BB is sending an extra blog out now, but there will be another in about a week. She was quite ill last week and came very close to losing the battle to live. BB is 21 years old and has never been sick. Other than an occasional vaccination, she had no idea of what veterinarians do. She found out.
Four vets were here in a three day period. They were wonderful veterinarians, but her symptoms were so strange that the diagnoses ranged from: cyanide poisoning from eating wild cherry leaves, lung infection, pneumonia, blood clot, internal bleeding, burst cyst or tumor that lodged pieces in the lungs, dehydration, anemia, and maybe a few others that I can’t remember. Her respiratory rate should have been 20 and it stayed at about 88, even going over 100 at times. We all felt that her heart could not continue working at that rate and she would have a heart attack. She did not have pain, but was so exhausted that she could not stand for more than 10 minutes at a time.
BB was treated with allopathic medicines, homeopathic remedies, ozone, oxygen, chiropractic adjustments, and tubed through her nose with water, mineral oil, and electrolytes. I don’t know what worked – maybe all of them – but on the fourth day she passed some manure, emptied her bladder, drank a little water and ate a little grain. I believed then that she would recover.
I have posted this extra blog on BB’s blog at anitacurtis.com/blog. She can tell you her side of the story.