||[Jun. 17th, 2006|02:11 pm]
We rang the vets at 9am this morning to see how Tess was doing. It's not great - her red blood cell levels were down to 16, as opposed to 27 the day before, and a healthy level is between 35-55.|
They wanted to get her to the emergency vets for 24/7 care, and they also wanted to give her a blood transfusion.
I didn't even know dogs could give blood... They have to be at least 10 kilos, and we kind of paniced, not actually knowing any other dogs at all really. Luckily the lovely vet found a lovely woman with a lovely great dane called Brian (I got to meet him, Brian rocks, although he did almost knock me over by just leaning on me) who was going to donate blood.
So we then had to drive Tess and some new Tess blood across to the emergency vets. Tess was a bit perkier when she saw us even though she had gotten a bit worse over night, but she still is very very much not herself. But she wagged her tail a little. :)
When we got to the emergency vets, turns out they didn't want to do the transfusion straight away. The vet was a bit worried that not enough blood had been taken, plus they wanted to see how the treatment goes over the next few days.
So, we have left her there for a few days. It was so sad leaving her. :(
Basically, all I can do now is wait. I'm very, very, very worried, obviously. But she still has a 50/50 chance. I figure the glass is half full... I really need to think positively, and not get upset, and I really have a feeling she'll get through this, and I just hope I'm right....
When she does get through this, she will be on steroid injections for the rest of her life, and her whole diet will need to change. But that's fine, I just need her to get through this.
She'll be in for at least 4-5 days (I really hope she's out before my birthday), and they advise we don't visit, in case she thinks she's coming home. I figure this is for the best too, as much as I feel bad leaving her there, I know she is being looked after, plus not only would it upset her, it would upset me!! Not to mention the fact I've already had to lose 3 shifts at work because of taking her to the vets already, it's quite a drive across to see her, and I'm working til 9pm the first few days of next week.
Thanks to everyone who has sent me nice words and support :)