Thanks, Krystal! Hoping to hear back tomorrow or the day after. Crossing fingers for Stalin too.
How is Ike today, have you got any results back yet?
Hi Gina, he is still holding steady under heavy doses of prednisone and painkillers. He's able to eat and sleep without any pain episodes, and so I feel like he's at least able to start healing now. I hope to hear back today...they said (on Thursday) that the pathology results would likely take 3-4 business days....so....crossing fingers.
Pathology results came back, and showed no cancer, thank heavens, and no lymphangiectasia, but rather, based on biopsy, bloodwork, and how he's responding to treatment, she is putting her money on chronic inflammatory bowel disease. She speculates that he's been borderline for a long time, and for whatever reason, this episode just pushed him over the edge. The lack of diarrhea threw everyone for a loop, but apparently it's not completely unheard of.
He's on a super-lowfat diet, which he'll be on for the rest of his life. His dosages of prednisone, metronidazole and painkillers will gradually be reduced until we find the smallest possible maintenance dose with zero to low side effects....but he will likely always need to take some kind of corticosteroid. He also will need injections of B vitamins, which appear to be infinitesimally low in his body because of malabsorption.
I'm grateful he does not need surgery, is responding to the pharmaceuticals, and we have our little clown back. Today we went for a long, slow walk in the warm sunshine, and he wagged his tail virtually all day long. He brought me all his toys, one by one. I could've cried with relief.
Thanks for your support, everyone. I hope I can repay it in the years to come!
Last edited by puglogic; 04-06-2012 at 10:30 AM.
I'm so glad there is good news and your baby is on the mend. That's just great.
I had a foster with IBD although his main symptom was diarrhea. Dicyclomine ended up being what helped him the most 1.35 mg twice a day.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
- Mohandas Gandhi
What great news, and what a relief it must be to not only know what's wrong but to know it's treatable. :)
I am sooooo happy for you that they have found his problem and that for the most part it is treatable. Your story of the long slow walk and tail wagging brought me to tears. I just couldn't have imagined what you were feeling and going thru. Hug him everyday for me.
I'm so very glad it's something treatable!!! May he have many more comfortable, happy years ahead!