This is Watson, he is a Brindled Scottish Terrier, he is ten years
old. He is also the sweetest dog, super smart, very loving and tries
to take care of everyone. He is just like a Mum !
He has always been very healthy, only saw the vet for yearly check-ups
and shots. Good dog, Watson.
All of a sudden he lost a lot of weight, and started a small cough at
night. Took him to the vet, 104 temperature, tons of tests and x-
rays, several days to wait for results. . . He has Valley Fever.
This is not good, I got Valley Fever when I was 18 years old . . . it
is a terrible illness. Fatigue, swollen joints, rashes, lesions,
weakened immune system, symptoms similar to tuberculosis.
I have been doing more research on it and find a study that links
Valley Fever to Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and then Lupus. So far this
has been true for me.
Now my Watson has this illness. So for the next 9 to 10 months I have
to make sure he eats, unlike me he really doesn't like to eat, watch
his temperature, give him lots of meds and just spoil him.
I have my work cut out for me but thats OK he has been a good friend
and I love him.
Between us we each are now taking so many pills, I think we now
jingle when we walk, just in time for Christmas !
relieved . . . parsnip
music. . . Ordinary Day, Vanessa Carlton