Olivia

Finally diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (ITP) she's been in the hospital for the last three days... Olivia is bleeding internally!!
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About the Campaign

How Olivia became Valerie’s forever Princess

Olivia is a happy 6 year old little girl. About 7 years ago, I, Valerie, was rushing to work one day and there was a man standing next to my car holding a little puppy. He said  “do you want her?” I was shocked. Not only was I  already late for work but this random man is standing in my apartment complex trying to give away this little puppy. I said what anybody would say “why, what’s going on, who is she?”

He then put her in my hands and said he can’t keep her and started to walk off.  I thought WOW!! I put her inside with my other dog who immediately took a liking to her. She was so quiet and sweet and curious. She was already giving me kisses. I made sure she had food and water and then rushed to work. I came home and took her to the vet to get her checked out and to see if she was chipped (maybe she wasn’t this mans dog). She had fleas but that was about it. I tried to find a home for her for two months.After two months someone finally was interested but it was too late. I named her Olivia and she was now my princess forever.

The journey to diagnosis:

On August 11th I woke up and I saw blood everywhere on Olivia’s pillow. I had no idea where it was coming from. I checked her body and then her face. Her mouth was bleeding. It wasn’t gushing but it looked like it was coming from her teeth. I thought maybe she chipped a tooth or something. She seemed happy as usual just with a bloody mouth. I called the vet and the earliest they could see her was the 16th. Her blood never stopped all week. Her mouth smelled like it was rotting. Friday morning she started develop red spots on her stomach.
The vet did blood work and put her on antibiotics. He thought she possibly had an allergic reaction to something. Sunday night the vet called me with her results and her blood count was low. Her bleeding in her mouth had stopped  by then but she had more spots on her stomach. He said to give the medicine a few more days to kick in. Two hours after that phone call Olivia collapsed. She was so weak, she couldn’t hold herself up. I stayed up all night monitoring her breathing. I took her to the vet as soon as they were opened. Her gums and tongue had gone pale. He took one look at her and said she needs to go to the emergency hospital around the corner. She needed a blood transfusion NOW.
I took her to hospital around the corner where they also said this is urgent. Before I knew it she was taken to the IC unit and put on oxygen. This doctor said she suspected something called ITP. ITP is an immune disease where your body’s immune system attacks and destroys its own blood platelets causing you to bleed internally and outwards. They had to be certain so they were going to need to run tests for it. Most importantly she needed that blood transfusion to stabilize her.

Current treatment for Olivia:

They have her on very aggressive drugs and treatments right now. Yesterday, she received a type of chemo therapy treatment. At this point, I wait. I have to wait to see if her body will accept the medicines. They found a heart murmur as well so they have to be cautious and take extra steps to make sure her heart is strong enough for the intense drugs.

Why Valerie is needing assistance:

I was in such a state of shock and vulnerability when this all happened. It was so sudden. They are telling me my princess is going to die if she doesn’t get a blood transfusion right now…also here is a bill for $6,679.80. I had about 5 minutes to make a decision. I gave them the low amount of the quote. I am a waitress. I live pay check to paycheck. I also donate so much of my time with an animal rescue that I adore called MAEDAY rescue. I live a simple life. I don’t have a husband or boyfriend. My two dogs are my world. This has been overwhelming to say the least. They also can’t discharge her if she’s still bleeding. That means every night she stays there, it’s another charge. I love my little girl with all my heart.

 

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4 comments

  • Les Cook

    Been there done that, $17.000 later she had to be put down. Man do I miss you Bella !!!

    August 22, 2019 at 12:21 pm Reply

  • Vanessa Medel-McKee

    I hope your baby gets better soon!

    August 22, 2019 at 10:23 pm Reply

  • Elizabeth

    Olivia is the sweetest girl and you’re the best mama! Prayers for you both. If any pup can make it, she can! Xoxo

    August 22, 2019 at 11:27 pm Reply

  • Elizabeth Smith

    Sending lots of love! TEAM OLIVIA ❤️

    August 22, 2019 at 11:29 pm Reply