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Jamie K. - IMOM

Bambi Warrington - 5-year-old Chihuahua with Pyometra

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Hi everyone,

I am so sorry for not updating you until now, I just can't believe how kind you all are. We both are overwhelmed from the support.

This morning we went to get Bambi from CVS and take her to Valley Vet as Jamie said. She seemed brighter and more alert. She hadn't had any more seizures and had eaten and gone to the bathroom.

On the way to Valley Vet, Bambi started to cry in the car, but it was different than the crying before. It sounded like the happy crying she does when we get home if we've been gone for a while. She will cry and run around and do a dance telling us all about how she missed us. We weren't sure though. Aidan turned her around in the car and put her face up to me and she stopped! So we knew that she was doing her happy crying greeting. That just killed us, and when we went in to the vet's office both of us started to cry because it was so touching.

Aidan hasn't been handling this very well, and when he got up to come over to the office desk where I was standing, he couldn't see and had to go lie down, and kind of feel his way there, as he said it. He had a terrible stomach ache and it didn't seem to be going away. He's had some almost-faintiing episodes so I've been really worried about him too. Dizziness, fainting, and really bad stomach aches and troubles with the IBS. Not seeing scared him out of his wits and me too, so I decided I had better get him to the ER. So knowing Bambi was in good hands, we went.

While Bambi was at Valley Vet, Aidan went in to the ER and we talked to the Dr. there. He was kind of worried because of his symptoms but told us he thought it was extreme anxiety and not handling the stress right now very well. He took some blood, did an EKG, and some other tests and after being there almost all day, told us that Aidan is physically fine but as he told us from the beginning he just is having a lot of trouble handling the stress he's been under lately. So he prescribed an anti-anxiety medicine for him and we are supposed to see his regular pediatrician as soon as we are able.

After we made it out of the ER, we went back to Valley Vet to see how Bambi is doing and find out what Dr. Elliott's thoughts were about her. She seemed perkier, and was very happy to see us and looked alert. They said she had been eating really well, and going to the bathroom fine and walking around. She was unsteady on her feet a little still. Dr. Elliott said that she took some blood tests that will come back tomorrow, because she thinks there is a possibility of some liver problems being the cause. She told us to try taking her home, and see how she does, and then come back tomorrow for the results of the blood tests.

Aidan was worried about a repeat of what happened before she had the seizure, because she had been so unhappy all night and had been squeaking all night the night before, so we asked what we should do if she started to cry again or looked like she was going to have a seizure again, and they told us they thought there were enough funds to take her to CVS since they are open 24 hrs and Valley Vet isn't. I hadn't been able to be in touch with Jamie to find out.

So we brought her home at about 5 p.m. She seemed started to cry in the car, and when we got home she ate like a hungry little doggie, so we thought it must have been because she was hungry, but soon after that she became very restless and wanted to be down on the floor just kind of wandering around. If we picked her up she wanted down again. If I tried to hold her and cuddle her she just wanted to be down, and if I didn't let her down she started crying and wouldn't stop. Aidan started to panic again.

We were worried that a seizure might be coming on again, so we called CVS and they told us to bring her in. In trying to get Bambi settled, I literallly didn't have a moment to sit down and check email or the forum. So just before leaving I emailed Jamie, but it is pretty late and she may not have seen it yet.

So we took her to CVS. When we got there, they took her back, and then a while later a Dr. I haven't met before came in to talk to us. She said they really had no idea what was going on without more testing. I told her I did not know whether there are any funds for that, and told her what Dr. Elliott thought and that she had told us to wait for the tests on her liver. I feel badly that I don't have her name, it's on the tip of my tongue, but I can't remember it right now, but it's probably a good thing because throughout all of this, everyone has been very, very kind and just great, even knowing we don't have any money right now. But, that particular Dr. was a little hard to take right now. I don't want to be delusional about Bambi's situation, but at the same time she isn't just something to throw away because she doesn't work anymore and that is kind of the way I felt from that interview.

So they told us to take her home, so we took her home. When we got home, she was still the same. She wouldn't settle down at all and just wanted to be constantly moving, and when prevented she was crying. This has been going on until about the last ten minutes. Aidan picked her up and wrapped her in her blankets like a little sausage and she's between my arms as I'm typing and for the first time I think she's actually sleeping.

We are both still really worried; I don't know how long she'll sleep, but I'm just so glad she's been able to calm down now and rest. It is impossible to relax when she is so upset and unlike herself. She's always been such a calm little dog who loves to burrow into the blankets and make a little cave and sleep.

Sorry if none of that made sense, both of us are so tired and so worried and so tired of being worried!

I know I keep saying it but I can't help it, THANK YOU to EVERYONE, you are the most amazing, kind, compassionate people!!!!! We were so hopeless, and you gave us hope where there was none. Bambi is still here and still trying. I really was scared that she wouldn't be here right now. I just hope we can get her through the night and find out the results of her blood tests tomorrow.

I'm going to go and try to settle her in her little bed right now.

Much love to everyone!

Shalyn, Aidan and Bambi

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FUND UPDATE: Bambi has $1540 in donations and needs $1329 more.

There are two MATCHING CHALLENGES for $100 and $125!

Oh my! Poor little Bambi. My heart goes out to you and your family. I wish I could take away this little girl's pain and problems. I can't, but we do have the MAGIC of IMOM to give her the chance to get better. Sending HUGS to Bambi and her family. You've been through so much and is is scary not knowing what is wrong with your little girl. But please remember we are all here with you and will continue to be here each step of the way.

PLEASE consider a donation - they all add up. If you visit with friends and family over the holiday ask them to contribute - even a dollar or two from everyone you see. Share Bambi's story with everyone you know.

If you can donate, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd; note for Bambi Warrington. If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Don't forget to note for Bambi.

Thank you for all of your support.

Edited by Dawn IMOM

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We are not giving up on Bambi.. I can most definite donate another $100.00 in two weeks to bring up our donation to $225.00 total. We are working hard to have family and friends donate.

This little girl needs to make it...... We need your help folks. It's tolerable to loose an animal when the time comes, but not to lack of funds.

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ChiLover, bless you for all the help you are giving Bambi...not only with money but support and caring...

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Hi

Please ask your vet if karo syrup on the gums might help if another seizure happens. I

I hope everything will be ok soon and poor Aidan feels better as well

Kathy

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It has been such a rough few days for your family. We've missed some of the feeds but my Albert and my angel Selene woke me this morning and reminded me to check the IMOM page. We've made a donation and are thinking about Bambi and her family.

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FUND UPDATE: Bambi has $1600 in donations and needs $1269 more!

$60 of the $125 Matching Challenge has been met!

Then we have another $100 Matching Challenge!

Thank you so much everyone. We're slowly but surely getting closer to our goal. With Matching Challenges, funds add up more quickly, so thank you very much for them. And thank you to those of you who have donated so far for Bambi. Tiny little Bambi has such a strong will. She's been through so much, but she's still with us. And that's thanks to you and thanks to her Mom who is doing everything possible to help her little girl in spite of everything else she has on her plate. Can you please help little Bambi? I know it's a tough time with the holiday and you've helped so much already with Bambi, Diamond, and other IMOM Pets in Need. If you're unable to donate, please share on all your social media sites so we can get the word out to more people.

If you are able to help, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd to make a donation; note for Bambi Warrington. If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Don't forget to indicate Bambi's name when making your donation.

Thank you all.

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Shalyn, Aidan and Bambi-

I am sorry that you are going through so much right now but don't give up hope. Bambi is young and has a lot of fight left in her unless we know otherwise and this we do not know so giving up is not an option here. IMOM and the Angels do not give up here. But, so that I am on the right page on her treatment as sometimes things can get confusing on what needs to be done with so many posts.

So, she will get her pyometra surgery as soon as they diagnosis the reason for her seizures?

We are waiting on blood work results and they want to test for cushings? Has the results come in yet?

Is Bambi on anti-seizure medication now or any other kind of medication?

Early in one of the threads brain lesion was mentioned? Are they planning on doing a scan of her brain in order to rule out lesions, clots, etc? This I only ask as when my boy had his seizures, the scan was on top of the list to get done to rule out this or that. I also do believe we started him on anti-seizure medication right away because it can take about 24 hours before it goes into effect.

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Bambi sounds like such a sweet girl. We're already half way to our goal! I know the angels can make this happen!

If you are able to help, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd to make a donation; note for Bambi Warrington. If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Don't forget to indicate Bambi's name when making your donation.

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Well, it's pay day Friday, AND Good Friday, so it really is a good Friday. Bambi, I'm pulling for you...hang in there.

I'm off to PayPal for another donation...this time, in memory of Tucker Van Allen.

Diane

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Thank you SO SO MUCH! I just woke up after dozing a little, I've been awake all night with Bambi. She just can't seem to relax, and as soon as she's in my arms she wants to get down. She's been eating well on her own, walking around all night, going to the bathroom, etc. Then she wants up and I cuddle her and pretty soon she starts to whine and wants down. She's in my arms right now and wants down again and is whining. I've got to admit I am just so exhausted right now.

Aidan is still asleep, which is a good thing since he needed to sleep so badly. He was very frustrated last night that he couldn't please her and she wouldn't settle down like she normally does and just burrow into her blankets and sleep.

I wish I could answer every single post right now because I've read them all and I'm so overwhelmed by your kindness and support. I never dreamed it was possible.

I guess I'm just not clear right now yet on when the blood test results are supposed to be in, and when it we should take Bambi to Valley Vet which is where Dr. Elliott took the blood for those liver tests to check for a liver shunt.

So, so tired, but Bambi is a little fighter and I don't want to give up on her if there is hope for her to get back to her normal self and through this.

Much love back to all of your precious blackmailing beautiful babies (LOL) for everything, much love to everyone. We certainly wouldn't have any chance at all because you saved her life to still have a chance.

Thank you,

Shalyn, Aidan and Bambi

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Hi Huckleberry Hound,

Yes, they did tell me that she has pyometra. I'm not sure if it is open or closed. That is kind of on the back burner at the moment because of her neurological/seizure problems right now.

Thank you Animal Luvr, Is that your baby Tucker in your photo? He's beautiful.

Hope and Angel Kitty, they do want to do an MRI or CT if possible, but of course that is very expensive. Yesterday Dr. Elliott said that she is kind of stumped, and thinks that CVS is better for her if possible because they do have specialists there and are a 24 hr. hospital. She told me "Bambi is a hard case" and that she just doesn't know enough. They have been mentioning an MRI since her seizure.

Last night the vet that I spoke to when we took her to CVS said that they will not do anything without $3500 up front for an MRI. So what I'm getting right now from the vets is that we need to find out what the blood test tells us about her liver and a liver shunt.

Hope I'm making some sense.

I am not sure what her status is regarding anti-seizure medications. I think they are still in her system right now.

I really wish I knew more!

Pittie Mom, Albert and Selene, we can't thank you enough, you are ALL ANGELS. THANKYOU.

Beauty's Kathy, thank you so much too, I will definitely ask the vet about your tip, and I'm going to check and see if I have some (I think I do) to use if she seems like she's going into another seizure (heaven forbid, my god that was terrifying)

Kris, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

Judy, you are wonderful too and have helped us SO much already. You really helped me be able to focus enough to get started, when my focus was totally scattered from panic.

ChiLover!!!! Thank YOU and your band of Chi's!!! WE LOVE YOU AND THEM!!!

Dawn, THANK YOU, you too are WONDERFUL, I appreciate you so much, so, so much.

Fred. Davis. 1126, and Squirrel, THANKYOU, I cannot thank you enough. Your kitty in your photo is beautiful. Your kindness and compassion have no bounds, I know, I wish we could take their suffering, they don't understand and they are so innocent.

DabcoJazWhif, we are honored that you are so kind as to share for us from you first full paycheck. I don't even know what to say, your kindness and everyone's kindness is just beyond what I ever could have imagined. I truly did not know there were people in the world like you and everyone who has been helping us. THANKYOU

Janice G, THANKYOU, and thank god for your adorable little blackmailers! I am so grateful. Just so grateful.

Bambi has just closed her eyes for the first time all night, so I'm going to take a little break and see if I can kind of doze with her for as long as it lasts (I hope she can nap for a while, but so far she hasn't, usually when I see her starting to nap if I try to lie down with her she wakes up again and gets restless, my fingers are crossed)

I'll check back again soon, I hope I didn't miss anyone, but if I did miss saying thank you in this post please forgive me, you are WONDERFUL and I can't tell you how much we appreciate you.

Shalyn, Aidan and Bambi

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Thank you Animal Luvr, Is that your baby Tucker in your photo? He's beautiful.

Try to breathe.....I'm so sorry you and your family are going through this. Would some music help to relax Bambi? I have a house full of animals in a tiny home, so I try to put on some nice music during the day. I go to www.sky.fm and select the solo piano, but there are lots of music genres to select.

Light massage might also help. With your fingertip slowly make a small circle counterclockwise and move that around her body. The color blue can also be a calming color...blue blanket or towel to cuddle her in. Swaddling her like you mentioned is also nice...gives a feeling of security.

To answer your question about Tucker....he was a Pet In Need (PIN) here for almost 10 years who recently passed away. The donation was made in memory of him.

The dog pictured is Rocky...although you would think Rocky was a male, "he" was actually a "she." Rocky was also a PIN here, and when her pet parents passed away my husband and I adopted her and her pal, Lucky. IMOM continued to fund Rocky for her life-saving medication even after we adopted her. Rocky passed away in 2008 at the age of 14 yrs. and 8 1/2 months.

A healing candle is burning for your baby...love and blessings to you all.

Diane

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FUND UPDATE: Bambi has $1650 in donations and needs $1219 more!

$110 of the $125 Matching Challenge has been met!

Then we have another $100 Matching Challenge!

Thank you, Angels, for your donations so far! We're making great progress! Can you please help little Bambi? I know it's a tough time with the holiday and you've helped so much already with IMOM Pets in Need. If you're unable to donate, please share on all your social media sites so we can get the word out to more people.

If you are able to help, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd to make a donation; note for Bambi Warrington. If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Don't forget to indicate Bambi's name when making your donation.

Thank you all.

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Thank you so much for explaining things better. Makes more sense now, to me anyway, but I am blonde and you know blondes? (wink) I wish there was a way we could get help for that MRI though. Maybe one of the more experienced IMOM Angels/Workers can give you some advice. I feel that is so important. Maybe another organization can come through and help.

I am praying dearly for your sweet little one and sending in another donation because who can pass up a matching challenge and my four furry Poms (Sam, Sadie, Millie and Ms. China) want to get on board with all the other Chis who are threatening their pet parents with no snuggles or kisses! I am splitting my $100.00 donation three ways since there are three pets in need right now because I want the best for all of them. Will be following Bambi's progress and pray too for your little boy! All will be good! Stay positive. Never give up if there is any hope at all! :)

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We have unfortunate news. We spoke with Bambi's vet a few minutes ago, and Bambi’s tests were inconclusive. Bambi's vet said there is nothing else that can be done at the moment and recommended that her Mom take her home and keep her comfortable and on pain medications for now. The funds we raised will cover her vet visits for the past few days, so we are ending fund raising at this time.

Thank you all so much for caring about this tiny little pup and for your donations and support.

I know Bambi's Mom is terribly upset and worried about her little girl. Please keep Bambi, her Mom, and Aidan in your thoughts and prayers.

Jamie.K

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Sending prayers and positive thoughts. Is there any plan to do further testing, or is it wait and see if she gets better? I am so sorry to hear this. :(

Judy G.

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Judy, I think they're just playing it by ear for now. Poor little pup.

Jamie.K

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I'm very sorry to hear this. Still hoping for the best and sending positive thoughts to Bambi and her family.

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This is very upsetting :sad:. I can only imagine how Shalyn and Aidan feel right now. Because they can not figure out what is going on with her, they cannot proceed with the surgery?? I just noticed on the front page, that it says the fundraising is *temporarily* suspended?? Meaning that it could open up again?? I can't believe the vet doesn't have any other options here or any other consultations with other vets have not opened up other avenues.

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In a 5 year old chihuahua with these symptoms, I would be looking first for liver shunt, brain tumor, brain injury caused by trauma (in a 2.5 lb dog, that doesn't take much), or syringomyelia (my own chihuahua has this, and it is frequently missed by vets who don't realize that it occurs in chihuahuas).

Unfortunately, these disorders can only be definitively diagnosed by high-tech tests like CT or MRI.

A liver shunt might be picked up by a less expensive ultrasound, but a small shunt in a tiny dog might get missed. Liver shunt would be the major suspect if her bile acids test had come back very high, but I'm assuming it was normal?

If Bambi has an open fontanel (molera) on top of her skull, that can provide a window into her brain. A quick ultrasound (no anesthesia required) through the opening might reveal whether she has excessive fluid (hydrocephalus) in her brain. That's a common finding in syringomyelia.

Is Bambi's vet a neurologist?

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