Save Brooklyn the Dachshund from Inflammatory Brain Disease

For: Brooklyn The Longhaired Dachshund
Denver, CO
Organizer: Jenn Richards
$1,344
of $6,000 goal.
Raised by 30 donors
22% Complete

The Story

Please take the time to read about this special little dachshund. Please consider helping Brooklyn's mom pay the vet bill that saved her life!

Brooklyn had a seizure and eventually diagnosed with encephalitis. Please read about how special she is 
https://brooklynthelonghaireddachshund.wordpress.com/

Brooklyn was born on November 1, 2007. I watched her come into this world and fell in love with her. I lived at home at the time and begged to keep her. My dad said no, and I had written a letter citing all the ways she would have a great addition to my family. Christmas night, my parents carry her in a stocking and give her to me, as the best Christmas present ever. We have been inseparable ever since. 

She has been by my side through many of life triumphs and through the hardships. Including an ongoing line-of-duty injury to my leg, from working as a paramedic, requiring 10 surgeries thus far. She goes to my appointments with me and is there when times are tough.

She is an energetic, fun loving dachshund that is one-of-a-kind. She plays fetch with squeaky tennis balls every day and has a puppy-like nature. 
Late last night we were resting before bed and she got off her bed and came and sat in front of me. She preceded to have seizure-like activity lasting 2 minutes. She tensed up on her Left side, curling her neck towards her lower legs. I immediately took her to V.R.C.C in Englewood, CO. 
She has since had IV, blood work, abdominal ultrasound and treatment for hypertension and seizures. Her blood pressure was 240 systolic upon admission to VRCC. normal systolic BP is 140. The neurologist evaluated her today and stated she had neurologic deficits on her left side as well as vision and hearing deficits on one side. He stated that she appeared disoriented as well. She is having difficulty walking. 
Her current course of treatment is seizure watch in the Neurology unit at VRCC where they monitor her blood pressure closely and medicate for high blood pressure and seizures. She had two additional seizure-like episodes while I was visiting with her this afternoon. She must be stable enough for the MRI on Monday. The MRI will be under general anesthesia. The neurologist believes the cause of her symptoms are due to a brain abnormality or inflammatory process such as meningitis. If it is inflammatory disease he is confident that it is treatable. 
So far her charges are 1,110 for ED and initial diagnostics. The MRI is approximately $3500 on the high end and lumbar puncture is $750. She will also have in house hospitalization charges as well. I am not one to beg for money. I pride myself on being able to serve my community, but I also know first hand how life-challenges can make things like this difficult. I am putting this out there to see if any of you are touched by our story and want to give out of the kindness of your hearts. I have put some of her care on a care credit card at this time. 

https://brooklynthelonghaireddachshund.wordpress.com
VRCC 3550 S. Jason St. Englewood, CO 80110
303-874-2081

Thank you very much and God Bless you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 12, 2016

Posted on May 12, 2016

8 weeks seizure free!!!!yay! We finally have a medication combination that works! She has not had a seizure in over 8 weeks! Please share her story! 
https://youtu.be/P89ogqp967M

Posted on April 16, 2016

Posted on April 16, 2016

Brooklyn saw Dr. Lane yesterday. He is so kind and thorough. You can tell he loves what he does, he remembers to ask about how my leg is doing. That is neat. He said she looks great, she has some delay in response to sensory stimuli on the left side of her face. She is seizure-free for almost 6 weeks!!!!! Sunday will be 6 weeks. I just have to say how important it is to get your dog looked at immediately if you see anything like what brookies seizures looked like. I'd also recommend an emergency fund or pet insurance if you can swing it. My personal circumstances did not allow for that. I am facing more surgery on my leg and still am unable to work. If you can spare any donations towards her bill, I would be ever so grateful, and would send you a thank you card from Brookie and I if you would like. I am doing the best I can for what situation I am in. God bless you all and thank you for sharing her story. Please catch up on her blog at www.brooklynthelonghaireddachshund.com.

Posted on March 12, 2016

Posted on March 12, 2016

Brooklyn had a seizure filled week. 4 seizures over the course of 4 days! Poor baby. They happened in all times of the day this time, instead of just during the hours of 7-8:30PM. She had two on Sunday! She had a long post-ictal period Sunday night. I came home to find her not in her chair. She always is on her chair. I walked up to the window to find her unable to get into the chair. It was like she couldn’t control her legs!
Dr.Lane was concerned with the multiple seizures so he added chlorazepate $55 to her medication regemine. I also ordered refills of her potassium bromide and her zonisimide. Diamondback drugs is a compounding Veteinary pharmacy in Arizona. I told them about the compounding issue with her zonisimide where the flavor separated out. I also requested a different flavor this time around for her potassium bromide.
It’s a salt based solution so my guess is beef wasn’t the best choice. Brooklyn always tries to spit that one out. So she has those two meds and her amlodopine coming soon. I hope these flavored work out better. I was having trouble with her very small dose of amlodopine and asked if they could compound it. They can! I will post those totals when I get them. They’ll contact me when they ship her meds out. I would cut these tiny pills into 1/4th’s and half the time it would basically disintegrate. So let’s hope this new medication helps. I want my baby to feel better. Her donations have stalled, please share her page, Donate if you can. She is such a special dachshund. Thank you and God bless you!
heres a video video containing her first seizure and initial hospital course. It is hard to watch. But shows what she's been through. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVrV6APfclk&feature=youtu.be

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