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22 May 2007 @ 10:24 pm
Good and bad Sydney news...  
I visited Sydney twice in the hospital today - once during my lunch break, and once after work. Our new vet is wonderful and encourages visits, letting us stay as long as we want in a private room and encouraging us to come back... Since the vet's office is only about 10 minutes away from my work place, I thought it would be nice to spend my lunch hour with Sydney.

What I was really worried about was Sydney not recognizing me... She was so disoriented yesterday that if I went to see her and she didn't know who I was, I'd be devastated. I also didn't want to look into her eyes and see absolutely no sparkle in them like I had the day before - I don't think I could've held it together if I'd seen that.

Thankfully, when they brought her out this afternoon, she immediately wagged her tail when she saw me and tried to jump into my arms. And when I went back after work, she was so excited to see me that her tail almost wagged in circles. :) She was definitely a lot more alert than she was yesterday and I began to see the sparkle in her eyes again. In fact, after speaking with the vet, she said that she was thinking about releasing her today... :)

The bad news... is that our vet thinks that the disorientation from yesterday had to do with liver failure. She explained that even though the test results didn't show high liver values, sometimes the test results are wrong when the liver is so badly damaged that it can't regenerate itself. She thinks that Sydney is in the advanced stages of liver disease. :(

She did say that Sydney appears to have shown positive signs of improvement however, with liver disease, there's always good and bad times. Yesterday was a very serious bad time and she'll probably be okay again for a while, but the vet's concern is that this good time will maybe not be as good or last as long as the other times (because her liver is getting progressively worse) and her bad times might be worse next time.

She also mentioned to me that there's no definitive answer to liver disease. She told me about a dog with liver disease who was having seizures and she really thought that was the end - so she called the family in. They came in and the dog sat up looked at all of them there and wagged his tail - he actually was able to regain his strength and went home a couple of days later and is still living to this day (and that was three years ago.) With the right diet and medication, Sydney's story doesn't necessarily have to have a terribly short ending...

Of course I was disheartened to hear that her liver ailment was still a problem and might get worse, but really... all I wanted was my doggie back - just to see the glimmer of light back in her eyes made a world of difference to me. We can deal with the other stuff as it comes - right now, I'm just thankful Sydney's personality seems to have returned. :)

Even though the vet said that she could go home today, we decided to keep her in the hospital for another night. Both Mark & I felt that an additional night with liquids and antibiotics being administered would help her out when we finally brought her home tomorrow. We're really looking forward to having her home again - the house really seems SO empty without her!

Here are a couple of photos - one taken yesterday when we brought her in and one taken this afternoon when I went to visit her after work. I think it's clear to see that she wasn't herself at all yesterday!

This was yesterday when we brought her in...
Sydney wouldn't even look up in this photo - she was that out of it... :(

Here's Sydney this afternoon when I went to visit her after work - What a big difference!
You can sort of see the beginnings of that sparkle in her eyes!
And that thing on her left paw is where they administer the fluids and antibiotics to her.

Sorry this has been such a novel! :( Thank you so much again for all of your good thoughts and prayers for Sydney. It wasn't the best news to receive (at all) but thankfully it seems that some of her personality has returned and she'll get to come with us tomorrow. :)
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karmastyxkarmastyx on May 23rd, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
You can see a big change in those photos.

I'm glad she gets to come home. I wish the vet had some more solid news for you.
Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
There was a HUGE change in her personality from today and yesterday... oh my gosh,... yesterday she didn't even stand up on the examining table. :( Thankfully she's so much more alert today, she's wagging her tail, and she seems to be in much better spirits. We're VERY thankful for that!!

The rest, we'll just have to wait and see... :P

We're SO happy she's coming home tomorrow, though!!
Mrs Beans: Godward--Steady Gazehuman_beans on May 23rd, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
That first photo is heartbreaking. :( {{Sheri}} I'll be pulling for little Sydney.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Rita! I know that you were there when Sydney first got ill three years ago - and really, because Mark & I thought the end was near then, we're just thankful for all these extra years. As long as she has her spunky peronality and is not in pain, I'm happy for now. The other stuff we can deal with as it comes. The poor thing has been through so much, though... :(
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Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
Sue, you've been absolutely wonderful through all of this! Your comment below had me smiling and teary at the same time! Thank you SO MUCH for all your support through this! Mark & I appreciate it much more than you could ever know! HUGS!
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on May 23rd, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
I hope she gets better. Maybe you should try a different brand of food or something, when she comes home. I'm not sure with dogs but with humans the liver can regenerate and heal itself to a certain point if you don't keep "insulting" it... maybe something in her food wasn't agreeing with her, or could she have gotten into something at some point? Does she ever get people food? I know people who had given their dogs things like grapes and onions not realizing how bad that is for them. Anyhow I'm really glad she seems to be improving. Do they have any idea what might have caused it or how you can help her? *hugs* I hope your baby continues to get better.
Sheri: Puppy Loveshutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH, Laura!! You've been so wonderful through all of this and I can't thank you enough! I think that when Sydney comes home we'll need to put her on a very restricted diet... I think that her diet was too high in protein and it was much too hard on her liver before her little "episode."

I think the liver disease is one that keeps recurring for poor Sydney. About three years ago, she had a liver ailment that was so bad that she almost didn't make it... They said the only way to really tell what caused it is to run an ultrasound and do a biopsy of the liver. But right now, because the liver is in such bas shape, we worry about the potential harm of doing it right now.

Thankfully, she seems to be in much better spirits and has gained back most of her "Sydney-ness" - which is the main thing that matter for us right now.

Thanks for your comments and all your good thoughts and concerns! Big HUGS!
Smitha: hugssmittenbyu on May 23rd, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
oh poor dear!! There is such a difference! I do hope she gets better!!! And do keep us posted! She has cheered me up in so many ways in the past few years!! Thank you for keeping us posted!!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment, Smitha!! I got a message from Julie Nakata on MySpace the other day about Sydney that made me teary. She says that she remembers me bringing Sydney to Jaycee events and how everyone loved playing with her. I'd forgotten that I used to bring Sydney with us to Relay for Life, 4th of July, and Petwalk every year!

Thannks again for your good thoughts for her!! Big HUGS to you!
Care: Maui 2005careleswhisper on May 23rd, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
I can see a huge difference in those photos. Poor little fuzzy! :( I'm glad you'll be able to bring her home soon!!! I'll keep sending my good thoughts and prayers along. *BIG HUGS*
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on May 23rd, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Carrie! We are so thankful that we'll be able to bring her home today - the house seems so empty without her! It's weird NOT to have barking when my alarm goes off every morning or to hear barking when we come home in the evening.

Thank you SO MUCH for all your good thoughts and prayers for her!! Mark & I really appreciate it!! Big HUGS!
Deb: sunnysb186 on May 23rd, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, poor little Sydney. She's such a little doll. Sunny and I send healing thoughts her way.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on May 24th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH, Deb!! Sydney's definitely been through a lot in her short life, but she's really a fighter! Thankfully she's home now and seems to be doing REALLY well! :D Big HUGS to you and to Sunny!!
Debsb186 on May 24th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful news Sheri!
BOOM! goes the dynamite!: Moment in time by downgloryroad_xmslauren2930 on May 23rd, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
aw, look at proud papa Mark. :) and OMG those eyes in that second photo. I just nearly melted.

Sheri: Sydneyshutterbug93 on May 24th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
Those eyes always get to me too - no wonder Sydney is so spoiled. ;) Thanks so much for your comment!

eternel_musiqueeternel_musique on May 23rd, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
i think i checked and rechecked livejoural about 90 times for updates on sydney! i know i never ever post, but i read every day to see what's up with everyone...and i was SO WORRIED about her. but i'm so happy to hear she's doing at least a little bit better!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on May 24th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
Jodi, you are the sweetest!! I miss you around here! Thanks SO MUCH for caring so much about Sydney - it means the world to us!! Big HUGS to you!!
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on May 23rd, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy that Sydney feels better again and I hope she goes on this way! The pictures really show a great difference. The first one brought tears to my eyes but the second picture made me smile again; it nearly looks as if she already tried to say "can we go home now?". I'm very glad that she is able to get home with you. Thanks for keeping us updated and please let us know how it goes on! I'll keep Sydney and you and Mark in my thoughts and continue to send good vibes. Much love and big hugs to you, Sheri!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on May 24th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sabine!! It was really sad to see Sydney on Monday - she was not the same dog that I know. It was possibly the saddest that I've ever been - including the times she was really ill about 4 years ago. At least then she was still Sydney - on Monday there was absolutely no trace of her "Sydney-ness" anywhere. :(

And you're right - in the second photo she was definitely asking me, "Can we go home now?" :D

Thanks so much again and big HUGS to you, Micki, and Garry!! :)