BELLA UPDATE NOV 14: In most people's minds, it was Halloween, Oct. 31. For us, it is when we got our girl baby back. Darling Bella has been through hell and back, no imaginary of hell of Halloween intended, over the last 2 months. We took her to see Dr. McPherson today. Her prognosis is good, great actually, but she can't ever again have vaccines, not rabies, not Parvo, nothing, as any of these can trigger the autoimmune red blood cells attack to kill her. For this, she has a 'hall pass' for vaccine exemptions.
I 'heard' Dr. McPherson say this, but thought in the back of my mind that it was somewhat of an exaggeration. Then a friend (Larry Taylor) of a friend connected us – she living in Howard, CO, where I'd thought would be a lovely place to move. We'd already scoped a nice place there. Then all of this stuff hit with Bella and launching a successful new business – the EMP Shield. This is nothing like what our friends, the Marzullis, are going through with their entire home and studio burned down in the Malibou Woolsey Fire.
So this lady shared that her doggy, Jesse, had had the same thing, had the same course of nearly non-ending medications. And she was all good. Her dog good. Then. When the course ran through and it 'looked' OK, and she was completely off the scripts, a few days later, her Australian Cattle Dog – like our breed, relapsed. Four hours later Jesse was dead.
So our darling Isabella Margarita will be on this one medication – Azathioprine – for life to stave off relapse, but for now, she is good as ever though still on steroids. Hopefully in the coming months she'll be weaned of the Prednisone.
This morning she woke her Daddy up with a usual kiss on his bare arm in the bed saying, "Dad get your buns up!" and I knew that we had our girl back. Stanley rolled over and said, "Hi Bella. Thank you baby." God is merciful. We are grateful.