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Today is a bad day for Flash. When she woke up, she again can’t lift her head and is walking extremely slow. I gave her some Tramadol a little while ago which appears to have kicked in – she’s sleeping next to me now with her soft snore. I’m at a wait and see right now, but God I’m afraid to say out loud the kind of discussion I might have to make soon.

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wait and see is good.You will know if and when the time comes she will tell you.this could sound strange but ask Flash to let you know when she has had enough.I forgot when Bubba was sick that I was afraid I wouldn't know when he had enough of everything and it was time,I told him he would need to let me know.He did. You can only go day to day and see how it goes.Take Care
 

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We might have an idea tomorrow what the mystery is that Flash has. They moved up her biopsy for sometime tomorrow – as of now I’m not sure of the time because they’re fitting her in. She’s sleeping comfortably next to me now and just ate a nice lunch. They’ve increased all her meds again to Metronidazole – Rimadyl – Gabapentin and Tramadol HCL.

The pocket on her neck has changed in size and moved in more of a wrapping around her throat. It also has changed in the denseness of it and again had a pus that was able to be drawn out. It also appears that there is another growth that’s new growing off of it. And… She has a new growth on the right side of her snout with the same liquid.

I’ve just told the vet I don’t want Flash to have any undo suffering before she passes over the bridge. If she thought in any way she would have that before the biopsy tomorrow that I wanted to release her now. She looked me in the eye and said she didn’t think she would. So right now I just have to believe that I can keep her comfortable till tomorrow when we find out once and for all what the hell is going on here. Or by Friday at the latest. Fingers crossed and prayers are said.

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My heart goes out to you Jen, prayers for beautiful Flash tomorrow will go OK and you will soon have answers and hopefully a road to recovery. Take care. :)
 

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Awww... thanks for the updates about Flash. Yes, we can see those growths on Flash's nose. It is good that a pathologist is looking at everything.

Worm says that he hopes it's an infection that can be treated with antibiotics-- that's what he is voting for... he is sending "wub" :wub: to Flash.

We are all thinking of you and Flash here. please keep us posted...
 

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Well, today is a good & bad kinda day. All the meds that Flash is on again appear to be working and she is not in the pain she was yesterday, and she has movement back in her neck again. Not full motion but she is getting there. So yea for that! They still don’t know what’s causing this but at least they know how to fix it quickly.

Today she was going to have the biopsy and another ultrasound while she’s out for the biopsy – but… late last night I got a call from my doctor letting me know that the doctor that would be doing the ultrasound was sick – she didn’t know how sick because her husband called her and she didn’t get a chance to talk to her personally – so… we wouldn’t know till today if she would be just having the biopsy today or waiting till tomorrow so Dr. Allen could also do the ultrasound. Tomorrow won, because Dr. Allen wants to try and get a better look at the spots in her belly and what better time than when she’s already sleeping.

I also found out that depending on what this is, Flash may have to have one more surgery to completely remove the mass on her neck/throat. Because of where it’s located and what’s it’s close to she would have to have it done by a specialist. Even though he’s not in their office at least he’s close - we’ve been very lucky so far that we have so many great vets so close to where we live.

Dr. Allen also located the lab that can check for mycobacterium tuberculosis – She spoke with them yesterday and received confirmation they would look at Flash’s samples for us. I guess there are less than a handful of labs that can check for this.

So as I sit here and type this, Flash is at my feet sleeping comfortable and we still don’t know what is going on. But… we are one step closer. I think my husband said it best last night when we we’re trying to figure out when enough were enough. He said – as long as flash’s eyes are bright and she is showing signs of wanting to keep fighting – we’ll do whatever it takes for her. Yesterday afternoon when you would think she would just want to crawl in her bed and call it a night with all the pain she was in – she wanted me to take her for a little walk. We only went down one house and turned around – but it made her happy. To me it was showing she still wanted to keep living and full speed ahead. But the other question I ask myself – when do you know they’re fighting to keep going because it’s what they want or when their doing it for you? I think that’s one of my biggest problems about now – there are just too many question and not enough answers.

Thanks so much for all the sloppy healing drool you’ve been sending her way!


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Flash is in surgery now having her biopsy and ultrasound – It’s a sit and watch the phone day. Fingers crossed and prayers said that I’ve done all I can for her, we find out what is wrong and most importantly we can fix it. It feels like we’ve been dealing with this for so long that I can’t remember when my head wasn’t spinning.

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We'll definitely keep Flash and you guys in our thoughts. A whole truckload of healing drool is getting sent your way from Doppler and Virga.
 

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Flash is out of surgery and resting comfortable and yea, and my husband is picking her up now! They did all the biopsies and another ultrasound for the spots they saw in her belly. Dr. Allen said the spots in her belly looked like the ones on her neck – round and full of some type of fluid but she couldn’t get to it for a sample because of everything that’s around it. They believe we should know something by this weekend. Dr. Brown said that she was only able to get a small area of the growth on her neck because of all the nerves that are around it. But she was able to get a little, get part of a lymph node and get from her nose. I’ve lost count of how many labs parts of Flash are being sent to.

The biggest concern is they think she may have mycobacterium tuberculosis. There is a lab in Iowa that test for it and they’re waiting for her samples to arrive. My understanding is there are two different strains of this – and one is contagious to people. If that’s the one she has, the CDC will not let us help her. If it’s the other – it’s a long process and hard to cure. We should know if it’s this by Saturday – if it’s not this – I’m at a loss and grabbing at straws for something positive to think of.

Flash thanks everyone for the prayers and drool being sent her way as do I.

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If it would be contagious do you know how long it would take to affect someone?How would she get something like that? Still too many questions not enough answers.We will pray it is not what they may think it is.
 

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If it would be contagious do you know how long it would take to affect someone? How would she get something like that? Still too many questions not enough answers. We will pray it is not what they may think it is.
Unfortunately it’s just as you said, too many questions and not enough answers. I can’t remember a time in my life that when I tried to think it and it hurt. That’s where I’m at now. Her doctor did ask where Flash or any family member would have been lately. But the answer was no help. She walks in the subdivision twice a day for her mile walks with her sister and brother, but that’s it. All three of our kids are primarily mine and all but tolerate my husband. But the other two also enjoy the trip up to our other house in Hayward WI – since Flash had the spinal surgery almost two years ago, she’ll snarl at my husband if he asks if she wants’ to go up so she’s always home with me. Oh, and a couple weeks ago we went down to Missouri to see if it was a place we would want to retire in. But even there – she was never away from me or the pack. So it’s all a mystery.

She’s next to me and finally sleeping but she had an extremely rough night last night – all night. As hard of a decision it is – after last night, I know if whatever she has requires surgery in all the areas she has the growths – I have to let her go. For 11 long years I couldn’t ask for a better puppy and I love her too much to put her through more of this.

Flash is that one special dog that comes into your life. Almost two years before she joined our family my husband was hit by a car and couldn’t walk for over a year and was having a hard time once could stand on his own. It’s because of Flash that he’s walking around today like nothing happened. She gave him everything he needed to get up and try – little by little they would walk down past one house, then two, then three till they were doing a mile together. I could put her in any situation and knew in my heart that she would be able to handle it. We’ve brought in two other hounds and our wanna be hound Rickie and she’s welcomed them with open paws. She shares her food and toy with everyone – she’s never had an accident, never chewed on anything or gotten into anything that she shouldn’t. For 11 years every time I walk into a room, her eyes light up and her tail thump’s. Even if she’s sleeping, she’ll lift one eyelid and thump her tail as if to say hiya mom I’m just too tired to get up but I love ya.

Thank you for all the prayers you’re sending to Flash and I ask that you continue with them that I can keep her comfortable till we get the results and that I have the strength to do what’s best for Flash and not what’s best for me. Oh, God this is so hard, especially when she’s cleaning the tears that are falling, I wonder, does she know?

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It sounds like you've had a wonderful life with Flash, and you will know what you need to do. We hope and pray it won't come to that, but if it does, it won't be easy, but there are a whole group of us with you in spirit.

Does she know? I truly believe animals do, and Flash is letting you know that it's ok, momma, I understand.

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Yes,Flash knows and the great thing about our beloved pets is they never hold anything against us and she is telling you that.You will be able to do anything you need to because you love her. Take it from someone who has been there.
 

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More prayers to you Jen, from Annie and I. I was there in your shoes with the difficult decision to make March 1st, and trust me I still second guess things but sometimes the inevitable draws near. I asked the vet that night if he felt Bentley would have passed on his own that night (which I prayed so hard I wouldn't have to play God) He answered it was hard to tell, dogs can hang on, but when there is a way to humanely help them when they are suffering more bad days than good days it is the final gentle kind gift you can give for all the years of happiness they give us. I will hope Flash rallies for you now, she certainly sounds like she has been a wonderful companion. Hugs and tears..... :(Kathy
 

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Well, today was a better day for Flasher – she finally stopped crying. It was heartbreaking watching her; no matter what I did she would just look at me with her big eyes and cry. Talk about feeling helpless. Her doctor thinks it’s not that she was in pain but was all the meds she’s taking for the pain in her neck - not being able to move it. We cut one of them in half and yea – we both were able to get a few hours sleep. For the first time since Monday she is in her bed right next to mine. And... I get to sleep in mine. Oh, she has developed movement in her neck again, double yea – She’s being a little gentle with it, but she’s moving it. Have to find all the blessings we can

Watching the phone today was like watching the pot of water not boil – it didn’t ring. But… Flash having the great doctors she has – I just received an E-mail.
How's Flash? I put a call into the USDA today and left a message - no results from them yet. The local lab that received just a lymph node is not seeing any cancer but is doing special stains for mycobacteria.

I'll call you tomorrow.
So, with Flash snoring next to me I’m going to take an Imitrex – say a few more prayers that tomorrow we get a diagnosis of some kind so we can finally treat whatever this is and get our Flash back to happy dancing with those big old paws of her.

Thank you again for keeping Flash in your prayers~
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This is as frustrating as it can get. Dr. Allen just called and still noting back yet from the USDA on what Flash has. She’s been calling and leaving messages and sending emails and nothing yet. The only good thing is she just called to put me out of my misery as she knew I was sitting watching for the phone to ring. So now we wait till Monday unless on the off chance she receives an email or they post on the website before then. She said the office is officially closed but people are in the office working on the samples they receive. It’s comforting to know Dr. Brown and Dr. Allen are doing everything in their power to help Flash and keeps me update even in the late night hours.

I’ll update as I learn more – till then, thank you again for your prayers and good thoughts you’re sending Flasher.


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