one year after surgery


You have a special place Dear Lord that I know you'll always keep

A special place reserved for dogs when they quietly fall asleep

With large and airy kennels and a yard for hiding bones

With maybe a little babbling creek that chatters over stones.

With wide green fields and flowers for those who never knew about running freely under

Your sky of perfect blue. Lord,I know You keep this Special Place and so to you I Pray, for one Special Cavalier Who quietly died today

She was full of strength & love and so very, very wise.

The puppy look she once had had long since left her eyes.

She is dearly missed my Lord by her Mom & Dad.

She went to join her family in Your land that is Devine

So, speak to Abbey softly please and give her a warm hello.

She's a Special gift to you Dear Lord from her Mommy & Daddy, who loved her so.

Run free sweet Abbey.

Abbey 1/24/2004 - 1/3/2012

Oh my sweet Abbey. You are with the angels and finally free of this awful disease. I will miss you sooooooo much and I am at a loss as to what to do right now. I love you so much but I know we did the right thing today.

RIP and I thank god he brought you to us.

I love you so much.


Not doing well--Any of Us - December 29,2011

It's been a very long time since I updated and unfortunately this is not a good
one. It is now almost 3 years since finally figuring out what Abbey had/has. She
was doing relatively good until this past year and has been declining. We are
now seriously talking abou putting her down. I've never had to put an animal down in my life.
Thank you dear lord they have always gone on their own. I'm looking at Abbey in a
different way now---she is having such a very hard time getting around--she
slips and slides all over the place and falls. Her eyes just don't have the
"sparkle" they used to. I think she's plain tired of dealing with this disease.
George and I talked alot last night and shed many many tears and also saw
another neurologist 3 weeks ago and was told we were doing all that she would
have us do and saw our vet yesterday and he agreed with me about her quality of
life. My emotions are so up and down right now. One minute I'm ready to make the
appt. and the next minute I say no. George feels we need to give it a couple
more weeks to give the increase in prednisone and omeprazole a chance. I can't
hardly look at her right now without sobbing so I know it won't be long. If
you've read our story you know how much we do love her and how this is killing
me. I will post when we finally make the decision.

One Year after Surgery

Hard to believe that its been a year. Time flies. She is doing well and is a very happy dog. She was having some scractching episodes about a month ago and we were quite concerned. She has never been symptom free since the surgery and we never believed she would be--we hoped though. I felt she was having some distress so we took her off the temaril and she is now on prednisone which seems to be doing the trick. I have only seen her scratch a couple times in the past 6 weeks or so. The change has been quite visible. She is hungry though and I guess steroids do that to you. We are still happy that we did the surgery as our goal was for her not to get worse and we have accomplished that goal 100% and more as she is definitely better than a year ago. Any questions, please e-mail me and I will get back to you quickly. I still get e-mails and sometimes people call me as they are worried and I sure understand what its like to go down this road.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Day 11---Well, I wake up at 5 a.m. to Abbey licking etc. Take her outside and also decide to give her a dose of gabapentin even though its only been 6 hrs. since giving her her last nightly dose. Take her back into the bedroom and put her in the crate and I back to my mattress. She goes back to sleep in about 15 mins. Thats one thing doesn't take long for the meds to take effect. Unfortunately I toss and turn for over a hour but eventually do go back to sleep. Wake back up at 8:15 and get up. The whole house is up--George, 3 dogs and son Kevin. Give her her other meds of the sulfa trim for her UTI, omeprazole and the miconazole drops. I might add on the miconazole that we spilled some of it yesterday a.m. and I called my vet to get some more and what they have didn't match what was on the bottle so called Auburn U and come to find out that this is something that they compound. I ask if my compounding pharmacy here can make it and they said doubtful. One ingredient they probably would not have. My 2 options is for them to call my vet and they tell them were to order this one ingredient from in Atlanta or for them to mail it to me which I won't get until monday. Go with them sending it to me and hopefully we don't run out.

Kind of bummed out this morning--not depressed but just quiet and scared I guess you would say. Just gets me alot to wake up on some mornings and have her itching and licking--George reassures me this a.m. that it takes awhile for the syrinx to shrink etc. Normally I would feel better and do a little but still scared. I can't shake this scared feeling

The weather change today also. The last few days has been beautiful and sunny and today is cloudy and drizzly. I know the pressure changes has an effect on how they feel etc. so maybe thats it. I am going to start journaling and showing the weather on each day etc. to see the correlation.

Well, as I was typing that last paragraph I heard Abbey crying and of course ran down there and she was rubbing her head etc. Not going good on this day and what this all boils down to is the scared little girl hoping her dog will be ok through all of this. My stomach is in knots and my head feels like its spacey--hard to explain. Again, I know what I am feeling is being scared.

Its 1:40 p.m. and Abbey has been asleep most of the day. She did eat well this a.m. She has not had meds since about 5:15 a.m. this morning so as of right now its 8 1/2 hrs. I do not want to wake her as it will be over 8 hrs until the next dose too if she would have it now.

I don't know what my problem today is. I haven't been angry for over a week but today I'm mad. I'm mad at my old vet and still do not understand why she didn't pursue Abbey's symptoms. I'm angry that my dog has been in pain for a very long time. I'm not mad at myself thank god for that. How would I know. I'm not a doctor or vet. Do we put too much trust into our vets??? grrrrrr I'm MAD. I'd like to drive up to my old vet with her and say look at her and then my heart aches and the scared little girl always comes out.

I have figured out that Abbey's bad time is during the early morning-mid morning. For just having surgery she is doing remarkable and overall I'm very pleased. The reason I get down is just the fear of her not getting any better and I truly do not think that so I must stop this. Have to be more positive!!!! She's going to be much better and it will be before we know it!!!

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Day 23--she's feeling better and bored!!!

Symptoms of Syringomyelia - also known as SM

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