She went in to be spayed on Monday, but reacted badly to the anesthesia, and then her blood didn't clot normally--even though her pre-op blood tests were good. The vet thought she might be seeping blood somewhere, but she couldn't have exploratory surgery and risk anesthesia again. By evening, her labwork wasn't looking good, and the stress had sent her into acute kidney failure. There was thought of doing a transfusion, but that can bring its own risks for severely stressed puppy. My son and I stayed all evening, then were back there at 7:00 this morning, my heart breaking...and I'm sure his was, too.
We are so blessed to have an excellent, dedicated vet. He stayed with her all night at the clinic, adjusting meds, checking her labs. This morning she looked awful--so edematous that her back legs looked like balloons and it was hard for her to move. Her labwork was worsening. The Lasix wasn't working. This morning I prayed so hard for her to improve....for her kidneys to start working before it was too late. The vet did more labwork and gently warned us that things weren't looking good at all.
Then suddenly, the most recent dose of Lasix worked. She started peeing like crazy, which is just what she needed to do. But she isn't out of the woods yet. She's diuresing, but her kidneys still aren't working right, and could fail altogether. She is still under close veterinary supervision. And I am still praying that she can overcome this to return to her wildly joyous, boisterous puppy ways.
You could never convince me that there isn't great power in prayer...even when it involves one of God's smallest creatures. There have been countless times in my life when my prayers have been answered in the most amazing ways--sometimes in ways far, far better than I prayed for. And sometimes, those answers come in comfort and peace when a miracle just can't happen.
Little Abby, who visits our house a lot and often has sleepovers when our son has to travel, holds such a big place in my heart. She is so young, with so many years ahead of her. Years with our son, if they are granted, of absolute devotion, and love, and companionship. I know that she is receiving the best of care, but I'm also praying for her....and giving thanks for the dedicated vet, who has now had to go through a full day of work with no sleep at all. He is a hero, in my book.
How about you...have you been through some tough times with your pets, but still had a good outcome? It would be nice to hear some uplifting stories!