Tuesday, December 7, 2010
It was one year ago today that we were informed that Sidney had Congenital Megaesophagus and probably didn't have much longer to live. He was 14 pounds and 10 weeks old. We struggled to find our way to give Sidney a quality of life while we still had him around.
However, what we did instead was give him a way to survive and live a long and very normal life. We found the Yahoo MegaE Discussion Group Site and the people there helped us get through the stressful beginning of managing the condition. That was 1 year ago and a lot has changed since then - all for the better.
He is now 53 pounds and almost 14 months old! He has RG episodes, but they are not very common and he isn't suffering through them, only my carpet is. For those reading this and are wondering if it is difficult to manage, it is at first because you are basically freaking out and convinced your dog is doomed. But when the routine sets in and the fear subsides, it's just the way it is. Sidney is a happy, energetic, normal Chocolate Lab, he just gets to eat in a chair and gets honey licks for treats instead of regular treats. I'm sure he doesn't care one bit (or realize that it isn't normal).
Just a message of hope for everyone dealing with this same condition.