Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: In our backyard. Our 6 kids are all secure in the backyard with 6 foot privacy fence in a 3/4 acre yard.
Symptoms: Blood shot eye
Treatment: 9 days in ICU at the U of I for oxygen due to failing lungs. 100mg Sporanox twice a day. 15 mg Pred. Pred eye drops and Atrophine eye drops. Tramodal for pain.
Cost of Treatment: $4,200 for U of I care (9 days). Local pharmacy said it would cost $1,500 for a 45 day supply of Sporanox. We switched over to Fluconizol and we relapsed. I am getting the Sporanox from a Canadian pharmacy for $189 for the 45 day. She is off of the pred but because of the relapse we have put her on the tramodal at a lower dose.
Additional Comments: I came home on a Friday night from work to find my Siberian Husky with a blood shot eye...no big deal. I am not a paranoid individual for my pets or myself. By Saterday afternoon the right eye was all red (no iris color of her once baby blues) and the left was showing the redness as well. My husband and I took her to animal emergency who told us we had to go to the University. God Bless the doctor who started the treatment for Blasto without the confirmation of the tests. We were in a middle of a bad winter storm to boot and the results had to be sent out of state. By the second day her lungs were compromised and her breathing labored. She spent the next 8 days in ICU for the oxygen. On day 4 they confirmed the Blasto. We had weaned her off the pred and switched her to the Fluconizol during week 4 and 5. In week 6 she relapsed. Her eyes were not able to stay open and she appeared to be in pain. We had gone back to the hospital (this time Purdue University) and put her back on the Sporanox. The reason for the switch in the first place is the increasing liver enzymes. We are hopeful she can get past this. Don't think that for one second we are not worried about our other 5 since we know this is in our back yard. What is so disappointing is that there is nothing we can do about that.