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Wylie’s Story

wylieTwo days after Wylie’s 11th birthday she regurgitated her food. Oh she must have eaten too fast, I thought. It happened again the next day and off to the vet. Acid reflux was probably the cause. Two more days of regurgitating and I called our vet. He suggested for Wylie to be seen by a specialist if we were ok with that. This was on a Friday and he got us an appointment for Monday.

Of course I googled her symptoms and ME came up. Read all I could find over the weekend. Monday morning it was confirmed that Wylie had ME. The internal specialist suggested we test for Addisons Disease and Myasthenia Gravis. We did. Wylie tested positive for the MG. We started to treat her MG with medicine. She continued to regurgitate and lose weight quickly. We had a feeding tube placed. The regurgitating stopped, however she became weaker and weaker. Her MG medicine was increased. I had no idea that she had aspiration pneumonia and was getting too much medication at the time until one day she was so weak that I took her in to the emergency vet. AP they said and she was admitted. Two days later she was paralyzed. I transferred her to a hospital with a neurologist so he could treat her MG. He had her walking in 24 hours. She ended up staying in ICU for 13 days due to AP and MG issues. She came home skin and bones.

Two years later her MG is in remission. She eats and drinks without elevation and no longer uses her feeding tube. Today she is a happy, sassy and spunky 13 year old.

-Susan Pollich

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