Friday, December 17, 2010

misty, misty, misty


Misty's urine culture came back negative. Not exactly the news I wanted to hear, that means she most likely has cancer.


The doctor wants me to go back to the specialist, do the next battery of tests, yada, yada, yada.

On top of everything, Misty's hind leg weakness has become more pronounced. Not sure if that is related to the cancer.

This week, we started doing some hind leg strengthening exercises using our peanut ball, and doing laps up and down our steep driveway. I've already seen a difference in her strength. Therefore, Misty will have a workout everyday as long as she can comfortably do so.

I'm going to put off the next round of tests until after Christmas. I want our acupuncturist to check out Misty's back legs first. She's had her hands on Misty's legs/spine on a regular basis, and I feel she will be a big help in guiding my next step. She's trained in rehabilitation as well.

Otherwise, Misty is eating like a fiend, and her mood has gradually started improving once I got her off that antibiotic. As long as she's independently mobile and content, I'm good.

24 comments:

Diana said...

Im glad Misty is finally feeling good. Sorry about the bad news. Diana

Dawn said...

I made a little sad noise when I began to read this and Katie was all over me, asking what was wrong. I told her about Misty, and now she seems sad too.

She's such a sweetie. I hope she has as long and as fun a life as she can. She can't ask for a better Mama then you to help her through this.

So hard though.

Priscilla said...

Oh poor Misty :((
I think it's a good idea that you are doing leg strenghtening and exercising work with her. I'm sure it'll do her some good.
Our fingers and paws are crossed that Misty doesn't have cancer and her acupuncturist will help you in your next step!
At least she is eating well and is still happy. I guess that is all we can ask for!

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Oh no, sorry about the bad news. It's so not what any of us wanted to hear. I know how hard it is to make any of the decisions you are making but it sounds like a good thing to wait until after Christmas and to let your acupuncturist see her. I also agree that as long as she is feeling better and can get up and move around and eat and enjoy her life then that's the best for now.

Helen said...

So sorry to hear your news, why is it that cancer has so much dread.

Tucker's second ultrasound included a needle biopsy of his liver. The good news was that there was no sign of inflammation or cancer for which I was so relieved. But it did indicate early signs of Cushings disease. So now we are on a wait and see as they can't treat Cushings until he has symptoms.

I hope you are able to keep Misty strong, comfortable and happy. You still might get good news from the specialist. Sednign positive vibes to you and Misty.

Jules said...

Oh, Sara - I am sorry. I AM glad Misty is feeling better and I know you will do everything in your power to keep her healthy and maintain her quality of life. (((Hug)))

katie said...

I am so sorry! But I am glad she is feeling more chipper. This is one of the hardest things we have to face. Especially in an older dog the treatment options are more complicated, and its hard to know what to do. I am glad you have good alternative therapies available to you.

One thing from my experience with Meeka- make everyday the best day. I wish now I had taken more note, even in the blog or my journal, of every joy she had, every triumph. Just like you did here with noticing Misty gain strength. I things noticed at the time, but in grief sometimes I seem to remember the hard parts more, and I wish I could remember all those last lessons of joy and success she had more. Maybe in time. . .

Sara, I hope this doesn't make you more sad. Thats not what I want to do at all. Thats why I have been quiet in comments for a while here, I don't want to make things worse. But grief and anxiety can make us lose sight of some things that can comfort us and our pups through the hardest of times.

Whew! What a novel! I hope she just keeps feeling better and most of all I hope you have many more years with her! And give Oreo a snuggle too!

Lian said...

Oh No! I am sorry Sara. Poor Misty! I just can't stop wiping my tears when I read your post. Please give her extra cuddles from me and lick from our shelties xxx

Rob said...

Oh Sara, you must be so worried. I know because I'm worried and Misty isn't my dog. Well I'm praying and hoping that its nothing to worry about, I hope you're okay too.

new hip dad said...

hang in there and shower her with love and attention.

LauraK said...

Sorry you didn't hear good news, I know exactly how you feel. You've been a huge encouragement through all of this for me though, and I appreciate it greatly :)

Misty's little "workouts" sound really cute- we gotta keep those old gals in shape! Best of luck in any future decisions that you make, but the most important part is that she is happy and loving life!

Sam said...

I'm sorry about the not-so-great news - definitely not what I wanted to come here and read.

The most important thing, though, is that she is happy.. and she certainly is happy right now.

I hope the next round of tests gives you some answers. We're thinking of you.

Marie said...

Oh like everyone else, I was really sad to read today's post. I am glad that she seems to be feeling better now that she's off the antibiotic, but I know that this has to be extremely stressful for you.

I hope the workouts and the accupuncture helps.

AC said...

Oh no! I hate that c-word. It can sling such a bag of rocks on your shoulders.

Like everyone already said, I'm glad to hear Misty seems happier and to be gaining strength. That's huge!

It's great that dogs only live in the here and now. Misty doesn't worry about what's next.
Hang in there...we're all thinking of you...

Patti and DeBoys said...

Misty girl...you are in our Prayers! In steed of repeating all of the above...just know that we are here for you.

Merry Christmas

-- Brutus, Tytus and Patti

Kristine said...

I am sorry for the bad news. That sucks. It sounds like you are doing everything you can and she is happy enough.

I will be thinking of you both and wishing you the best. You are definitely not alone.

madcobug said...

Sending up prayers for Misty that she will get better or better yet that she will get well. Helen

MB said...

Sorry you have to go down this road again.

Ludo van Doggy said...

oh no, i am so sorry to hear this. We will keep hoping for the best. Glad Misty is still eating well and feeling a bit happier.
Sorry we are not around as much at the moment! I will remember to keep checking in for updates more than once a week!
~Dee and Ludo

betty said...

Sara, you are a Tiger Mom. Protecting your pups and keeping them happy and healthy is a way of life. Blessings on you all.

Freda said...

Such sad news. Will be thinking of you especially because Misty is my own little dog's name and I love to read and see your dogs on your blog. Every Blessing

Joan said...

Misty, Misty, Misty! I've loved her since the day I met her. I also know this is worse for you than it is for her. She is content and you have to do all the worrying for her. Give her a few extra strokes from me. MOM

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh - so sorry this is late - only just managing to get round to visit now. Am so sorry to hear about Misty! Still, until there is a firm diagnosis...

...and in the meantime, it sounds like she is feeling much better and happy, so that's what's important. Don't they say as long as dogs still have good appetite it's a good sign?

I think it's a good idea to put things off till after Christmas and just enjoy family time together now!

Hsin-Yi & Honey the Great Dane

Kathy said...

Well, glad Misty is feeling better and getting stronger with the exercises....although of course I wish there was better news. I hope the accupuncturist has some good ideas for the back legs.
WE LOVE MISTY, tell her to hang in there ((HUGS))