Mr. Wild Dingo, Loki and I visited Juno Belle Jodhpurs on Saturday. Her temperature was down to 101-102-ish and she seemed alert. I showed up first and took her for a walk and then Mr. Wild Dingo showed up. She actually wagged at him, as if she liked him or something. I left Loki in the car and we got to spend some quality time with her alone before we invited the beast in to see her. Loki cried the entire time while Juno, the strong little warrior she is, looked at him pathetically and said "Quit your whining wussy boy. You're not the one in agony, hooked up to tubes and shaved like some patchwork quilt." She ate about 47 lamb jerkeys and a little boiled chicken.
The double whammy of two broad spectrum antibiotics seemed to be working as her temperature was down. Her joint fluids from the tap results showed mild, but non-remarkable inflamation. There they go again, dosing out those negative adjectives describing my remarkable Sibe. Silly doctors! Her spinal tap results weren't in yet but the doctor offered us to visit with her on Sunday.
Today, I got up bright and early, stuffed a kong full of treats and headed over. I got to take her out of her kennel and on a walk, where she practically pulled me onto the highway, claiming that she could go the speed limit with no problems.
The doctor told me that she noticed earlier a huge limp in her back right leg. I also noticed that when she got sick, she couldn't really lay on her right side without panting. The Wednesday night before she went to VMS, she was panting non-stop and laying on her right side. I physically picked her up and scooted her to the left and she went to sleep peacefully. Today during her visit, she got on the sofa and I noticed she laid on her right side and within 15 minutes she was panting heavily. I snuggled with her a long time and when we got up, she put no weight on the back right leg. The doctor said she would tap that leg for fluid today and check. She said it felt inflamed.
So far we know that with the double dose of antibiotics and fluids her temperature has come down. Her other taps (joint and spinal) show mild inflammation but nothing significant. Now she's showing a huge limp in the back leg. It all makes me wonder if she had a virus, turned infection, that also made her body respond with auto-immune in the joints. Auto-immune disease is hard to diagnose because it shows up when you get sick (after the immune system kicks in and then it attacks the good cells in the body) and there's no real pattern. We'll know more tomorrow when we tap that back right leg and I speak with both doctors. For now, Juno Jodhpurs continues to be an unsolved mystery. But at least she's resting comfortably and in good hands.
Oh heavens. The gumdrop nose is turning pink. The dogtor thinks this is a sign of something is up.
"Mom, they are taking my coat apart, piece by piece. Do not let them near my jodhpurs or my gumdrop nose."
"Finally, something other than hospital food! Though you can't be serious and make me actually work for it, right?"
This shot is for Khyra. Power of the Floof!
"I'm withering away here. I'm already down 54 lbs. There's not much more of my beauty I can lose here. Bring me the bloody mary tri-tip!"
Puparazzi Headlines read: "Juno Belle Jodhpurs Caught with her Tongue Down"
Juno's not actively licking here. She fell asleep with her tongue out and resting on her paw. And now its on the Internet. Oh the shame!