Tanner continues to have problems breathing. On Thursday there was yet another episode where he was clearly in distress and unable to breathe. Though not as severe as the first time, (still a little pink in his tongue) I waited a few minutes to see if it would pass. When it didn't, I put Tanner into my van and we were off to the emergency vet. His breathing did seem to be improving along the way. This was why in my mind I marked a place in the trip that if he wasn't better by the time we reached it, I would let them know that we were coming. When we got to the landmark, Tanner was comfortable, his head was up and he was okay. I stopped and made sure and could easily see that the color to his tongue and gums had returned. I turned around and went home.
The vet that Tanner sees wasn't working Thursday and so I spoke with her on Friday. There is a human medication that has been used to ease the symptoms of laryngeal paralysis in dogs. It's a bit experimental in its use for this condition--My vet has not given this medication to treat laryngeal paralysis, but has given it for use with animals that have skin conditions. Since it has very few, if any, side effects we've decided to try it and see if it helps. OF COURSE the pharmacy didn't have the medication, so I'll have to get it on Monday. (I know there are some readers of this blog who like to know the names of medications, so I'll post its name when I pick it up--All I know is that it's an antihistamine that he'll take twice a day.)
My day today has been a welcome calm after the storm of the week. The 'issue' with my sister and her family only escalated after I'd decided to wash my hands of them. There will still be a few storms that come from all of this, but I remain hopeful that they will pass. Thank-you all for your kind and thoughtful comments of support on my last post. Your kindness and friendship continue to humble and strengthen me.
This evening I am looking forward to sitting at my computer, with a blanket on my lap, the dogs around me and catching up on your blogs. I hope you're having an enjoyable weekend!