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Stable Is Good, Right?

I feel bad with the update that I left you the other day about Leroy’s vet visit and I thought I should give you a reason for my unenthusiastic report.

I’ll do a quick recap in case you missed it:

Leroy had his recheck appointment on Wednesday.

He weighed in at 124 pounds which is up 3 pounds from his last visit 6 weeks ago.

His albumin came in at 2.1. Last visit it was 2.2.

His decubital ulcer is slowly but surely healing.

Since he hasn’t fluctuated much the vet is considering Leroy currently stable.

We will recheck his weight, albumin and do a check on his Cobalamin at the end of September.

For now we will stay the course and keep him on the Budesonide and B-12 injections.

I don’t know why but I’m feeling uneasy about this.

It’s not him it’s me.

Leroy is doing so much better than he was 2 months ago and he’s STABLE.

Which means he’s not in a critical state anymore. He’s not deteriorating.

He’s not descending he’s ascending.

He’s no longer on the Pred and his body is adjusting.

I’ve tried to tell myself this in many different ways but it’s still leaving me uneasy.

Maybe it’s because I was hoping for his albumin to be higher.

Low normal is 2.6 and he’s not there and he might not ever there.

The vet said that for Leroy, he’s considering anything above 2.0 to be good and he’s not at all concerned about the 0.1 variance from the last visit.

1.5 is when we would start to worry.

He’s responding well to the Budesonide and he’s on the middle dose.

So why am I worrying now?

I don’t know.

We’re still making milestones.

He’s eating upstairs all the time now and more often than not he’s waking me up in the mornings.

Sometimes he needs help and sometimes he doesn’t.

We’re still walking. Sometimes he knuckles and sometimes he doesn’t.

He’s happy and whiney and he gave me a fat lip yesterday.

So what’s my deal?

Perhaps it’s because I see him getting a little frustrated when he can’t get up on his own or walk his old route.

Perhaps I’m a little frustrated with that too.

I miss our walks.

Being stable is good.

But being stable is not normal and normal is what I’m seeking for Leroy.

Which is silly because Leroy has never actually been normal.

When I mentioned my concern of Leroy’s rear weakness still being there the vet wasn’t overly concerned and reminded that Leroy’s muscles are still fighting the protein loss and the long-term steroid use and he might not ever be 100% again.

So we’re going on month 4 of his flare-up and he’s finally stable.

Month 4.

I guess maybe I’m regretting not doing more with Leroy before this flare-up.  More walks, more hikes, more adventures.

I’m being selfish because I want more.

Please don’t get me wrong, I feel very blessed that he’s still here with us, I just need my mind and heart to accept the fact that his body has aged 5 years over the last 4 months and now it’s clear that there’s no going back.

I hate IBD.

Recheck in 6 weeks.

Until then we’ll just keep doing us.






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Jan K

Saturday 4th of August 2018

It's SO stressful to live with a beloved pet who is ill. It's like you're on a roller coaster ride that never ends, and is not fun at all. It's so hard to stay optimistic and look on the bright side through all that. You'll second guess every decision you make. Am I doing what's best for him, or for myself?? I feel like it's impossible to ever feel totally comfortable with any of it. Just try to focus on him and his happiness and hopefully that can get you through. ♥

Tails Around the Ranch

Saturday 4th of August 2018

Continuing to send healing thoughts your way with an extra ear scratch for Leroy.

All Things Collie

Saturday 4th of August 2018

One of my collies is dealing with deteriorating health, in the form of spondylitis. At nearly 12 it's not a surprise, but I wish I could make her well again. She has weakness in her back end, and knuckling like you described. It makes me so sad.


Saturday 4th of August 2018

It's hard to watch a fur baby who is aging and slowly failing, even though they are stable. The important thing to remember is to enjoy the moment. Be thankful for the time you have together. We will all start to fail at some point, and all we want is some help and love. As long as he is not in pain, life is good.

My Golden Life

Friday 3rd of August 2018

I feel you, Jen. I understand where you're coming from. Dealing with IBD or other serious health issues - either in our pets, ourselves, or our human loved ones - can be overwhelming. And that overwhelmed state can leave us feeling uneasy, even when things are stable and improving overall. I don't have any real advice for you, except to say keep your chin up and be happy for the good stuff. And know that I'm here for you.


Friday 3rd of August 2018

You nailed it right there. I guess being overwhelmed is something I'm bad at admitting but these last few months have been trying. Not just with Leroy but I tend to pour myself into that more than other things. Thank you for the kind words Sue <3

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