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The Ongoing Adventures of Sheba

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The Ongoing Adventures of Sheba

Tripawd Day 13

July 13th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Pathology, Post Op

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My brain has been fried from lack of sleep and migraines, but I think I’m almost caught up on sleep!  Now that the firework are (mostly) over.  Her last fentanyl patch came off Sunday, we’re doing ok on 150mg Tramadol every 8 hours.  Poop is still very loose (think chocolate sauce for ice cream, minus the ice cream), and she’s not on the antibiotic anymore so we’re decreasing the Gabapentin with a plan to take he off by Friday.  The crying has finally stopped, after consulting with our vet a few times she decided the confinement period is over.  Sheeb is now allowed to roam about the house, cushion hopping, though we’re still keeping a close eye on her and helping her when she goes potty.  She has a hard time keeping balanced when she squats.  Probably the pain meds plus sedatives.

Stitches came off yesterday, but she started licking and chewing the incision so the cone’s not going anywhere!  Abdominal ultrasound was clear, but we did find out the sentinel node biopsy that they took when they thought it was cancer turned out to have Aspergillus spp. in it, so this is no longer an isolated osteomyelitis, but systemic disease.  Because she is a female German Shepherd and therefore more prone to more severe incarnations of the infection, her prognosis is very guarded and will depend on how she responds to treatment.  Once it spreads to the spine and she shows signs of paralysis or paresis she will need to be put down.

WTF!?We were supposed to have a consult with a new internist, apparently her staff forgot to tell her that so she was very unprepared.  Didn’t even have Sheba’s records from across the office.  She showed us how to check her lymph nodes, symptoms to look for and agreed to add terbinafine, and antifungal that is commonly used in conjunction with azole antifungals when there is systemic disease.  She’s supposed to give me a call with the microbe ID and susceptibility results (shouldn’t be back yet) when it does finally come in.  At least its not infectious to the other dogs, but we’re looking at 2-3 years not that we know there’s lymph node involvement.  That microbe ID will give a better clue as to the growth speed of the fungus and give us an idea of how long it’ll take to spread globally.

Sheba was getting kinda depressed, but her brother-from-another-mother, Monsta Man Zia came up for a visit and snap her right out of it!  You just can’t say no to the energy of an Australian Shepherd!

Depressed Sheba

Depressed Sheba

Happy Sheba

Happy Sheba


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5 Comments so far ↓

  • linda8115

    Boy fungal is no piece of cake either is it? Had no idea it could get so complicated. Thanks for sharing all these parts of your journey I’m sure all of us are getting an education on fungal infectections. Keeping everything crossed for beautiful Sheba to have the anti-fungals do what they’re supposed to do.
    Linda, Riley & Spirits Mighty Max & Ollie

  • benny55

    Yeah, I was rhinking this isn’t too awfully bad…relatively speaking! Didn’t know the potential consequences that could pop up…ugh!

    As the doses of pain meds and sedative are reduced, you’ll see more of her sparkle come back. And she has been in a Fentanyl patch almost two weeks too?? She’s not depressed…she’s drugged 🙂

    The sooner she can get back to normal activities and doing things with her “brother” will help her attitude. I know she’s still early in recovery and she needs to take things slowly.

    You’re doing a great job…you’re far stronger than you realizq!

    I think I’ll have some vanilla ice cream now…without chocolate syrup 🙂


    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    You are doing an EXCELLENT job of gathering informatiin.

    • sheba2011

      Haha, yeah, cancer is worse, but its relatively easier. 5 rounds of chemo compared to a potential lifetime of antifungals? She’s off the Fentanyl, but still on Tramadol. I forgot to ask when we can discontinue the pain meds all together. I think maybe I was wanting to see how she does without the gabapentin first. Sorry for the chocolate syrup image, I hate chocolate, so I didn’t think twice about the comparison lol 🙂

  • jewelzzey

    Sheba looks so alive in that last picture, I love it!

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