Finally a Diagnois for Princess Fiona

Princess FionaWell our journey to figure out what’s wrong with our Princess Fiona has ended and we have a diagnosis finally. We were back at Purdue last week for an MRI and spinal tap. I really liked the attending vet this time. She was excellent! I like to ask a ton of questions and offer up ideas that I’ve read about and she was very patient and encouraged the dialog. She was very worried about putting Fiona under anesthesia for the MRI but there weren’t any other tests that we could really do.  This day was even longer than last time as we were there almost 11  hours. Lucky for me, I followed my own tips for visiting a teaching hospital so I was much more prepared this time. I was also very lucky to have one of our Facebook friends come up and visit. Her work was cancelled so she was able to stay with me for several hours and made the time pass much quicker.

The vet called us in while they were still imaging her brain as they already had an answer. My sweet, beloved, precious, angel baby Fiona has a terminal brain tumor. I was able to see the images from the MRI which were very interesting although I’m sure it would be way cooler if it wasn’t your dog’s brain. The tumor is pressing in and causing her to have hydrocephalus from the spinal fluid.  Her brain ventricles are enlarged with the fluid and the tumor is restricting the flow out of the ventricles.  Really the only option with this would be radiation and it only slows the tumor, never cures anything. With radiation treatments, she would have to go under anesthesia every time and with her very low heart rate and low blood pressure, she is not a good candidate for anesthesia. So the only choices were to not wake her up from the MRI or treat her symptoms. As she has never appeared to be in pain, still eats, walks around, snuggles and does all her regular activities just more slowly, letting her go was not an option for us at that time. So we are treating her with steroids to decrease the inflammation and hopefully the symptoms from that and another med to decrease the production of the spinal fluid.

This has honestly been the worse thing I’ve been through with our dogs. I’m thankful that we finally have a diagnosis and that it’s not just my imagination but I certainly never imagined that it would be a brain tumor. Most likely, she has a type of tumor that is sometimes associated with Cushing’s(although she doesn’t have it). It’s a tumor sitting on the pituitary which controls many bodily functions. This type of tumor is not usually cancer but still there really is nothing that can be done for it.  I have been in touch with our regular vet who also practices holistic medicine so we might be adding some supplements. I think the irony in all this is that if she had eyes, it probably would have been diagnosed much quicker although the treatment would have been the same. I always expected her to pop up with mammary cancer since she was not spayed until she was maybe five or six.

As long as she is not in pain and can still find joy and bring joy to others, she will remain here with us. Once we see her quality of life deteriorate, it will be time to help her cross the Rainbow Bridge. I honestly have no idea what I will do without her and  her love in my life. She came to us when I was so sad after losing my dad and my Dachshund Cocoa Puff. We always swore that those two helped her get to us to help us through our grief. I can’t imagine why she’s being taken away at such a young age when she brings so much joy and love to everyone she meets. It all seems so unfair but nobody ever said life was fair. I’m sure we’ll find the strength to go on and continue helping the seniors and special needs but it won’t be the same without my little fluffy Fiona there by my side. I know this post is pretty rambling but I wanted to put it all out there so her friends would know exactly what is going on and my brain isn’t exactly thinking straight. Thanks for all the good thoughts, prayers and donations for our girl and thanks for opting to adopt.

26 thoughts on “Finally a Diagnois for Princess Fiona

  1. Ramble away dear. I’m sad to hear this about Fiona. At least you finally have an answer, albeit an awful one. Fiona is a sweet dog, and hopefully she’ll be able to give joy for a while longer.

    christie from life with beagle

    • Yes it is good to know that I’m not imagining things. She seemed to literally be slipping away from us and all her tests were normal. She’s such a doll baby and I know so many will miss her sweet soul.

  2. Oh, my!

    My heart aches for you and Fiona. I could not have said one word any better than you did with your post about the diagnosis. It brought back a flood of memories of when I had to take my Ginny into a teach vet hospital for (potential) encephalitis. My Ginny and I were surrounded by more than a dozen vet students while I answered the primary vet’s questions about her symptoms and behavior. I was doing fine through most of it, hoping my answers were helping the students learn (who were very kind). I lost it when she began asking about what they should do “if she didn’t get better.” (It wasn’t encephalitis.)

    Anyway, enough about me. (Ginny recovered and lived happily much longer until her time to cross the bridge.) Sending prayers that Fiona stays a happy, relatively healthy girl. There are no answers from those of us on the outside about the “why.” You will always know the best thing to do for your girl. They are such incredible gifts in our lives.

    Sounds like you have a terrific medical support team to help guide you. May you and Princess Fiona enjoy many, many, many happy moments together. I know you will treasure them all!

    • I’m amazed you could even follow my rambling. This was certainly not my best post but I needed to get it written so just waded in. I think the worst part of it was when she asked if we wanted to even wake her up from the MRI. That’s when I about lost it. She is such a joy and gift and although I know it’s not ours to question why, I just don’t understand why we are only going to be together for such a short time. We just adopted out an 18 year old earlier this year and I was hoping she would live to see her teenage years as well.

  3. I am so sorry to read this. We are sending lots of love, light, and purrs for you beautiful girl.
    XOXO from all of us at Angel Prancer Pie.
    The Mommy

    • Thanks so much. She loves kitties so I’m hoping to go visit a local cat rescue with her soon. She’s so gentle with them and just loves to lick them for some reason.

  4. Love does not end with death, it simply changes since the physical body is no longer present. Everything you do to celebrate her life is love.

  5. so sorry to hear this. My heart aches for all of you. love & snuggle as much as you can, for as long as you can. Still miss my Tara almost 14 years after losing her to lymphoma. Fiona is such a sweetheart who has brought joy to many of us. Hugs…………..

  6. I am so sorry, words cannot express how sorry I am, I know nothing can take away the pain that you are feeling. Just hold Princess Fiona and love her all you can, she is a one of a kind very special dachshund and doesn’t deserve this. <3

    • Thanks, we agree. We’re hoping for a miracle so she can continue to spread her love and joy for a long time.

  7. Monica — This makes me so, so sad. I am so sorry and can’t even begin to understand what you are going through and have gone through. I feel fortunate to have met Fiona when you came to my house — what an incredible little dog with a heart of gold and full of love. She is so blessed to be able to spend this time with you before and now and am happy that she is not in pain at this point. Please give her a big hug and kiss for me. You all are in my prayers dear!

    • Thanks Karen. You know how much we love our pups and she’s an amazing little dog. Give Spirit a kiss for us!

  8. As you may guess by my e-mail address I am a doxie lover and have been for at least 49 of my 54 years. There is just something so SPECIAL about this breed of dog. Cherish the time you have left with your bundle of love and always remember that however much you love her, she loves you ten THOUSAND times more and would not want you to grieve for long after her passing. My heart goes out to you for it is comparable to losing a child.

    • Thanks for stopping by. They are a very unique breed and Miss Fiona is unlike any dog I’ve ever met. She has the most patient, loving personality-just so unique and we love her so much

  9. Even though I knew this information already I am still crying and don’t feel like you were rambling at all. Not once did I get lost. Fiona helped me so much when my dog went blind and her sweetness has always helped me when I needed to just be close to a puppy. I will miss her so much and wish there was something I could do to make this go away for you guys.

    • Well, keep hoping and praying for a miracle. That’s all we can do along with our holistic treatments. You’re the best wiener wrangler!

  10. Monica – My heart is aching for you. Losing Riley was the hardest thing for me, so I completely understand how you feel. I even thought about now blogging anymore. However, I had a ton of readers and friends and family that encouraged me to continue. I am slowly getting back to blogging and while I am not crying every single day, I do have one or two good cries a week. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

    • Thanks sweetie. It’s just so hard to understand why we would only have her such a short time when she came into our lives to heal our hearts and now to break them so soon.

  11. I am so sorry about Fiona’s brain cancer… Most likely she will pass in her sleep… Over the Rainbow Bridge… I did not know she has no eyes… Sweet baby.. I know you love her dearly… Maybe a miracle come come?

  12. I’m so saddened by this news, tears are streaming down my face. :’ ( Why is the main question, like you said, why when she helps bring so much joy to so many people. The hard truth is, we don’t know why, but most likely God needs an angel doggie up in Heaven, just like her, so He’s calling her home to do some helping work up there. I’m so glad that we’ll be able to come and see her next Sunday. My prayers are with you all.

    • Thanks so much. It’s breaking my heart but we are holding onto faith and hoping for a miracle. She’s such a sweet loving little dog. Can’t wait to meet you!

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