Since Addie’s life threatening bout with Ehrlichiosis she has been on a regimen of new medicine. These include an antibiotic, antacid, vitamin, and a steroid (Prednisone). Yesterday, at her 2 week, post-Ehrlichiosis checkup the doctor drew blood and assessed her overall condition. She advised us to remove the antacid. Normally, I think the Prednisone would also be removed but without it I don’t think Addie would eat nor could she walk. At this point, I think it is primarily responsible for her being here. So, the doctor agreed and we decided to keep her on it for a while longer.

Her blood test results came back today. Although they are better, her red blood count is still not where it needs to be. We are hoping that as soon as the antibiotic treatment is completed (another 7 days or so) that her red blood count will be normal so that we can try to wean her off the Prednisone. Prednisone is an anti-inflamatory and renders the Neoplasene ineffective. This is quite worrisome to us and we want to get her back on the Neoplasene if at all possible.

However, at this point we would rather have her eating and walking. Just a few days without food at this stage would probably be fatal. So we take the lesser of two evils and hope for the best.

Right now she is lying on the floor beside me and I can tell she is hungry. This is a good sign and I am happy to have it.

3 thoughts on “Prednisone

  1. Hi Addie, I just wanted you to know that Grandma Key is thinking about you and praying for you. I am sending a hug for you. Lots of love!

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