Haggis is doing really really well and seems completely Haggissy again, which is amazing, so thank you to all those who helped make that possible!! Every so often I get a moment of looking any her and not being able to understand how she is alive after those seven horrendously emotional days in ICU. Thank you!
There is slight concern that she is still not stretching properly and still on pain killers, so there is something going on in her chest and at this point perhaps the need for an X-Ray and / or some scans. She has also been very thirsty since she came off the antibiotics and I am waiting to hear back from the hospital about this.
Campaign wise, I have had to extend it again as, although it has changed a little in tone since Haggis is no longer critical, I still need to raise the money to be able to pay for her treatment, so I am finding new places to share and promote the page to try keep the drips and drabs rolling in. Things haven't stopped completely but they have slowed considerably, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to get a response to the page. If anyone who is following or who reads this update has any ideas to suggest or additional places where they could promote or share, it would be hugely appreciated if you got in touch or went ahead and posted anywhere you think might be useful. Thank you again!
And for this positive update, Haggis high up in the Pentlands on a very normal walk we did recently!! :)
Over the last fews days, and distinctly yesterday, Haggis has come back into character and the weird head stuff seems to have passed. She has had a sore abdomen and has just started having Metacam for this, which has made her a bit more bouncy and means that she is not avoiding stretching as much, although she's not quite up to a full stretch just yet. If the problem persists then there is the potential for some scans / chest X Rays to check it out, but in general she is seeming like old Haggis again.
The whole experience has been absolutely mind blowing and I suspect life changing as I'm thinking about adapting some very big plans as a result, but I will process all that and write a full blog about it once I'm done! I am amazed at Haggis' effort at staying alive. She really was at the pearly gates and it feels as though she has come back from the dead! Top effort Waggles! Make me feel so proud! :)
And house rules have changed a wee bit since she got back...
Haggis is now home and is getting better each day. We were able to pick her up on Monday night and she was still pretty wobbly and is showing some strange behavioural habits but in general symptoms are subsiding.
She still has very swollen legs from some kind of inflammation that appeared there towards the end of last week and we are icing and sudocreaming these each day to help take it down. Since her platelet count was still low when she left the ICU, these were initially a source of concern but her platelet number should now be increasing and the temperature of her legs is decreasing.
She has problems making eye contact when your face is close to hers. I have been advised that this is likely to be mild brain damage caused by the high intracranial pressure that occurred a few times when she was critical, but it will hopefully also be transient and she will get back to her old self again with some time. It is a bit sad to see her struggle with this. She has a habit of moving her nose towards you at the time when she would usually then give you a big, slobby kiss, but then seems not to know what to do and hides her face from you. Having said this, through encouragement and also just general improvement, she does seem to be getting less awkward with it and there have been a few sideways licks over the last day or so.
She also seems to have some kind of anxiety / nightmare type symptoms. She will go to rest her head before suddenly bringing her head up again and looking around the room in a confused / scared way. This seems to occur in episodes and only when she is not distracted. She also sometimes starts to whimper when she is going to sleep but this stops if she is comforted and she is seemingly snapped out of something when this happens.
On the upside, when distracted and none of the above applies, she is getting increasingly energetic and is awake for longer through the day. She is also getting away with a lot of soft treatment like sleeping on the bed and getting instant attention if she squeaks, obviously, which I'm sure will mean that she ends up having trained us to be at her beck and call by the end of the ordeal but we'll work that out then! :)
Haggis has made amazing progress over the last few days and is now walking on her own. She is still a wee bit wobbly and has a funny head twitch and is also shy about looking people in the eye when they are close to her face. It seems she may be a little PTSDish but she is getting better all the time, which I almost can't believe having seen her a few days ago. Things are looking very positive and it is predicted that she will l make a full recovery - hardcore!
The help of everyone involved so far is HUGELY appreciated. Haggis rounds all round! :)
Wow, thank you so much so far everyone, Haggis and I are definitely feeling the love and awesomeness of amazing people right now!
I went in to see her today for the first time in three days and I almost couldn't believe it (I couldn't see her before as it could detract from the sedatives if she got over simulated). It was incredibly emotional seeing her USING HER EYES to look around the room and once she realised it was me she definitely got very psyched and did her best to lift her head to lick my face! Aaawwwww! I also got to feed her a bit of food!!
Her body is still pretty limp but she is also completely exhausted, so we have to wait until she is more awake and rested to be able to assess any damage properly. More updates to follow! Thank you again everyone!!