Abbye Update: A little good news

There’s a simple reason why most doctors won’t even attempt to read an x-ray or similar scan, instead waiting for the radiologist to apply his or her expertise to the output. That reason? They’re not always right, as we’ve just learned from the official results of Abbye’s ultrasound scan last Tuesday.

There’s no pituitary tumor, nor is there an adrenal tumor. There’s nothing wrong with her gall bladder. What we’re dealing with is simply (?) a pituitary gland that’s overstimulating the adrenal glands, leading to an overproduction of cortisol. And while it’s not clear what’s causing that overstimulation, it is apparently a manageable situation via medication.

Another blood test is needed to establish a baseline, and then we can start her on the medicine that, by all accounts, is very effective in erasing the symptoms she’s experiencing. That’s not to say we’re out of the woods; the dosage of the medication is tricky, and the proper level is a matter of trial and error.

But, at least we know what we’re not dealing with, and we’re quite happy to make that report.

Muchas gracias for your prayers and best wishes for la perrita. It’s nice to know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t an oncoming train!

6 comments

  1. I know YLB slept better last night.
    Well, other than having to get up twice during the night to let her out (Abbye still has symptoms), yeah, it’s a relief.
    You know the feeling well, don’t you? 😉

  2. Praise God! Glad to hear Abbye is not destined for the knife and I pray that the medication brings relief to all.

  3. Thanks, Gwynne. It’s now apparent that the one thing the meds won’t bring relief to is our bank account. When the pharmacist ask if I had an insurance card, I was sorely tempted to say, “why, yes…yes I do!” Darn those pesky morals!

  4. Aw, I didn’t even know there were new troubles for your cute pooch. I’m glad to hear you have some answers and relief.

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