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07 July 2007 @ 07:30 pm
Lulu Update  

We got to see Lulu three times today. Those pics are from our second visit. She is very very sad. She just sits in her cage and mopes. When we walked in this evening she was staring at the wall. The only time she seemed happy was when we took her for a walk. She pranced down the sidewalk and her little ears bounced at each step. 

The dr says she is probably very nauseaus... but it's good she pooped and peed. We are waiting to find out if she has acute kidney failure or chronic kidney failure. Obviously we are praying for acute... The dr did say he thinks it is acute and if it is it will be "manageable." 

He didnt say what would happen if it was chronic but I am assuming she would die... the thought of having to put her down. I couldnt do it. I absolutely couldnt. I need to take her to the beach again, the dog park, she needs to play with Hog and sleep in our bed. So I pray to god it wont come down to that. 

They will take her blood and send it out monday morning and we should know if she is any better monday afternoon. There is no way to tell yet. It has just now been 24 hours since she has been hooked up on an IV. She at her breakfast, has been drinking water, and ate a little lunch. She is so cute in her  cage with her blanket over her. If you take off the blanket she will start quaking. Thank god we brought it for her. I have her other blanket. I took it out of her crate. It is on my lap right now. I sleep with it and everything. 

I am just so sad. I feel like im at someones funeral and if I do happen to laugh at something I feel guilty for doing it.. i think ive laughed like twice though all day.... 

any suggestions? any thoughts? anyone ever go through this? all i want to hear is: she isnt going to die. If I just knew that I could feel ok I think. Im going to read your comments now. Thank you so much for praying for her and wishing her well. You are all the best.

I am feeling: anxiousanxious
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Genevieve: pic#63566757alwaysgenevieve on July 8th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
no, awesome idea. I think i will do that with the blanket i have been carrying around everywhere. i slept in a shirt last night and took it to her today so she would have my scent.
-Wcowfish on July 8th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
You and lulu are in my thoughts.
Genevieve: pic#63566777alwaysgenevieve on July 8th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
thank you
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on July 8th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
omg i'm about to cry

I can't imagine what you're going through...she looks sooo sad :-(

But I did comment previously that I talked to my mom about it and she thinks she'll be okay. Be optimistic...Lulu has such a personality, and remember her and Violet are going to open a Brothel, so she has to make it. She's too stubborn not to. :-) She'll be okay. I think if it was worse, she would not have pooped and peed for you or been happy during her walk. I think she's just nauseaus and maybe just sad and scared she's not at home with you.

C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on July 8th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
ps...did they say how this happened? Did she get into anything?
Genevieve: H&L kissesalwaysgenevieve on July 8th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
they dont know yet. her dr is trying to get her charts from her 3 other vets to find out if it was because of any medication.. i am also going to ask about our water... when she comes home she will only drink filtered water from now on.
Genevieve: pic#63566821alwaysgenevieve on July 8th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
yes you did. what does your mom do? is she a vet? im glad she thinks she will be ok. that makes me feel a lot better ;)

yes i think she will get better. she is so strong. Michael has always called her: "my little softball player." because she is such a tomboy! so yeah..i think she will pull through because i know she wants to live.
mollybellemollybelle on July 8th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
I just had a chance to read all your messages and I am so sorry to hear Lula is sick. :( Molly Belle, Bob and I send our very best good wishes and tons of get well soon {{{vibes}}} to Miss Lulu Belle and positive thoughts for you, Michael, Hog, and the big dogs. We're thinking of you lots!!

Love, Alyson
Genevieve: pic#63566757alwaysgenevieve on July 8th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
thank you so much Alyson
it's all just simple math to me.operationtrauma on July 8th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
she is such a beautiful girl. it's obvious from your writing and from the pictures how much she is loved (and knows she is loved). i have recently gone through the trauma of having to put the love of my life to sleep and it was the hardest thing i have ever done and i'm sure you have many more years with lulu before that thought ever has to cross your mind again. there is always a great comfort in knowing that you've done the most selfless thing for your pet, though... you are in my thoughts and prayers!
Genevieve: pic#63566821alwaysgenevieve on July 8th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
thank you so much. Im sorry about your baby. What happened? How old? Yeah the thought of having to put her asleep makes me want to die. i cant even imagine having to be in that situation.
hysteric glamour: shmoopyunquietmind on July 8th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
I know how easy it is for your mind to jump to the worst case scenario, but I have a hopeful story for you. We've been dealing with chronic kidney failure in my Japanese Chin for almost two years and he its doing great. We've mananaged the disease with a strict prescription diet, a phosporus binder and other suppliments as needed. He has an excellent quality of life and his kidney function has actually improved. Kidney failure is not a death sentence. I'd be happy to answer any questions. All our paws are crossed for Lulu.

Genevieve: H&L kissesalwaysgenevieve on July 8th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
oh god that makes me feel so much better! thank you. Was he as sick as Lulu in the beginning? do you know what caused it? how old was he when it started? did he have all the same symptoms as lulu? not eating, super skinny, pain, depression, mouth ulcerations, bad breath, shivering, etc?

hysteric glamour: shmoopyunquietmind on July 8th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
Here's our story-
Akachan was 8 when his kidneys failed, but he started having kidney problems when he was 3. At that time he had a reoccuring kidney infection and stones which eventually passed into his bladder and had to be removed.

When he got really sick two years ago, he stopped eating, drank water and peed constantly, was very weak and wobbley, and depressed. He'd shiver all night. I'm not sure about is mouth because he terrible problems with his teeth and his breath is awful anyway.

With the kidney failure, our vet did every blood test imaginable, plus ultrasounds and radiographs (xrays) to diagnose and figure out exactly what was going on with his kidneys and how to treat the problems.

Our vet thinks the renal failure was caused by a combination of genetics and the medications Akachan had been taking for an enlarged heart.

Once he was stabilized with intensive fluid treatments like Lulu is getting
we started with a strict prescription diet and suppliments to get his blood levels normalized and help his kindey function. I think we started with this one: http://www.royalcanin.us/vetdiet/caninerenalLP.html

Akachan's phosphorus level was very high. This is what causes the nausea and appetite loss. His magnesium and calcium levels where a problem, and his urine specific gravity was terrible - he wasn't concentrating urine at all.

In other words - there were a lot of problems that had to be to be overcome. Things were very scary for a couple of months and we spent a lot of time with the vet. There were days that I really didn't think he was going to get better, but he did.

I have to tell you though, once we got over that first crisis and Akachan started eating again and feeling better, I don't think he was suffering or in pain. He certainly wasn't depressed. I'd get a call from the vet saying the latest blood/urine tests didn't show any improvement, but Akachan was blissfully unaware - he was cheerful and comfortable.

I guess the point is, don't give up! If Lulu has chronic renal failure, it could take quite a while to work out a treatment to manage the disease. Educate yourself, ask a lot of questions and develop a good partnership with your vet.

I think the most important thing is to focus on Lulu's quality of life. I hope you have many more years together (Even though they'll involve taking a lot of urine samples to the vet) :)))
Genevieve: H&L kissesalwaysgenevieve on July 8th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooo much for taking the time to write all that out to me.

we just got home from seeing Lulu. We went there at 10am and she was ok. Not well by any means but she looked happy to see us and went on a walk with us. Then we go back at 2 and she woudlnt move. She started doing those hiccup convulsion things again. I was freaking out and there was no doctor there. Just a girl who cleans the cages and knows how to hook up her IV.

The girl was going to leave at 5pm and there would be NO ONE THERE until 7am! No way could I leave Lulu for that long. The dr said she needed to be taken out every couple of hours to pee and get the toxins out of her body.

So we took her to the emergency vet. She didnt even care we were getting in the car.. she is so sad. The dr felt her belly and she cried. So now they are going to do x-rays and see if she has any stones that are interferring with her kidneys.

The dr also said her vitals looked good which was reassuring because i felt like at any second she would just stop breathing. They are taking xrays now and doing more blood work. So tommorow morning we will find out if her blood looks better.

So it sounds like Lulu is going through what Akachan went through and it makes me feel soooo much better to know that he lived. I am so scared she is going to die.

She is so tough and is normally such a fighter but the last time we saw her she looked like she didnt care anymore. Thanks again for telling me all that info :)

I think im going to copy and paste what i wrote to you and use it as an update on her as well.
Sheri: BIG CANDY SUCKER BY hydriquebooksaremyhabit on July 8th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I read this before turning off my computer! thanks for sharing that with us
hysteric glamourunquietmind on July 8th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
I'm glad :) I think the most important thing your family can do right now is make sure your vet is ready to commit to Lulu's care. If my vet hadn't consulted with renal specialists, nutritionists and really stayed on top of our situation, I doubt we would have had a good outcome.

Best of luck to your family - human and canine :)
Jenlillovebuzz on July 8th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Noel was really sick for many years. She had mast cell disease which is very different. It's really really hard. I know that feeling you're talking about. You shouldn't feel guilty though. All she wants is for you to be happy, she would hate to know you are sad.

I really hope everything turns out okay. You all are most definitely in my thoughts.

Bostons are tough...tougher than I will ever be.
Genevieve: pic#63566821alwaysgenevieve on July 8th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
Poor sweet Noel. Bostons are extremely tough you are so right.
meg: Bostiemegs100105 on July 8th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
I don't post much, but I wanted to say how glad I am that she seems to be feeling better!

You are in my thoughts. I can't imagine what I'd do if something happened to Lola!
Genevieve: pic#63566777alwaysgenevieve on July 8th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
thank you :)
lakinicoyote on July 8th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
I am so sorry for you guys. I honestly dont know what to say apart from that.
Susanbusysuzy on July 8th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
You and Lulu are in my thoughts. She's such a sweetheart! She knows you love her so much. Try to keep positive thoughts.
Jennylittlesunflower on July 8th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
I feel weird that I haven't commented but I haven't been home. I just want you to know that you are in my prayers and that my family wishes nothing but a speedy recovery for Lulu. I am not a doctor or know anything about medicine but you caught it, and that's always helpful, and maybe that will make a difference. I have heard of dogs living with it; it's a lot of work but...you are a very loving mommy and I'm sure you will do all you can.

Love and kisses for Lulu. She's a tough little cookie, I feel positive that she will pull through.
Genevieve: H&L kissesalwaysgenevieve on July 8th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
thank you
Loving Life: Boston Slobberllinthesand on July 8th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to hear that she is doing as well as she is! Everything that you have posted about are good signs. I like the idea of bringing her your shirt... I am sure that has made her feel so much better!!!
Aliciapurestylee on July 8th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
give her lots of kisses for me! I just know she will pull through!
tini_smomtini_smom on July 9th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
I haven't been on for days so I just saw your posts. I am SOOOOOOO sorry about Lulu. I will be praying for her and you.