First of all can I use this blog to say a massive thank you to everyone for their comments, e-mails, phone calls and positive vibes. All very much appreciated.
Things have moved on at a pace here and our emotions have been up and down like a couple of yo-yos. The latest situation is briefly as follows:
We got the blood test results from Monday yesterday and they were not good. I will not go into all the details but her PCV (packed cell volume) count was very low at 10 signifying severe anaemia. In other words for some reason Lily is dreadfully short of red blood cells.
The advice from several quarters was for a blood transfusion, yipes, crikey, very scared!
After a series of events which I will not bore you with we asked another vet for an opinion. Another blood sample was taken today and the results were given to us within an hour.
Lily's PCV count is now up to 12. Her liver and kidneys are functioning normally and she is actively regenerating red blood cells. All very good news. She is still deficient in iron and we still don't know why she was anaemic but things are looking up for the moment.
Lily herself has improved every day since she came home. She is no longer frothing at the mouth and appears stress free and happy. She is grazing more and more each day and yesterday stuck her head into a bucket of food I was holding and literally didn't come up for air for 10 minutes. I daren't move a muscle or make a noise. Just stood there with a stupid grin on my face.
Today she is grazing for up to 2 hours at a time and seems to be getting stronger by the day.
The vet's advice was to carry on doing what we have been doing since Monday and they will revisit next week possibly taking more blood samples.
I know there is a long way to go and we are not out of the woods yet but we are hacking our way through the trees and aiming for open spaces.
Our gorgeous beautiful Lily has not given up and we are all fighting to make sure she regains her health.
Bring it on, we are up for a scrap!