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  1. May 23 Update It looks like Birdie is one of the lucky ones. Last week she started running and digging her holes. This week she is running full out and has started attacking the Fatahoula. This final milestone means she is totally back to her old self. This has been a LONG haul and I literally thought the prednisone was going to kill her. It's amazing how differently my 2 greyhounds react to that drug. Nearly 14 year old Wink has been on 2 courses over the last 6 months without any sign of a reaction. Birdie was so down for the count... had every bad reaction in the book, but the worst was the muscle wasting. She is starting to look like herself again. Her muscle is coming back more every day. Again thanks for all the good thoughts. Liz Friday 4/26/13 Well Birdie has had it rough, but finally this past week has shown some encouraging signs of improvement. Small things like holding her head higher, wagging her tail again, loping out into the yard, joining the Catahoula in defending the property and barking!... never thought I would be happy about barking. She looks like hell still. I don't dare bring her out in public for fear of animal control being called as she has suffered from Cushing's syndrome from the strong steroid doses. (excessive thirst, urination, muscle wasting) Two more weeks of slowly decreasing steroids, doxy, and immune suppressants left for her, however we are hopeful now and feel she is definitely happier. Birdie has always been in top form physically. I hate looking at her shrunken body. I hope her muscles can come back from this and she can once again be tearing up our yard. This has been a long journey that hopefully has a happy ending. Thanks again for all the healing wishes. Liz Monday 4/8/13 My mobile vet was in the area and just called to ask if she could swing by for a blood check on Birdie as she was close by. (have I mentioned how much I love my new vet? Dr Sarah Curry All Creatures Mobile Vet. servicing southeastern NH and ME.) Anyways she just left.... Birdie's PCV count was 20 on Sat. It has come up to 28 today!!! She was thrilled that she has responded this well so far! I am feeling more hopeful that she will be one of the lucky ones that recover from this IMHA. Thank you St Francis and Birdie's well wishers out there. Will keep you posted. Liz My 9 year old Birdie has just been diagnosed with this. She was totally fine Saturday. She started with 3 pee accidents in the house Sun pm through Monday AM and we just thought UTI. She rapidly went downhill, not eating or drinking much, running a low grade fever and very lethargic. After 2 days of no improvement we had the vet over yesterday. She took blood and urine. This is the diagnosis that came back with the blood work today. It doesn't sound very hopeful. Billiruben (sp) is very high and lots of hemoglobin in her urine, so liver is affected. We will do IV fluids, steroids and doxy once the specialist she is conferring with agrees. Abdoninal xray and ultrasound to follow. She mentioned she has not seen a greyhound with this, but has seen it often with other breeds in her emergency experience. Has anyone had any experience with this? It all sounds like a lymphoma diagnosis to me
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