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MT Lady
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   Posted 5/19/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donna,
Just wondering how is Vesta doing?
take care
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


vestabula
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   Posted 5/19/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh Miriam, you are such a sweet heart to ask.  I think the diuretcs have reduced the fluid around her heart because she is breathing easier and not coughing as much.  I want to perceive this as an improvement but she's just picking at her food.  And, she walks around the yard and still sniffs the flowers and all her other favorite spots.  But I know the times is coming and the minute she has no real quality of life...well...you know.

Huggies and Kisses

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


MT Lady
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   Posted 5/19/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donna,
I certainly know what you are feeling now and going through. It's a very stressful time, being "on watch" and waiting. You want so desperately for them to not suffer and yet you don't want to take anyting away from them. As much as you love her, I am certain you will do the right thing, at the right time.

Remember to take care of you at this time,
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


Stari
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   Posted 5/19/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay I gotta ask are the post about a person or an animal?

vestabula
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   Posted 5/19/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Vesta is my eighteen year old Dalmation.  She's a person to me!

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


puppylover
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   Posted 5/19/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Donna, I'm thinking of you and your family.  We have gone through this last stage of life with 5 other of our furry family members over the years.  Vesta has been with you for so long.  I do know how difficult this is.  I hope that it helps you to know that so many other people feel what you are going through.  Hugs to you and your family.

Puppylover

 


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RedDiane
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   Posted 5/20/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I know the watching and waiting feeling, too. A few years ago I had both our boys come home from college, because I didn't think our cat would make it to May. She lived until the 24th and all of us got to say goodbye. I'm so sorry for you Donna. Diane
Fibromyalgia since 1984, Sjogren's, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Auto-immune eczema, GERD, osteoarthritis, IBS, RLS, sleep apnea


pattipanda
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   Posted 5/21/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Donna...
Please be sure to give Vesta extra love for me.. I know how much she means to you.
Loves..
Patti
 
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vestabula
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   Posted 5/21/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you all so much for your concern for my little dog.  I don't know what to think anymore and just hope we are doing the right thing.  I think the time is coming...but she has fooled us before.

She can still give kisses, so I am sending some your way.

huggies

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


MT Lady
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   Posted 5/21/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
(((Donna))))
I SO understand what you are feeling right now. The last several months, maybe even a year, before we put Cass down, I was taking her to the vet what felt like constantly and probably averaged two to three times a month. Any time something "happened", loss of urine, loss of fecal, I was running to the doctor for reassurance and every time I was told "you will know"...it made me crazy. I just didn't have the confidence in myself to make the right decision at the right time. I was so fearful of taking any quality of life away from her. The vet told me, over and over and over again, to think of 3 things that she enjoyed, that made up her quality of life. When those 3 things were gone, when she no longer enjoyed them, then it would be time. For Cass, it was eating, taking her walks and just being close to me. Besides her physical limitations, she had cognitive problems, so that made things more difficult too.

I don't know if this has helped you or not. I really want you to know that I completely understand what you are feeling now, what you are going through and I know it isn't easy.

Big, warm huggies for you
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


vestabula
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   Posted 5/21/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   

I know what you mean, Miriam.  I am wondering if I am just being selfish and just because she can still walk around there is some hope here.  But...she is just picking at her food...is definetely suffering doggie dementia and last night for the first time EVER...she jumped off the bed and went to sleep on the floor in the family room by herself.  I think her connection to us is really fading.  The vet is gone for four days and I'm afraid something will happen and I will have to take her to a strange emergency vet which is about 40 miles away.  Our vet is a fishing buddy of The Hubby's and said we could call him any time but this is Memorial Day week-end.  I am forever second guessing my decision to just 'do it' last week...but how can you put a dog down that runs through the office, out the back door and chases a chicken?

I don't know what to do...I just don't know what to do.

Hug to you all

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

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