December 7th 2009 3:31 pm
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a diary entry is long past due. Six months is a long time. Geez, falling down on the job, are we?
Short & simple: so far so good. Every 3 weeks we make a trip to Bay Area Vet Specialists in San Leandro (we recommend them highly!) for a dose of high-level chemo, combined with a daily regimen of eastern and western meds and supplements. What's not to love about taking meds with raw meat? Who doesn't love steak tartare? Okay, it wasn't steak every night, but the Primal raw diet is pretty tasty. [Ed: dog's perspective about the Primal, not human's ]. The high-dose chemo lasted for 6 administrations. After the 1st dose, the tumor shrunk, and it's remained the same size (small) since.
Let's take a moment here to express our appreciation and gratitude to the members of the vet community for the scientific advances made to chemotherapy. Let's temper that with a little reality. For the first five days after the infusion, all's well. Day 6 and 7 are a bit of a challenge - Bar the barn door Katie, the cows are escaping!! and escape they did - it was Perth Amboy at low tide, Chernobyl and 7-Mile Island rolled into one. Throw open the windows and doors, set up the wind-tunnel fans and leave the city because being down wind would singe nose and eyebrow hair. hmmm, lovely imagery, eh? Fortunately it was really only those two days during the 3-week run that were challenging.
Maybe a little luv to the humans. A wonderful trip to Sea Ranch with the most perfect weather ever and great friends, and a fair number of weekends trips don't suck. Plus, a change in diet to raw food? Sweet. Our lives have continued on as they should - could spend more time at the beach, would like more ball throwing, should get more food.
Luv to my peeps, thanks for the messages and well-wishes. All the words of encouragement are received & heard. No dog is an island.
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Good to hear from you... you have been in our hearts.
This is going better than you hope and wished.... ok... holding breath that is goes on that way
Love and HUGSSSSSSS
Flicka Δ,,Δ and Lucas /..| and Pam X