The rain finally stopped!
I spoke with Dr. E (Héctor J. Encarnación, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (SAIM) late Tuesday afternoon our internist from MedVet. He explained the plan for Lucie moving forward with the diuretic. We will work to get her down to the lowest dose possible which keeps the fluid build up off of her back legs. Blood work will be done in a month to make sure that the diuretic is not causing any damage. I know when she was first put on them she was so uncomfortable needing to potty every 2 hours day and night. One of the side effects was weakness in her back legs. I am grateful that Dr. E took the time to call and discuss Lucie with me. He was very kind and answered all of my questions. He's a true gentleman and I'm glad we have him on Team Lucie!
The hard news is that the edema is most likely not related directly to the medications that she was on for that brief period. His concern is that her birth defect may be catching up to her and that a blood clot may have broken away and moved elsewhere. Lucie has basically beaten the odds her entire life. Given her unique makeup with her heart, everyone could speculate all day long on what's going on with her but this is uncharted territory. Regardless, we will continue to cherish every moment and give her the best quality of life possible.
This morning we enjoyed a lovely walk at Lucie's pace leading the way.
Love my girls to the moon and back!