Yesterday afternoon, I took Snowy on a “mother/son outing” to the vet since I just couldn’t stand to wait even one more day to find out how his liver is faring.
Sitting there in the waiting room with him after his blood draw, I was reminded of the dozens of times I’ve sat with Sarah in hospital waiting rooms, anxiously anticipating hearing the results from various tests and procedures. Whether it’s a beloved daughter or a beloved doggie—the waiting never seems to get any easier.
At long last, the vet emerged from the back room and headed in our direction. Because of Sarah’s cancer journey, I have had many years of practice in studying the subtle nuances of a doctor’s face even before one word is spoken. But in this particular case, nuance noticing wasn’t even necessary. When I looked up, all I saw was one large, enormous, stupendous grin.
And the reason for that grin?
Over the course of the past eleven days, Snowy’s drastically abnormal liver levels have reversed themselves and are very quickly heading back to normal.
Yes, I said normal!
Here are the numbers indicating liver function: (And thanks for humoring me as I post my furry son’s blood work results on my blog. I won’t make it a habit, I promise!)
ALT: (Normal is 10-100)
December 13: 622
December 22: >1000 (off the charts )
January 3: 242
ALKP: (Normal is 23-212)
December 13: 322
December 22: 738
January 3: 218
GGT: (Normal is 0-7)
December 13: wasn’t measured
December 22: 65
January 3 20
Is that great news or what? The doctor was surprised and absolutely thrilled. (Especially since she was the who told me a couple weeks ago that there was nothing left to do and we should just “make him comfortable.”)
So that’s the good news.
The other (not so great) news is that he now seems to be having some gall bladder issues since those levels have become a bit elevated recently; also, his platelets are quite high. And of course, we have the ongoing concern of the large stones in both kidneys that could take off growing at any moment.
But for right now? Our whole family is just busy doing the Smith Happy Dance, so thankful that our little buddy has (for the time being, at least) beaten the odds. He’s been running around the house in fine puppy-like fashion, dashing up and down the stairs at top speed, and has had the brightest, happiest look in his eyes. Even the vet commented on how bright he looks which is quite a change from when we took our very sick dog in to see her a few weeks ago.
And so that’s the Official Snowy Report. Unless something changes and he starts having worrisome symptoms, he doesn’t have to go back to the doctor for three months!
We are one doggone happy family!
I’ll close with a few favorite pictures of Snowy in addition to the promise that starting tomorrow, I will stop writing about him so much! (What can I say? I’m a doting mom.)