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19 October 2007 @ 11:48 am
um. oh noes.  
Apparently my dog has something much worse than mono. :-/

She has some crazy form of Ehrlichia Canis (that tropical tick-fever thingger that affected all those military dogs in the Vietnam War... I don't know why I know that), and it's all severe/advanced/insane and so they're actually actively worried that my dog's eyes might explode dog may hemhorrage behind her eyes and go blind. She has crazy lesion action all over her skin that I figured was just an allergy to the antibiotic, but apparently is a sign of Very Very Bad Things Related To Ehrlichia. And she has these nosebleeds that I thought were a sign of her getting too close to Thora and Opaka, my mostest fiesty attack rats, but the vet's all "um, nope, she's probably spontaneously bleeding because she has nooooo plaaaaaatelets."

I can't leave work to bring her in immejitly (I know, I know, but if I lose my job I'll never be able to pay for vet care, and Tessie seemed fine and active and non-explody this morning), so I'm taking her in tonight. They're prepping a space for her at the vet hospital on my vet's reccomendation just in case, because after seeing how utterly batshit Tessie's bloodwork is with anemia and the aforementioned noooo plaaatelets, my vet says that she might need A TRANSFUSION. WTF. WWWWTFFFFFF.

The good news is that it's possible that the parasites can all be killed (even though there are a scary-lot of them -- I got the impression there might have been some "holy !@#$!" swearing in the official lab report) and the doggie can recover. But I'll drain my meagre house savings pretty fast and I only have one credit card now with a low limit because I haven't wanted to apply for lines of credit due to hopefully getting a mortgage in the next year (*scratches that and calls B of A to up credit limit*), so I'm a little worried about the dollar cost of all this. *bangs head on desk*

They'll also probably put her on Prednisone, LOL. I wonder if my dog will become a neurotic insomniac who cries a lot and hates everything, like people do on that drug?

I have sent an "omgwtfHELP!" email to the rescue agency. Perhaps they will have an in with the vet hospital for cheap dog blood. :( I also let them know that they need to have all their dogs tested, because this ish is contagious. (Thankfully, not contagious to people without going through a tick, or else I'd start hypochondria-ing about how I am dying of Doggienucleosis, when really, I am just stressed out.)

Which one of you was the one who wanted to name this dog Lemon again? *clings to poor little lemon dog*
am: werk
feel: worriedworried
hear: the soft thud of head meeting desk
Fallon Ash: johnbauerfallon_ash on October 19th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oi. Many huggles to both you and puppy, and I hope she gets better really really soon.
Little Red: b5 - corps is mother - thatfangirlmylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
ME TOO. *scared*
surferartchicksurferartchick on October 19th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
I would still look into having the rescue center foot some of the bills. especially if it's going to tap you out completly.
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Tammy - never give up, never surrender: RL - Fall View - besydbesyd on October 19th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
I'm stepping on this bandwagon, too. If you haven't talked to the rescue org yet, you should do so now. This is inexcusable. They absolutely should not adopt out a dog with a medical issue like this. It's not right on so many levels.

Little Red: trek - porthos - mediemylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
I just did. They're transferring Tessie to their vet, who gives them a discount they will pass on to me. They said they've never had a problem like this with a Taiwan dog before, etc, but from what I inferred from the conversation they don't give their dogs a vet checkup in the US -- just in Taiwan before they come over.

Dammit dammit dammit. I'm all kinds of stressing out over this. :( The adoption agency is transferring her away from my vet, like I said, and my vet said "okay, but she really really needs to come in tonight for a checkup" and the adoption people are all "no, just wait for our vet to review the file" and I would really like my dog's eyes NOT TO EXPLODE WHILE I'M WAITING AND FEEDING HER LIVER instead of giving her a transfusion, kthanx.


Please tell me that this is not somehow indicative that I am an unfit dog owner. Because I'm kind of scared now that I will have to make Hard Choices about this doggie's health after only knowing her 2 weeks if she's truly in a very advanced stage of this disease like her vision problems indicate, and that really sucks.
Tammy - never give up, never surrender: RL - Fall View - besydbesyd on October 19th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Please tell me that this is not somehow indicative that I am an unfit dog owner.

Oh my god, you are not. Don't even, ever think that. You are an incredibly wonderful dog mother. You immediately sought help for her. This has absolutely nothing to do wth you.

I just sent you an email, and I'm going to send you another. You will get through this.

I love you and am here for you.
Little Red: trek - ezri teh angst - agentrosecottonmylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
I feel like a bad doggie owner because I've been feeling a little overwhelmed by the responsibility and financial burden since the first vet visit, and have been having "oh, god, did I make a mistake??" "maybe I should have listened to my mother..." thoughts since all this crumminess is happening so fast.

I'd like to think that feeling overwhelmed is fine, and is a sign that I actually get the longterm responsibility that I took on rather than thinking of the dog as fun diversion or something, but I still feel a little guilty, like if I was a Really Responsible Dog Owner I would be 100% committed and never have second thoughts.

It's kind of sad, because the email I really wanted to be writing you today was a progress report on how well Tessie has adjusted to our house and how much I adore her now and how she's learning to pick out key phrases from our speech (like "feed the rats" means "OMG run around like a nutcake and maybe the rats will drop food for meeee!" I suspect she will do well in formal training once this is all over).
Tammy - never give up, never surrender: RL - Fall View - besydbesyd on October 20th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
"oh, god, did I make a mistake??"

This does not make you bad. This makes you human. Owning a dog is a huge responsibility and can be a burden even without disease and problems. So you are allowed your second thoughts and fears and everything.

As for "committment"? I don't care much for the word, myself. Too much judgement behind it. You're definitely committed to this girl or you wouldn't be stressing so much. You need to find that middle ground that's just right for you and the dog. If it doesn't seem like "100% committed" to you, don't worry. It's so much more than she ever would have found living in Taiwan that no matter what you think it is, it'll always be 100% to her.
Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Well, I've crossed that bridge already, actually, but it would be really awesome to still have something left at the end of this. :( The rescue org is shocked that the dog is sick because they've adopted all these dogs from Taiwan and never had a health problem before. So, eep. They're going to help me out and are transferring Tessie to their vet where they get discounted care.
Little Red: b5 - corps is mother - thatfangirlmylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
I spoke to them just now and they said they would help out as much as they can. *whew* They're having me transfer her to their vet, which kind of scares me since even though my vet is expensive she seems very very smart, but at least this means it's not entirely on my head now. OMG EEP SCARED.
redbeardredbeard on October 20th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Seriously, for all you have done for this dog, they should reimburse you in full. I think it is worthwhile to put your foot down and demand it. You have been an awesome doggie mom - taking care right away of your adopted pup. You have been a caregiver where they have failed and been stupid. You did not sign on for this, and in good faith thought you were going to just have normal new puppy things to deal with, and they really shafted you. No only should they reimburse you and take care of any future things, but if this doesn't clear up (and I do so hope it does - poor little Lemon), you should have the pick of whatever you want in the future.

I wish you well, and, seriously, you didn't sign on to have all of your savings vacuumed up in 2 weeks. They are responsible, and should make things financially, as well as caninely, right.

Good luck!
miekecmiekec on October 22nd, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, what he said. This is obviously not something she could have caught in the whopping long time of, oh, a few days with you. Since you probably didn;t keep a jar of the asian variety of ticks handy. You know, just in case.
It is something THEY missed. So they lied when they gave her to you with a clean bill of health, which is a breach of contract (or somesuch, IANAL) on their end.

Havoc: teal'c cuddle attackhavocthecat on October 19th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
OMG! Poor little lemon dog! *hugs*
Little Red: jake - diane wtf - graphicalrummylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
*pets her gently*

She seems so much healthier since she's been on the antibiotics! The info on this disease says that they do get deceptively healthier in the first couple days of treatment, but still, I have a hard time believing that her circulatory system is a TICKING TIME BOMB when she's all bouncing around the house wagging her tail.
Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: J/E - SOSjoyfulfeather on October 19th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
MEEEP. *flails for you and the poor doggie* I'm glad it can be fixed, but that's really uncool for both of you! I'm speaking for astrum_presul and spacefiend as well -- we all feel very sad that you and the doggie are going through this. :(

spacefiend has worked with and been part of a dog rescue for most of her life, and she says that in her experience, they definitely should have either known and not adopted out a dog who wasn't healthy or should help you out because they gave you a defective poor sick doggie. Definitely talk to them!

*triple hugs* Good luck!
Little Red: sg - dan/jan lifeboat otp - anrmylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
They are going to help me out with my little lemon doggie. *sigh* They're insisting we care for her their way which is making me super nervous, but I really can't afford to take care of this all by myself, so laa, I guess I don't have a choice!
Tammy - never give up, never surrender: RL - Fall View - besydbesyd on October 19th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm sure their way is a good way. Just a different way. Remember that vets react differently to things. I'm all for conservative and especially all for not losing savings and allowance. Breathe and see what the new vet says.

holdouttrout: kalaidredholdouttrout on October 19th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)

That's so terrible, and I hope that the little dog gets much, much better without you going into too much debt over her.
Little Red: trek - porthos - mediemylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
I hope so tooooo!! Poor little muttnik. I will go get her some chew bones to make up for the potential of exploding eyes. :(
MegTDJ: Jared Dog - bunny_iconsmeg_tdj on October 19th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Eek! *huggles to you and Tessie* Poor puppy! :(
Little Red: b5 - corps is mother - thatfangirlmylittleredgirl on October 19th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
I know! Poor baby!! :(
majorsamfan: OhCrapRodneymajorsamfan on October 19th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
ZOMGosh!no! Oh, I am so sorry for puppy and you! It must be HORRIBLE to be at work and not be able to take Tessie in imejitly! *flails with you*

Sad that she has this, but hopefully none of theothers have it, too. *flails more for the puppies*

Glad you don't have doggienucleosis...


Sorry! *flails more with you*

Andy: featherankareeda on October 19th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
*hugs you and poor puppy* I hope she will be fine soon.
georgie: omgonoezgeorgierae on October 20th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
oh noes :( *hugs you*

pooooooor Tessie dog :( tho you've given her good, loving home these last few days, so that's good for something. *gives her a big doggie hug*
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on October 20th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Poor doggie! And bad rescue people for not checking her up properly!
rogue equestrian: Darth Randelvinborn on October 20th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
um... I was the one who wanted to call her Lemon. but I totally didn't mean it to be symbolic!!!

Prednisone: I take care of a dog that gets a prednisone pill everyday. She's quite normal. mentally.

is it wrong that I'm enough of a vet geek to really be kinda fascinated by the whole thing? I mean, I feel your pain, and the OMGWTFishness of the whole thing. but the medical stuff has my rapt attention too. *wants to see the lab report just because*
Kim's Watermelon Gunkeenween on October 20th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
*hugs* remain calm. the fact that you are this worried etc. makes you a good dogmom. The people who allowed you to take her into your home this sick are in big trouble with me. Do not stop demanding that they help you more with money if this is going to be an ongoing thing. Stand up for yourself on that front. Helping you get her to discount vet is not enough.
-a.frog/gorf.a-froggoddess on October 20th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
Agreed!! Especially since you've only had the dog two weeks. I feel that its their responsibility to pay for all of it (because really, if you hadn't adopted her, they'd be paying for it anyway) -- if for no other reason than it's completely negligent not to inspect the dogs once they get here.

Samin_parentheses on October 20th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
WORD. "Only a check-up in Taiwan," my ass. That's not ok.

Righteous anger aside, I'm soooo sorry you have to deal with this. You are an excellent dog mommy, and you're doing all the right things. I hope Tessie gets healthy very soon!
anranr on October 20th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
*clings n' hugs*
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: holdmeamilyn on October 20th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
*hugs* You've done all the right things and you're a good person and a good pet mommy. ::loves::thinks good thoughts::