Dec 23, 2009

Lucie Update

Today we went for the ultrasound. They let Ron and I be back there with her during the procedure. Lucie was very good! Her organs look good, no tumors. But they found an aneurysm and said that her plumbing is not hooked up correctly. The internal medicine doctor called in a radiologist and they ran the complete ultrasound again. This time we were not invited to be back with her. Here is a sample of the doctors final finding at this point.

"She apparently has a vascular anomaly affecting the caudal vena cava, which is suspected to be congenital.  It is unknown how long this aneurysm has been present, but it is suspected that it has slow formed since Lucie has compensated for its presence."

Her full report from the internal medicine specialist is below. Be warned that if you read it she is very blunt. No sugar coating here.

We have a list of tests and procedures that she wants to do on Lucie next. When I asked if this has anything to do with her prior symptoms it seemed as though she was pulling at straws to make a good connection. We are going to meet with our primary vet to get a second opinion. We want to make smart decisions that will be of value to the diagnosis instead of doing tests just to check them off a list. We love Lucie and will do everything we can to make sure she is healthy and happy!

It is just so hard to believe, especially when she is feeling great and eating dog food again. Her blood tests were all good. Cell counts all good. Right now she is 95% back to normal. Lucie was my brave little girl today. She made it through about 2 and a half hours of ultrasound with no complaints. 

How is Lucie now? When we got home she ate dog food and then enjoyed a good playtime outside with Addie and Hailey. Right now, if you just met her you would not think there was anything wrong with her. 

Lucie chased a squirrel up this tree!

All three girls just hanging out.

Lucie had fun prancing around the yard. They simply had a great afternoon! 
Now it's time to get ready for Santa!

25 Treats:

LUCKY LUKE said...

Lucie is a beautiful girl wif a wonderful Mom who love her very much. It sounds like you have been to the right place and are gettin important answers.

You are all in my prayers and also my the Mom's...

wif very much love from the Luke

caboval said...

Well this is just the craziest thing we have ever heard of! We are so glad that Lucie is back up on her feet! And seems normal???? She is in our thoughts and prayers always!!!! Please keep us updated!!! We love her! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Tank woo fur the update...

Please know we are still thinking of ALL of woo!


Kane said...

We are so happy to hear that Lucie is feeling better, at least for now. We've been thinking of her and hope she continues to chase the squirrels for a long time. She's too young to stay down.

~Kane's people

Emma Rose said...

Thank you for the update. It doedsn't sound like the two things are related, but it's possible. We will be tinking of you and ptaying for Lucie. I am glad she seems to be feeling better.

Merry Christmas Kisses,
Emma Rose

Sagira said... is very sad to see such a young pup have so many medical issues. I just wish we could wish real hard and she be 100% perfect health and pain free.

I hope Santa brings all three lots and lots of goodies. Have fun and Merry Christmas from our gang to yours.

Elizabeth said...

Lucie, we love you! Hope you have a wonderful time over the holidays!!!

Happy Holidays to all!

Elizabeth & Luna

Cocorue said...

We will be thinking of you over Christmas and we will pray for Lucie

Take care and have a wonderful, happy and safe Christmas


Southbay Girl said...

well, Lucie couldn't have a better mom and dad!!! She is indeed a very lucky girl!

I know it was probably overwhelming to hear that news!!! It is never easy to hear that there is something wrong with our babies!! Stay strong for her! You will know what to do next! maybe thinning her blood is a good idea-will that lesson the risk of an embolism?

It sounds like this is something that MOST people would never have found-you were very persistent and care so much for Lucie that you took her care beyond what most people do!!! She is so loved!!!!

Please let us know what you decided to do!! And enjoy every moment with all of your babies this Christmas!!!

With much love and thought and prayer!

Velcro and Penny

Olive said...

So good to see the pictures... I am thinking about your family.

Have a beautiful holiday.

Licks from me!!

Olive :)

BJ Roan said...

Lucie sure looks healthy and happy. I hope and pray this is something that can be repaired. BJ

An English Shepherd said...

Lucie looks really well. Have a great Christmas

Wizz :-)

Lean said...

Thanks for the up date....lovely pictures.
merry christmas to you all.
bye bye,lean&Misty.

BCxFour said...

We are thinking of you and your precious dogs this Christmas - sending prayers for healing & peace.

Lorenza said...

I know you are doing everything needed and possible for Lucie.
Glad to know she is feeling a little better!
Merry Christmas to you all!
Kisses and hugs

The OP Pack said...

Not sure what to think of the findings, and now with her doing so much better. We hope she continues to stay well and that you can come to some good conclusions about what to do next.

Wishes to you and the family for a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Ludo van Doggy said...

oh no, not good news.
We is so happy to see ehr back looking happy and healthy again though. Perhaps this something that can just be lived with? I do hope so.
Merry crisp mas to you all.
~lickies, ludo

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

We are sorry that this latest examination has left you with so many questions, and we hope your primary vet will help you work through them ad see what the best course of action will be. In the meantime, we are happy that Lucie is eating well and playing. Enjoy these holidays with her and Addie and Zoey. Each moment of joy all together is as good as a hundred years!

Merry Christmas

Maggie and Mitch said...

Our paws remain crossed for you, Lucy! We want you 100%!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Tests are tests and they are important but what you see is critical, too. If she is having fun and eating and comfortable - that is all that really matters in the long run. You are good parents, you will do all the right things.

Merry Christmas to a some darling pooches who have brought us smiles and happiness throughout this past year. Your gentle ways and upbeat attitudes have been a source joy!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We are hoping that everything works out. You have a safe and Happy Holidays..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Southbay Girl said...

merry christmas addie, lucie and hailey....I think you guys may have gotten some white stuff on the ground. if so, i hope you got to play in it!



Canine Crusader said...

Merty Christmas! The results are blunt, but the fact that she is feeling better and acting like a dog is great. Many times one test leads to findings that are not related to the problem. Uncertain is another good thing, at least it's not bad. Some dogs and people live with things their entire lives. Sometimes it's not discovered until an autopsy. We were told that when my son was two. An ultrasound found only one kidney in his abdomen. Mom said, "You didn't know he only had one kidney?" Uh, No, Mom, do you know how many I have? His plumbing wasn't hooked up correctly either, he had sugery before he was two. Later I figured he was born with a urinary tract defect. A second opinion is smart. Lucie, you stay beautiful and keep feeling better everyday. I'll be praying you can put this behind you soon.

Team Husky said...

For what it's worth, I think the CT angiogram is necessary to see exactly what is going on with Lucie.

The CT scan Prince had was invaluable, even though it was very bad news we now know exactly what is happening with his tumor.

We hope whatever is wrong wth Lucie can be fixed and we are sending tons of Sibe Vibes her way!!!

Aleeya on behalf of Team Husky

Amber and Nala said...

Wow, that's alot to take in. I hope Lucie is feeling ok and you are able to get the best care for her. :)

Thinking of you,
Amber & Nala

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