Friday, January 18, 2013

Prayers for Phoebe

We've been kind of preoccupied around here this week with an unexpected bump in the road for our precious Phoebe.  I wrote earlier last year about her trials and tribulations with going from being a Cushing's patient to being an addison's patient, and the numerous trips to the Vet with everything from skin issues, an eye abrasion and addison's crisis. 
 We've gone down and back up again with her weight, and her skin issues which were doing better for a while seem to be returning.  We go once every 25 days for a shot that keeps her "up", and every other day or so, she gets some steroids.  Whatever it takes to keep our girl going!  Very recently, there have been a few changes that just haven't been right.
 Wednesday, during her exam, our vet felt a mass in Phoebe's abdomen.  He took x-rays, ultrasound, and attempted a fine needle biopsy.  She had a very difficult time coming off the sedative and ended up back at the vet yesterday to get rehydrated with fluids.  Last night when she came home, she was looking and acting much better, but she's not quite herself.
 This morning, we went and met with the surgeon. A Board Certified Veterinary General Surgeon - If it sounds expensive, yep, you got that right...  Right now, he's thinking it's an adrenal tumor. Could be cancer, could be benign.  It may be able to be removed, but we really don't know. There's really no way to tell until he goes in and sees what's really happening.
 As you can imagine, we are beside ourselves with worry and anxiety.  Do we do the surgery, do we not?  If it's the worst case scenario, I don't want to put her through a surgery and cause unnecessary suffering, I'd rather enjoy our time with her while she's here.  If it's just a benign mass, and we leave it, I feel like we are giving up hope on our precious girl.  It's been agonizing trying to make decisions on what is best for her.
We've been praying about it, crying over it for the last three days and asking God to guide us on what to do.
 Phoebe is almost nine.  She is the bossy boots in this family.  She tells us what to do and when to do it - she rules this roost.  Of course, the selfish side of me wants her to be with us for many years to come! I love this girl - so much - I almost can't stand it.  The shih-tzu on the right - yeah - he's okay too... ;)
 So, we're going ahead with the surgery to see what is happening and try to get our girl feeling better.  I hope and pray this is the right decision.
If you are so inclined, any prayers, positive thoughts, energy, *anything* positive for our girl would be greatly appreciated. We decided to do the surgery on Monday so she wouldn't have to stay at the vet all weekend recovering alone.  She'll have her surgery and spend hopefully only one night surrounded by vet tech's and a vet at the 24 hour emergency clinic, then hopefully come home to us where we can baby her.


  1. Thank you so much Lisa. Oh my gosh, we had a little yorkie that looked exactly like that. He died at five years of age from a weird thing, his top vertebra actually dislodged and pinched his spine. He was blind and paralyzed. It was awful. His name was Dinky.
    Thanks again for the moral support. I have to keep trying, every day, and get myself really healthy! I'll let you all know how it is going. Kiss those beautiful babies for me!

  2. Prayers for you and Phoebe! Furbabies are family, and I can only imagine how upset you must be! Hugs!

  3. Sending prayers your way for your precious Phoebe! I too have a bossy boots in our family, my little Pomeranian, Tinky. Please let us know how she does.

  4. oh Lisa, I know what youre going through. it is so hard to know what is the right choice and truthfully when to draw the line financially. we just dont like to say that. I most certainly will be praying for your precious phoebe (and for you!) this weekend and especially on Monday. keep us posted!!
    I think youre making the best choice.. the one you can live with!

  5. Hey,
    Very sorry to hear about your sweet furbaby. I am the proud Mama of four of the most spoiled dachshunds on the planet! Our oldest is Pebbles, she will be 14 on Jan.30th! She has been our expensive baby! She hurt her back in 2005 and had to have 5 disc removed and fused together. She had to stay 2 weeks and 2 days at the emergency vet center. We went to visit nightly and I took treats to the staff each day. Pebbles was used to getting lots of love and attention. I told the staff that we would feed them everyday if they promised to take her out of her cage and love on her extra each day and they did. When it was time to bring her home, the Doctor met with us and told us he felt Pebbles needed to stay a while longer, I was almost in tears when he said just kidding but we got spoiled by all the treats you guys brought us! Then in 2008 she had to have surgery to have bladder stones removed! She had almost 30 stones all different sizes in her! Now, she gets distilled drinking water! Sending prayers, cyber hugs, and all kinds of postive thoughts that Phobee will be a brand new girl after this surgery!
    Lynn from Life on the Wienee Ranch blog

  6. sending prayers your way Lisa. Hugs and love to your beautiful Phoebe on Monday.