11/16/13 Has struck our Yogi: Her immune system has gone hay wire and is attacking itself. She has had 4 blood transfusions in 24 hours. Her platelet counts remain low. There appears also to be some internal blood loss. Yogi is 9 years old and has never been sick 1 day in her life.
We went and visited her yesterday and she cried to come home with us. It absolutely breaks my heart knowing we are doing everything we can with very little progress. It's what we Dad's do...we "fix stuff"
We covet your prayers as we know the One to turn to in this difficult time. He is the Author and the Finisher of our Faith. He is the Great Physician/Healer and is the One we have our trust in. He cares about the things we care about and listens to our every prayer. We don't always get what we want(ask for) but we get what we need.
This appears to be a rare disease called IMHA which stands for Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. I won't tell you what I call it
60-75% of IMHA don't have apparent causes. Complications of IMHA are Thrombolic Disease which are results of clots formed that cause obstruction and leads to death.
Yogi is in the fight of her life and all we can do has been done. Now we await the results of this last transfusion that was completed @ 4 A.M. and time will tell. Please pray for my family. We need peace that surpasses all understanding. That Peace only comes from Him.
11/23/13 They have her on Doxycycline, Azathioprine, Prednisone. Her appetite is all but gone but she is still drinking tons of water. We have her home now resting in a controlled environment. Gums are still pale (1 week later) and extremities are swollen. We really are at a loss. The Emergency Vet Hospital CVS here in Murrieta want to keep trying more blood transfusions but I am leery because of the danger and the cost is unbelievable. There was no result in the 4 transfusions and her platelet count remains dangerously low @ 12000. All of her blood work came back negative of the Tick related stuff and has left us searching for answers.
Has anyone had success in treatment of this?