NO BLFC for me - Backing out :(Unfortunately, a week before the con, I've decided to cancel the trip and not attend BLFC this year.)
My dog Chloe is sick with (what we think is) Hepatitis. She requires over 7 medications a day and close monitoring and encouraging to eat, drink, etc. Chloe has been with me for 10 years now and is very dependent and bonded to me; and though she has shown improvement in the last few days, I would not be able to enjoy my time at a convention or focus on work when worrying about her back at home. At this point, I've spent all week focusing on nothing else but her so I don't even think it would be possible to finish con prep at this point anyway. Not to mention the burden it would put on the caretaker watching her if we left.
I am sad to miss out, but in the end my "child" and her health is more important than a convention. There is always next year
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I'm happy to say that since last Thursday Chloe has only continued to improve and is feeling 100% better She's been getting weekly blood tests to check her liver values, and both tests so far have shown them to be dropping which is fantastic. Her levels are still very high, but since they're continously dropping week after week, then the meds are working and she is healing.
The vets still aren't 100% sure what she has/why she has it, but the meds she was on for Hepatitis are working and so that's the good sign. We're doing a titer test for Leptospirosis just in case (as Lepto is zoonotic and could be passed to me/my other dog/etc). Though Lepto is not likely, it is a possibility that we'd like to rule out just in case. We'll know by next week if it's Lepto or not. Otherwise, I guess all we can say is that it's Hepatitis in some form and we'll slowly wean her off certain meds to see if it's something she will get over, or if she'll have chronic issues the rest of her life. I know many people who's dogs have had liver issues in the past but got over it and just need monitoring to make sure it doesn't come back, so it will be a continuous thing to deal with for a while longer.
So we'll see where it goes from here; I'm just happy that she is healthy again and back to her old self She lost a bit of weight and almost all her muscle mass by being sick, so now we're focusing on some rehab and getting her strong again. It's crazy to think that just a few months ago she did a 7 mile summit hike, and now she gets tired from a 2 mile walk! But we'll work on it. I hope to be able to take her on our first 14er hike this July if possible; she's a little wonder dog
Thank you to everyone who expressed concern and sent good thoughts! It was really tough for the first week during her diagnosis/hospitalization but I'm just so glad it's over!
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