Help Save Manny
I am Pandora Williams and my dog is very sick. His vet bills are mounting up and as much as I hate to ask for help, right now, I need it. So here I am.
As strange as this may sound, to sit and type this out from my perspective makes me very sad. Instead, I have to think of how my fur baby would tell this story. So, here we go...
"Hi! Woof! I'm Manny, a world class Jack Russell Terrier, and I did something stupid and it's causing a lot of issues. See, back on Labor Day, my mom (not my real mom, but the awesome woman that fell in love with my cuteness 5 years ago) was enjoying a piece of corn, and I couldn't resist the smell of her leftovers, so I jumped up to her plate and ate the corn cob. Boy was it tasty!
I didn't realize that it was bad for me, and my poor little belly couldn't digest it. She had to rush me to the doctor really late at night, and they gave me some medicine that made me vomit the corn cob up (trust me, it tasted better going down!). Well, after several hours, I vomited three times, and 2 pieces of the cob came out. However, my little belly was holding on to one last piece. Next, my mom had to rush me to a vet hospital 2 hours away for an emergency endoscopic procedure, and that doctor was able to pull the final piece out. Woohoo! I went home, felt great, and went on wagging my furry little tail again.
But, that wasn't it. After a few days, my belly started to not feel good again. I woke my mom up at 4am with some crazy vomiting, and back to the vet we went again. I've been in the hospital for six days now, and they've discovered lots of new issues. I'm not sure what all this means, but I've been diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastritis, esophogitis and aspiration pneumonia. Fun stuff - not!
They've been giving me medications through a tube in my paw, and with everything going on, I really don't feel like eating. My gastrointestinal tract is inflamed, and they don't know why I keep regurgitating so much. They want to do another endoscopy on me, stick a camera in my throat and tummy and see what is really going on in there. They say I will likely be sent home with a feeding tube. That doesn't sound like much fun. I feel bad about all of this - I only wanted to eat some corn, and I've caused a lot of stress on my mom.
See, pet care isn't cheap, and this is putting an unexpected financial burden on her. Several of my mom's friends have expressed a want to help, so I asked my mom to let me borrow her laptop so I could start this campaign and help her pay my bills and get me better! Trust me, if you think it's hard typing with paws, try it with an IV tube stuck in one!
Anyway...I really want to get home and start to feel better and get my tail wagging again. My mom is so worried about taking care of me right now. But I'm worried about getting back home to do my job and take care of her. She needs me. She's been through a lot since I came into her life and she depends on me.
So I'm asking for your help to get me to my goal. I really appreciate it - I woof you all!! "
Yeah. I think that is what Manny would say.
EDIT AND UPDATE - So far through GoFundMe and donations to the vet directly and cash donations given to me in person we managed to raise a grand totoal of $5,525 and paid off the entire vet bill and got Manny home. 3 days later Manny started vomitting again. on Wed 9/30 Manny went back into the hostpital. So far, bloodwork, ultrasounds, more blood work, all signs point to the fact that he is still fighting pancreatitis, gastritis and esphogitis as a result of this darn corn cob.
Manny's total current vet bill right now with charges as of 9/25 is at $3,764.61 and climbing - and unfortunately Manny and I still need help. There just isn't any way I can afford this.
I have raised the GoFundMe Goal to $9,289.61 to reflect the new bill.
I know that this is a lot of money for a dog. Trust me, when I see the number it makes me start to cry because I know that we are getting to the point that if I don't have help I will have no choice but to put this young and vibrant little fur baby of mine down. That is a grief I am just not sure I can deal with right now. So I am hoping there are still some folks out there willing to help.
He is special to me. He came to me on my Father's birthday a year after he had passed away, when I needed a little help from the Universe to get through the day. His name is actually Mannon, my Father's middle name, but I call him Manny.
I'm just not emotionally ready to give up yet, so if you can please help me not have too, I would really appreciate it.
So if you can help us, I'd really appreciate it. Please remember that even if we fall short of the total goal, every little bit helps right now and is a little bit towards of another day of Manny getting the care he needs while we figure out what is wrong with him and get him home to me. Thank you!
He is lethargic and resting a lot, and I am still holding my breath, hoping that we make it through today and tomorrow without any set backs, I am terrified of him having to go back again at this point. Historically he's usually been home for about 3 days before we've ended up dealing with some sort of set back. But so far, things are looking good.
He has moments of spurts of energy where you see the old Manny again and then he is zonked out for a while before he's back wanting all the attention he usually does again. He's getting all of his medicine in with small amounts of food and holding them down. He's very interested in food, and is currently eating one can a day with about 1/4 a can every 12 hours and then timed snacks in between adding up to a can a day.
There has been no regurgitation. He doesn't appear at all nauseated when he moves from what I can tell. This are all thinks I keep praying will stay true.
As of right now he has a follow up appointment with Dr. Williams in two weeks and I am hoping and praying that we don't have to see the inside of the doctors office again until then.
So the finances ... The grand total for this whole adventure as of today is $10,214.72
Here's how that broke down:
09/05/17 ECVR Visit #1 - $469.00
09/05/17 NC State Visit - (Endoscopic Surgery) - $1,456.09
09/09/17 Banfield Vet Visit - $146.36
09/09/17 ECVR Visit #2 - $5,020.85
09/28/17 Compound Pharmacy Charge $60.00
10/06/17 ECVR Visit #3 - $5133.87
In the end we were able to pay for all but $3,233.87 of the grand total and that amount was generously fronted on a CareCredit account that my co-parent counterpart was able to apply for.
Ideally, I'd like to not leave him with that bill hanging over his head, so anything that is donated from here on out will go towards paying down that balance before interest charges start to accrue.
After listening to the advice of Manny's doctor, Dr. Ned Williams ( yes I do think it is sort of cool that the doctor and Manny share the same last name ) last week. We hung in there just a little longer.
Since then there has been MUCH progress.
Manny has not regurgitated since last Thursday at 10am - so we have made it a whole week without regurgitation.
As of last Saturday evening Manny was able to start eating again. He was able to hold down very small amounts of food and as the weekend progressed was able to eat a little more each day and is currently now able to eat a can of food a day, portioned out into small meals and has been able to hold it all down.
While Manny did have a little episode of diarrhea, a little medicine was given to help and that is resolved.
On Monday they were able to start to take Manny off of IV medications and start switching him over to oral medications and as of today he is doing well with his meds and holding them down as well.
On Tuesday they were able to remove Manny's IV and catheter and Wednesday and today have reported that he is doing better and better each day and that they are trying to build up the amount of food that he can eat and make sure he keeps tolerating it.
It is starting to sound like Manny will be coming home very soon, and really, at this point it just couldn't be soon enough to me. I want my little guy back so bad.
Financially, I have no idea what the final bill is going to look like. After everything that has already been paid in the first several rounds of this month long medical mishap, I have another $1900 left to put towards the bill thus far. The last time I checked the bill was a week ago, when the $3700 price tag bringing us to a grand total of over $9000 scared the hell out of me and for the first time I considered that I might still end up, after all of this, having to give up on Manny due to the financial aspect of things.
Please if you would, keep sharing this Fundraiser, so that it might reach other dog lovers that might be able to help a little. Please keep Manny in your thoughts and thank you all for everything you have done to get us this far. Manny and I love and appreciate you all.
The plan this weekend is to take Manny off any medicine that could be causing any nausea or diarrhea see how he does through the weekend. Then on Monday if he can't do it on his own a feeding tube to give his gastrointestinal tract ample time to heal.
The MAJOR issue for Manny seems to be that where the corn cob piece was stuck in that Duonadenal J section of his is lower stomach just isn't moving things through the way it should. So his stomach continues to build up fluids that perpetuate the nausea and regurgitation.
I've just gotta have a little faith when they tell me Manny still has really good chances of recovery with a little more time.
Please help us get to this goal so that I can continue Manny's treatment. Every little bit helps right now. $5 and $10 donations add up fast and give Manny and I a chance at staying a family.
Yesterday Manny couldn't go more than 12 hours without regurgitating. At that point there was a discussion about surgically inserting a feeding tube that would bypass the stomach and the esophagus while we let it all heal.
Today Manny has gone 18 hours without regurgitating - the magic number we are looking for, in order to be able to re-introduce food and start shifting him over from IV medications to oral medications and get him ready to come home is 24 hours. I'm praying this dog can make it 6 more hours without regurgitation and turn this corner and not have us have to go down the feeding tube route.
He is still fighting esophagitits, pancreatitis, and gastritis, all large scale inflammation as a result of this darn corn cob he swallowed and everything it irritated going in and coming out.
He is still fighting aspiration pneumonia from swallowing the regurgitation and it going into his lungs instead of his stomach - although that part of this seems to be getting better each day.
Since he is so much better today and has made it longer without regurgitation - the thought is that we just continue with the treatment that he is getting rather than progress to a feeding tube and hope that he can start eating again and then get back home where he belongs.