Why I’ve Been MIA Lately

I’ve been pretty quiet in the past week and I figured I’d give a little update even though I’m not normally one to explain my absences with blogging — because sometimes I just take little breaks and I don’t feel like I need to explain it. BUT this is a relevant life update so it seems different. And honestly it’s the first time I feel like I could type this out without crying.

It’s interesting how you can wake up one morning and have your day just not at all go as you expected it to and everything kind of changes. That was this past Wednesday.

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(if you are squeamish this paragraph might be one to skip)

We woke up at 5am to blood in our bed that was where our dog was laying. It wasn’t enough blood that I was like “OMG SOMEONE IS DYING” but it was enough blood that I was like WTF!!!! So we tried to figure out where the blood was coming from and couldn’t really find anywhere and then I realized it was coming out of a certain area of his body that I don’t want to write out for fear of getting weird search terms or spam comments….if you are understanding. Will almost passed out (I mean, it was bad but Will cannot handle blood at all).

So I got an appointment at the vet and he said it looked like trauma and I was like that’s so bizarre but he did have a really rough play session with one of his doggie friends the night before and he did try to hurdle him so maybe he came down harder than I thought on him. So I take him back with me to work (the kids loved that) and he just chilled with me.

So we come home and Will is home at the same time as us and I’m like “I’m going to clean off the dried blood on his belly” where I assumed he had just slept in his own blood. So I get him on his back and I’m like “Wow! There are way more spots than this morning but he hasn’t actively bled anymore.” Then I try to clean the spots up and none of them are coming up. And the more I looked at his stomach I’m like there is just something not right and Will agreed. They looked like bruises or something that had just spread up his stomach.

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So I call my vet but they were closing so she gave me the first available appointment in the morning and said to go to the one emergency vet that is 24/7 if we felt like it was getting worse. We waited a whole 10 minutes before our gut reactions told us to call the emergency vet. I called and she told us she really wants him to come in because she’s afraid he might be bleeding internally. So we left immediately. And then on the way to the vet…he started bleeding out of his nose. That’s when I lost it. I mean, I walked into that place sobbing uncontrollably.

So they took him back and we waited for many hours until they finally admitted him. They said that they couldn’t find any platelets (like zero) and so his body wasn’t clotting and those little spots were like just bruises spreading because he was bleeding under his skin. They tested him for a bunch of stuff and were pretty sure he had immune mediated thrombocytopenia which basically means his body was attacking its own platelets which could be really life-threatening because he could start bleeding in worse places. Luckily we caught it decently early because he could have bleed to death.

Finnikin the dog

So they admitted him that Wednesday night and we didn’t get to pick him up until Saturday. I was a MESS. Literally I couldn’t stop crying pretty much that whole time. My poor baby. He’s such a good dog and we just celebrated his 1 year adoption anniversary last week and now to see him like this and possibly lose him? My heart was just breaking for my little goofball who has made me so immensely happy this past year that we’ve had him.

They put him on some steroids and medicine and he was stable (though his red blood cell started to go down but then went back up) in all other ways. But those platelets just wouldn’t go up. By Saturday they said there as no reason to keep him there, even though they still can find no platelets, but he was stable enough that we could monitor him at home but we have to keep him super calm…because any scrape or bruise or microscopic injury could be life threatening for him in these next few days while we wait to see if he will respond to the treatments and his platelets go back up.

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(my poor sleepy baby)

 

We go on Thursday to get blood work (and hopefully good news) but now we just monitor him and keep him calm and hope for the best. He’s been super lethargic (which is good in our quest to make sure nothing else happens to him because he’s normally kind of hyper) and not himself but I’m just hoping he will get better.

I don’t know what it means for him long-term. It seems like something that will affect him for his life but I’m not sure because they are more concerned with getting him healthy before we can figure out everything going forward. There are apparently many causes to it (cancer, tick born illnesses (which they ruled that one out) but one could be vaccines –which he did just get a few weeks ago.

So that’s where I’ve been — an absolute emotional wreck and unable to do anything other than cry and watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (which is so funny and was the only time I basically stopped crying). And now just taking care of my buddy. So think good thoughts/say prayers for him — he’s doing much better but he’s definitely not out of the woods with this yet.

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

Comments

  1. Oh Jamie. I’m so sorry. I hope Finn will be back on his feet soon! My dog has been having health issues all summer and thinking about losing her has been some of the worst moments. I’ll be thinking of you and sending Finn lots of good vibes.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear all this, Jamie! I know how much Finn means to you, so I can imagine it’s been torture. I’m thinking good thoughts for him and for you and Will, too! ā™”

  3. Aww poor guy. I hope you get good news on Thursday! We had a mini emergency with our schnauzer a few weeks back so I can totally understand what you are going through.

  4. Poor Finn … and poor you! Our animals mean so much to us, and it’s so awful when something happens to them. Hoping for good news on Thursday! You’re in my thoughts.

  5. So, so glad you caught it in time. You’re all in my thoughts! Hoping for a speedy recovery! Get well soon, Finn! Love to you all!

  6. It is so hard to see a furbaby suffer!! Hopefully he responds to treatment and a long term care plan can be put into place to help him live a long, healthy, happy life. Thoughts with you all.

  7. I had tears in my eyes while reading this, so I can only image how bad you are feeling right now! Dogs can very quickly become family members, and when something unexpected like this happens, it can be a huge blow! I hope Finn will recover and be his goofy self once again! I will keep you in my thoughts. All the best for you, Will and your little furball! <3

  8. Oh Jamie. I feel you. It’s so hard when you can’t do anything and you don’t know why something is happening to your pet. You can’t even explain to them why things are happening. UGH UGH UGH. Hoping and praying that his blood work comes back better and the vets can figure this out. Ginormous hugs. I’m thinking about you and your little family.

  9. Oh! Posting on FB and here’s a blog link to when my kid had the same thing! http://imnotstarving.blogspot.com/2010/11/mofo-nofo-parental-psa-idiopathic.html

  10. I am so sorry for what you are going through! I teared up while reading this, because I know exactly how it feel to worry about your pets when they are injured/ill. I will absolutely keep Finn in my thoughts and I very much hope that his condition improves! *cyber hugs*

  11. I am so sorry to hear about this. I am glad he is stable for now but hope you find out what is causing it all and it can be treated long term. I love my furbaby so much and am so sad to hear when things like this happen to others. My thoughts are with you.

  12. I’ve been following the story on twitter too, and I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Pet illnesses are the WORST. It’s so heartbreaking because they can’t tell you when they’re not feeling well or what makes them feel better. I’m so glad he’s home though – I think being home with family really makes a big difference. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that whatever is wrong with him is treatable or at least manageable. Hope he feels better soon!

  13. I am so sorry to hear about your dog getting sick and I really hope they can figure out what happened and he will get through this. I used to have pets and I know how much I worries when one of them wasn’t themselves. It really is tough to go through that. And reading this post just made me so sad, I feel so bad when animals are in pain. He looks so cute and adorable in those first two pictures and then so sad in the last one. Good luck to your and your dog!

  14. I am so sorry Jamie! My puppy who I have also almost had for a year is family, and even when something small happens it makes my heart hurt. I will be sending you and Finn all the best thoughts/love I can. Hopefully now that he is at home with his mom and dad he will be able to heal/relax better. He is so adorable.

  15. I’ll definitely keep him in my prayers, along with both of y’all!

  16. Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear this. There are few things more terrifying than when a loved one (furry or otherwise) is sick or hurt. It breaks my heart when my dogs have had issues, and I truly hope things continue looking up. My dog and I are sending over all our best vibes to you and your family and good wishes to a strong recovery and hope that things are better long-term.

  17. My heart aches for you Jamie!!!
    This is my biggest fear, as I have two rescue dogs that I am hopelessly obsessed with.
    I can’t begin to understand the helpless feeling your having now, it has to be so overwhelming! šŸ™
    Please know that you, Finn and your family are in my thoughts.
    I’m sending positive vibes, prayers and love your way…
    (((HUGS)))

  18. I’m so sorry you and Will are going through this, and I feel awful for Finn. Really hoping they can find a long term solution, but I’m glad he’s resting at home with you in the meantime <3 Sending love and hugs.

  19. Poor thing. Sending y’all good thoughts! Hoping for good news at his next check up. <3

  20. I’m so sorry, Jamie!!! I’ve been trying to keep up with the Finn news — this poor sweet pup! I hope you guys get good news with the next tests! <333 And if it's something that he has to deal with in his life, hopefully it's something that they can manage. Xoxox

  21. Thank you for this update Jamie, even though you didn’t NEED to. I’m so sorry this happened but I’m THRILLED he is on the mend. Take it one day at a time. You, Will, and Finn are in my thoughts and prayers. I have no doubt Finn feels like the luckiest pup to have such loving parents.

  22. I saw you post about this on Instagram and wanted to say something so I’m glad to see it here so I can write a super long comment for you.

    There is absolutely nothing worse than your dog getting sick because they can’t say anything to you about if they’re in pain or if it just looks a lot worse than it is so I’m sorry you’ve had to go through all this. I know what a nightmare it can be when your dog gets ill because our last dog did and it was heartbreaking seeing him whenever he went to the vets. I always felt like I wanted to do more to help him but couldn’t. You just need to keep him calm and hope he’ll be okay as there is absolutely no point thinking the worst. It’s good they’ve let him come home because vets almost never do that unless they are feeling optimistic that he will be okay at home so I will keep my fingers crossed he’ll slowly recover.

  23. Sarah @ Sarah Says Read says:

    I’m so sorry Jamie!! I can’t even imagine. I hope you get good news this week and that Finn can get back on track to living a long, healthy life. (((HUGS)))

  24. My thoughts are with you guys, Jamie! I hope they get Finn all better for now and for the future. He’s such a sweet, happy guy (I haven’t met him obviously but it’s so clear from photos.) You guys are such great puppy parents, and *HUGS*

  25. I don’t usually comment, but I’m so sorry your poor pup is having to go through this. And your family! It’s so frightening when horrible things happen to the animals we love and want to keep safe. Sending positive waves your way.

  26. Oh Sweetie! I am so sorry to hear this. I am hoping that steroids work.

    Not that it’s the same, but it might be…. a few months before my wedding I developed Immune thrombocytopenic purpura… I had the little red spots all over, extremely low platelets and bled easily. I have a feeling it’s similar from what you’ve described. I had to be put on prednisone and it took a few months but I got better and have been fine since then. This was back in 2012.

    I’m rooting for Finn to pull through this. Be patient and just keep an eye on him. Lots of blood tests were how we tracked whether I was improving or not.

    PS I had never heard of Immune thrombocytopenic purpura until I came down with it. It’s still unknown how I got it or why, but I feel like your little Finn has the doggy version of it.

    *hugs*

  27. I am so sorry. I really hope the vet can find a solution to help get Finn back on the road to being healthy. We had a scare with our cat a few months ago, and it’s truly terrifying to wake up one day and see them sick. I really wish him and you all the best.

  28. Oh my gosh, I’m so so sorry to hear this. I understand completely how heartbreaking and impossible these situations are, having had dogs all of my life. There is nothing worse than when your puppy is sick and you can’t do anything to help šŸ™ thinking all the best thoughts and sending well wishes for Finn!

  29. Oh Jamie, I am so very sorry you’re going through this with your sweet dog! I hope he pulls through it all and responds to the treatments. Lots of prayers and good vibes coming your way.

  30. oh Jamie. your poor baby. i am so, so, so sorry. sending all my good thoughts and vibes your way, i hope he recovers and stays with you for many more adoption anniversaries. poor pup.

  31. Oh dear, I do hope he responds to the treatment so his platelets will be much better this coming Thursday!
    I’m sending all my best wishes, vibes and loads of love for you guys and Finn! ALL THE HUGS!!

  32. Poor pup! Poor you! I am kind of obsessed with my dog, so I can totally relate to how you must be feeling in the sense that I would be a mess if something similar happened to my dog. Thinking lots of great thoughts that it all goes well!

  33. Thinking good thoughts for your poor pup! I can’t even imagine how you must be feeling…we adopted ours nine months ago and my heart would just break into a million pieces if I was going through the same thing. Hoping for the best for you and your little guy!

  34. It’s always so horrible to see our pets in such a horrible situation and not be able to explain to them whats happening to them. Sending good thoughts to you and little Finn, I hope he responds well to his treatment and is able to go back to his usual hyper self soon x

  35. Oh Jamie, I’m so, so sorry to hear this! It’s the worst when we have to see our pets suffer. I’m so sorry that you, Will and Finn have had to go through this. I hope Thursday’s results are good! <3 Sending you guys lots of love and biiiig hugs! <3

  36. I’m so sorry this is happening! I hope Finn will be okay soon, and that the results will bring you good news!

  37. Omg I’m so sorry this is happening! Poor doggy, I really hope he gets better and all ends up being well. He looks so adorable!

  38. Hey Jamie, I was deeply saddened to hear about the ordeal you guys and especially your dog are going through. The book community is also here for sharing life events, like this one, to have people reach out to you. I hope your dog – room mate, friend, and furry companion – will be alright! He’s a cutie!

  39. I’m so sorry :(. Finn is an amazing dog and I love seeing your updates about him. I adopted a dog shortly after so I feel like we are on the journey of dog ownership together. I’m giving you all the support I can from Canada ā¤ļø. He’s a trooper and so are you and will.

  40. Oh, I’m am so, so sorry! I will pray for your poor, sweet fur-baby, and I hope he starts to feel better soon!

  41. Oh, poor boy! That last picture makes me want to reach through the internet & give Finn a big hug. I think I saw one of your updates on twitter but hadn’t realized what was going on. Hoping for good news on Thursday!

  42. I am sorry to hear the news about your doggie. Our pets are the best ans I cant imagine life without them. I will keep your dog, Will, and yourself in my thoughts. I hope Thursdays results go well. Sending lots of love! <3

  43. I am so sorry!! That is the absolute worst, you just want to be able to talk to them and tell them it will all be okay! Thinking of you and hoping you get good news from the tests!

  44. Hi Jamie, Sending you all the positive thoughts and prayers I can for Thursday’s appt. I’ve been going through something similar with my own pup recently and it’s the worst, so I can totally relate to the constant stream of tears, so I am hoping for some good news soon, too. Hugs to you and your sweet Finn!

  45. Glad he’s home now! I’m sure being there will help in his mending too. Sending good thoughts that this will clear up (and be manageable for you & him) and he’ll soon be the normal Finn.

  46. Poor Finn! Thinking of you, Will and Finn and praying for his recovery <3

  47. Aww!! Poor Finn! I will keep in my thoughts and prayers!

  48. Best of luck to you! I hope he will make a speedy recovery.

  49. Oh my goodness. I am so sorry. I really hope he gets better! Take as much time as you need and never feel bad about it.

  50. Iā€™m so sorry to hear about Finn, Jamie. You made it clear that Finn is a family member and how much he means to you. My heart goes out to you all. Hoping for the best.

  51. I don’t think Finn or Will or you have been out of my thoughts since I first talked to you about what was going on, and I will keep thinking of you until he is completely out of the woods!

    • You are too sweet <333 I really appreciate it. Idk if you saw the news on Twitter but his appointment went real well and his platelets are up! Not to normal levels but he's out of the "could spontaneously bleed at the slightest thing" level! So I'm feeling pretty positive!!

  52. We love you, Finnikin! Feel better, buddy! You too, Jamie! <3

  53. I am catching up on posts in my email and saw this one. Oh how scary for you, Will, and Finn!! I am glad to see in a comment above that he is doing better. I would be one to cry buckets too, hate when my pup doesn’t feel well and especially when it’s super scary. I hope the doctors can find a cause and a way to keep Finn healthy.

  54. Dog injuries are some of the toughest things to go through. I’m sorry this has happened to you guys. I hope he feels better soon, and I’m sending you my thoughts and prayers along the way.

  55. I’m sorry to hear Finn is not out of the woods yet, Jaime! I know I saw a tweet when you guys first caught this! I’m also happy that he is doing better. Still, I understand how scary this is for you. *hugs*