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28 October 2003 @ 08:15 pm
Not liking this roller coaster ride. :P  
Well, the official ultrasound test results for Sydney came back and they detected some spots on her liver. They weren't sure if the spots were tissues of her liver that were re-generating itself or if it was cancer (though they did say it was probably unlikely that it was cancer, but it's still a possibility). Back to square one. They wanted to do a biopsy to find out what the spots were, but warned us that the biopsy itself could be potentially fatal. After much talking, Mark & I decided against it.

All signs point to Sydney getting better each day. True, she still isn't eating (we have to force feed her) and her temperature is still unusually high, but all other signs indicate that she's improving each day. To hear news like this after spending a wonderful weekend with her was very disheartening, to say the least.

The vet also thinks Sydney has Pancreatitis and might need to be hospitalized if she doesn't start eating soon. The poor doggy's been through so much already, I don't want to have to subject her to hospitalization. :(

On a good news note, my mother in law went in for her surgery today and everything went really well. Apparently, it was a little more serious than we had originally thought (with the cancer also affecting her lymph nodes) and they decided it was best to keep her overnight. She and Mark talked tonight and she said she was disappointed that they only gave her soup and jello for dinner (she wanted to try hospital food). I know that all of this has been really hard on Mark and it was nice to hear him laugh and talk with her this evening. :)

I'm sorry to be posting such downers lately. I'm usually not such a depressing person. :P I do thank you all for being there for me through all of this, though. :)

On an important side note: I realize my problems are hardly anything in comparison to the countless people - some of my dear friends - who have been dealing with the fires out in southern CA. Please know that I'm thinking of you all. *HUGS*
Kananigirl: doggykananigirl on October 28th, 2003 11:06 pm (UTC)
Gee wiz! Sorry to say this, but I reaaaaaaaaaally think that the vet are "practicing medicine" on your dog... I mean, wow...that is fatal to the dog. I wouldn't do that either, so I support your decision, especially if Sydney is getting better each day.
Sherishutterbug93 on October 29th, 2003 10:28 pm (UTC)
I think it was a hard decision for us, because we really want to know what it is, but if it could be fatal we didn't want to take any risks!
Sabine: Lausersabine10 on October 29th, 2003 04:50 am (UTC)
I had come to the same decision like you.

...her temperature is still unusually high...
Perhaps, it's because of Pancreatitis? At the time when Lauser had problems with his stomach the vet also thought of Pancreatitis (it was not Pancreatitis but a bacillus(?) called "Kokzidien" and they needed one year to find it) even if he always liked to eat. I remember that one here could buy a dog feed - "type Animonda" - especially for dogs with a sensitive Pancreatitis. Perhaps, Sydney more would like to eat something like that.

I'm glad to hear that everything went well with your mother in law - best wishes to her.

Friends should share laughing and whining. :) Thanks for your trust to share that all with us. I'm glad to be one of your friends. :)

Sherishutterbug93 on October 29th, 2003 10:33 pm (UTC)
We found out today that Sydney does have Pancreatitis. And you're probably right, it's probably why her temperature is so high. :( The odd thing about Sydney is that she won't eat anything - not even her favorite foods. So we've been syringe feeding her for the past few days. :(

Thanks for the wishes for my mother in law. She seems to be in good spirits so that's really encouraging.

And thank you so much for all your supportive comments, Sabine! You're a wonderful friend and I'm so glad I've gotten to know you through LJ. :) Big *HUGS* to you!
Sabine: Lauser Kaiserg.sabine10 on October 30th, 2003 02:11 pm (UTC)
I hope that Sydney starts to eat, soon. Perhaps, she already did eat something? I remembered that you told how happy she is if you congratulate her when she reached the bottom of the staircase. Sometimes, when Lauser didn't like to eat something and he was in this kind of "happy mood" he forgot that he actually didn't want to eat; it never was much what he ate at this moment and he even looked like "oh, what have you done to me now?" but, mostly, it was a beginning. *Hugs* to Sydney and more *hugs* to you.
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMOR: pumpkinbeam861 on October 29th, 2003 05:31 am (UTC)
Glad to hear Sydney is feeling better. I hope she continues to im-
prove. I would not get a biopsy done either! My husband has pancreatitis--he has to take a special medication to help digest his food, and some foods he can't eat at all, although I have no idea how that disease works in dogs. I hope things brighten up for you.
Don't worry about your posts being downers, you are just in a slump right now, and I am sure everyone understands that. You need your LJ to vent and let go of your emotions, and that is what its for.
Hang in there!!! Prayers out to you and your family and :BIG HUGS:Too!
Sherishutterbug93 on October 29th, 2003 10:37 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that Dave suffers from pancreatitis too. :( Thanks for your wishes for Sydney, hopefully she'll keep getting better. :)

Thanks for your nice comments, Barb. You've always been such a great support to me and I've really appreciated it! :) Thanks so much for the prayers and hugs! :) Please take care! :)
With a spark: Michi close-upconchispa on October 29th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC)
Gosh, you are going through a lot. I hope Sydney pulls out of it. I agree with not doing the biopsy. And glad to hear your MIL is doing OK. Geez, when it rains it pours. Hang in there!
Sherishutterbug93 on October 29th, 2003 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for all your nice wishes for my family, Deanna. I've been thinking a lot about all of you out there and sending good thoughts your way. Please take care too!
irisheyes77 on October 29th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, so weird. They saw spots on my Dad's liver during his ultrasound and CT scan and that's why they went in and did the biopsies on Monday! He'll have his results back tomorrow.

I think Tom and I would've made the same decision as you and Mark did with Sydney. If the biopsy could have potentially killed her, yet you're not sure what it is, we would've done the same thing.

I'm really sorry to hear about the lymph node involvement with your mother in law. :( At least it looks like they are taking good care of her, though.
Sherishutterbug93 on October 29th, 2003 10:52 pm (UTC)
Whoa - these coincidences are getting too scary! Please do keep us posted on your Dad's condition, I've been praying for him. Hopefully we'll both start a new string of relaying "good news" soon. :)

The decision about the biopsy was a difficult one. We really wanted to know what was wrong with her, but the thought that she could be doing better and then not make it through a biopsy was too horrible for us. :(

And thanks for your wishes for my mother in law. We're all hoping for the best for her.

Thanks so much for all the support you've given us, Amanda. We really appreciate it! Please take care of yourself and please give Tom, Cameron, and your many furry babies a *HUG* for me.
Care: hugscareleswhisper on October 29th, 2003 10:56 am (UTC)
I think you and Mark made the right choice. I just hope Sydney starts eating so she can be a strong pup. I'm glad to hear that your MIL's surgery went well. You know your problems are important no matter how much everyone else in the world is going through. You shouldn't apologize for what you call "down" posts. It's your journal and if people don't like it, they don't have to read it. :) I don't think they are "down" posts btw. :) *hugs* Take care.
Sherishutterbug93 on October 29th, 2003 10:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Carrie. :) We really had a hard time with the decision, but I think we made the right one too. And I hope Sydney starts eating too - it's getting harder and harder to syringe feed her the more head strong she gets. And thanks so much for always being there for me through all of my many rants. :) Please take care and big *HUGS* to you. :)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on October 31st, 2003 05:02 am (UTC)
I hope Sydney is doing better; haven't heard in a few days.

I've been lurking the last few days. I found your journal because of your interests (arare, musubi) and had to come meet you. Then I see you live in Ewa Beach and had to say hi. I lived in Pearl City when I was a kid. My folks are still on Oahu & recently moved to Ewa Beach.
Sherishutterbug93 on October 31st, 2003 08:35 am (UTC)
Hi there, thanks so much for commenting in my journal and for your concern for Sydney. She's doing alright - she has her up and down days. Her temperature is still extremely high, though so we're still pretty worried about her.

Oddly enough I grew up in Pearl City too and my Mom and in-laws still live there. I miss the neighborhood out there, but it's definitely changed a lot since I've lived there. I've added you to my friends list, I hope you don't mind - I always love speaking with others who adore pets and who have Hawaii connections (and love local food!) :)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on October 31st, 2003 09:37 am (UTC)
Nice to meet you!

One of my cats went through a scary unknown illness as well. We never did find out what was wrong with her and after many trips to the vet with lots of tests (and scary interim diagnosis) she mysteriously got better. Maybe she decided it was easier and less frightening for all to be well.