Educating yourself about Blastomycosis is the best offense. Don’t be shy. Ask questions. Take notes. Get definitive answers. Arm yourself with the knowledge to beat the disease.
If your medical professional does not provide satisfactory answers, don’t sit back and be passive. I don’t mean to insinuate that they will automatically be dismissive or talk down to you: only that you need to get the diagnosis, treatment, and answers you’re paying for.
Blasto kills, and it can kill quickly. Sometimes treating even before a definitive diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death.
This is your animal, your loved one, and although a delicate subject: it's your money. The success stories on Lisa’s website hinged on quick diagnosis, proper treatment, love, patience, and dedication: not dollar signs.
Here are some links to get you started:
Blastomycosis Wiki: an explanation of the fungus.
University of Wisconsin: good explanation of Blasto diagnostics and treatment options.
Urine and culture testing are listed.
Dr. Ed Friedlander, not a veterinarian, but a gifted pathologist and educator.
He’s the perfect person to give you some good no-nonsense medical background. Consider his website an absolute necessity, and if you really appreciate it, write a check to St. Jude’s.
I’d start with his Perspective on Disease notes, but you may jump straight to what interests you.
Also check out his Histology notes.
Pet Health Pharmacy: Itraconazole, Fluconazole, etc. can be extremely expensive. Some owners are never given this option by their vets, and eventually opt for euthanasia instead. It doesn’t have to happen that way.
This is a compounding pharmacy that provides medication at a price most can handle.
We used their compounded Itraconazole, 150 mg with wonderful results. Approx. $80 for a 2 month supply including overnight shipping.
Tips on feeding and keeping your animal hydrated, other support issues, etc.
I can’t stress it enough: Use Lisa’s Blasto website. Everyone there has hints, tips, and tricks to get you through the rough parts. There are no stupid questions; their patience and love extends to your animal as if it were their own. Believe me when I tell you that they will keep you in their thoughts and prayers at all times. They will go out of their way to help you, and are happy for the opportunity to do so.
All About Prednisone: The issue of immune-suppression are likely to come up, esp. with the fungal pneumonia and respiratory difficulties that you may face. It’s your decision, so be informed.
These are only a few to get you started. This is a long and arduous journey, so prepare yourself. And let us know how you’re doing. Tell us your story. Help us save lives. And if you’re a doctor, a vet, a professional of any kind, please jump in and help point us in the right direction.
We thank you.