A note from Parker on how he is doing and what happened to him:
Hi. My name is Parker and I am a long haired chihuahua. My mom says I am the sweetest little angel. I love everyone I meet and I am just a really good boy that never causes any problems.
My 6th birthday is coming up in 2 weeks and so my mom thought it would be nice to get me groomed as a birthday present and so I would look more handsome for my special day. I got groomed last Saturday. I was nervous because it was only my second time. Afterwards, I didn't feel good at all. I tried to be a big boy and hoped I would just feel better but I just kept feeling bad.
My family took me to the vet last Monday night and they told us I had a soft tissue injury and sent me home with pain medicine. By Thursday, I still felt bad so my mom took me to the vet again. They took an x-ray to make sure I didn't have a spinal injury and I didn't. They sent me home after giving me fluids and anti-inflammtories and said I should come back Monday. Friday morning my mom went to work. I had a really bad day that day. I guess my dad found me unconscious. I just remember feeling really bad and him trying to talk to me but I couldn't move at all. I later heard them tell my parents that I had been dying because my blood sugar, heartrate, and body temperature were critically low. My parents were so sad. I feel so bad, I just want to be better too so they aren't sad anymore.
Today I am feeling a little better and I am trying to be brave. I ate something on my own and was able to walk a little bit. I heard my doctor say that this is a miracle considering the state I was in last night. The doctors say I have a disease called Addison's Disease. It has to do with the glands in your body that regulate what goes on inside. Specifically when you are feeling scared. So now it makes sense why after the grooming I didn't feel well because I was really scared and my mom said it is because my body couldn't protect itself like normal with something called cortisol (I guess that is what you produce when you get scared and it helps you stay strong).
If I completely recover from what they are calling my Addison's crisis, then I will have to take medicine everyday for the rest of my life. I will also have to get electrolytes in a shot once a month and yearly blood work. I think I can do that. I want to have a lot more time with my family, so if it means shots -so be it. My mom is worried though because I can't have too much of something called "stress" and so she will have to make my life pretty fun and easy all of the time, and I am a big boy so I know that won't be easy for her to do. Well anyway, thank you for reading about my very scary week. This has been really hard on my family. Someone on talkparrotlets told my mom about this website gofundme.com and suggested we set it up at www.gofundme.com/parkerhasaddisons
. She was reluctant but I know every little bit helps. So I decided to tell you my story. We will also post updates to that link as well.
Here is a picture of me at the vet today.
Me and my neighbor Chloe eating pupcakes on my brother's bday. I am on the left.
This is what my face looks like all of the time when I am not feeling bad. I am a very happy dog. That is my brother on the right. We were going to the dogpark.
Me and my new collar a few months ago.
Just me looking cute.
Thank you for reading my story and praying for me and my family.