. We just feel so bad because she's had such a hard life. We just miss her and want her back! :( Thanks so much for your comment. Love you!
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Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Angela! Your prayers mean a lot to us!! HUGS
Life Sushi! ...interesting, tasty and raw!katya_doll on May 22nd, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
*prayers prayers prayers prayers prayers!*
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH, Katie!!
Mary: ashley sketched angelmirroredimage on May 22nd, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm really keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything turns out okay - no matter what happens.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for your comment and your good thoughts and prayers! Mark & I really appreciate it!! HUGS
_tropicalheart on May 23rd, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, I hope the vets are able to do something about it. She's been through so much!! :( I know how much Sydney means to you! I'll keep her in my thoughts! Big *hugs!* to all of you! I hope she's going to be okay! :(
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH, Kristen!! Thankfully there's at least a bit of good news in all the bad news recently about Sydney... Thank you for the good thoughts for her and for the HUGS!! We really appreciate it!!
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