Thursday, April 17, 2008

Jeff's Progress...Thursday April 17th

Dr. Pink and I (the handsome fellow in the header) received this update about Jeff today. (read about Jeff) Yesterday we had increased his dosage of Zhen Wu Tang to a full scoop in the morning and at the night. It had an impact...Or should we say, a depact?

Because Jeff has diarrhea, we are asking that he stop the herbs until things harden back up and then we start again, with a reduced amount.

Jeff has a huge amount of accumulation around the middle, his girth is at whopping 28 inches. This is from the ascities due to congestive heart failure. It is our treatment goal to reduce this so that Jeff can breath easier.

Here is Colleen's daily report to the PawHealer team;

: Colleen
Date: 4/17/2008 6:35:08 AM
To: PawHealer
Subject: Update

Good morning Holly & Dr. Pink,

I switched the Z remedy to 1 full scoop last evening. Jeff only had cooked turkey throughout the day, and a couple of baby-food meat stix (like little hot dogs, but without the fillers, etc.) as a treat for taking his remedies.

Around 10:30 last night he was just settling in and I gave him some water. He lapped it right up, and completely, but then got down from the bed and asked to go outside. He immediately puked up the water, had diarrhea and peed before coming back in. He woke up in the night to go outside to pee and had diarrhea each time. He started around midnight, then again at approximately 2:30, and 4:00, approximately. Then he slept right through until around 7:30, when I took him out again, and he just peed.

When I gave him his morning remedy (W), he "escaped" to the back bedroom to hide from me. (I can just hear him in my head, 'you'll never catch me for the next dose!')

He also had a bout of diarrhea in the back of the house (inside) while we were out earlier, around dinnertime, which I know was really tough for him because he never, never goes in the house. I had given him the increased (Z) remedy about 20 minutes before we had to leave. I regret that we did not wait to do this until after our return, but we were going to be gone until around 9 pm.

My concerns (beyond his hopeful improvement) also relate to our varying schedules. I don't want to limit the amount of times I can give him the two remedies because of the fact that no one will be home to let him out if he has to go. I'm doing my best to keep it as regular as possible, but we have missed a dose or two. I've gotten the hang of the dropper and keep it as calm and swift as I can, given his resistance. Between my husband, son and me, we are able to keep an eye on him most of the day and night, but there are periods of time when no one can be there for a few hours.

Girth measurement remains at 28" today.

I am currently keeping an eye on his water intake and his desire to drink water. I think I am seeing a decreased volume overall, but I'll have to watch a little longer to be sure.

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