I visited him the night of his surgery on Tuesday. He was loopy and wanted to go home. Wednesday the vet said his red blood cells had gone from 15% to 20%, which is what we wanted to see (gotta keep increasing those numbers). Wednesday night he was perky and stood up for me. This morning the vet called to say his numbers hadn't changed since the night before, and my heart skipped a beat. I was cocky enough to think this was going to be over. The vet was kind of surprised but said he would continue to monitor him and hope the levels start going up. I was just sad. Tonight I stopped by to see him and the vet was really busy, so I didn't get to talk with him. He was perky and even walked out of his kennel for some loving. His gums were still very pale, and that bummed me out. The vet called me at home around 7:30 to tell me his levels went from 20% to 23%. I will take what I can get!!!!
They are doing another blood workup tomorrow to check for platelets and red blood cell precusors, and if everything checks out OK he may get to come home tomorrow for some TLC.
My vet is an absolute gem, and I would think that even if things had gone differently. I am guardedly optimistic that better days are ahead for us, no matter how long that may be. I went from thinking this would be another very long weekend, to maybe having the opportunity to smother my boy with love.
THANK YOU so much for your kind words of support and encouragement. It is wonderful to be able to turn to our bulldog friends, who share many of the same circumstances and stories, and feel that others really care about you. We all have so many things in common, with #1 being our love for our bullies.
I will keep you posted when Otie is home.
Miss you sweet boy Otie (July 2013)