What Happened To Me and Why I Had to Step Away From The Blog

Carma Poodale, my brown eyed girl
You know I was absent from most of my social media channels besides Facebook and I had to give blogging a break. I got so sick that ma was planning my funeral. We don't know where or when I caught those bugs but they took me down so hard, I was looking forward to my funeral.
*Some photos may be hard to look at. Some may be blurry because ma would cry while taking them*


In the beginning of Jan. I began acting like I didn't feel good. I started running a temperature. From there it went to draining my energy so all I wanted to do was sleep. Then the pain started showing in my face to showing in my body by how I stood up. The pain got to the point where I laid down and was ready to die. I didn't want to move, eat or drink. I was to the point where ma was force feeding me with a syringe just to keep food and water in me.

Carma Poodale, poodle sleeping covered up
sleeping Carma
I had to sleep in the front room while ma was in there so she could make sure I didn't stop breathing. When we went to bed she would wake up every hour to check on me. It got to the point where I had to be carried outside to pee and held up while I relieved myself. Then I had to be carried back in and put back on my pallet.

I have never felt so bad in my life. 

#CarmaPoodale, poodle waiting with Scooby, chihuahua at vets office
Scooby was my emotional support. He stuck to me like glue
I was in the vet's office almost every day. I had x-rays on my back since I was lame. Ma did laser treatments on my back every day. It would help a little but the pain was in more places than just my back. We took more x-rays to see if I had injured my back. I walked hunched over. We took x-rays of my neck, I barely could hold my head up and it wobbled.
#CarmaPoodale on x-ray table


Then my eyes got runny. The tears turned to sludge. I couldn't open my eyes. Ma and dad would place warm rags over my eyes to soften the crust and clean out my eyes but my third eyelid would cover my eyes so I still couldn't see.

Carma Poodale, poodle, covered face with a warm rag

The sludge would return. I had antibiotics for my eyes that weren't helping. The sludge would keep returning.

Carmapoodale's 3rd eyelid covered her eyes
My third eyelid would cover my eyes. I couldn't see

We would try an antibiotic for a week but I was still declining. They would take more blood to test. I don't think there was anything I wasn't tested for. I had all the signs of Lyme's disease. The only problem was I have never seen a tick. I have always been on flea/tick preventative and I don't go anywhere that ticks could be. As many baths as I get and as much as ma runs her hands through my coat, I have never had a tick.

I finally had to start having pain shots because pills had almost no effect on me.I got depressed. I had lost my will to live.

The vet took a sample of my eye sludge and sent it off. My bloodwork was fine, my kidneys were fine, everything was fine according to my bloodwork. I had a rash all over my stomach and legs. My skin didn't look right.
CarmaPoodale's belly had a red rash
Red rash on my belly

 I WASN'T fine. I was sick. Deathly sick.

The test finally came back that I had a couple of nasty bacterias in my eyes. Corynebacterium and Gram-positive commensal bacteria of the dog skin, reproductive tract and gastrointestinal tract.

Corynebacterium are a Gram-positive commensal bacteria of the dog skin, reproductive tract and gastrointestinal tract. Usually it is in the ears or urinary tract but I had it in my eyes. Corynebacterium species occur commonly in nature in the soil, water, plants, and food products

MRSP-MRSP is an abbreviation for meticillin resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius. It is comparable to MRSA in humans. It is highly resistant to antibiotics. 

Thankfully I haven't been on too many antibiotics. I used one in my ears a year ago. The only thing that got me through those almost 2 months were pain shots and pills. Once the results came back, it was time for working on a cure. 

I felt miserable. I was depressed even more. I would look at ma and she would start crying telling me how sorry she was and how she felt helpless not being able to help me. She just wanted to kiss me and make the pain go away. 

The vet and ma continually text each other. She would take photos, videos anything they could think of doing to share my progress. I was put on strong antibiotics, probiotics, and special feeding guidelines. It was important that I continued to drink and stay hydrated, even if that meant I had to drink through a syringe. 

We were all so exhausted. Ma's pain level was up due to lifting me all the time. She never complained to me. She just did it. My legs would swell for no reason. They hurt to stand. 
CarmaPoodale's legs would swell up
After I got done with the antibiotics, I started feeling better but I was so worn out I barely could stay awake. The vet said I may have developed adrenal fatigue. I had fought that illness with all I had and I didn't have anything left.

I started back on my Gabapentin for my back and something called MicroLactin to help rebuild my back but I was still so tired. I was put on steroids to clear whatever may still be lurking in my system. After my 3rd day of steroids, I was able to get up by myself. I was able to potty by myself but still needed help with the steps into the house. I was feeling stronger every day but also more hungry every day.

I will stay on steroids another couple of weeks and hope that when I come off them I won't go back to how I was before. I don't think any of us could take that. If there is a place for bad dogs after they pass away, I felt I was there.  I want to be healthy. Ma says she owes more on my medical bills than hers now. I am one expensive pooch. She says I am worth it.

My eyes are clear and the pain is minimal. I still have back problems but I think the laying around made it worse. Now we take things slow. I shared the other day that I was able to go to 2 doctors appointments with ma. I felt like working. She won't let me go to a store or anywhere with hard floors without carpeting because I am prone to fall or slide but hopefully soon I can go see my friends at Sam's Club and PetSmart. I miss them.

Tonight ma took us to the little field to walk around. We are banned for life from the big field that I love so much. Ma thinks that because I poke my head down rabbit holes, I may have picked up the bacterias there. I sure will miss my big field but she promised to take us to other places. I just have to take things slow.

I appreciate all the love and prayers those who follow me on Facebook sent. If it wasn't for those prayers, I may not have made it. I am healing and things are getting back to normal.

I look forward to sharing my reviews of products we have and sharing other great things with you. I have been making my list of things to share.

I hope you have been enjoying my friends, Speedy the housebunny's posts and Annie's post on the Lucky cat. I sure am blessed with wonderful friends who step up when you need them the most.

Thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy post. I appreciate it. 

Have you ever had a infection that was hard to clear up?

























46 comments:

  1. Carma, what a terrible thing to go through. Your mom is your advocate, and she will always fight for you and do whatever is needed to make you well. I am so glad you're on the path to recovery! Take it easy, Carma. Sending you positive energy and get well wishes

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    1. Thank you so much. It was a rough time that I hope I never have to go through again. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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  2. Carma! I am so glad to hear that you are doing better! You have been on my mind since I last saw you laying in the cart at check out 2. I was so worried for you ans your mom because I know how much she loves you! Keep getting better and come for a visit soon!

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    1. I will be visiting you soon as I get the okay to be able to walk on those tile floors. I need some lovings from one of my favorite groomer. You can make me look marvelous again.

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  3. Poor baby! :( I'm happy to hear you are feeling better though. Shew! I bet your mommy was scared! Sending love your way. Keep getting better!

    Pibbles & Me

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  4. Oh Carma....that's so scary. We hope you continue to improve and get back to helping your ma. Sending lots of purrs

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  5. How terrible for you and your ma to go through such a lengthy ordeal. I hope you're on your way to a full recovery.

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  6. It has been scary from a distance to see even those few pics on FB of you not feeling well. I can't even understand how scared your mom must have been.

    Sounds like she and your vet were fighting hard for you. So glad to see you feeling better.

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  7. I am glad you are starting to feel better. I hope it clears up soon.

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  8. Glad your on the mend and know working for your Ma is everything to you! Your Ma is the best! Carma my Mom suffered from Addison's disease wonder if dogs can? It affects the adrenal gland make you lazy and tired! President Kennedy had it! Took years and the right doctor tomhelp my mom! I wish you the best of everything!

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  9. What a terrible ordeal for you and your ma! It made me cry just looking at the photos. I am glad that your ma and vet are so dedicated and you're feeling better!

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    1. I know I never want to go through it again.

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  10. Oh! CARMA ... have to be extra careful. I'm glad you are feeling better. We do understand how you feel and your mom. Being an old dog is not easy ... stay strong. Golden Healing Thoughts and Golden Love, SUGAR

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    1. Its not as easy for a old dog to bounce back. It is just taking me a little longer. I will get there.

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  11. Holy crap!! We are so sorry to hear what you've been through sweetheart. I hope you are on the road to recovery. Sending lots of hugs and prayers
    Lily & Edward

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes. I know the power of prayer is awesome.

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  12. Purrs that the medications are doing their jobs and that you will be back to your old self in no time.

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    1. Thank you. I am working on being back to normal. Well as normal as a Poodale can be. BOL!

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  13. Carma, I feel so bad that you had to go through all that. I'm sending healing purrz to my Blogpaws furrend and maybe some more bacon if you make it to Myrtle Beach.

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    1. I look forward to seeing you again. Hopefully we will make it to Myrtle Beach. All my vet bills is eating up our money right now. If there is a will there is a way.

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  14. What a terrible ordeal! I am so glad you are ok now. My goodness, bless your heart! We went through a health scare with one of our dogs recently as well and it's a very scary thing indeed. So so happy you are better!

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    1. I sure hope your dog is okay and recovering well also. I am so happy the worst is behind me.

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  15. Oh sweet girl...so very sorry for you AND you mama. Hope you are 100% soon. POTP thoughts flowing your way!

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  16. Oh wow.. I knew you were sick, Carma, but I don't think I realized you were THAT sick. Sounds like quite the mystery too. Reminds me of something like SLE (Systemic lupus erythematosus). I hope those nasties are gone for good. Here's to hoping you keep feeling good <3

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    1. Right now I am just dealing with adrenal fatigue but that is getting better. I don't sleep all the time now. It doesn't take me long to wear out.

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  17. So sorry that you've had to go through this Carma. Very glad to hear that you're feeling better. {{Hugs}} for you and your momma.

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  18. What an awful couple of months you've had! The poodles and I are sending you best wishes and hope you continue to feel better!

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    1. Thank you so much. I am working on getting on being back to my old self.

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  19. We're so sorry you had to go through such rough times, Carma ! We're glad to hear you're feeling better now. Purrs

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    1. I am feeling better. Not back to my old self yet but working hard to get there.

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  20. So glad you're doing better. We've missed you :(

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    1. I have missed everyone too. I am glad I am getting back my energy a little everyday.

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  21. you poor baby!! Your Mom had to be beside herself with worry and she had to be TERRIFIED!! That is terribly scary. I am praying you are on the mend and that you will feel like yourself soon!!! xoxoxo DakotasDen

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    1. Thank you Caren. Ma was terrified and to know nothing she could do to make me better was even worse on her. She cried so much even though she tried to be strong for me.

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  22. Oh good heavens, Carma! You and your family have been through the ringer this year. Sending you prayers, healing energy, and smooches too! So glad you're feeling better. - Kim and Poppy

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  23. Holy CRAP! I knew Carma wasn't feeling well but I had no idea it had gotten so dire. What a nightmare this must have been for you, Bunny. I'm so sorry you and Carma have had to go through this pain. I hope she continues to improve every day. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  24. Thank you for the update. I can't imagine how scary this has been for you. You are in my prayers!

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  25. OMB so Scary for you both!you both need to take it easy and just enjoy the good moments you both have the energy for.Keep on getting better Carma cause we all want our brown eyed girl back to her normal self,lots of love to you toots,xx Speedy

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  26. That is very scary! Glad woo are on the mend, love an wooooos,

    Nuk

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  27. I'm glad to hear that you are seeing at least a little relief, Carma. That would be so scary! I would be losing my mind if I was your mom. Maybe now that you are feeling a little better, she will feel a little better too. The kitties and I will keep praying and purring for you.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  28. Things like that are so scary! We are glad you are here and hopefully a bit better. Bailie got really ill in the fall. It came on fast and the vet said she might die. Mom was a mess. The whole thing went away as fast as it came and we will never know what it was. Prayers being said for you.

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