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From: Callie (
Subject:         Saturday update
Date: November 1, 2008 at 9:30 pm PST

In Reply to: Billy needs prayers & good thots please posted by Callie on October 29, 2008 at 7:59 pm:

The short of it is we dodged the bullet RAH!!

The bloodwork came back not too bad at all -- the liver values ARE *high*. ALT/AST Alt-phos is off too BUT those we can get down with milk thistle (and frankly I had 3 bottles held "in reserve" from back when he had IMHA so I didn't even have to break a sweat to get them !!!RAH!!) but the bloodwork really wasn't half bad at all.

As Billy says his "goblins" are high (globulins -- which measure inflammation) which we see in the skin and the 'heat' in the reddened mucus membranes) - but the Hematacrit is 42.5 (which is about darned near picture perfect - not high and not low), and the platelets are 266 (again not high and not low).

NO elevated white blood cells (so no 'infection') and honestly nothing off the wall enough to merit "blood that looked like silly string". But Dr. Demers hypothesizes that the clotting truly could have been FROM the inflammation.

He also told me (which I did *not* know Wednesday) that it was the blood coming from the paws that was clotting so badly but when he pulled it from his jugular it came spurting right out.

I knew I mentioned to Dr. Demers that Dr. B. always has good luck with the jugular and not the paws (this dog has had SOOOO much blood pulled it's a wonder his leg veins aren't armorplated!) but I didn't think he had tried it. I probably would have rested easier had I known that -- I've been worried about the clotting since so that eases my mind. I've known blood was HARD to pull from his paws/legs for a couple of years.

Sooooooo we've caught it while it was still just mild discomfort for him. No nausea, nothing horrible. Could it have been? Oh yeah. Were we developing an auto-immune thing? We will never know and that's JUST FINE with me.

The unfortunate part is that with auto-immune the further "reactions" are often WORSE than the initial one, and they can develop SO fast and in such inoccuous directions that by the time you notice something that dog fails fast. Which is exactly why I said I'm THRILLED we didn't have to find out.

As far as *I* am concerned, we dodged the bullet -- I will continue to watch Billy like a hawk.

Tuesday he has acupuncture scheduled with Dr. DiNatale (TCVM vet) and she'll draw blood then and send it out again for another super chem panel. That way we'll find out if anything has changed for the worse (hopefully not) but also we'll see if we got the liver values on their way down. Will post an update then.

Thank you again folks for all the awesome support.

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