View Full Version : Wallis Saw the Specialist

6th March 2007, 04:26 AM
Not all good, not all bad. I liked the dr. - she was upbeat and positive, even when the news wasn't the best. She noticed right away that I had my notebook with me and I told her I was her worst nightmare - a former veterinary employee. She said she had worse nightmares than that and was glad that I took notes.

Our list of priorities change constantly. It reminds me of flipping the arrow on an old board game and seeing what comes up first.

Anemia is a big concern. Dr. Goodson doesn't think that it is related to diet, rather that it is related to the red blood cells going somewhere and we don't know where. (And she was aware of the large platelets common in Cavaliers.)

She was also concerned about a high Calcium level which is sometimes an indicator of cancer.

Wallis has some lymph nodes which are large and firm (not normal). She was able to do a fine needle aspirate of one of those lymph nodes (but couldn't get to one close to her neck because Wallis is so buxom).

Her heart is okay. She does have MVD with some leakage, but there is no change in the size or function of her heart so Dr. G didn't think heart medication is necessary.

Her chest x-ray looked okay.

Ultrasound showed that her pancreas is enlarged with fat around it, although it didn't look "active" - more like she had had a bout with pancreatitis sometime in the past.

In the area of the anal gland tumor is one of the lymph nodes and it is right next to an aorta. She said she wanted to wait for the results of the cytology before going any further with that.

Wallis has nodules in her spleen - again, no biopsy there until results of blood work and cytology.

Dr. G thought that her heart would withstand sedation and surgery (although there is a risk, as there is in any surgery) and that it may be possible to remove the tumor from her side and either biopsy or remove the anal gland tumor (depending on blood results).

One of the main things right now is finding out where the red blood cells are going. She said she should have the blood work and cytology back tomorrow or Wednesday and would let us know more then.

Wallis was exhausted by her trip, and we took her to PetsMart afterwards to buy dog biscuits. She'd never been there before and didn't know what to think - she kind of reminded me of Eeyore just going along. We saw a woman there with one of the newer designer dogs that my daughter had just told me about this a.m. - Cavalier/Cocker cross. This one was a dead ringer for a Cav.

Thank you all for your support and concern. I would have been a total basket case without you. As soon as I get the rest of the test results I'll let you know.

6th March 2007, 05:34 AM
Your doctor sounds wonderful and your day of testing has given you a good base of information. It does sound promising as some things can be ruled out. Continued crossed-fingers and prayers till the final results are in tomorrow. I bet Mom was as tired as Wallis after all that - you'll both sleep tonight!

6th March 2007, 12:21 PM
Donna, I'll bet that both you and wallis are both exhausted now. Try and get some rest and recharge your batteries :flwr:

It sounds like the Dr was quite positive and upbeat about Wallis, I am so glad that she feels she can do something for your baby. I have been thinking of her and been quite worried myself so I can only begin to imagine that you must have been going out of your mind. These little ones are so precious to us.

Let's hope Wallis has a good few years ahead of her yet. I'm sure she knows how much you love her and are trying to do for her though :hug: :flwr:

Joanne M
6th March 2007, 12:49 PM
Hi Donna,

It's good that you liked the vet and she had a positive attitude, it means so much. You BOTH must have been exhausted after yesterday. I know how much Wallis means to you. You both remain in my prayers.

6th March 2007, 01:21 PM
So glad that this round is over with for you and Wallis :flwr: Will continue to think of you guys and please keep us up to date on sweet Wallis :flwr: :hug:

6th March 2007, 01:48 PM
:hug: 's to you Donna and to sweet Wallis.

I'm pleased that the Dr has helped and is positive that there are steps that you can take to help Wallis. Its so nice that she is prepared to help and hasn't seen the negative side.

You're still in my thoughts, do let us know how things go :flwr:

6th March 2007, 02:48 PM
You are being a good doggie Mom. Trust your instincts, ask good questions and decide what is best for you and Wallis. :hug:

6th March 2007, 02:51 PM
You are all so wonderful - you're the wind beneath my wings!!

Now, if you could only make this stress-induced fibro flare go away I'd be okay. ;) No sleep last night, hurt all over. That's the price Mom pays.

There just aren't words to tell you how much you mean. And me without words is something to put in your diary!!

Denise G.
6th March 2007, 03:28 PM
I'm glad you found a good upbeat vet--that's got to be an encouragement to you. It's hard to feel like you're fighting the vet and your dog's illness at the same time...been there. You'll make the right choices for Wallis--as you always have. She's so lucky to have you as a mommie.

Hang in there! Prayers and hugs to you and Wallis!

Cathy T
6th March 2007, 03:29 PM
Wonderful that you have a vet you are so comfortable with and can talk to. That's half the battle right there. As far as the notebook...when I was seeing doctors about Jake's cancer a friend said she would come with me. She said that I would miss most of what was said and she would write it down for me....she was right and it was a big help.

Sounds like you've got a lot going on but am so glad you have someone you are confident in.

Hang in there...we're pulling for you and hoping for the best.

6th March 2007, 03:33 PM
It seems that many of the above situations could be linked, so once you find the source a lot of questions will be answered. I am so glad you finally found a competant vet with a good attitude. That can make all the difference in the world. YOU ARE A WONDERFUL MOMMY!!!!The lengths you are going through for sweet Wallis amaze me everytime I read your updates! I want to come back as one of your dogs!!! :flwr:

6th March 2007, 04:32 PM
I had to stop twice (tears got in the way) while reading of the day you and Wallis had. I don't know what to say other than it seems you are doing all the right things and seeking the best advise possible. I feel so bad for the two of you, it must be so difficult to deal with the unknown and then to have to wait for results. We are all thinking of you and sending sweet Wallis and you our love and prayers. Take care of yourself, Donna. Get some sleep. Wallis needs you to stay well.

JaneB :flwr:

Cleo's Person
6th March 2007, 04:36 PM
I'm so gald to hear you have met a kind and considerate Dr. It makes all the difference. I hope you are both feeling ok after your eventful day. :)

6th March 2007, 10:45 PM
Wallis's doctor sounds great. Knowledge is power.


6th March 2007, 10:48 PM
Now that you've got a vet that you're happy with, I do hope things start to look up for Wallis. :flwr: :flwr:

6th March 2007, 10:57 PM
Thinking of you both here.... :flwr:

7th March 2007, 05:26 PM
You are in my thoughts. Hugs and licks from Lia :flwr:

7th March 2007, 05:43 PM
Preliminary results are that Wallis is NOT a candidate for surgery because of her platelet count. It has been decided that the low platelets are not caused by anything in her bone marrow but is caused by some sort of consumptive disorder. (Isn't that a mouth full.)

We are supposed to be watching her for any bleeding or bruising under the skin and they want to do a blood test for her clotting time (just like I have to do every so often).

The problem may be from some form of ehrlichia (either canus or platus). Yes, I had to look that up in my medical dictionery!! It is a parasite that eats platelets and can sometimes be caused by brown ticks. We had ticks last summer.......but if it is the one caused by the ticks she can be put on doxycycline and clear it up.

As of right now, we are at manage instead of surgery. Wallis still has no clue that she's sick, but I'm in more pain every day.

7th March 2007, 06:18 PM
Well, at least she is still a happy little girl. That is one advantage to being a dog...you don't know what the doc is saying :flwr:

Take care and give her a big hug from me and my gang :hug:

8th March 2007, 02:14 AM
Hugs to you and Wallis, Donna. I hope you get some positive news soon. It sounds like they are on the right path to find out the problem and hopefully a solution soon.

8th March 2007, 02:32 AM
Thinking of you and Wallis :flwr:

9th March 2007, 08:14 PM
hi donna

poor wallis seems to have an encyclopedia full of conditions and you are such an amazing mommy just managing to keep up with it all!! you and wallis have been in my thoughts since you told us about her troubles and indy and i send you both lots of hugs (and some for tibby and bubba as well). you've been through so much in recent weeks and i hope that you feel better soon. i can't imagine how hard this must be for you.

i'm so glad that you have found such a great vet to look after wallis---that will make such a huge difference to how both of you feel. speaking of---it's good to hear that wallis is in good spirits.

please look after yourself as well as you can and know that we are all thinking of you guys!

:flwr: :flwr: :flwr:

9th March 2007, 08:21 PM
As Kim said, this has really been a severe long blow for you. When are they getting results on whether it is the parasite? Wouldnt it be nice to be able to treat it with antibotics and bring some peace and relief to you both! Hang in you are doing a fabulous job as nurse mommy!

9th March 2007, 08:58 PM
Today I'm about to go crazy over it. I want Wallis to be okay - which she really never wil - but I'm getting tired of them doing all these tests and not really knowing anything. The doctor admitted to me that he was "chasing zebras" now. It's fine to chase zebras, just don't use my pocketbook to chase them!

Spending the money wouldn't be bad if we were getting anything positive in return. Today I feel like they are just testing and testing, making Wallis miserable (when she doesn't know she's sick), and we're footing the bill. If the money was going into treatment (surgery, meds) I would feel a little differently. And it's one of those things - it isn't so much the money as the principal.

I think I'm grumpy. Sorry. I'll slap my hands and go lay down somewhere, preferably with my dogs. :|

9th March 2007, 09:07 PM
Oh Donna I am sorry hunny *HUGZ*

Take a nice nap with the dogs and just love on them. It's hard to go through what you're going through - I have been there myself a few times (although not with dogs.) Just keep telling yourself tomorrow is a new and different day. I pray for Wallis and you to have strength to get through this together. Good Luck Donna and if you ever need a friend I have PMed you my phone # :flwr:

matties mum
9th March 2007, 09:31 PM
Keep on going I am thinking of you and Wallis and hope for the best ----Aileen and the gang (Jazzie --Barney---Sam)

9th March 2007, 09:43 PM
Thinking about you and Wallis. I do hope that the vet finds out something soon and can at least give you more information.