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Maggie Mae's Last Chance

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Raised by 34 people in 27 days
Many of you know her as Miss Sassy Pants, Miss Maggie Pants or Miss Stinker Pants.  After I moved back to CA from MN in, I visited a Joann’s to purchase thread for a sewing project; next door was a PetSmart.  Needless to say, I went home with more than a spool of thread that day. Over the years, Mags has been my sassy companion, my longest daily relationship and my best friend.  She’s seen me through so many heart breaks…break-ups, passing of friends and family and most recently the loss of my ability to have children.  I’m certain she’s comforted me more over the years than I fully realize.  Like her Mama, Miss Maggie Mae is a fighter; but right now, her Mama feels helpless.

Maggie has been at the emergency vet since Wednesday and just received her fourth blood transfusion.  While she was admitted quite wobbly, with low blood pressure, low temperature and anemia, she has bounced back in all aspects except being able to stabilize her PCV (the percentage of red blood cells in circulating blood).  With Melena present in her stool, we believe she has bleeding in her GI tract.  In an attempt to combat this, she’s was started on steroid treatment Friday and an additional antibiotic yesterday.  These treatments obviously need time to take affect, but the additional cost of transfusions is daunting especially not knowing the true root cause, which surgery would uncover and is our next step.

I am not one to prolong suffering or pain and thankfully, at this point, Maggie is not experiencing either.  Since being admitted, her demeanor has improved, her sassiness has become quite evident to her newly acquired ‘servants’ and she is sure to let everyone know her thoughts vocally, which she is most famously known for.  She’s been eating, drinking, walking and grooming; all signs she is feeling well and has the desire to live.  If these things were absent, I would not be writing this modest request.  I can see in her eyes, I can hear in her purrs and I can see in her energy she is not ready to leave.  In my heart, I cannot consciously make that difficult decision until all reasonable avenues have been explored.  Without clear confirmation that there are no other opportunities to resolve this, my heart will not let me betray her with a premature decision that I am certain would haunt me with regret.

I recently relocated back to Orange County with an exciting job transfer after having moved back to the Central Valley in 2017 to care for my father after his stroke.  While I’m excited to resume my previous endeavors in SoCal, cost of living has 37983436_1553440324509810_r.jpeg37983436_1553441597669802_r.jpegcertainly increased during my absence as did my debt during my time as a caregiver.  I am humbly asking for support help to give my sweet Maggie Mae one last opportunity to fully rebound from this health challenge and undoubtedly life-threatening condition to continue her journey of love, sassiness, endless chatter and support of her Mama that has treasured her to no end for the last sixteen years and God willing, a few more. Thank you all so much for loving me and loving my Maggie Mae…we are so grateful.
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More good news...Maggie was able to come home today! Her pcv held at 28% overnight and even reached above 30% this morning, which was the highest since she'd been admitted a week ago. She was sent home with a laundry list of medications including sub-q (intravenous) fluids...time for this Mama to buck up and be brave! I'll be watching her closely and her follow up is Saturday where they will check her pcv again to ensure she continues to hold stable. Chemo doses will continue which will be costly so please continue to share as the additional support is crucial to ensure she achieves remission. Thank you again, everyone, for loving and supporting us! ❤
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Thanks everyone for your wonderful support of Miss Maggie Mae. Biopsy results from the endoscopy came back last night with good news and bad news. Bad news: she has small cell lymphoma. Good news: it is treatable with an injectable chemo that has an 85-90% success rate. She had her first dose last night and she did fantastic! Her PCV last night was 29% and this morning it was holding at 28%; if she can hold in the mid 20% range for 24 hours she can come home. With this new diagnosis comes additional costs for the chemotherapy injections, which is why I’ve increased the goal. Thank you all again for staying the course with us through this journey; it has been clear not only to myself but to the entire staff at the vet hospital that this little lady has a mighty will to live. Please continue to share to support our Magpie.
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Thank you so much to everyone who has been so generous and gracious with their time, prayers, donations and kind words. An endoscopy was performed and significant ulcerations were found in her stomach. Biopsies were taken and sent out to the lab to hopefully rule out lymphoma. She is in good spirits, eating, drinking and has become the mascot of the vet hospital, taking turns in all the nurses laps. She clearly has a fighting spirit and has no desire to go anywhere just yet.

She had a fourth transfusion yesterday as her pcv level had dropped to 17% (normal is 25-40%) and she was started on Prednisone and a few other medications to help stop the internal bleeding. Now it is a waiting game to give the medications and new natural food time to work and the ulcers to heal.

Tomorrow will be one week since she was admitted. I would be additionally grateful if you would share this campaign as any help is appreciated for this situation that was so unexpected.

Big hugs and love from Miss Maggie Mae
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Something I forgot to include...after relocating, our new local vet recommended changing her food to Royal Canin Gastrointestinal, which would help with her kidney issues. This was within two weeks of her being admitted and what I believe was caused by the main ingredients of corn, corn gluten meal, wheat gluten and post of all PSYLLIUM SEED HUSK, which I was told would help with regularity. I truly believe the psyllium is what cause all the damage in her intestinal tract and hopefully surgery will be able to stop the bleeding it caused.
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