I woke up early on the morning of December 16, 2017 and went to feed Mango his breakfast. Something was horribly wrong with my little baby. He was falling over, trying to walk with a severe wobble, his head was tilted to the right, and his eyes were rolled back in his head and he couldn't focus. This seemed to have happened suddenly, because Mango seemed fine the night before.
We rushed Mango to the emergency veterinary hospital. I was crying the entire drive over, thinking the worst. I kept telling little Mangs (his nickname) to please hang on. The vet told us that he could possibly have an inner ear infection, plus a severe upper respiratory infection (his 3rd since we've had him), but that his ears were too small to see inside with a scope. Mango started running a very high fever while at the animal hospital, and he remained there for 12 days, because his fever was relentless and would not come down to a normal temperature, despite the administration of anti inflammatories and steroids. We had hoped to bring him home for Christmas but were distraught and anguished when we couldn't, because his fever was not below 103 degrees. Each day that Mango remained at the hospital was emotionally draining for me and my husband...12 long days and nights of disappointment and heartache.
On day #12, the vets decided that they'd done all that they could for sweet Mango and referred us to a specialty veterinary hospital for an appointment with a neurologist. The neurologist was very knowledgeable and wonderful to Mango and to me. Mango had an MRI and a spinal tap on Wednesday, December 27th. Both determined that he needed surgery, to remove a very large mass and absess in his inner ear. The MRI also showed that Mango has meningitis on the right side of his brain.
We were devastated, but at the same time, relieved, knowing that Mango's medical problems were treatable. Mango had successful surgery on December 28, 2017. The procedure is called a Right Ventral Bulla Osteotomy. We are still waiting on the results of both the culture and biopsy. Mango still needs to see a pet opthomologist about his problematic right 3rd eyelid, on January 15th. His head still tilts a little and he's a little unsteady on his feet. It's not known for sure if those symptoms will gradually disappear, or if he'll have a permanent disability. Neurological problems can take a long time to heal and lessen. In the meantime, Mango is quietly recouperating at home, right where he belongs!
We know that we made the right decision for Mango. However, we are now saddled with huge medical bills for Mango's veterinary care, diagnostics, surgery, opthomology, and follow up care and treatment. It is so very difficult for me to ask for help. I'm always the one who helps others in any way that I can. But, we really need your financial help.
If you're a friend, family member, or even a stranger who loves animals, I hope that you can find it in your heart to help our little feisty and determined fur baby, Mango. Any amount will be so greatly appreciated. I thank you, my husband, Stephen Taylor, thanks you, and most of all, Mango thanks you! (Meow)
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