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State of the Mollydog

Moll's been sick again today and seems in pain. She is still at the vet, receiving fluids.  This is the fourth day since she got ill.  She seemed brighter this morning until she was sick again but now she is not good.

They are going to put her on opiates for the pain and try some blood tests to see if they can find out more about what it is that is being affected - Miranda the vet mentioned pancreas - but I am horribly afraid that they are going to say she needs an operation to see what is going on, and I'm just not sure she is strong enough now.

I am beginning to be faced with that terrible dilemma: when do you say 'enough' - when there is still some hope?

Edit : And now, the emotional rollercoaster is going up again!  
We've been in to visit Mollydog. She is looking a lot brighter on the new pain relief, and not retching much at all - she had a couple little coughs and brought up some liquid, but nothing much. She's also lost that awful sunken-in look that she had around her eyes.  Still breathing fast and walking rather tucked-up, but she was able to walk out into the carpark with us, which is a big improvement.

They hadn't given her enough bedding, so I made them bring out lots more for her and she has settled down on top of that with a happy sigh. I am really hoping now that she may be able to come home again!

 

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lil_shepherd
11th Feb, 2012 10:25 (UTC)
Oh, Bunn ... let us all hope she improves today.
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 13:15 (UTC)
We've been in to visit, and now I am feeling hopeful again! Animals: they put you through the wringer. But it's worth it.
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rustica
11th Feb, 2012 10:32 (UTC)
I am really sorry to read this, I hope she improves soon.
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 13:18 (UTC)
Thanks - I am now feeling much more positive about her state since we were able to go in and visit, and she is definitely looking brighter! Am hoping like mad.
the_marquis
11th Feb, 2012 10:36 (UTC)
Argh! So sorry to hear that, I really hope it is just a nasty bug that will eff off shortly.
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 13:19 (UTC)
I did an edit - I think, I think it might be! Am feeling more hopeful.
elegaer
11th Feb, 2012 11:29 (UTC)
Poor Mollydog :(
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 13:20 (UTC)
Thanks - we've been to visit and things are looking up! Am trying not to be over-hopeful...
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alitheapipkin
11th Feb, 2012 11:54 (UTC)
So sorry :( Hope she picks up soon.
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 13:25 (UTC)
Thank you - I am hopeful now, as we have been to visit and she is looking a lot brighter. Not 100%, but still, definitely a move in the right direction.
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andrewducker
11th Feb, 2012 12:11 (UTC)
My sympathy. Choosing the moment beyond which there is no happy life is a terrible responsibility. I hope that she picks up again.
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 13:22 (UTC)
Thank you. I think the shadow has drawn off again - well, she is 12, and nothing can fix that. But every little is a gain, and I am feeling much more hopeful now we have been to visit her.
ideserveyou
11th Feb, 2012 12:26 (UTC)
So sorry for you - I know it's not an easy decision to make. My best wishes to you and Mollydog and hope she recovers under the treatment.
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 13:21 (UTC)
Thank you! Am feeling hopeful again having been to visit.
inzilbeth_liz
11th Feb, 2012 13:05 (UTC)
This is the very worst decision to have to make. I so feel for you. I'm sure your gut instinct will be correct though and no one could be doing more for Molly than you are.
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 13:31 (UTC)
Thank you. We went in to visit, and found her looking much brighter, so I am feeling quite hopeful again.

I was really worried she was still in the state she was in on Friday morning - she was clearly suffering - but the vet that I spoke to this morning had not seen her when she came in, and I don't think she realised how much she had improved.

I know nothing can fix old age, but if she can just come through this bug then I'll still count it a triumph!
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ningloreth
11th Feb, 2012 14:03 (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about Mollydog. I do hope the improvement continues. (My hamster isn't too well at the moment, and I know what you mean about the dilemma).
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 17:00 (UTC)
Thanks. Sorry to hear about your hamster, I hope he/she pulls through : I always think it is particularly hard to make the call with the little guys as they are so fragile. :-(
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bunn
11th Feb, 2012 17:06 (UTC)
Thank you. I know it achieves nothing to worry obsessively, but knowing doesn't stop me doing it!
pellegrina
11th Feb, 2012 14:44 (UTC)
Hoping she pulls through. It's bad enough that nothing can fix old age without nasty bugs getting involved too.
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 17:15 (UTC)
LOL, perfect icon, that is exactly what she keeps doing!
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bunn
11th Feb, 2012 17:18 (UTC)
Thanks. I'm trying not to worry but...
parrot_knight
11th Feb, 2012 14:54 (UTC)
I'm very pleased to see that there are strong signs of a recovery in Mollydog today. I hope she is home leaping ditches, complaining the ground isn't soft enough, and asking for the television channels to be changed again soon.
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 17:23 (UTC)
Thanks. She is a strong personality, I am really hoping that the sheer force of her disapproval will see off this illness, whatever it is.
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bunn
11th Feb, 2012 19:17 (UTC)
Latest from the vet is that he is cautiously optimistic that she might be able to come home tomorrow - I really hope so!
ladyofastolat
11th Feb, 2012 17:32 (UTC)
Glad to hear things are now looking more hopeful. Here's hoping things continue to improve, and you get her home soon.
bunn
11th Feb, 2012 19:17 (UTC)
Thanks - I am trying not to be too optimistic in case it all goes pearshaped now!
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