Bad Friday

Sarah is in the hospital. What started as persistent diarrhea Wednesday afternoon and through the night, developed into vomiting and more diarrhea Thursday morning. A call to our vet on Thursday provided a late Friday appointment and the advice to give her Pepto Bismal and Imodium; a bland diet and yogurt. On Thursday afternoon, her diarrhea became bloody, as did her vomit. She was extremely lethargic and refused food.

Initial diagnosis from the emergency medicine vet offered several possibilities: HGE (hemorrhagic gastroenteritis), adrenal gland abnormality or, of course, an intestinal mass.

Will get an update this afternoon.

Nope, no Happy (Good) Friday for Sarah…or us.

UPDATE: Saturday morning. Sarah is still in the hospital and still has diarrhea. A fecal exam revealed elevated levels of clostridium, a bacterium that is normally present in the intestinal tract, but, when levels are elevated, the nefarious affects of the bacterium are, to say the least, worrisome. Whether or not she can come home today, will be left to her primary care physician who doesn’t arrive for duty until 2 P.M.

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8 Responses to Bad Friday

  1. Oh Christ. How nasty. Well, vet medicine is far more advanced than human. She’s got better odds than you’d have if the tables were turned. Not to mention someone who cares deeply. Imagine if this had happened at the pound. She was sent to YOU. I’m sure you’ll do your best.

    You’re in my thoughts.

  2. Suz at Large says:

    Oh, George, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m sending good thoughts and prayers for her – and you and David too.

  3. georgeindenver says:

    Doog, Suz, thank you for your thoughts.

  4. Suz at Large says:

    Thanks for the update, George. Hope they can zap the bad bugs and make Sarah well again.

  5. Poor Sarah, she’s probably NOT enjoying being at the vet. Here’s hoping she’s home SOON!

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  7. ohwilleke says:

    Any trip home from an E.R. is a good one. Hang in there.

  8. georgeindenver says:

    Indeed, Andrew. A celebrated blessing.

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