Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Monroe, MI
Dogs Name: Athena Sully Rizzo
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We had to lay Athena to rest this weekend, I came home from work to find bloody diarrhea all over the house. Called her neuro who told me to take her to the ER. They ran some blood work and said her red blood cell count was in the 20’s should be in the 50’s and it was 6 weeks ago. They said it was indicative of a GI bleed most likely bleeding ulcer or bleeding in her intestines, caused from the high doses of steroids. It was life threatening and we would have needed to hospitalize her for treatment and stop treating her for meningitis, until it was resolved, if it was resolved. She wasn’t responding as well as we had hoped to the treatments for meningitis and the chance of her recovering from it was slim at this point, add the GI bleed on top of the nerve injury to her leg it didn’t look good for a long term good outcome. My poor girl was suffering, she had labored breathing and wasn’t even responsive to us when we were comforting her, it was like she didn’t even know we were there. Part of me wanted to give it one more go, but I couldn’t ask her to keep fighting for me. I didn’t want her to die alone in the hospital. She passed by my side, I told her what a good girl she was, how much she was loved and thanked her for everything she taught me about living in the moment and unconditional love, kissed her on the nose and said goodbye.
Run free sweet girl, I’ll carry you in my heart forever.