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!