Hi: My name is Wilma and I was diagnosed Bipolar about 7 yrs ago. Everything was fine and I was able to work and function with medications. I was working, going to school and taking care of my son who is Autistic. But 3 yrs ago, things with my son change and he became extremely aggressive. I had to place him in a hospital 3 different times and after that, my son decided that he wanted to live with his dad. Needless to say, after that I felt into a very deep depression. My condition with the stress and pain from my son wanting to leave made my condition worse, to the point my DR said to me that if I wanted to keep my sanity I had to let him go. After a while my Dr recommended that I find a companion Dog. After all this I lost my job, stop going to school and was hurting so bad, because I didn't have my son with me. And thats how Bella entered into my life. The moment I saw her, she took my heart. She is not only my companion, but is her who keep me leveled.
When she got sick and I had to run to the vet office I tough, I was going to die. Not only was she hurting, but all I could think about was that I was not only loosing a pet but my companion my hearth.
Bellow, Is the reason why I've decided to reach out. Not been able to work the two of us are always together and she knows when I'm sad or just not been myself.
Bella Marie is her name and she is my companion. She is a 2 yr old, Pure breed Chihuahua that only weights 3.5 LBS. I got Bella when she was exactly 8 weeks old from a good friend of the family. She is very sweet and gentle. My husband always jokes that she's an Un-Chihuahua, because she doesn't know she is one.
I take Bella everywhere I go and from the very moment I took her in my hands, I knew she would become the daugther I was never able to have. Everyone loves her and says that if all chihuahuas were like her and that they want a sweet girl like her. Even people that were not fans of the breed before, they say they now love it. Even my mom and dad that in the past were not dog people are just in love with her and can't wait to come to my house to see her. Not me so much but my sweet Bella.
She became pregnant for the very first (and last) time last October and after 9 long weeks she gave birth to 4 very healthy and beautiful little girls. December 30th, 2013 was a great day, helping her and been with her every step of the way was an amazing experience that made our bond even stronger. The babies are doing great and are just the most beautiful little things I've ever seen.
But, my happiness was short lived. After 3 weeks of hapiness with our baby girls and Momma. Bella started to look as if she quickly had a cold. Then shortly after her breathing began to become hard breaths with shallow intake. She started to walk and all legs were stiff. Woud not drink or Eat. My husband thought it could be Milk Fever. I actually tought he was making it up, but then he showed me that the condition not only does exits, but that it could also end her life. Milk Fever occurs when the mom is over producing milk because the puppies are consuming more milk than what mom can produce. Drasticaly dropping Moms calcium and having her nervous system on overload due to the lack of the calcium.
We quickly took her to the Vet ER. That alone was $196.00 for a quik lab work and an IV line. Because we were told that the medication she desperately needed, they did not carry because they normally see this type of condition and that we needed to take her to another facility that did have the medicine.
We arrived 10 mins later to the other Vet ER with the labs results in hand. The normal ranges are around 7 to 10 and Bella's Calcium was 3.2 Even before even seeing our sweet near lifeless baby insisted on ER Payment upfront. $600.00 that very rapidly increased way over 4K's This included keeping her and having her connected to an ECG to keep track of her heart because the very medicine that will save her, could very easily kill her. To this point I've told she will need special care after I get her home; special dressings to prevent the puppies from either estimulating milk production or from actually feeding, continuously giving her antiacids with a high content of calcium And not to mention bottle feeders for the puppies, the expensive formula for the puppies , and now that they will be feeding solely on formula this can get even more out of control.
Our baby not making it leaving three week old puppies with out a Mom? Not an option for me. My heart breaking for my baby girl, but we do face now the finacial burden. I've even borrowed against any and all we have just to start treatment, in order to get her stable. She needs and deserves to enjoy her girls and more.
There was no question about if I wanted to take the treatment or not. But as usually happens on these situations, we were not financially prepared for it. We are in a very fixed income but we just love our Bella and couldn't just let her die. My husband has been physically disable dues to a car accident in which he broke his back and I am also out of work.
We were told by the VET that we can't allow her to feed them under any circumstances, because if she does and she looses her calcium once more, we may loose her.
It dosen't Matter How small your donation may be, Please know that Is very appreciated.
Even that she can't feed her girls any longer, she is an amazing mom.