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12 July 2007 @ 05:06 pm
First of all...  
...thank you all so much for all your prayers and well wishes for Sydney. Mark & I love you all and appreciate the support more than you know.

It was a very hard night for us last night. We spoke with my Mom who said the vet said that in addition to Sydney's liver problem, she also has a kidney problem and on top of the seizuring, she's also blind (when did that happen??) The vet said that her eyes could see but that the advanced state of neurological disorder that Sydney came in with, the eyes aren't telling the brain what to register. She was also very anemic and pale.

The vet recommended hospitalization and fluids to flush out all the toxins in her system - but the vet also told my Mom that because of the extensive neurological damage, we might want to consider not pursuing treatment any further - my Mom ended up leaving Sydney in the hospital overnight. We spoke long and hard last night (there were a lot of tears from the both of us) trying to decide if one or both of us should fly home to be with Sydney and what we should do about the "decision"... We ended up deciding that we'd wait until we spoke with the vet... if the vet said that there was no improvement, one or both of us would try to fly home and we would probably try to be with her when we made our "decision."

I haven't posted any of this yet, because everything was so up in the air... as it still kind of is. The vet called us this afternoon and said that she was improving a bit. She didn't seizure last night and she's able to sit up pretty sturdily leaning against her cage. She's still not able to stand (or eat) on her own and they haven't checked her vision yet, but the vet said it was possible that the vision thing wasn't permanent. We're so thankful that she seems to have improved (even if it is just a bit) and we want to see how things go within the next couple of days.

One of the things that scared me the most was that I was afraid that we'd have to make our "decision" from here... It would just kill me if I didn't get to see her at least one last time or be with her in her final moments!!

So thank you all so much for all your comments in my previous post, for all your prayers and good thoughts and for your love and friendship. Mark & I really, REALLY appreciate it! It's still going to be a hard road and we're not sure that a "decision" still doesn't need to be made somewhere in the near future - but at least we're comforted in the fact that she seems to be doing a bit better than she was when my Mom brought her in and that the "decision" is one that doesn't have to be made right now.

Our love to all of you!
 
 
 
Phenomenull: windowwingsphenomenull on July 13th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)

Oh my! I'm sorry to hear that. I don't know what else to say. I just can't imagine what you're going through right now, especially being so far away. *hugz you all*
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on July 13th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comment, Mark & I really appreciate your supportive words!
ajayne on July 13th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
*sends out more love and hugs*
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on July 13th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Andrea! Big HUGS and much love to you!
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Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on July 13th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sue! And the quote that you shared with me made me teary - I do agree with it. Thanks so much for your support!!
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on July 13th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Big *hugs* to you, and I hope the improvement continues. I can say from experience that those types of decisions are never easy ones to make so I hope you don't have to make it anytime soon.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on July 13th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for all your supportive comments, Laura. It means so much to us. Big HUGS!
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on July 13th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
I hope Sydney continues to improve.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on July 13th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks Daniel - we're hoping for the best as well. HUGS.
Kayleakaylea on July 13th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
hugs to you both. I will keep you guys and Sydney in my thoughts... I'm keeping my thoughts positive and sending them toward you. Keep us posted. *bigger hugs*
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on July 13th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Mel. HUGS
Debsb186 on July 13th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
Our thoughts and hugs are with you, Mark and Sydney.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on July 13th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Deb! Big HUGS to you and Sunny too!
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on July 13th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry things aren't going well and my prayers are with you all. I'm glad the vet is taking good care of her and you have a little time to see what happens next - you don't have to make a hasty decision. I surely hope her health improves, and that she'll be comfortable while they're waiting for that to happen. Blessings to you all!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on July 13th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers - they are so appreciated!! We're taking this day to day to see how Sydney does. Thankfully she seems to have improved from when she was brought in so we're hopeful... Poor dog! :( Thanks for all your support! HUGS!
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on July 13th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
I'm SO sorry to hear that Sydney's condition. She'll get better and wait for your return, I know she will. HUGS
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on July 13th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your encouraging words!! Mark & I really appreciate all your support! Big HUGS to you!!
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (little miss sunshine) hugaudienceawaits on July 13th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Oh my god, Sheri. I am so so sorry. I know exactly what it feels like to be in the position you're in now. And it is absolutely one of the hardest decisions a person can make.. I just hope SO much that you can AT LEAST be at home to make the decision. Or better yet, I hope that she continues to improve! I'm so sorry that you're going through so much with poor Sydney. So much love to you! <3<3
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on July 13th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Gill!! Thank you SO MUCH for your sweet, sweet words!! I know that you and Karen understand this all too well. :( We're taking everything day to day and seeing how it goes. Sydney seems to be improving a little so we're hopeful. Thanks so much for always being such a wonderful friend to us! Big HUGS and much love to you!!
Kyliekyliebeth on July 13th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I can't believe it. :( She was doing so well. My sympathies for having to make that decision if/when the time comes. My parents' dog (my dog from high school) got very sick and had to be put to sleep while I was here on O'ahu and they were on Kaua'i, and I didn't get to say goodbye to her. It's such a hard time.

I'll still send positive thoughts to Sydney. I hope there's some glimmer of good news when you talk to the vet. Let me know if there's anything I can do.
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on July 13th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
We can't believe it either! On July 4th she was doing so well and that was barely over a week ago! We can't figure out how she got so bad so fast! :( Thank you so much for your positive thoughts for Sydney... as of yesterday she seems to be doing a bit better so we're hopeful...
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on July 13th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
*Hugs* I'm so sorry to hear that. This kind of decisions are never easy and I so hope you don't have to deal with it some time soon. You all are in my thoughts and I hope Sydney continues to improve. More *hugs* and my love to you, Mark and Sydney!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on July 15th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
Thank you so much Sabine! Your good thoughts, hugs and love are greatly appreciated!! Big HUGS to you!!
karmastyxkarmastyx on July 14th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
Sending my love, and prayers.

BIG HUGS to you, Mark, and Sydney!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on July 15th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Laura! We really, REALLY appreciate all the love and prayers!! Big HUGS to you!
Carecareleswhisper on July 14th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
I will continue to send good thoughts and prayers your way. *BIGHUGS* Poor fuzzy! :( If there is anything you need, please let us know! LOVE YOU! *HUG*
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on July 15th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for all your prayers, Carrie!! They really do mean the world to us! Love you lots!! Big HUGS to you!!