Miracles Can Happen: Update on Ginger

Ginger on June 30th – she could barely hold her head up here, a few days later she couldn’t stand. We had to carry her everywhere.

Today seems like a good time to give you an update on dear Lhasa Apso, Ginger for those of you who had read some of my posts in June about her illness.

I wish I was a better photographer, so I could show the transformation of our little dog Ginger from June to July to now.  Her healing journey has been amazing!

As some of you will recall, I asked for your prayers back in June because Ginger looked liked this and frankly much worse.

She had all the signs of a dying dog.  She wasn’t eating or able to stand, she lay down with her eyes open for days on end.  Her whole body was shaking violently, and we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her.

Her illness happened about two weeks before we had scheduled to go on vacation in the Appalachians.  From the way things were going, we had thought she wouldn’t be alive when we went on vacation.

Back in June, when I asked for your prayers and kind thoughts, my boys and I held all night vigils.  We slept next to her on the floor, the place she was most comfortable.

And to our great happiness and the surprise of our veterinarian, the medicines started to work.  He’s still not completely sure what she had.  He thinks it was encephalitis – swelling of her brain.  It could have been something else as well, we don’t know.

At first, Ginger began to be able to sit up, then start walking in a wobbly way.  By the time we started our vacation, she was walking and eating well enough for us to feel safe leaving her at the veterinarian hospital.  We had considered taking her with us, but thought it might be tougher on her health than being where she could just relax and keep recovering.  So, we called the animal hospital every few days to check in on her.  She was doing fine!

There’s life in Ginger’s eyes again!

This is what Ginger looks like now.She may be on certain medication for the rest of her life, it’s not clear yet.

What is clear to me, is that we are blessed that she recovered.

I wanted to share her story with you, just to say never give up until you must.

There are times when all our actions and all our prayers don’t create the results we want.  But sometimes they do, and it’s always worth fighting for that possibility.

Thank you to everyone who sent your love and healing energy while Ginger was sick.  I’m convinced it made quite a big difference in her recovery.  When you need prayers or kind thoughts from me, don’t be afraid to ask for them.

Here are a few more photos just because I’m so happy that the great Spirit of Life has given Ginger some more time with us!

Ginger standing and ready for action.

I was trying to create some more cute photos of Ginger, but every time I clicked the camera she looked away. She’s cuter than she looks in my pictures.

20 thoughts on “Miracles Can Happen: Update on Ginger

  1. kizzylee says:

    i am so glad ginger is feeling better what an situation for you all but she is through it now and how absolutely gorgeous is she!, a truly adorable dog!, give her cuddles from me and i hope you both have a wonderful day xx

  2. kizzylee says:

    darn sorry i was typing with one frodo is sat on my other hand nearly on the keyboard :) so please insert the word ‘awful’ in the first sentence of my comment before the word ‘situation’ sorry about that i blame frodo if he hadnt fallen asleep on my other hand i would be able to type properly ! xx

  3. livvy1234 says:

    I love dogs. They are my favorite humane beings! I lost my Italian Greyhound in April. She was 13. She had a wonderful life with me. I still have 2 others. I also do advocate for them politically. Happy days for you and your poochie! xx

    • Karen Wan says:

      I’m sorry to hear about your dear Greyhound. Several humane beings who were once in my life are gone now too. Good for you about advocating for dogs politically. I’ll probably should do more in that area. I love animals and hate to see any of them in pain.

  4. stephenedwards425 says:

    Karen this is wonderfully great news. Susie, Jake the Wonder Dog, Callie the Svelte Dog, Zip the Free Climbing Cat, OC the World’s Tiniest Cat, & Annie the 100m Hurdles Cat, and I have all been praying for Ginger…thank you so much for the good news.

    Be encouraged!

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