Marzipan's GI panel came out okay (they weren't able to run the full panel, but did the most important parts). So I was told by the internal medicine vet that that leaves, since we've ruled everything else out, either Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Lymphoma in the GI tract as the causes for her weight loss, ravenous hunger, etc. Since I can't afford for them to do an endoscopy to get a biopsy of her gut to know for sure which, they want to start her on a long-term steroid to bring down inflammation and hopefully help her put weight back on/absorb nutrients again. The only thing is we have to first rule out her having a fungal infection in her gut --otherwise the steroid would probably kill her (it greatly lowers the immune system).
Zeus was found to have the same thing my last dog (Leon) had --we saw the same dermatologist that saw Leon the last time. But the dermatologist is confident the outcome this time will be different because there is a new medication available that won't affect his ability to work, but will help stop the cycle of itch/scratch/infection. So, we're hoping this will work!
My fair hearing for services from the state (the program I'm trying to get into) is this coming Monday the 9th.
I have some tests this week, but other than that, I am done with medical appointments at least for a week or two, which I am grateful for.
Pain is messing with my head still. I've been struggling a lot with a depressive episode. I had to call the crisis line last week because I was so overwhelmed. Doing a little better, but still rocky. I was put with a case manager with the Behavioral Health side of my insurance and she is working to help get me into a pain management clinic. Just will take a while to get everything processed and get an appointment.
Good things: I got to spend the weekend with family, including a couple of relatives from New Orleans that I haven't seen since I was 12. It was really fun!
I also have been approved for 2 days a month to have someone from Tri-County to take me to the grocery store and/or any other errands I need to run (2 hours each of those days). That will be a huge help!
So, some still stressful things, but some good things as well.
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
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