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Well, it's official - Grace has DM

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Post  dieselsmom on 10/18/2011, 1:08 pm

Although the only true diagnosis is post-mortem via necropsy, Grace's DM DNA test came back as "affected/at risk" which means her symptoms are most likely DM. Of course, there are other things that can be going on in addition to the DM, so once she's done with her current round of antibiotics for her UTI and re-test to confirm that her UTI has cleared, the neurologist wants her to take a round of Pred to see if there is any improvement in her walking. If none, then there most likely is nothing else causing her symptoms but the DM.

It's not a surprise, but I really was holding out hope that her DM test would come back as negative. I'm still in the angry stage - angry that my girl has to suffer from this. Angry because I know what will happen in the future. And angry because I don't know how long we have left with our Grace.
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Post  northernwitch on 10/18/2011, 1:47 pm

I'm so sorry. I was hoping you'd get a different diagnosis, but was expecting this. It's a hard place for you, I know.
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Post  Renee on 10/18/2011, 1:48 pm

What a rotten deal - and, of course, you have every right to be pissed as hell about it.

But, I can't help but think that there is a reason Grace is with you. The number of people that could help a pug along through such an ordeal, as you did with Makayla, is so slim. Grace needs you.
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Post  Erin on 10/18/2011, 1:53 pm

I am so sorry Rachel
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Post  Aussie Witch on 10/18/2011, 1:56 pm

I'm so sorry Rachel. this isn't fair.
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Post  akc0104 on 10/18/2011, 1:56 pm

I'm sorry, that just sucks.
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Post  Dayna on 10/18/2011, 2:03 pm

No other words to explain it other than it just plain sucks. I think we were all holding out hope that the results would come back negative.
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Post  Tyson&LuLu'sMom on 10/18/2011, 2:03 pm

I'm sorry, Rachel, this sucks.
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Post  smoochieface on 10/18/2011, 2:09 pm

Oh god, I'm so sorry Rachel.
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Post  Saira on 10/18/2011, 2:12 pm

Nothing to add except I'm so sorry, Rachel.
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Post  Guest on 10/18/2011, 2:34 pm

I'd be angry to, I'm so sorry this is happening to you. I wish there were something I could do to change it.

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Post  Pugsavers on 10/18/2011, 2:44 pm

Oh Rachel, life is so not fair!! I am so, so sorry you have been dealt this blow. But, while I know it does not make things any easier, it truly is a blessing for sweet Grace that she is in your care. You are her angel in so many ways. Hugs to you and prayers for peace and strength.
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Post  monkeypigs4eva on 10/18/2011, 2:48 pm

Dammit. I'm so sorry Rachel. That just sucks.
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Post  Pugsaunt on 10/18/2011, 4:39 pm

Not what we were hoping to hear. And yes, Grace is a very lucky girl to have you. It sucks large, though. Mrs. Freebush is in my prayers.
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Post  sallyandtilly on 10/18/2011, 4:51 pm

I'm very sorry.
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Post  Cathy on 10/18/2011, 7:15 pm

Oh Rachel, that just sucks. However, Grace is very, very lucky in the fact that she has you as her person. You'll love her and take care of her the way you did with Makayla. I know it's hard but she and you were given to each other for a reason. You both will be in my prayers.
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Post  Amanda on 10/18/2011, 7:50 pm

I'm sorry Rachel. It's just plain unfair. For you and for Grace. I'll be thinking about you guys and hoping the pred helps some. Given what she's been through, though, I'm sure whatever time she does have with you is more than she ever thought was possible.

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Post  dieselsmom on 10/18/2011, 8:14 pm

Thank you all for the thoughts and kind comments. I do believe things happen for a reason - I just haven't yet come to terms with such rotten things happening to my girls. And I had just hoped we wouldn't go down this road again so soon after losing Kayla. But I am thankful we have Grace - I know there aren't many people (other than everyone on this forum!!) who would care for her the way she'll need as her disease progresses. And so for her sake, I'm glad she has us - after such a shitty start in life, she deserves nothing but the best and that's what she's always had with us and what she'll continue to have for however long we have left with her.

I know it's going to be a tough several months in this house - it's tough to come to acceptance that this is our fate and I know I'll have plenty of tearful moments to come. But I also am thankful for the twisted "blessing" that DM is - it forces us to live in the moment and be grateful for every day. It took me a long time to realize that after Kayla got sick, but I was so glad when I learned to just live for today with her. And that's what I'll do with Grace - just enjoy every day and remind myself that she's not pitying herself, so why should anyone else.

As Donna has said over the past few months, I don't know if I'd make it through this DM journey if it weren't for of my wonderful PA friends.
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Post  Brenda on 10/18/2011, 8:25 pm

Wow, that does totally suck as said! You have a wonderful attitude about it, but it does still suck! I am very sorry. :( I was so hoping it wasn't this.
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Post  Rebecca and the Pugs on 10/18/2011, 8:41 pm

Oh Rachel, I was hoping the news was better. It just sucks, especially considering what she has already had to endure and overcome.
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Post  pugmom on 10/18/2011, 9:08 pm

Rachel, I am just reading this for the first time. Now with tears in my eyes, I can only add that I too am so sorry. I hoped the outcome would be different. I know how you love and protect that litttle Gracie and she loves her momma so much and you will enjoy every minute you have with her.
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Post  TxAllieGrl on 10/18/2011, 9:45 pm

fuckity **** **** ****.

that's really all I can say.

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Post  Rebecca and the Pugs on 10/18/2011, 10:08 pm

TxAllieGrl wrote:fuckity **** **** ****.

that's really all I can say.

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And nobody has said it better than you Allie.
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Post  MommaJones on 10/19/2011, 7:06 am

TxAllieGrl wrote:fuckity **** **** ****.

that's really all I can say.


That sums up what I was thinking.

I'm sorry, Rachel. I'll keep you guys in my thoughts.
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Post  LisaIzzyAggy on 10/19/2011, 7:23 am

Oh no Rachel I'm so sorry. I was praying for better news.
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