Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dad's Little Girl

Your Long and Short of it All hostess 'Maggie,' photo taken a few weeks ago

Tears are streaming down our face, and it's hard to compose ourselves as we read all the beautiful comments and e-mails from all over the world for our sweet little Maggie  Thank you so much.  We printed them out and read them to her last night.  It's painful to write that she is still not eating on her own - she is actually being force-fed as of yesterday to give her some nutrients to allow her pancreas just a little more time to turn around.   We're not so sure how we feel about that, but she is keeping the food down, and her pain is being controlled on pain meds.  Dad doesn't want a tube feed for her, or any TPN's, or any sort of surgery for her, she has just too many medical complications stacked up against her due to the Cushing's.  The veterinarian agrees with this.  We discussed a PPN with the vet yesterday, which would be partial parenteral nutrition in an IV, but he decided that at least if we force feed her she is getting complete nutrition.  We are no longer giving her the trilostane to control her Cushing's in hopes that, as Cushing's dogs are ravenously hungry, it will help her to eat.  The extra steroids she would produce may also help her.  She gets visits with Dad and Joey and some of her favorite friends every 12 hours.  On Monday morning the vet was positive that Maggie may still turn around, but with each passing hour that hope diminishes. 
Dad is going to work just a half day today and then take her to a veterinary specialty center this afternoon for an ultrasound so we can see exactly what we are dealing with, and hopefully have an answer as to whether or not she will be able to turn around.   Maybe a tumor has grown since she had her last ultrasound in May, or who knows really, but hoping that the ultrasound will provide some clues as to what exactly we are dealing with - liver, adrenal, pancreas, or gallbladder issues. 
She is getting the best medical care that she can, and all the wonderful vets and technicians love her, and are making sure she is comfortable - even putting a little blanket over her when she sleeps.  Sweet little girl.

48 comments:

Cynthia (Geneva's mom) said...

Tears are streaming down my face, too, as I read this. You are doing all you can, and we can only hope she pulls through.
Sending lots of love and healing thoughts her way.

Jerry S. said...

Tell your sweet girl that we love her.

Anonymous said...

5 misty eyes in Quebec Canada too for all of u. We are saying extra prayers to help u Carson and Joey to stay strong to get through this and extra prayers for Maggie that she comes home soon safe and healthy.

Oscar and Hans said...

OH, guys, this makes us so sad to read. We keep thinking of Maggie - and just KNOW that one of these mornings we will pull up the website and there will be her pretty face, wagging tail, and great news!

Stay strong and tell Maggie her Iowa friends are pulling for her. She is truly lucky to have such a loving family.

Alicia said...

We all want Maggie (along with Joey and Carson) happy and well. So much love being sent your way along with prayers for peace of spirit and body. Be strong and positive. Yo can do it Maggie!!

Erika said...

Sweet beautiful Maggie. Sending healing and loving thoughts from New Hampshire and giving my little Dexter extra hugs and kisses too. So many people thinking about you all.

Anonymous said...

Fingers, toes and paws crossed here for a quick turn of events and some good news for Maggie and family!

Coloradolady said...

Well, tears are here as well. Praying so hard for Maggie and a quick turn around.

Tell Maggie not to give up, to remember the weather is getting cooler and there are adventures to be had in the back yard. It is ok to rest, but rest time is almost over...time to get on to new adventures and feel better!!

Still thinking about you all and praying throughout the day.

MegMynattMohan said...

We are not giving up! We are still sending prayers and well wishes to you all day, Maggie...we KNOW you are strong enough to beat this! Hugs and love from Columbia, SC!

Bess and Millie

cheyne923 said...

We so love you, dear Maggie May! The tears are flowing in the Morrissey household and we are focused on sending you the best energy and hope possible.

Carson and Joey, we also love you so much and have some understanding of how you must be feeling. Know that whatever happens, it comes out of love. Love that you have for Maggie and the love and trust she has in you.

Thank you for such frequent updates. We look for them regularly and appreciate your keeping your extended family in the loop.

Love love love always,
Melinda and Teagan (and Jeeves from on high)

Anonymous said...

Maggie you are so loved.

Carson: You are doing everything possible under the sun to help her. You are truly a very special doggy daddy and I am sure Maggie has always known this and loves you for it.

Liz

PS H/T/C are crossing paws in prayer for a Maggie recovery.

curator said...

Oh no, I was so hoping Maggie might be looking forward to a trip home today...Sending every possible wish for a miracle, and sending love.

Shar said...

We are reduced to tears for a dog we have never met, but feel that we know so well....dear Maggie.

~Shar, Sawyer, Abby, and foster Skittles

Bludog said...

Oh Carson, Joey and Maggie, our thoughts are with you. I'm glad I got to see you at Bucktown at Kalyx's booth. Best wishes from the Bludog gang - Vickie, Molly, Max and Honey

Anonymous said...

We look forward to and read your blog every morning but have never commented. Praying for you guys here in Arkansas and hope you get some good news today so Maggie can get back home to her family.

Lizardknits said...

Praying for Maggie - I wish I could hug & kiss her in person.

Steph said...

I am a religious reader and never have commented. I have been thinking of you all and Maggie especially - wishing you strength, love and comfort from New York City.
xo, Steph & Charlie the dachshund

Anonymous said...

Maggie: You are a GOOD GIRL and your Dad loves you so much. And so do my Mom and I. We know you can pull through this. Sending positive energy your way via more and more barking at squirrels, buses, people, dogs, cats, and of course the UPS truck.
Love, Mina the mini-doxie ruler of the neighborhood.

Maddie & Baxter's Dad said...

Maggie your sweet eyes melt my heart. I am keeping you in my thoughts and so are little Maddie and Baxter. They are keeping their paws crossed for you. You're such a lucky girl to have a Dad that cares so deeply for you. But I bet everyone who meets you falls in love! Sending you snuggles and belly rubs from Rhode Island.

~Shelle said...

I was really hoping to tell my dachshunds, Milo and Dixie, that Miss Maggie was feeling better today and would be back to her hostessing schedule soon. Instead we are all misty-eyed today reading that she is still in that vague place between healthy and sick.

Joey, remind Miss Maggie how much she is missed and give her a head bump from all the dachshunds in the world who love her. (and giving dad one as well, might help him, too!)

Love, Shelle, Reed, Milo and Dixie

Ruby and Penny said...

Oh Maggie. We're sending all the doxie get well vibes we can. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Get well girlfriend.
Love Ruby & Penny

Amy said...

Oh Maggie, Jasper & I are sending tons of human & doxie love your way. We hope that you pull through this & come back stronger than ever. You & Joey & your whole family are in our prayers:)

*Amy & Jasper

Kristina @ spabettie said...

please tell Maggie that we love her - sending more healing energy, prayers and love your way today!

Kristina Human and Basil Dachshund

Linda Moss said...

Sweet, pretty Maggie you are the most beautiful girl, we love the beautiful picture of you today! We check back often to see how you are doing and we are so sorry to hear you are still having a tough time. We hope you turn the corner to feeling better right away, we are sending love and prayers and wishes for healing strength for all of you! Love, Frankie, Maggie and Linda

buckabee honey pups said...

God speed you precious girl back to you.

Anonymous said...

God love you, sweet little Maggie. You, Carson and Joey are ever in our constant prayers that soon you will be able to turn around and gain ground - even if only a little at a time. Know that so many people love you and are keeping you in our thoughts, hoping as time goes by that you may feel better. May God hold you all and Bless you and bring you comfort. Lovingly, Jayne and Annie

dachseeguy said...

Yes she is indeed dad's wonderful Beautiful girl. I hope and pray that the ultrasound will provide a clear picture of what and where her medical problems lie and that the news is good that she can be treated and restored to good health. Maggie is such a special doxie girl her warmth and love just radiate out from her as Ozzie and I can attest. Sending you love and good wishes, Maggie.
John & Ozzie

Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing Maggie's updates,we are all hoping for her getting stabilized and back home.

Anonymous said...

Maggie ... What a beautiful sweet dog you are. And so loved by so many. Little Leo and Hogan from virginia beach are sending you their best doxies prayers and wishes so that you will feel better soon. Get well sweet Maggie

Anonymous said...

Mom is loging off now but she wants u to know that our paws will be crossed and prayers said tonight are all for u- Maggie, Carson and Joey. The candle will be lit and burned all night so Maggie's night will not be filled with darkness and offerings of tobacco will be scattered to the 4 winds asking the great spirit to watch over Maggie tonight and bring her health so she can go home. Love from 4 dachies from Que. Canada. XXXX

Anonymous said...

Carson we know how you hurt. I hope the news is good for Maggie. When I opened the blog I so hoped I would read the picture was from this morning. We appreciate your taking the time to keep us informed. I just can feel how your heart aches. Joey pulled through such a difficult time. I just keep hoping because they are siblings that Maggie will have the same strength.
Oh sweet sweet Maggie. That beautiful face and sweet eyes. Hang in there girl.

Marene&Ali

Ron and Cheal Todd said...

Sending virtual support and hugs... Peni, Beau, Ron and I are all pulling for Maggie to recover.

Anonymous said...

Miss Maggie, we send you our strength and love, & trust that you are going to feel so much better soon. We hope today's ultrasound will help your excellent medical team pinpoint what is going on, and enable them to do even more to help you with the hard work of getting well. You are doing such a great job, little girl. We are buoying you up with our love, as are your dad & Joey. You couldn't be in better hands. Sending a huge dose of Doxie Joy & Feistiness to all of you, our friends. Get well soon, sweetheart.
Michele & Pee Wee

Anonymous said...

Get well soon, sweet girl. Sending positive vibes your way from Corolla, NC. xoxo,Lauren

Anne said...

OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH sweet girl - you are making me cry!!! you gotta FIGHT it GIRL!!!!!! fight, fight, fight...we all love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You can DO IT!!!

all of our prayers are with you and your sweet family!
-Roxie Lou, Coco Beane and Auntie Annie Em

woof.

Kerri said...

Hugs for the pawrents, and doxie nose kisses for Maggie from Raleigh, NC.

AMY ANN said...

Our prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

Maggie: we will always be with you!!

love from your homegirls,
Lolita and Pandora

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you Maggie girl. You are so strong and so brave. Your dad is doing everything he can to make sure you're ok, so please please please pull through.

Northern Star said...

Fingers and paws crossed for you Maggie, thinking of you.

Sue, Pepsi and Max

Anonymous said...

my heart goes out to you during this difficult time... may Maggie soon be home in recovery..

Anonymous said...

Hi Maggie, we are praying for you and your Dad that you will be get better.

Baxter, Baxter's Mom & Dad

Jonathan said...

Sending love from four of your biggest fans in Austin, Texas. Jonathan, Paula, Dex and Red.

Anonymous said...

Feel better sweet Maggie! Wishing you well from Boston!

djshelf said...

Maggie - you bring so many people happiness and make them feel good. I only wish that we could do the same for you now. You get better and continue to make people and other dogs smile.

Love, Chris and Sharron and Max and Basil

The Sheridan Avenue Boys said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Maggie, Joey, and Carson.

Jack, Jetson, Jordan, Lincoln, & Lego are sending lots of puppy kisses.

A MilShelb Mom said...

Oh... we are thinking of you. We love Maggie!
~Milly and Shelby

Lissa said...

Oh sweet Maggie. My doxie Annie & I send you all our love & prayers. I LOVE reading about your adventures so feel better very soon. xoxoxo

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