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linderbelle
6th December 2011, 02:19 PM
Hi All. I never have time to come on here--With working two jobs time is scarce. As you know I had knee replacement surgery the end of June and had a hard time and ended up having to have a manipulation done which was a blessing.

I finally got Abbey into a neuro yesterday and the news was not good but was not a shock either as I knew in my heart she's going down. She has changed so much this past year and some things hard to put in writing but a mom knows if you know what I mean. We were on a cruise over Thanksgiving and got home a week ago monday and thursday noticed her eye was not good and I guess we should have run her into the vet but figured I was taking her in on monday to UGA so played with time and that was a mistake. They are worried about her losing her eye--in fact the opth said she would have surgery at 3K but neuro has said they don't think she would survive it. Alot of tears the past 18 hrs. This is such an awful disease and it breaks my heart and tears are flowing as I type. Abbey is such a precious dog and is such a trooper for all that she has been through in her 8 years. She still is a happy dog but her limbs are getting weaker and weaker. I will keep updates on her as I feel her story is important and I will update my blog as soon as I'm able. Alot of people still e-mail me through the blog. Please keep her in your prayers. I have not asked the neuro how much time she believes she has but I doubt if she could answer that question. My heart is breaking and this is all I can write.

Linda

Margaret C
6th December 2011, 03:31 PM
Oh Linda, I am so sorry.

I will keep your wonderful brave girl and her wonderful loving owner in my thoughts.

moobywan
6th December 2011, 04:59 PM
Linda, so sorry to hear about your Abbey. This really is a horrible disease and it affects such wonderful beings. I will keep you and Abbey in my thoughts. Much love from me and Mooby!

BrooklynMom
6th December 2011, 09:10 PM
Praying for you. I'm so sorry :(

lise38
6th December 2011, 09:22 PM
my thoughts are with you both. sorry to hear about abbey

Karlin
6th December 2011, 09:32 PM
I am so sorry that you are facing these fresh blows.It is a real struggle to witness a wonderful dog trying to deal with the challenges of this health condition as well as other problems. I hope that she is able to rally.

Karen and Ruby
6th December 2011, 10:45 PM
I'm so sorry Linda, I hope Abbey starts to do better!! Keeping you both In our thoughts and prayers!

Sabby
7th December 2011, 12:22 AM
You and Abbey are in my thoughts. Praying Abbey will be ok.

linderbelle
7th December 2011, 12:18 PM
Opth called late afternoon yesterday and gave these choices--take her home and pray it don't rupture, do surgery and hope she survives the surgery and third take her home and continue medicating and it may not rupture or it may. If it ruptures then that means removing the eye. We really don't know what to do and I have the greatest vet in the world and he has treated Abbey in the past with the other eye for same problem (we ended up having to take her to a specialist and aggressive drugs worked) and also successfully treated Chelsea with the same problem. Hubby called our vet late afternoon shortly after the opth called and he's going to call the opth and do a phone consultation. I know him and I'm sure he tried getting her last night but was unable.

I miss her and am so worried about her. She just doesn't deserve all this and like Love my Cavaliers said I despise this disease so much.

Thanks for all your support and I feel bad for never coming here but truly it is so hard finding the time. I work fulltime and do husband's books for his business and all the other domestic garbage. Just plain and simple--no time anymore.

Thanks for the prayers and please keep praying.

linderbelle
7th December 2011, 12:20 PM
It is very hard Karlin and she is a fighter and I believe she still has her stong will to live. She knows she's loved alot.

lindylou
7th December 2011, 02:30 PM
so sorry to read about abbey its heartbreaking when they are not well give her a kiss and a cuddle from me and louie

Kathleen
7th December 2011, 03:29 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and Abbey. xxx

Nicki
7th December 2011, 03:46 PM
So sorry to hear this news :(

Poor Abbey - always hard to make these decisions but for me it would come down to quality of life, if she is having a substantial amount of pain from the eye and this can't be managed, the either I would opt for surgery or I would make the dreadful decision to let her go - quality of life is FAR more important than quantity and no animal should be allowed to suffer :(

daffymum
10th December 2011, 12:22 PM
I pray for Abbey, and that she recovers from her ordeal. My heart goes out to you .

Daffymum

Love my Cavaliers
10th December 2011, 04:11 PM
Just sending you lots of love from Riley and Bev

linderbelle
11th December 2011, 11:07 PM
Her eye is getting better. We're exhausted as we're having to do a minimum of 5 different meds-drops every 6 hrs which is at midnight and then 6 a.m. and noon and 6 p.m. Today she had so much trouble getting up and staying up and my son blurted out that you need to put her down. Broke my heart to hear that but it's always in the back of my mind. I truly cheerish every day with her.

Margaret C
11th December 2011, 11:23 PM
Dear Linda,

My heart aches for you and for your Abbey

You will do what is right for her, as you always have.

My love to you both,

linderbelle
12th December 2011, 03:04 AM
Oh Margaret. The neuro said I would know when it was time and I truly don't think it is but I don't think it will be much longer either unless this progression slows down. She has changed so dang much in the past year. We put these dang wood floors in because of the dogs and they are so hard on her. I think I'm going to buy alot of scatter rugs which are washable and put where her paws will always be on carpet and that will help tremendously. She is still happy so I don't think it's time. I love this breed so dang much but I will never ever again own a cavalier after these three leave us. This disease just rips my heart out.

ashleighelizabeth
12th December 2011, 04:26 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and Abbey. I'm so sorry.:(

Sabby
12th December 2011, 11:01 AM
Oh Margaret. The neuro said I would know when it was time and I truly don't think it is but I don't think it will be much longer either unless this progression slows down. She has changed so dang much in the past year. We put these dang wood floors in because of the dogs and they are so hard on her. I think I'm going to buy alot of scatter rugs which are washable and put where her paws will always be on carpet and that will help tremendously. She is still happy so I don't think it's time. I love this breed so dang much but I will never ever again own a cavalier after these three leave us. This disease just rips my heart out.

I really feel for you and I am in tears reading your post. Mine are just in the early stages of CM/SM but it is heartbreaking seeing them in pain or discomfort. Before mine showed any symptoms and were diagnosed I used to read other peoples posts on here but it doesn’t prepare you for what is to come. I am very grateful for the people on here that helped me, I don’t know what I would do without their advice but like you said I don’t think I could have any more Cavaliers in the future. It breaks your heart every day. For me it’s like sitting on a time bomb.

linderbelle
12th December 2011, 12:33 PM
Sabby I am so sorry for you also and all the other people that are going through what we are. I used to be on here so much --meaning CT - but went back to work and still do hubby's books and I just don't have much time and I miss it in here. I never felt like I was on a time bomb until recently and Abbey was diagnosed almost 3 years ago at age 5. I work at a medical college now and the professors are shocked when they hear Abbey has sm. They all say they didn't know dogs could get it. Right now the worse thing for Abbey is the weakness in her limbs. They are weak and since this house has all hardwood floors it's very hard on her. She doesn't scream in pain or anything. Sure she scratches and rubs her head but not that often. When I had her at the neuro last week I told her it was hard to describe when I looked at her how I felt-like a spacey dog I guess. Again I am sorry you are going through what you are and you feel like you are on a time bomb but know that I'm right with ya.

Linda