Thankful Thursday Blog Hop: We Are Thankful for Quality Veterinary Care – Sister Sascha Update 5

thankful thursday blog hop brian - Brian's Home, adopt cats, we deserve it!Once again it’s time for our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop and once again we are thankful for the many blessings in our lives.  The challenging times continue here in our neck of the woods, especially for our dear Sister Sascha.  Today, however, we are most thankful for the quality of care Sister Sascha is receiving while in the hospital.

Many of you have not only written about the importance of regular Vet visits, lots of you have also written about the importance of accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association.  Sister Sascha is under the care of Dr. Hogan, Diplomate ACVIM and Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine, and is at Upstate Veterinary Specialists.  In 2011 Upstate Veterinary Specialists received the award of Specialty Hospital of the Year in North America from AAHA.

Now for the latest update.  Sister Sascha is still in the hospital, a week now.  There are still many unknowns at this point.  She has a tooth problem which can’t be fixed due to the danger associated with her extremely low white cell count. An abscess would/could spread the bacteria in her system and she hasn’t the white blood cells to fight off the bad stuff.  Her white cell count was up just a wee bit today which is better than declining.  She has had a dangerously high fever, which subsides and then spikes again.  She had fluid around her lungs but that seems to have resolved, at least for now.

On the good news side, her red blood cell count is back to normal.  Her three bone marrow biopsies did not show any signs of leukemia, but there is still one outstanding test with results coming next week.  There could be an autoimmune issue going on and all specialties have been weighing in but have yet been able to connect the dots to solve the mystery.  Like the Dad said in an earlier update, we get good news follow by some not so good news.

So, there you have it.  What are you thankful for today?  Tell us in the comments and then join us for our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, we’d really like that.  Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!

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54 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday Blog Hop: We Are Thankful for Quality Veterinary Care – Sister Sascha Update 5

  1. Raven

    I hope they find the cause of Sister Sascha’s health issues soon. Sounds like she’s getting fantastic care. I hope you’re able to visit her and that she’s as happy as possible during her hospital stay.

  2. caren gittleman

    thank you so much for taking the time to update us with all you have going on. This time we pray that good news is followed by MORE good news!!! We love you and continue to send POTP!!!

  3. Marg

    Thanks so much for the update. We sure send tons more purrs and lots of good thoughts. We so hope Sascha begins to get better soon.

  4. Ruth Cox

    My heart goes out to you and Sister Sascha. I know you are worried about her health but she is in good hands and all we can do is trust that answers will come quickly. I know your girl is grateful to have you seeing to her care at this time as well as loving her through it.

  5. The Island Cats

    It sounds like Sascha is in good hands but how frustrating to not know what is going on yet. We hope you get some answers soon and treatment can start. We continue to purr for Sascha.

  6. The Menagerie Mom

    We are continuing to send purrs and prayers to Sister Sascha, and to all of you! It sounds like Sascha is in such wonderful, caring hands. We do hope that you will get more answers and that Sascha will be home soon.

    At the cat clinic where I used to work, a cat once came in in terrible shape. Her white blood cells were essentially nonexistent, and she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Imaging also showed that the walls of her heart were thickened. She was started on prednisolone for the autoimmune disorder, and atenolol for her heart. After a few months, she was thriving. I truly hope that Sascha’s tests will offer some answers and lead to treatments that can help her feel well again. Many purrs and prayers to you!

  7. easyweimaraner

    I’m so glad you have such a good dogtor who runs all tests to find out how to help your sister… hugs to Sascha and hugs to you all… we hope for good news when the last results are in…

  8. The Poupounette Gang

    These times are so hard. We are keeping Sascha very much in our thoughts, and are always glad to hear of the good news. We hope the white blood cell count will improve, and that she will be able to come home soon.

    Soft Purrs,
    The Chans

  9. Little Binky and Granny

    Oh, that is some good news we were waiting for, Brian. Thank you so much for your update! We purray for more good news, followed by the best. Extra Double Pawkisses to you all and Healing Pawkisses for sister Sascha. Please be well soon <3 <3 <3

  10. Nicki and Derry

    Poor love, I’m sure she’d much rather be home with you all, but of course she needs the best care possible. Continued purrs and purrayers from the boys.

  11. Pat Hatt

    Great care is something to be thankful for indeed. At least there is some good news, hopefully just good and no more bad will be had.

  12. Emma

    Poor Sascha. We are so worried about your special girl and we hope they can get to the root of the problem and get her back home where she belongs.

  13. KB

    I hope that the good progress outweighs the bad progress in the coming days. It sounds a tiny bit like something our departed dog, Astro, had a while ago (20 years?). They didn’t have so many tests available but it was finally decided that we might as well try a steroid to get his WBC count up and to get him to stop spiking fevers (really really high ones that made him disoriented and unable to walk). It worked! He was on the steroid for a long time, and he lived to be 16, very old by a Lab’s expectation.

    Sending POTP to Sister Sascha. She is on our minds.

  14. Kitties Blue

    It sounds as if Sascha could not get better care, but we are so sorry about how terribly ill she is. Prayers and purrs and POTP will be nom-stop until she is well and home again where she belongs. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy ???

  15. Jan K

    We are so glad that Sascha is in a good place with quality care. We continue to think of her and pray they can find out what’s going on and fix it. We’re sure it is tough to not have her home with you all, but at least you know she is being well taken care of. ♥

  16. Jeanne Foguth

    While I’m very thankful that dear Sascha is getting excellent health care, I’m very sorry to hear that she is hospitalized. Mr. M has added her to his purrayer-therapy list.

  17. Tamago

    Thank you for the update. My heart hurts to know the difficult time Sister Sascha is going through. Continued purrs and prayers to you all. xo

  18. The OP Pack

    For now, we have to be thankful for the good news, and keep hoping for the news to come to also be good. Even a little improvement in that white blood count is, as you say, better than a decline. Continued crossed paws and prayers for Sister Sascha.

    Woos -Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  19. Madi and Mom

    For sure I, Madi, am also thankful for my Vet. We are sending lots of purrs to Sascha and your entire family ’cause we know it makes the peeps very anxious too.

    Mom is thankful that my sis and brother in law are now back home with their kitties
    Hugs madi and Mom

  20. Angel Sammy and Teddy

    Mom and I are sending so much POTP your way…….enough for anyone there who needs it! Also Angel Teddy is watching out for Sister Sascha like all her other Angel friends at the Bridge and they are putting the NURSE ANGELS to work getting Sascha on the road back to good health and most of all HOME!

    Love, Teddy

  21. Deziz World

    We are so happy fur the good news Brian. But, we’re not stoppin’ da purrayers. ‘Course, we purray fur all our furiends daily, but we’re sendin’ lots of extras ya’ll’s way. Big hugs fur all.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  22. The Dash Kitten Crew

    This just be a huge worry for you, but I am glad that you are getting there step by step with updates clearing away some of the worst worries.

    Like everyone here I want Sascha home where she belongs! Let’s hope its really SOON!

  23. Marvelous

    Dear Mr Brian and Family,
    I am thankful that sister Sacha is holding her own, And I must say, your front dangle is Olympic worthy!
    We are purraying that Sacha continues to get better, that her white blood count comes up and that she is home again soon.
    Sending you all much lie and strength
    Purrs and Love
    Marv and Mom

  24. Nylabluesmum

    How scary for all of you Brian. I am sorry Sister Sascha is so sick. As I’m running a sick ward here I do understand. Poor Siddhartha Henry is as limp as a dishrag & not responding to Convenia so he will start oral antibiotic tomorrow. I hope I can get enough of it into him to boost the injection….
    All Siddhartha Henry does is sleep & sleep & eats when I bring food. He will not go for food on his own nor drink water, so I’m syringing him. Between June & last week he lost 2 pounds. I’m so worried I can barely function. But I will not let him down.
    Sending love & prayers & POTP to Sascha an Precious & to you if needed!
    {{{hugs}}} Sherri-Ellen & **paw patsss** Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

  25. meowmeowmans

    Thank you so much for the update, Brian. We’re thankful that Sascha is in the very best place she can be for the medical attention she needs. We will keep on purring and praying, and send you all much love.

  26. Basil

    We’re sending oodles of healing purrs fur Sascha and really hope that the pawesome VET can pin point what is wrong.

    Big hugsw

    Basil & CO xox

  27. Valentine

    Oh, thank you so much fur the update on Sascha. What a sweet girl – so patient. It sounds like she is getting the best of care at that hospital, though I’m sure she misses not being at home in her papas arms. But hopefully she will return home soon. All my love!

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