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28 June 2007 @ 06:04 am
An update on Sydney...  
...It WAS the medication!

Two days after we stopped giving her the Metronidozale she went from not even being able to hold her head up or focus her eyes when she was carried (I swear, she was REALLY awful a couple of days ago...) to sitting up this morning and squeaking her stuffed toy. :)

Of course, she still has A LONG way to go in terms of recovery since she still gets attacks of vertigo every now and then and she still can't sit up for prolonged periods of time (and she hasn't stood or walked for a month...) but the good news is that she's MUCH better than she was earlier this week!

We have no way of knowing how far she'll progress or whether the progress will continue, but for now, this is enough for us. :)

Thank you all SO MUCH for all your prayers and good thoughts for her!! Sydney's such a strong dog with such a strong spirit... there were times that I'm ashamed to say that I'd given up hope that she'd ever get better. :( I should've learned that I shouldn't give up until Sydney does... My love to all of you!
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Care: smile by mecareleswhisper on June 28th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
That is such wonderful news!!!! :) I am so glad to hear that you found out what the problem was. What a happy day! :D I will continue to send good thoughts and prayers your way. *BIGHUGS* Love you! Give Sydney a big hug for me please. :D
Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Carrie!! And thanks SO MUCH for all your prayers and HUGS for Sydney!! Thankfully she seems to be doing much better than she was earlier this week and we're hopeful that she'll continue to improve. :) Love you!
Lisa: kaitlyn - 5weeksmonalisa73 on June 28th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that you realized it was the meds and that she's doing better!! Great news!
Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on June 29th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! She still has a long road to recovery ahead of her, but at least we know the cause and have put an end to it!
Kyliekyliebeth on June 28th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!! Doing a little happy dance for you and Sydney, I'm so excited for you!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 29th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!! Thankfully we realized it was the medication and hopefully Sydney will be able to improve to the point where she can actually stand and walk again.
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Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on June 29th, 2007 08:16 am (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH for your comment and all your encouragement through this!! Thank goodness that Sydney is making a turn for the better!! She does have a long way to go in her recovery, but she has been a strong dog with a very strong spirit and we're hoping for the best! :)
lindasings on June 28th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'm SO glad! I was really worried. Is Sydney going to switch to a new antibiotic, or is the underlying condition healing?
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 29th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH, Linda!! The vet is going to be prescribing a new antibiotic for her - since her liver condition (which is what the Metronidozale was originally for) is chronic. :P
anna, bright and dark: corgiglitterandfade on June 28th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
YAY ! Wonderful !

I told you, they're fighters, those Shelties !

(Caleigh got her stitches out on Tuesday, and the vet is very happy with her recovery, especially since they were able to remove all the icky stuff and leave a "clean margin." Caleigh is just happy she's not wearing a plastic lampshade on her head anymore !)
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 29th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC)
They sure are fighters!! Your fuzzy baby and mine - they're real troopers!! Big HUGS to Caleigh and thanks so much for your comments!!
intootjeintootje on June 28th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
YAY! I am sooo happy to hear this news :) I came to check LiveJournal especially to read about Sydney. I should be in bed because in a couple of hours we are going to make the second attempt to go on holiday. Hopefully with better luck this time.

YAY for Sydney!
Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on June 29th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your concern and for checking in!! Hope you have a safe trip!! Big HUGS to you!!
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on June 28th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! That's wonderful news!
Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on June 29th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH!!!
Phenomenull: mercedesangelphenomenull on June 28th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)

That's wonderful news!! I know how hard it can be to see your little fuzzy ones go through so much, I've been through it more times than I can count on one hand with the ferrets. It is REALLY hard to tell when enough is enough. It takes so much time, energy, and heart to get through such terrible illnesses. You, Mark and Sydney did it!!! And you're all stronger for it. I agree with the don't give up until they give up stance. They are such strong little innocent fighters.

*hugz for everyone*
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on June 29th, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
Thanks SO much for all your encouragement through all of this!! It's the hardest thing to see your baby suffer through an awful illness and unfortunately I know that you know this firsthand. :( We are SOOOO thankful that Sydney seems to be improving. :) We don't know how much she'll improve, but for now, it's enough for us that she's alert and regaining her Sydney-ness (which includes her stubborn personality!) :) Big HUGS to you!!
With a spark: Michi:Lazy lifeconchispa on June 28th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
I am so happy to hear that!!!

What about her liver meds though? Can she go without or are there alternatives?
Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on June 29th, 2007 08:29 am (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH!!

We're speaking with the vet about that right now and she's going to prescribe something else for Sydney... Unfortunately, her chronic liver condition makes it hard for her to go without anything for too long. :(
karmastyxkarmastyx on June 29th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
AWWWWW YES! That's good news. I'm very happy to hear this.
Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on June 29th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Laura!! It was so wonderful to see Sydney improving over the last couple of days! We're hopeful that she'll continue to do better, though we can't be too sure. Thanks for your comment!! HUGS!
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on June 29th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
I'm SO happy to hear such good news. I'll keep sending my good thoughts for you and Sydney!

Also enjoy your LA trip! I can't wait to start my vacation tomorrow afternoon.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 29th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your continued good thoughts for Sydney!! She's improved a lot, but still has such a LONG way to go in her recovery...

And thanks for the good wishes for our LA trip! With everything going on with Sydney - it came up so much faster than I expected!

Have a nice vacation as well!! Big HUGS!