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23 October 2003 @ 08:16 pm
Sydney update  
Well, we found out the results of the recent blood tests that Sydney took and I'm afraid it isn't good. Sydney apparently suffers from liver disease. :( What caused it, we have yet to find out. It could be as serious as liver cancer or it could be a really bad infection (which, we're hoping for). We took her in again for a few more tests today to see how damaged her liver is and she'll be taking an ultrasound tomorrow to see if they can find any tumors on her liver.

Basically we were told that her prognosis depends on 1. what caused her liver damage (there's not much they can do about liver cancer) and 2. If it's NOT liver cancer, how damaged the liver already is. So we should finally be getting a lot of answers to questions that we've been having for a while now, but the real question is: Do we REALLY want to know?

I really didn't get any sleep last night. I kept waking up every hour to make sure that Sydney was okay. Later I thought she must've thought, "Stop waking me up to see if I'm alright, darn it!" But I couldn't help it, I worry a lot about her.

I've been holding it together okay and haven't cried once - well, until this morning. Mark and I were sitting on the ground assessing whether Sydney was okay to be left at home alone for the day and she stumbled over to us, gingerly picked up her toy, and dropped it in front of Mark. I completely lost it then - I SO wanted her to be her lively self again. :( Though I have to admit that it was a good sign to see her bring Mark a toy.

And for the most part I tried not to act like anything was wrong at work. I did talk with my co-worker who is a real dog lover and who I had talked with a lot when I first bought Sydney 6 years ago. I wanted to tell her because I knew she'd understand. To my surprise, she started crying and that's when I lost it too. :P I think it's good that I've finally let out my emotions about this, but in the middle of the bank? Maybe not the best choices of places. :P

I was happy to see Sydney wag her tail and walk over to me this afternoon when I came home from work. I don't want to get my hopes up, but that seems like an encouraging sign. Thank you all so much for all your thoughts and prayers and for not making me feel silly for getting so emotional about this. *HUGS*
Current Mood: gloomygloomy
Kananigirlkananigirl on October 24th, 2003 05:42 am (UTC)
Aw... ((hugs))

I'm praying you will be have good news and her liver doesn't have cancer or liver damage.

I know what it feels like when your much loved pet gets sick.
Sherishutterbug93 on October 24th, 2003 09:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, Rayna. Hopefully the news today will be good news (or better news out of the two alternatives, anyway). Thanks so much, *HUGS* to you too.
irisheyes77 on October 24th, 2003 07:39 am (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear this. :( It's a little strange that my Dad and Sydney are at the same point in their diagnosis right now for what looks like the same ailment!

Let's hope that it's not cancer. The liver can regenerate itself somewhat, so if she has liver damage, that might be treatable.

Sherishutterbug93 on October 24th, 2003 09:40 am (UTC)
Ironically it looks like your Dad and Sydney do have the same ailment. :( Just wanted to let you know that your father is - and has been in my prayers as well. And you're right, the vet said that as long as it's not too far along and that we caught it early enough, Sydney might be able to make a recovery. Please know that we're hoping for the best for your Dad. Please take care.
Life Sushi! ...interesting, tasty and raw!katya_doll on October 24th, 2003 07:49 am (UTC)
OMILord hon'! I am so sorry!...chin up tho'! You pup would tell you so if she could speak...you know that!
She sounds like things are okay for now. She may not have been herself lately; but I would really worry had she been despondent or totally listless.
Try not to worry too much. (an impossible request, I know). Just wait until you have all the information on her condition and then if, necessary worry--then pursue solutions. Please lean on all of us! We are here for you,too.
~HUGE HUGS out to your entire family. & my prayers and improved-health-wishes for Sydney.
Sherishutterbug93 on October 24th, 2003 09:42 am (UTC)
Thank you, Katie - my animal loving friend! :) You're comments meant an awful lot to me, thank you so much. And yes, I will try not to worry until we have more information. Thank you for your prayers and your hugs. Please give your babies a hug for me. Take care.
Life Sushi! ...interesting, tasty and raw!katya_doll on October 27th, 2003 05:35 am (UTC)
You are more than welcome! You as sweet to me and more about the drama in my life.
HUGS,LUVS, and (Sydney) EAR RUBS!
Care: hugscareleswhisper on October 24th, 2003 11:23 am (UTC)
I really hope it's not cancer. If there is damage let's hope it isn't bad. I'm so sorry Sheri. I'm glad you let your emotions out though. I'll continue praying for you, Mark and Sydney. *HUGE HUGS*
Sherishutterbug93 on October 24th, 2003 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Carrie! And thanks so much for your prayers, it's really meant a lot to us! :) *HUGS*
queenstacey on October 24th, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)
I'm crossing my fingers it isn't cancer! I'll be praying! *HUGS*
Sherishutterbug93 on October 24th, 2003 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your prayers, Stacey! It's really meant a lot to us.
queenstacey on October 24th, 2003 11:43 pm (UTC)
Anytime! I wish I could do more!
Sabine: Lauser Kopfsabine10 on October 24th, 2003 01:48 pm (UTC)
Sheri, I'm so sorry to hear that and I'm hoping with you that it's "only" an infection. I'm glad that you let out your emotions and, sometimes, even the middle of the bank is completely o.k. to do that. *holds you* I've been thinking of you very often and all of you will stay in my thoughts. Wish I could do more. *Hugs* Please, also take care of yourself.
Sherishutterbug93 on October 24th, 2003 11:26 pm (UTC)
Sabine, you have been an absolute dear through all of this. Thank you so much for all of your support and your good thoughts and *HUGS* for Sydney - we appreciate it more than you know. Please take care and thank you for always being such a wonderful, supportive friend. :)
Meredyth: alforbroadway_rose on October 24th, 2003 02:43 pm (UTC)
Awwww Sheri I'm sorry about Sydney!! That's awful, I hope she's better soon.
Sherishutterbug93 on October 24th, 2003 11:27 pm (UTC)
Meredyth, you're such a sweetie! Thanks so much for your nice wishes for Sydney, we really appreciate it. :) Take care.