We Asked For A Miracle, Want Two

And hope to get it.  The first miracle’s name is Jolie and she has a cough, is a little overweight, and just lost her beloved owner at the age of 93.  Her family has loved her and tried to get medical care for her, have gone through several treatments and diagnoses, yet Jolie coughs.  So it’s our turn to take her to our beloved veterinarian and try another tactic.  That treatment working for her is the miracle we seek.  Just today she has had prednisone, pills for cough, liquid for cough, antibiotic and nebulizer treatments.  Tomorrow will be the same.  She is not coughing as much, has lost a tiny bit of weight, learned to go in and out our doggie door, is eating well, and gets along fine with us and our pack.  She takes her medicines like a champ, endures the nebulizer treatments without complaint, comes when she’s called, understands the word “No”, is lovable and affectionate.

What we know is that there are shadows on her lungs and a mass at the top of her heart; what we don’t know is what is causing it.  She is heartworm negative which is a VERY big plus since she was formerly diagnosed with them and their vet told Jolie’s owner there was no hope for her to survive them, even advised him to euthanize her.  While she has had heartworms in the past and has been successfully treated for them, she currently tests negative, so that’s one very fatal diagnosis we do not have to deal with, and Jolie does not have to try to survive.  The shadows they saw on the x-rays may be scarring from her former bout with heartworms, damage that may be causing the cough, and damage that we may not be able to cure, only treat for the rest of her life.

We love the senior dogs.  They have so much character, are easy to train and have already gone through the puppy stages of chewing up the house and pooping on everything.  What’s not to like?  This senior girls is no different.  She’s gentle, sweet and settled.  No fights, no fuss, accepts the next step graciously and shows her trust of us and the manner in which we are caring for her.  I don’t know how long she’ll be with us at this point.  It depends on if we are doing her any good with this treatment.  Will it work?  I don’t know, but we trust our doctor to do what’s best and will follow her direction explicitly.  In the meantime we have another little angel with which to share our home and love while we try to get some of the weight off that is hampering her breathing and may be aggravating her lungs and making the cough worse than it has to be.  Until we can get her weight down we won’t be able to do the diagnostic echo that may identify the shadows on her heart and lungs and lead to a final, effective diagnosis and treatment.

Wish us luck.  Jolie will need all the help she can get and we could use the encouragement, too.  We’re not giving up on her but it would be nice if we got an easy one for a change and we’re hoping to see the second miracle–a cure for Jolie.

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