|A happy and healthy Zephyr one year after getting encephalitis.|
|Fur starting to return in December.|
|Super soft shiny fur!|
Zephyr had a spinal tap in mid-July and they shaved a rectangle from about the top of his ears to the bottom of his ear lobes. Back then I asked if anyone wanted to make bets on how long it would take to grow back. Well, it's been 8 months and it's almost filled in 100%. You can still see the slight outline of the shaved rectangle.
I also have great news about Zephyr's blood work, which I had checked back in February. His liver enzymes have all returned to just about normal as we have continued to remove his meds. The only one that wasn't normal was the alkaline phosphate, it was about 190 and normal is 150 or below, way down from the 1,300 it was at in September. It's probably still a little high because he was still taking 5mg of prednisone a day then, but now it's 2.5mg so I expect this to continue to improve.
|"Mom, I feel so good and I love you so much!"|
It's amazing to me to think about how much Zephyr went through and that he remained his strong happy self through it all. I'll never forget those days at the neurology center when I didn't know if he'd make it and when I told him that it was okay for him to go if the fight was too hard. Ugh, that was hard to write. Luckily he would have none of that. I'll also never forget bringing Astro in with me to see him and all three of us laying together in a room for hours. And then, at the first sign of improvement, Dr. Knowles and the Vet Techs lifting and carrying him outside, Astro and I running in front of him when he could barely see shadows and couldn't walk, with them moving him along just above the grass while Zephyr moved his legs in the air trying to run after us while everyone clapped and yelled to encourage him. What an awesome boy!
|"Hee, Hee, Hee, Hee!"|