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Tess 's test is Negative----for BLASTO

Friday, March 14, 2014

""Stay Strong""----this little fella really says it all!
Good news here!!!--Tess, the resident German (as in dog)-her urine test for Blastomycosis, which was sent to University of Guelph-----came back---
IT IS NEGATIVE!!!...................
As of to-day, we were beginning the 8th month of treating this fungal pneumonia!
LORD LOVE A DUCK!................NEGATIVE!
So the black spots on her last X-ray, is lung damage----from the Blasto spores!
Little Tess must be a fighter eh?----Those anti-fungal drugs are so hard on one's body!
They are the same meds, that if a person has a fungus on their toe nails, their Doctor might put them on these----
Avoid these drugs at all cost---expensive--strong--wrec
k yer liver----
But--with Blasto in dogs, there is no other cure!
Fungus is hard to kill!-
So----where do we go from here with Tess?
I read she needs 2 negative tests to be sure it's gone----
I have stopped the meds for to-day--trying to give her liver a rest-- ....This is TESS!
Ya know......There were SO many days that I was in the "depths of despair""----You guys --Sparkly people--kept me going-----Thank-you!
Now----if this little dog can fight this terrible disease--(and she's not out of the woods yet)-----why can't I get --fight my way----to get my weight under 200?-----

less calories-----salad--healthy soup-----exercise---all the good stuff!
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  • PICKIE98
    I think her nickname should be "Lucky"!! What a wonderful gift!
    2091 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon on Tess' report.

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    Yehh for Tess! emoticon
    2092 days ago
    emoticon Completely Awesome for Tess!!! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Dr Suess Quote!
    2092 days ago
    What a struggle!

    What a terrible disease from such an unexpected source.

    FIRST we will make sure that all is well with the dog.
    THEN we WILL get you in shape.

    That's a promise.
    2092 days ago
    Good to hear Tess is doing better. Hope things continue to go well. Keep the faith!

    2092 days ago
  • CHERIJ16
    emoticon I am so glad to hear the news about Tess! You both have been in my prayers and I will keep good thoughts going!
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    Now time to emoticon Such great news about Tess!! The 3 Amigos are barking and wagging joy and hugs to Tess (she is the only girl dog they know)


    Really just wonderful news for all of you!! I am so happy for you and for Tess too, the little fighter!!!

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    and emoticon for Tess too!!
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    Comment edited on: 3/14/2014 11:06:31 AM
    emoticon Completely Awesome for Tess!!! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Dr Suess Quote!
    2092 days ago
    emoticon emoticon This is wonderful news! So great to hear!
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  • GABY1948
    This is the BEST news we have had from this blog in a LONG time! And answer to a LOT of prayer for sure!

    Have a great Friday, and with all the dancing you are doing today in honor of Tess, I KNOW you will be under 200 VERY SOON!

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon One hug for each of you...You...Tess...Coal...and Fat Cat!

    2092 days ago
    emoticon emoticon to everyone!
    Good thoughts going out for another negative reading!
    What great news!!!
    Enjoy your week end Lynda!
    2092 days ago
    OMG! I was scanning thru my mails and saw this . . . first thing I read this morning! Hallelujah! That is beyond awesome! I am just dancing for joy for y'all. Despite all the bad days, you kept the faith and Tess kept fighting! Oh my gosh, I am just thrilled for you.

    I remember from the days of my home health care nursing taking care of a woman who contracted blasto from soil she'd inhaled when she was in Arizona. I had to give her Amphotericin B (IV). Now this stuff is "affectionately" referred to as shake-and-bake . . . for a reason. It causes fever and chills (along with other side effects). She also was on prednisone. I had to administer the med over a 4 hr. period of time so believe me when I say we got to know each other well!!!!! The best part? After 6 mths. of going thru this she improved! When she got her last infusion we had a "blasto" party. She made a most delicious chicken paprikash and rice. That is something I'll never forget . . . I'm quite sure she never forgot either!

    Of COURSE, it's going to be a good weekend . . . Weekend Warrior Baby says so!

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  • EDWARDS1411
    Such great news!! One negative test away from a deep sigh of relief - it's coming, it's coming!!!
    2092 days ago
    Brilliant news. keep Tess in my prayers, hope she'll soon be her old self Linda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    emoticon So happy! And will keep praying for that second test result, the "all clear" signal!

    Meantime, Spark yourself a great Friday!
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