Friday, July 4, 2008

Some Good News

Travis had bloodwork done this morning and his biliruben was normal which was a huge improvement. The point of putting him on fluids for a few days was to flush the blood of the biliruben, but I don't think such an improvement was expected. The other liver enzymes were a little elevated, but better. My understanding is that the biliruben is what causes the jaundice which Travis is not at this time. The vet who examined him today said that clinically he looked fine. He suggested that I take him off the Prednisone just in case Travis was fighting an infection. Prednisone suppresses the body's immune system and keeps it from overreacting. It is sometimes good for surpressing some cancers which Travis may have, but if he is just fighting an infection, it would be best if he had full use of his immune system. So fingers still crossed. It certainly gives me a reason to quit crying and to have some hope.
We picked Travis up around 2 PM. I'm so glad he is home and has the catheter out. He's a little thin and starting to look and feel like a couch potato, but otherwise he seems fine. He is eating well. I am going to keep a journal of his days to keep track of his progress. We have all of his medicines and supplements organized. I am going to feed him cooked food several times a day while he is on the antibiotics. My thought is that if he continues to do well, I will recheck blood a few days before the drugs start to run out. If he starts to decline, I will recheck it then. Thanks for all of the support!

10 comments:

Sientay L said...

Yay!! Travis, you sure can give us a scare. Glad he's doing better. Hope the antibiotics will do the trick.
Happy 4th of July.

saramurphy100 said...

I just checked back and was happy for any good news. Wishing you and Travis the best!!!!He has many good years to go, and I want to enjoy watching him.
Take care,
Hug that beautiful boy!

Sharon

KF-in-Georgia said...

Oh, yay, yay, yay!

Keep up the good work, Travis! (and mom)

Hoping for more good news in the days ahead...

Kathy

Kathy said...

Jen--this is great news! I'm glad things look a little brighter right now. Keep taking such good care of that wonderful boy. We're all pulling for him (and you). Keep hanging in there. You're doing great! Lots of positive and healing thoughts coming Travis' way.

IHateToast said...

whoo hoo! bilirubin bites the dust!

Kim said...

Good news!!Keeping our fingers crossed for Travis's continued recovery.

Kim

Laura said...

Hooray! A little good news. How wonderful. Not a miracle but sure a small change for the better. Travis, buddy, keep going in this direction OK? Pretty please!

Just got back from playing agility with Venus. We both had lots of fun. She's even eager to take jumps & get on the baby teeter. Yippee! Your Travis is make a good morning even better.

greytblackdog said...

awesome news. one step in the right direction. i love it when they surprise the vets! keep it up T-man!

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

Keep up the good work Travis! more Jingles!

Bridget said...

Woooo hoooo! I am so happy to hear Travis is doing better.