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Hey Gab...

I'm not sure which one we should be praying for.. so we'll just pray that He picks the right one (cuz He knows which is which) ;)

He will indeed! It's funny...(and not in the ha ha way) but when I first saw the bumps, I felt my heart drop. Then, when I realized they looked like abrazions, I felt a thousand times better. **With Layla, it seems I am always waiting for the second shoe to drop.**

When they appeared again, I felt my heart drop, for no matter how much I tried to explain them, I just knew it wasn't good. So, we went to the vets and it didn't sound too bad, aside from the vet saying she has Cancer, it's benign.

I just don't feel that it's okay. Maybe I'm overreacting? or being paranoid? but I just don't know. Layla will be going back this weekend and I am going to have the vet go over the info in more detail since I know more about it (thank you Jean!)...but I can't help but feel that this is a slippery slope for Layla. Again, maybe Im paranoid but I just can't help feeling that way. And Im scared, very scared. Maybe the reality of Aurora passing has hit too and since she WAS Layla's puppy mill sister, I guess in my heart I know that she could be next. I know these dogs are predisposed to disease and since Layla has had so many health issues, I just don't feel confident. So, these days Layla and I are pretty inseperable. Im scared to death to leave her home alone and feel so guilty when I run to the store and can't bring her.

Oh sheesh...I dunno....but Im scared. It's becoming an OCD almost...I feel the need to take EVERY picture of her I can, just to preserve every moment...and I know that I can't. I just feel that if I miss an opportunity, who knows if it will every return? I hope I don't sound like she could just topple over any day now, because she is very happy, healthy and vibrant. But, Im still scared. The reality of Layla Ann not being with me forever is slowly sinking in and Im scared as hell.

Scared scared scared as hell.

Gabs

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Oh Gabs...

I know how hard it is to deal with all you're going through. No matter if it's good news or bad news, we can't help but realize how ill our babies are and know there is nothing we can do for them except to be with them every minute we can and pray for a miracle.

Please know you are NOT alone. The fear is real, and no matter how much we try... the realization is there, and it's something we fight to accept (or deny). All I can say is ... please try to relax a little. I know it's not easy... believe me, I do know... but you have to hold on for Layla's sake. I wish I was there to give you a huge hug, but unfortunately the computer is in the way... so please accept this virtual hug (((Gabs))) and all the love and prayers that Mike, Gidget and I could send to you and Layla.

God Bless You My Friend.

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Oh Gabs...

I know how hard it is to deal with all you're going through. No matter if it's good news or bad news, we can't help but realize how ill our babies are and know there is nothing we can do for them except to be with them every minute we can and pray for a miracle.

I do. And, its so tough. I sit and watch her being clumsy and cute and I can't help but feel my heart swell with pride...THATS MY Layla Ann...I love her so much and it so so so tough to accept that when it is her time, I have to wait decades and decades to see her again. I can't imagine being 70 years old and not having my Layla Ann...and that would be almost 50 years if she were to go today...I caNNOT wait FIFTY years or more to see my Layla Ann...I just cant.

You are right, the fear is so real. I thank you for listening to us Joanne, and being such a friend. Its truly difficult to accept that somethings just can't be around forever...

On a positive note (I was about to cry being sad!) she is FANTASTIC! The tumor is almost gone, and its mostly a scab right now. She is eating about three cups of food a day (down from the 4 - 5 she was eating) and weighs 46 lbs...Her coat is soft and smooth and shiny, her teeth are cleaned and she is barking a lot stronger now...its not so strained sounding :)

Im going to try for pics this weekend :)

HUGS

Gabs

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On a positive note (I was about to cry being sad!) she is FANTASTIC! The tumor is almost gone, and its mostly a scab right now. She is eating about three cups of food a day (down from the 4 - 5 she was eating) and weighs 46 lbs...Her coat is soft and smooth and shiny, her teeth are cleaned and she is barking a lot stronger now...its not so strained sounding :)

Hi Gabby,

I'm so happy to hear the tumor is gone (to me.. a scab means.. "it's gone"... so I'm just gonna believe that!). And she's eating good again... how awesome. Isn't it strange how... before they get sick, we tell them to stop barking, but after they've been through so much, their barking is music to our ears? I can't even yell at Mike or tell him to stop anymore (except when he's outside at midnight barking at the neighbor's when he can see them through the window.. LOL). I just thank him for protecting me and tell him, "I'm glad you feel good enough to bark... you can stop now".

Gab.. please say a prayer for Mr. Mike. He passed clots again this morning... this was the first time since they took the tumor out... this is the day I've been dreading ever since the surgery. I just pray there are no more clots that have to pass.

Give Layla some big hugs and belly rubs from me.

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Oh Joanna and Mike! You two will both be in our prayers tonite, especially you Mr. Mike.

I wish I could be there for you, in person, and help you through this. I will say an extra prayer for you tonite. I hope that it will bring some sort of comfort, knowing that all around prayers are being said for your beautiful boy.

Tell Mr. Mike we are rooting for him to feel better :heart:

((HUGS))

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How is Layla doing today? I assume no biopsy since the ankle tumor went away? I will be anxious to know what the vet has to say when u take the info in and go thru it together.

Hugs to u and the kids!

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Hi Cindy! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Well, good news! The tumor is almost gone. All that's left is the scab, a small reminder that my Layla had a tumor. :)

The good news about this is that we are pretty pretty sure she has the -isis and NOT the -oma...which is the worse of the two. However, if I remember correctly, there is a small chance that it could become malignant and if not caught, spread. BUT, we don't have to worry about that unless she gets a tumor that doesn't go away or she suddenly has trouble breathing (which means its the -oma and its in her lungs...). I freaked but was assured that the chances of that happening are slim to none, it just had to be mentioned. So you know me, every cough or small change makes me freak! Im learning to stay calm though, and just take it one day at a time :)

So..GOOD NEWS ROCKS! My Layla Ann does not have the -oma and it looks like she just has a crappy immune system... :( Trouble down the road, maybe, but not today!!!!

She is doing so well, it just amazes me! To see her run and play and itch and fetch just makes me want to cry tears of joy that she is still with me today. She is too cute. She has this obsession with the couch. When we go to bed, we tuck her into her bed which is in our room. After the light goes out, you see Layla creeping out of her bed, looking over her shoulder. Then you can hear her walk into the Living room and jump on the couch. So, I always let her, of course ;) Now, its HER couch! I walked into the living room today and she had actually covered herself up!!! LOL I took some pics so I can show you, she is just too funny!

Not a day goes by that she doesn't lift my spirits or make me laugh. She makes me feel so special in the way that she runs to greet me every time I walk through the door. She always trys to knock me to my feet so she can stand in my lap, which is non-existant at this point as Im usually in a heaping mess on the floor, laughing my butt off. Then come the licks and the butt in my face...why do they feel the need to show it off?? LOL :motimonkey:

I just love and adore and cherish my Layla Ann. She is my life, my world and my everything. :heart: And because of wonder-iffic angel donors at IMOM, she is with me today. THANK YOU ANGELS!

Gabs

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Oh, Gabs u described perfectly how I feel abt my boys. I couldn't have said it better--and I know EXACTLY how u feel abt Layla.

You do need to take one day at a time. But I also know how hard that is. If Tuck does something a bit different or has different behavior, I wonder if he is having another stroke. So again, I know exactly how u feel.

So where are the cute Layla pics when she covered herself up??

Take care,

Hugs to u and the kids

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No oma.. :motimonkey: no oma :motimonkey::banana: :banana: GREAT NEWS!!!! Now you (and all of us) can relax a little. Sweet Layla Ann is gonna be healthy and around for a long, long, long (did I say long) time!!

Gabs, I want to thank you for being such a good friend and following up with Mike and me. You mean the world to us, and we pray nothing but happiness and health for yours and Layla's future. God bless you, my friend.

Give some loving hugs to Layla for me.

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Hey Gabs...

Just wanted to stop in and check on you and Layla.

I've got to tell you... I'd love to be in Florida with you right now.

We woke up to about 3 - 4 inches of new stuff on the ground this morning. Puppy loves it... just hopping along like a bunny rabbit. Mike is more like me and just says... "oh crap"... and goes out and does his thing and comes right back in. We haven't seen any clots today (yet.. and hopefully won't) :aktion033: and his leg actually looks like it's almost 100%. Even going potty didn't seem to tighten it up. It looks like my being a mean mommy and not letting them play has helped him.

Give that sweet girl bunches of hugs from me and nose kisses from the kids. I hope you have a happy and blessed Easter.

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and his leg actually looks like it's almost 100%. Even going potty didn't seem to tighten it up. It looks like my being a mean mommy and not letting them play has helped him.

LOL...you?? A mean mommy?? Impossible!!

I hope you two had a wonderful holiday and spent lots of time cuddling together and being thankful for what we have been blessed by. I went to my SO's moms and it was very nice. We talked about the kids (she has a dog too, Zachariah) and how God has blessed us with them and opportunity to care for them. (Her dog too, has had a few problems). We were just so amazed that God has allowed for these considerations in our lives. Easter was a true blessing this year. I spent the Sat. prior with my neice and nephew. We went to a community Easter Egg hunt/lunch/activities. It was funded by the church so it was all free and the kids had a blast!

I will be checking on you three as soon as I can. I have to run (Im at the school sneaking this on their comp.) to my next class but I will be back tomorrow. If you have a moment, check out DC's thread in CCC. I uploaded some new pics of the kids ;)

Hugs to you and your krew! I hope that today is another great day for Mr. Mike. We are praying for no clots and a healing/healed leg. Give Katie my blessings too, and as always Joanna, you are in my thoughts and close to my heart.

Gabs

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Hey Gabby...

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. Mine was great too. Church in the morning and then to my brother's for dinner... and then home to my babies.

I love the pictures.... especially the one with DC on guard on the porch, and sweet Layla all covered and cozy. Thanks so much for posting them.

Mike's leg is getting better every day (again).. hopefully it will give him no pain at all very soon. We haven't had any clots in the last couple of days.. thank God... but now he's gotta go pee every ten minutes.. seems like his bladder is having a problem holding it... I'm hoping that this passes soon, but at least I know the flow is good, and there's no clots in the way.

Give lots of lovin to all the furkids

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Has anyone heard from Gabby? She said she might have to have C-Spine surgery, and I haven't heard from her since then. I'm worried about her. She had given me her phone number a while ago, but I can't find it.

If anyone has her number, can you please e-mail it to me or send me a PM, or call her and see how she is.

Love You Gab and sending prayers that you're all right.

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Does anyone have Gabs phone number? I had it but can't find it. I'm really worried about her and would like to try to get in touch with her. Please send me a pm or e-mail if you have it. Thanks.

Gabs.. I pray you are all right. I'm sending up prayers for you every day.

Sending Loads of Love

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Just wanted to let everyone know. I found Gabs' phone number and tried calling her twice yesterday... got an answering machine both times. I'm praying she's all right since I think she had the c-spine surgery, and we haven't heard from her since. Please say a prayer that she's doing well and maybe just doesn't have a computer to post from.

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Just want to let everyone know that I got hold of Gab's Grandfather.. what a nice man. The number I found wasn't her house but his. He said he didn't have her phone # (might not want to give it out... don't blame him). He said she hasn't had the surgery yet and said he talked to her about a week and a half ago and will give her my message when he talks to her. I told him to let her know we're all worried about her. I'm so glad she's all right. I wish she would have written or something, but at least I know she's alive and still mobile.

Waiting to hear from you Gabs. We miss you!!

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How very thoughtful and sweet. Im truly touched by your concern and caring. No, no surgury yet,I decided to try the injections and they make me feel great for a few days and then I feel worse after that. I wanted to give them a shot to see, but my pain has gotten worse. I dont mean to cause worry, I thought I was back. I had about a week and a half of feeling great but then I had some serious side effects. I went back to work to find my position was no longer available, as was my office. So long story short, I got pushed out of my position. Yay... :( But I am trying to get back on my feet and its hard because I have migranes all the time and lots of pain. Ive actually been bedridden for the past few days with back spasms in my tendons and ligaments due to the shot (bad reaction Im guessing). So, one more shot and then if that doesnt work, surgery is the last option. Good news with that is my symptoms will be gone but the bad news is I have a fifty percent chance of still having pain in my neck and shoulders and the headaches too. They discovered I have severe gastroparesis and that is what caused all of my stomach problems so now Im being tested for diabetes since the two almost always go hand in hand.

On a positive note...Layla is doing well. She had a few days where her leg was bothering her but she is doing so fantastic with her running and jumping and playing. She has a new friend, Shanti, a friends boston terrior/french bulldog mix. They play for hours without stopping. Layla acts like a puppy when she is around. I have some pics but Im sure it will be awhile before I can upload them. Im using a friends laptop right now and borrowing someone's wireless connection so I could poke my head in and say hello. DC is great too, we've spent lots of time bonding and he is getting less and less agressive. I can now pick him up and move him around and sometimes I can pet his all the way down to his tail and under his chin!!! AMAZING huh??

Be back soon, I hope :) Then I can tell you all about the dogs that I rescued and placed in the midst of all this :P

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Gabs, its so great to hear from you. I'm so sorry that the shots aren't working. And I can't believe they just shoved you out of your job. all my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope that if you do have to have the surgery its successful. I'm so glad Layla is doing great and DC too. What wonderful news for him. Tigger doesn't like his back end touched either and he's quick to let you know it too. Glad DC is finally coming around.

Can't wait to hear about the rescues!!!!

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Oh Gabs... I'm sooooooooooo glad to see you here. You scared the begeebers out of me.

I'm really sorry about all the pain you're going through, and I know the shots are no picnic either (especially if they don't work). You're way too young to have all these problems. I wish I was there for you to give you a big hug.

Please e-mail me with your phone number so I can call you.

Sending loads of love and hugs

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My lil angel face just completed the switch over to senior food :( I probably should have done it sooner but I really didn't think about it. I give her supplements and the vet says she is doing great so I guess I didn't think about the benefits of it. She is doing wonderfully though and likes her new food. Its Wellness Senior and her stomach has been feeling great! For awhile she wasn't doing so hot with her old food and her stomach was upset all the time, she even had a few accidents. So, we made the switch and wala! Good as new ;)

The cold weather really makes it hard for her to use her back leg but she is still romping and running! She loves all the sticks on the ground from fall and the wind and she is constantly eating them :)

Other than that, all is the same. We moved into my parents for a few months to catch up on bills. Still no luck with a job but luckily I do get unemployment. DC has been at my sisters for over a week doing great too! More later, gotta go!

Love

US

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Just had to stop in for a minute and say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

I'll try to post on Mike's blog tomorrow... just gonna try to get in tonight to as many as I can to wish you all the most wonderful of Christmas blessings.

Love & Hugs

By the way... Don't disappear on us again!!!!

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Well, we are off, again! This is moving week and I finally got back into my OLD apartment. It's on the second floor but I'm hoping that Layla will relearn how to do steps again. The cold weather gave her a couple of bad days but its been mostly warm so its not been too bad. We got her on senior food (Yikes!) and she gets glucosamine and chondroiton. We were also thinking of trying this new vet too, although I like the holistic vet very well. It's just that I get so nervous about her not having her shots that I kinda panic when she comes near other dogs. It's just that they gave her a waiver at the vets so she doesn't require them anymore. I thought it was a good thing but it makes me nervous too. I make sure that she doesn't get in contact with dogs that don't have their shots but we are moving back toward the lake that she loves and I want to take her there often. Has anyone else ever had experience with a holistic vet? Did they require vaccinations? This one does but they said since she has had so many problems that it would be best to not do them anymore. They said her titers should read fine and that if she had her shots annually for the past six years that she should be fine. Again, anyone ever had experience with this?

Other than that, Layla is GREAT! She's been loving it at my parents house since Grandpa gives her bagels every night! Plus, she gets so spoiled! My parents play with her and love on her and my brother does too. They are in the middle of remodeling their house so their floors are pulled up. Lucky Layla, she gets to bring her bed out in the living room! And when I say bed, I mean a whole bunch of comforters piled on top of eachother. That's what she likes. I get her dog beds and she sleeps next to them. LOL

Layla was chasing a stick the other day and she fell! It was so cute though. She has this tendency to hop like a deer and that's what she was doing! Only she tripped over the stick and ended up with half of her face in the dirt!! Poor puppy was so embarassed she just picked up her stick and walked away! It's odd sometimes to see her get embarrassed. Sometimes she will lose her balance and just sit or she will come barelling into the house and slide and she will just stop and pretend that where ever she is is where she needs to be! Such a funny Layla Ann! Oh I do love her!

She is going to be eight years young this year! Time flies~!

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Hello IMOM family!

I hope everyone is enjoying this cool weather (well cooler in FL!) and is spending lots of time with their loved ones!

Layla is doing GREAT! She is up to four walks a day and can walk down to the dog park, play, and walk back! She just has so much energy; its GREAT! She's loving this cooler weather and our walks together have turned into runs, which is FANTASTIC! She just got a new collar the other day and its pink and green. It makes her look like a puppy again! She's eating really great. We had about a month or two of pure stomach problems that came out of nowhere. We were told that the food company changed their product a little bit and whatever they did really messed with poor Layla's tummy. Luckily we got some help at the pet store and they recommended Dogs Well and some pumpkin treats. Oh and baby rice cereal :) That stuff really works instantly!! Anywho~ we got her tummy fixed and she is as good as new! She also got some Rimydl and some Comfortis and that's that! We just couldn't get rid of the fleas with advantage or frontline so we tried this stuff and MAN O MAN, miracles!!!

For those of you that know about Mister DC, he is doing great too! He has gotten settled at my parents house and they keep him in their bedroom. Their room is HUGE and my mom spends a lot of time in there (as she works nights) and so does my step dad (his son is 16...ya know how that goes! He runs the house!! :banana: ) So Mister is quite spoiled now and is LOVING this cool weather! He doesn't go outside anymore either so it's gotten really hard to get people to believe that lil' booger was outside for so many years!!

Me - I'm GREAT! Still dealing with my stomach and my neck but life is good. School is great and I'm currently getting 4 A's and 1 B. Almost done with it, yay!!!

Take care all and I will try to update more frequently. LOvE you IMOM family!!!

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Gabby...SO GOOD TO SEE YOU ON THE FORUM!!! And, to see that everything is going so well right now.

I hope you are feeling fine...it sounds as if you're doing really well in school...YAY for you...

And, Miss Layla sounds as if she is GRAND!!!

What more could you ask for??

Don't stay away so long...but how nice it was to see you again...THANKS for posting...it was such a pleasant surprise...Hugs, Judy

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How great to "see" u Gabby!!!

I am really happy that things seem to be going so well for everyone!

I do hope u can check in more often-we miss u.

Take care!

Hugs to u, Layla and DC (when u go to ur parents house)

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