The Weekly Bleat: Maud Update #3
I would like to express my thanks to everyone who has been so kind to ask about Maud. I really appreciate your interest and concern regarding her progress. Maud has been steadily making gains over the last few weeks. She hasn’t felt wonderful, partially due to her illness as well as the steroids, but she is better. She visited the vet twice since the last update, and each time, we’ve gotten good news. Maud’s platelet and red blood cell (RBC) counts continue to climb, and she’s staying healthy despite her compromised immune system. Since the platelet and RBC counts rose, our vet instructed us to start reducing (just a little) the amount of prednisone Maud receives daily. This is Maud’s first week of steroid reduction, and we visit our vet on Monday, 21st September to recheck her blood work. Our hope is that Maud’s platelet and RBC counts will continue to climb.
Because of Maud’s increased RBC count, we’ve noticed that her gums are getting pinker as are the pink parts of her droopy, hound dog eyes. She’s not lying around as much and appears more energetic as she’s got a little more pep in her step and has begun “exploring” the garden again. I also know she’s feeling better, because I hear myself once again, saying, “Maud, stop eating THAT….it’s yucky!” Or, I’ll lament, “Maud, you’re hurting my ears.”
The difference this time….. her little, quirky behaviors don’t annoy me anymore. I feel so happy that she’s feeling well enough to walk around eating “yucky” stuff and howling her sweet head off, and it moves me to think how an animal like Maud can teach me patience, acceptance, unconditional love, and gratitude.
Thank you all so much for your encouragement and support, but mostly, thank you for your loving thoughts and prayers for Maud. XOXO