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Meg update

This is modified very slightly from an email I sent to the Seeing Eye staff member who spoke with me about Meg's health recently.

We are not any closer to finding out what the trouble is with Meg. Her blood
tests were normal. She stayed overnight and did a urine sample on Saturday
morning to check kidney function, and this was normal as well. He said there
was only one thing that was abnormal, and I didn't write it down. He's calling Purdue for a
consult and mentioned checking her adrenal function.

I remember him mentioning the word Addison's Disease. Elli had Addison's disease... That may be worth noting because I have been saying over
and over that Meghan is acting like Elli was acting at age 9. Elli's
Addison's was diagnosed later, after her retirement. I'm trying to track down the info. It doesn't really matter--Meg and Elli aren't related; but the similar symptoms are very striking to me. I didn't
worry about Elli at the time since she was retired. I assumed that retirement
was a natural thing because of her age. Meg is still interested in working,
and retirement is a road I would prefer not to pursue. According to my reading, there are treatment options for Addison's. Whether or not I could afford them is the important question.

My vet does not really understand guidework, and this makes it very hard to
describe her symptoms. Most of the changes I am seeing are just unusual
behaviors (meaning unusual for Meg) and lack of spunk. He's talking about calling in a behaviorist,
which makes me feel like he thinks Meg is being defiant. That doesn't seem
to be the solution we need... When she's perky, her behavior is wonderful
and she responds well to voice corrections--and really needs very few of
those. However, she is often very sniffy and pokey, unusually curious about
what's around us where she was formerly dead on with wherever we wanted to
go, and this doesn't respond to corrections whereas the occasional sniff
when she's perky responds quite nicely to a correction. She has started
things like eating out of the cat box... I know it's a normal dog thing, but
it's not Meghan. In a group of dogs, she lays in the floor with a bone and
the other dogs tromp all over her. She used to be the ring leader. I can get
up and walk across a room and never have to give her the "rest" command because she
doesn't even wake up to realize I've moved--I have to jerk on her a few
times to wake her up. This is just not my dog, and I really don't think this can properly be called
behavioral issues. I'm accustomed to a dog that is very alert and task-oriented, and the number of comments I'm hearing about her being off-task, not very attentive, not trained very well, etc, is increasing exponentially.


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Aug. 30th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
*Hugs* to you and pats to Meg. I'm praying for you, I know it's not easy to see our sweet guides in a strange mood/not feeling well. I'm praying for Meghan to feel better too. Let me know if I can help.
Aug. 30th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
I will continue to pray for her - that they can find out what's wrong and that it's easily treatable. *hug*
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
I'll not say what I think of your vet - it wouldn't be very uplifting or honoring. Needless to say, I think that you knowing your dog is the most important thing, and those behaviors do Not sound like Meg.
I'm sorry you are having all the unanswered questions of what is going on. What in the world is Addison's? I've never heard of it at all. I might have to google it...
I'm praying, sis, praying for you and for Meg Meg.
Aug. 30th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
I'm praying for you and Meg. I hope that they'll find out exactly what's wrong and that it's treatable. I applode you for doing your research on different things - I know it must be hard. *Hugs and love*
Aug. 30th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Hello, I was looking around and came upon your blog. I have addison's disease and I have worked with several dogs as a trainer and herbalist with the condition. Addison's is treated with the use of steroids, which aren't too expencive, maybe 20 dollars for a months supply. You will need to keep an injection on hand to give your dog if she goes into addisonian crisis, i.e. vomiting without being able to stop, or if she has been hurt in any way.
My bottle of solu cortef doesn't cost very much, but I think the dog version is more costly about 80 dollars, but your vet may charge less.

It can be a life threatening illness if not treated, I'm glad your vet is looking into it, although he does sound like he's frustrating to deal with.

I'm thinking of you guys.
Aug. 30th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
Addison's disease
Meg's electrolytes are normal... I do remember noting that and it seemed important in the reading I did about Addison's types. So far I have not heard back from the vet yet. Meg has had some episodes of unexplained vomiting off and on. I always chocked it up to her perhaps getting into things I couldn't see while she was out in the yard; but this could explain some things. I'm hoping that the testing can be done locally and we won't have to go to Purdue. It's a 2-1/2 hour drive and they only see dogs Monday-Thursday, which really messes around with my class schedule. I wish that all of this had been addressed weeks ago. Everyone just comments about how old she looks...
Aug. 30th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Addison's disease
I hope the testing can be done locally. Specialists are hard to deal with because of the time issue and the money issue. My retired dog just got done with rounds with the eye specialist, so I understand about that.

I have been in severe addisonian crisis and my electrolytes have appeared normal. They can be telling, but they can stay normal. It also depends on where her addisons is coming from, e.g. is it an issue of the adrenal glands on her kidneys not making enough, or is there a problem with the pituitary gland in the brain, which begins the process of making cortisol.

good luck
Aug. 30th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Addison's disease
Thanks for the info! I'll be in touch with the school also... I suspect that this is something they will want to follow closely depending on the results. May I friend you?
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