Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Since her surgery, she's back down to a svelte 110 lbs, and back to picky eating habits.
To get her to eat since recovering from surgery, my mom has been feeding her really expensive canned foods.
Got this text from my mom last night:
PHEW. So glad we're back to "real" issues!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The thought that you've already failed the bar exam (again), and your test is already graded, score sheet printed, with a big fat 'FAIL' on the top of it, and you're just skipping along through life, with no clue.
4ish weeks til bar results.
I could vomit.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Southwest Airlines cancelled every flight on Sunday.
First available flight back to Chicago was for Thursday afternoon.
So I just paid 300 dollars to rent a car to drive back to Chicago.
The best part? My friend Ray's fiancé ended up not making the trip, and his flight for today didn't get cancelled, but Southwest Airlines wouldn't let him change the name on the ticket to my name.
So he's driving back with me, because he's a good friend, and leaving two plane tickets.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Fingers crossed that Irene stays away for Saturday's beach ceremony... although it's not looking so good!
Irene is not supposed to hit for real until Tuesday, although Saturday's forecast calls for rain.
And hope everyone on the east coast stays safe! Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Vet said her wound looks much better and her liver is not great yet, but it's healing!
Still no word on if she'll be able to return to Chicago, but I'm just happy she's out of the hospital after 8 days!
Here's a picture from my mom's visit to the sicky on Tuesday... poor baby!
Other random dog news...
I've also been dogsitting a sweet golden retriever for the past week... it's been so nice to have the company again! Can't wait til Elle gets back!
Yes, you read that right.
Signup began at 5 PM, but you have to get there early in the morning to insure that you get a spot.
And a lot of the moms pay people to wait in line for them. So, I was paid to wait.
It was SUPER FUN!
Okay, so no it wasn't, but I got paid to wait and got paid to do work while I was there, so I'm not mad about it.
But I did come to one very important conclusion as I waited there for 8 hours -
New Life Goal: Wealthy enough to pay someone to stand in lines for me.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
A bit of good news - she appears to be doing better!
They are not sure if her liver is any better and won't know until tomorrow, but her wound is at least healing up and not gushing/oozing every time they unbandage it.
The vet said that they are feeling "cautiously optimistic"... So she's not out of the woods yet, but she's definitely better than she was!
Will report back tomorrow after we get liver test results.
Poor thing has now spent the last 7 days in the hospital, so
I'm really hoping she gets to go home soon!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Had to share this with you guys since I know a lot of you are always looking for updated workout playlists...
This is 70 minutes of DJ DOLO's (one of my favorite Chicago DJ's) set last weekend...
I love him and this playlist is awesome and definitely helped my last workout fly by!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Being on the steroids for so long really screwed her liver up.
The vet said they could go back in and do more surgery, but it's just too much.
They're going to give the antibiotics 24-48 hours and see if there is any improvement.
Friday, August 19, 2011
First round of pathology reports came back... Elle's spleen weighed EIGHT POUNDS. That seemed big to me, so I did some googling and found the following information (for humans, not pups):
Soooo yeah... eight pounds is a pretty damn big spleen!
Other good news - her platelets were WAY up today! (low platelets is what was causing all this mess to begin with). She originally was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia, which according to WebMd:
Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count): An enlarged spleen sometimes stores excessive numbers of the body’s platelets. Splenomegaly can result in abnormally few platelets circulating in the bloodstream where they belong.
So now that the spleen isn't harboring those platelets, she's back to normal!
So now we cross our fingers and hope that the liver biopsy results on Monday come back normal....
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Unfortunately the vet said that her liver looked very bad too... They did a biopsy and sent it out, but results won't be back til Monday. They found bacteria on it and said it looked like python skin, whatever the hell that means. So they're starting her on antibiotics, and we'll find out on Monday.
My mom did tell the vet that if it's something wrong with her liver that can't be cleared up by these antibiotics, this is the end of the road for Miss Elle. She's been through too much already. Poor baby.
Thanks for all the tweets and emails of kind thoughts for Elle, I very much appreciate it! And will keep you all posted, of course.
This past weekend my parents moved to their new house... Elle Woods and Satin have been very good helpers getting the new house ready to go.
Today is surgery day!
Thank goodness chemo was a success, her platelets are way up, and this morning Elle will be going under the knife to have her spleen removed.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Those of you on twitter - follow the #fromspace hashtag to see what the other astronauts are tweeting!
Monday, August 15, 2011
She also asked how the bar exam went and we were chatting about random stuff (she's awesome and we get along really well), and she says:
Mom: Oh hey! I forgot to tell you! So I've been telling all my friends about how my babysitter thinks that Casey Anthony is innocent!
Me: Oh God, I'm sure they love that.
Mom: Yeah everyone's response is exactly the same - "So, your babysitter thinks Casey Anthony is innocent? .... And you let her watch your kids?"
Thursday, August 11, 2011
So in order to bribe me (yes I'm 3 years old) to actually take the bar exam, my mom promised that we could go on vacation during results release... that way if I fail, it's fine... I'm on a beach. And maybe I'll just never come back?
SO today we finally booked a girls trip! My mom and I and some friends are going to be spending the first weekend in October in Playa del Carmen!
So I wil be checking bar exam results from here:
We will be staying in an all inclusive resort, which is my absolute favorite way to ... don't have to worry about bringing cash, don't have to worry about transportation, never leave the resort. Heaven.
"We'll plan on celebrating while we're there. And if it's not the news we're expecting, it's pretty cheap to live in Mexico if you can get past that whole poverty thing."
I might start brushing up on some Spanish... just in case.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
a quick update:
Her specialist ran a bunch of tests and decided that basically her only chance of survival is a splenectomy (having her spleen removed).
The good news is that he thinks that this should basically heal her and get her off of all of her awful steroids and get her back to normal so she can live out the rest of her life happily.
The bad news is that it's going to be super expensive, it's a major surgery, and of course there are no guarantees that it'll work.
Before the vet will do surgery, he wants to get her platelets up (this is basically her main issue... her blood doesn't clot right and her platelets are all messed up and the blood medicine has screwed with her liver)(very scientific explanation, of course), so she doesn't bleed out in the middle of surgery and die. To get platelets up they gave her more steroids... which didn't work. So yesterday she had a big dose of chemotherapy. (No she doesn't have cancer no I don't really understand why and how all this works, just trust me).
She will go back to the vet on Monday, and hopefully platelets will be up from chemo and surgery will be scheduled for the next day. Fingers crossed.
We got a 12 month payment plan... similar to the type of plan that Farrah on Teen Mom used to finance her boob job. So basically I am indebted to my parents for the rest of my life (even moreso than I already was) and any time that I want to buy something or go somewhere or eat something over the next year, I'll just pet my dog instead. Which means she needs to get healthy enough to come back to Chicago so that she's here for petting. Sigh.
Just ready to have a healthy pup back!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Random Guy: "What do you do that you're just getting home?"
Me: "Well I work in a law office during the day but tonight I went straight to babysitting after work."
Random Guy: "Law office, huh? I hate lawyers. Just kidding! Some of my best friends are lawyers! I blame them all for Casey Anthony!"
Random Guy: [waiting for me to laugh]
Me: Death Stare
(Note: this story is not even slightly embellished)