Maggie, September 9th, 2011
Thanks so much for all the kind comments and emails for your Long and Short of it All hostess 'Maggie.' She is still in the hospital dealing with her most recent bout of pancreatitis. Dad and Joey have gone to visit her every 12 hours this weekend. She seems to have declined a little while in the hospital, she wouldn't pee last night for us, and no longer sits up and acts excited when we come to visit. She is on pain meds, anti-nauseants, and IV hydration. She did poop this morning, it was firm, so that was good, and there was no blood in her stools or anything which happened last time she was in for pancreatitis.
As far as her lab values go, her liver is messed up pretty bad, and when she is discharged the good veterinarian wants to start her on a neutraceutical with SAM-e in it, says he has seen good results. Another liver value is pointing to a blockage somewhere, possibly in the gallbladder, so she will also be started on ursodiol for that (Joey is also on ursodiol for his "gallbladder sludge"). And finally, since her pancreatitis has become chronic, we're going to try an antibiotic for 6 weeks that they give humans with chronic pancreatitis. There are no guarantees that it will do anything, you really can't treat pancreatitis, but we will try.
The plan was to bring her home on Monday morning, which would be 72 hours in the hospital. We were to trial her with a few bites of food today, and if she was eating well Monday morning, then she could come home. She wouldn't eat any of her food this morning though, so she probably won't be home tomorrow.
We're hoping and praying that she turns around quickly.