Thursday, 9 February 2012

An Update On My Friend, Dixie

Dixie after a glorious romp with her ball! Photography by me


Some of you will remember last winter when my best friend, Dixie, became very ill and was eventually diagnosed with Atypical Addison's Disease. See HERE

Today, she went for her annual check up. The vet we had grown so very fond of, had moved on, so we saw Nikki. Nikki was quite pleased with the state of Dixie's health. *applause and dancing ensues*

Yes, she is still on prednisolone (but a low dose) and she must continue on with her special (i.e. costly) food. She has a mild ear infection (the steroids make it hard for the body to deal with infections of all kinds) but that can be easily treated with ear drops. In extremely cold weather she must limit her outdoor activity because her body doesn't make any cortisol on its own to handle the stress caused by the cold.

However, and this is the really good news, the vet sees no reason to conduct more ACTH Stress Tests to test her body's ability to make cortisol. Those of you who were with us last year, will remember just how ill those tests made her.

So our little rescue dog from Waterford, Ireland will be celebrating her 6th birthday on the 20th of February and 5 years of sharing her life with us on the 17th of February.

Tonight we are celebrating.

I hardly ever lean over her while she is sleeping just to be sure she is still breathing, anymore (insert smiles).

“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.” ~ Georgia O'Keefe

I have seen what it means to have a friend.


The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ~ Buddha



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