Another Quick Lily Update

Like I think I mentioned the other day, they do rounds every night from 6:30 to 8 pm, so I always wait until 8:05 pm to call so I don’t sound too needy. I just got off the phone with the nurse who is in charge of Lily, and it is the same young woman who watched her last night. She’s eating, drinking, took her meds with no problem, went for a walk, and is generally being a good girl.

That’s all I got, but I will take it. Right now, that is a win.

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    Drunkenhausfrau says:

    OMFSM, I am prayin again!

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    Rand Careaga says:

    Let that be a harbinger of good!

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    Kristine says:

    I hope you get a good night’s sleep, Cole. Betting you need it.

    💕 Lily

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    SgrAstar says:

    Lily is showing amazing resiliency. Just riding that wave of love all the way back home to her crew. Fingers crossed, Cole.

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    low-tech cyclist says:

    That’s so good to hear, John! Whatever tomorrow brings, at least Lily is happy and doing well tonight.

    Hope you get some sleep. You could probably use more than you’ve been getting these past few days.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Hope she continues to improve and comes home to West Virginia by Dog.

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    Good luck on this. I hope she has years left with you.

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    Isobel says:

    Sending good thoughts to you and Lily. I do hope she continues to do well.

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    JMG says:

    It’s a big win.

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    JPL says:

    Thank you for the update.. Hugs

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    Mary G says:

    What a good girl. Thanks for letting us know. I was just thinking about you and Lily.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    What a difference a day can make. That, and a few extra red blood cells, and whatever else they’re giving Lily.

    Peaceful slumbers, John.

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    kindness says:

    Get that good girl home John. Every moment is precious.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Good news.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    Got my fingers crossed and thumbs pressed for both of you. She’s a good girl.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Thinking of both you and Lily, Cole.

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    Johannes says:

    You’re in our thoughts, John, and we’re pulling for Lily!

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    mai naem mobile says:

    I am not tired of all the winning. Not at all.

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    Lapassionara says:

    This is good news. Very good news. Keeping the faith.

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    Damien says:

    I didn’t even know how much I needed to hear something good about Lily tonight. I am crying I’m so happy

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: Where are you moving to? Not Beautiful Blue Ash by any chance?

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Just make sure you visit her tomorrow (/snark).

    Happy for the both of you!

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    Jackie says:

    John, hoping Lily’s doing even better tomorrow so she can come home and be snuggled with you and get to sleep in the crook of your arm. ❤️

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    wmd says:

    This is such good news!

    Keep on Thuston, he still has reason to shape up.

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    seefleur says:

    So happy to have read the latest updates and am sending tons of good vibes down your way for both you and Lily. I had posted the other day (under my real name – yikes! Lesson learned – don’t post from work), and while still a lurker at heart, I just wanted you to know that I did the Dance of Joy after reading about Lily’s turn-around. I also did a little Jig of Joy for you. Sending you best wishes and a little donation (payday prancing!) in hopes that every little bit helps.

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    rikyrah says:

    That is a win.
    Thanks for the update, Cole.
    Sending positive thoughts for Lily 😍

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    wenchacha says:

    Wishing for continued improvement for Lily. And some R&R for you, Mr. Cole.

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    jl says:

    Good news. Hope it continues.
    This is becoming something of canine medical mystery tour. I hope something unexpectedly positive turns up. Maybe a misdiagnosis.
    These mammal bodies, very tricky things to figure out sometimes.
    Please keep us commenters updated as news comes in.

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    geg6 says:


    That is all.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    This made me smile:

    I always wait until 8:05 pm to call so I don’t sound too needy.

    Oh, John, you are priceless. Never change.

    Much love and many healing thoughts to the lovely Lily. I do hope the news continues to be good.

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    Emerald says:

    Hooray! May she be even better tomorrow!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Whoo-hoo! I remember that when our kitty Natasha was sick, the vet put a lot of emphasis on the Big Four: eating, drinking, peeing, and pooping. When she’s doing all four of those, she’s still fighting. Hopefully the news will be even better tomorrow.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Also, several commenters in the other thread were saying you should remind the doctors to check for tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and others that may not be very common in the Big City.

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    debit says:

    Still crying happy tears, John. @Mnemosyne: is right. If Lily is eating, drinking, peeing and pooping then she’s doing good. I have massive amounts of errands to run tomorrow, but I’ll be checking in for updates on my phone. Love to both of you.

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    tybee says:

    Right now, that is a win.


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    seaboogie says:

    ☺️ Will print out the pic of Lily and put it in Ganesh’s hands so “the remover of obstacles” is super clear on the healing intentions being offered tonight. Thank you for keeping us posted, John.

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    Chris says:

    Such a sweet, good girl.

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    Gex says:

    Pulling so hard for you two.

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    KDH says:

    Hey Cole. Im a long time BJ stalker.

    That sweet good girl of yours
    and your wonderful crazy heart go together well
    Warm thoughts to you from the intermountain west
    and Floyd T, Basset ad Roy Basset send Lily their arrooo s and would share their kibble

    We are all For you and For Lily.
    Companion animals matter. Man do they matter
    Rock on Lily Rock on

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    martian says:

    Huge win! Please take good care of yourself while the doctors and staff are taking such excellent care of Lily. This level of stress is no joke.

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    donnah says:

    G-dammit, John! I am away from home, teaching in Virginia, and have only been able to check in sporadically. I was sobbing when Lily was diagnosed, then I was dreading to read today’s news and when I read she has done better, I cried again! It IS a rollercoaster.

    Still keeping fingers crossed and hoping you can have a chance to catch your breath. As always, you are doing everything to keep her well. I hope she makes progress and you have her for as long as possible.

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    Planetpundit says:

    Great to hear John; hugs and love for you and ur fur tribe. Go Lily!

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    different-church-lady says:

    Enjoy your bonus time to the fullest! Take Warren Zevon’s advice about sandwiches and apply it to canines.

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    oldster says:

    That’s great news, John. I hope she feels even better tomorrow.

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    mattH says:

    So SO glad to hear!

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    hitchhiker says:

    they say that having a beloved is like learning to walk around with your heart outside your body all the time — that fragile and fraught.

    what they don’t say is that it’s kind of the only thing worth doing.

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    trollhattan says:

    Good dog is good. May you remain on the fun part of the rollercoaster for a good long while!

    Many thanks for the update.

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    Aw, yay! I got a chuckle out of the vet’s comment you relayed earlier of “grumble she’s acting like a cat!

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    Ruckus says:

    Sounds good Lily!

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    Jane2 says:

    Cautiously good news…may it continue. Get some rest.

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    @seaboogie: वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ
    निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥

    A short prayer, invoking Ganesha at the beginning of anything one undertakes.
    Translation I found online,
    O Lord Ganesha of the curved trunk and massive body, the one whose splendor is equal to millions of Suns, remove all the obstacles in my endeavors

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    Deborah Newell Tornello says:

    Bless her fighting spirit! Brava, little Lilly. <3

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    RealityBites says:


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    spudgun says:

    You’ve got this lapsed Christian going back to praying…hoping for a positive outcome!!

    As always, sending good vibes and internet hugs to you and Lily!!

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    Schlemazel says:

    Just got home & look at the threads, I now feel justified in my cockeyed optimism. This is hopeful news and we are pulling for her and you

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    Suffragettecity says:

    Good news !!!

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    Trinity says:

    Sending ALL the love and strength to Lily!

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    It’s nice when good things happen, especially when the worst was expected. I hope your girl gets back home and on your lap, soon. What a welcome turn of events, that’s for sure!

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    Thanks, JGC, may you both get a good nights rest.

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    Yarrow says:

    Thanks for the update and so glad she’s continuing to do well. Lily is the best doggie. Sending all good thoughts your direction for Lily, you and your other critters. Lily is such a good girl. Yes she is!

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    CaseyL says:

    Excellent news! Take the win for as long as it lasts… and try to get some sleep.

    Will you be able to spend some quality time with Lily at the hospital this weekend?

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    Lizzy L says:

    Thanks for sharing the good news with us. I’m hoping that it continues.

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    way2blue says:

    Gosh. This whole dreadful situation has had me thinking back to the beginning. When you adopted Lily from the pound. A tiny shivering ball of hurt. And she blossomed into a such a sweetie with her doe eyes. Hugs to you both…

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    hilzoy says:

    This is wonderful.

    Also: I will bet a non-negligible amount of Bitcoin Gold (ha ha ha, but I keep getting messages saying I have to do something with it) that the staff at the hospital know that you’re needy, but are absolutely fine with it. :)

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    bluefish says:

    How sweet it is to have some good news. Pulling for you both.

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    Neldob says:

    Yea Lily!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Wow. Hang in there, you two. Much love coming your way.

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    I’m so glad she’s doing better.

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    Mom Called says:

    I come back to Balloon several times a day. Never comment, I’m the shy wallflower over in the corner. But I need to beam some love to Miss Lily! <3

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    Skepticat says:

    -… .-. .- …- .- , .-.. .. .-.. -.–
    -.. — –. / -… .-.. . … … / -.– — ..-

    The first is “Brava, Lily” and the second is “dog bless you” in Morse code. I make a bracelet with semiprecious stones spelling out “dog bless you” for each person who adopts a Royal Bahamian potcake or is an especially enthusiastic dog person. I’d make one for JC if I thought he’d wear it.

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    Glad to hear this. Fingers crossed.

    I don’t follow here as much as the rest of the crowd. I’ve seen lots of pictures of Lily, but I’m not sure I’ve seen her in someone’s arms before.

    She’s a lot bigger than I thought – or maybe that’s a bit of an illusion.

    Hopefully things keep looking up!

    Thoughts & Prayers®

    (“Thoughts & Prayers” is a registered trademark of the Republican Party. All rights reserved.)

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Skepticat: Had never heard of a Royal Bahamian potcake. Wonderful dogs.

    The things you learn on Balloon Juice. (And I’m always game for the more upbeat.)

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    Skepticat says:

    @Elizabelle: If you get a moment, watch “It’s a Potcake Life” on Vimeo. You’ll see a little bit of my little Bahamian island and a whole lot of heart.

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