I know I have been hit and miss lately but things have been crazy at home with losing Suzie and a few other things as well as at work. Today's post is an update about Paco who is still battling with ITP. Yup! ITP Sucks! We lost Suzie on Saturday and Monday we had a scheduled vet appt for Paco and after his blood work the vet told us he was relapsing. They wanted to see him again today. After doing more blood tests - the results were still a little 'weird looking' but with his white blood cell and platelet counts being where they should be they said to keep doing what we have been doing. This is technically GOOD NEWS at the moment that I am VERY grateful for as I don't think I could have dealt with the loss of 2 furkids in a matter of days. We have to take him back AGAIN next Wednesday. We we learned from all of this - this past week - is that he will have to be on some sort of medication for his immune system for the rest of his life. However, because the steroid he's on right now causes him to have stomach/GI ulcers - we will probably have to change the med he is on at some point but because of the issues we will have to do that over time and carefully. In addition to that med - he's been taking a med to coat his tummy to prevent ulcers - which apparently wasn't working on it's own. We added over the counter Pepcid as well as a liquid twice/day - twice/week (Tuesday/Friday).
Outside of the ITP issues he has developed what looks like small bruises in a few spots - near his hip - and now on his tummy - which I thought was part of the ITP - but his vet thinks its separate - and a skin issue. So tomorrow he starts a pill for that, too. This poor little guy is on SO MANY pills at the moment! Eventho he's dealing with all of this - he's dealing with it VERY WELL. His spirits are up, he's vocal, he's playing, etc. Eventho we did get some GOOD NEWS today - it's going to be an ongoing struggle from here on out. Some days better than others, I guess. I'm just grateful to still have him in my life.
I was reading that "Chia" means "Strength". Since he's a Chihuahua we've often called him "Chia" as one of his many nicknames. Now that I know it means "strength" it just seems even more fitting.
Thank you for all of the kind words about my last post on Suzie. It really means a lot. Thanks again! Ongoing positive vibes for Paco - always appreciated, too!