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Staying Positive!

February 3rd 2016 5:17 am
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Hey pals! So, after my last diary entry, things have been looking a bit up. The doctor recommended another urine culture because I was going to the bathroom a lot. Not producing lot, but needing and wanting to pee. Well, the urine culture was negative so I guess that's a good thing. It just points more to the cancer which isn't a good thing. The frequency is much better now. Mom isn't sure what happened but she talked to the doctor and she thinks because I had diarrhea, it caused me to feel like I needed to go more. Basically from the straining of the diarrhea. Once that resolved, my frequency and urgency to go to the bathroom got much better too so it's more than likely they were related.

I tend to need to go more after meals (pressing on stomach and bladder?) and that's every 30 minutes for an hour or so and then it decreases to 45 min to an hour until I'm back to my routine of needing to go every 2-4 hours. Some nights I make it 5 to 6 hours without needing to go :-). I just wanted to share so folks have an idea.

Oh and last week, when it snowed, mom took me for a walk before the blizzard really came down. It's easier to see urine in the snow as you can imagine. She noticed normal color urine until after the 4th or 5th squat, it became pink and then more red :-( For some reason, mom wasn't surprised because the doctor warned her that would happen.

I'm still in good spirits though! I don't know anything else except I gotta go more BOL! I go back to the doctor in a couple of weeks for my 3 month check up. I'll definitely post back here after that.

 

Ruff couple of days

January 13th 2016 4:07 am
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It's been a tough couple of days for me. I got into a bag of dog food and anyone who knows me, know I'll eat and eat. Mom says she was lucky to catch me before I stuffed myself to death. I had about 3 cups of food. It's a prescription food I was eating and it caused me to throw it up and it caused diarrhea.

Mom is guessing, but I started peeing more...like frequently, every half hour to hour. Mom is glad for pee pads because I used 4 or 5 of them on Monday night :-( Yesterday was a better day though, not as frequent. Mom is going to call the doctor to let her know what's going on. Of course, it's more likely the cancer and there's probably not much they can do for it, but mom may have them run a urine culture in case it's a UTI. We'll see.

I'm in good spirits which is good and I still act my happy, hungry self. It makes mom happy :-) It's hard for her though because she wonders if my symptoms will just get worse and yet, I'll still be my happy self. She'll take happy and silly any day :-)

 

12/2/15 Report Came Back

December 2nd 2015 12:18 pm
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Soooo, really is good news, but for some reason mom isn't too happy. I think she sort of knew....

Good news is I do not have a UTI. Culture came back negative. Bad news is my symptoms (more urinating, little bit of blood) is the tumor. Dang you tumor!

The other good news is the tumor has not changed or gotten bigger. That means after six months, the oral chemo meds and NSAID is doing its job. Mom is happy for that.

Honestly though...all in all I'm still in very good spirits and act silly and arrrroooo and beg for food and do all my tail wags. You would never know I was sick except I have accidents in the house and I need to go more. Otherwise I'm good.

Thanks for the continued prayers and POP.

 

6 months post diagnosis (TCC cancer)

November 24th 2015 6:36 am
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Soooo, yesterday I went for my 3 month check up with Dr. Arrington. I can tell I'm really starting to make an impression on her. It's the third time I saw her and she seems to be smitten with me. She says I'm nice and soft and such a good girl.

The last few weeks I have peeing more and there is even a little blood in my urine. That has mom worried. Yesterday's visit was another ultrasound and blood work. On top of that, doc decided to do a urine culture since I have had UTIs off and on since this dang cancer started.

The good news is my bloodwork was perfect...that means my cancer meds aren't messing with the kidneys or liver. We have to wait on the urine culture results and radiology report, but the doc says from what she can see the mass appears to be about the same time.

So hey! What about the fact that I'm peeing more? Well, if it's a UTI that's the answer. Mom did ask if there is no UTI and the mass is the same, could I start having more the cancer symptoms (straining, more urinating, blood) and she said yes. sigh...so I guess we wait to hear the results.

Thanks for loving us dogster friends!

 

Sigh of relief

August 29th 2015 7:49 pm
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So I went to the doctor yesterday. Good news on all fronts. Bloodwork looks great except liver enzymes just slightly elevated. Ultrasound shows that the mass has not gotten any bigger. Whewwww! That means the chemo drug is doing what it's supposed to be doing. Mom sure is glad for that! Doc Arrington said I look better than ever. I lost a couple of pounds and apparently that makes me a beautiful beagle. Even my regular vet said I got my girly figure back hehehehehe.

I go back in three months. Mom thanks you for the POP and prayers

 

Scootie doooooo

August 26th 2015 12:49 pm
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So, since I last wrote, I was dealing with diarrhea and I am being treated for a new UTI. Diarrhea is gone because Doc Myers had me stop taking everything except for a prescription dog food and my cancer meds. Mom was so afraid my cancer meds were making me sick. I have been doing well for a few weeks now :-)

I go on Friday for bloodwork and an ultrasound. Mom is nervous and hope it goes well. We will find out if the mass has gotten larger or stayed the same. Keep your paws crossed for me!

 

Testing for HQ 7/8/15

July 8th 2015 4:20 pm
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Arrrrooooo! Scootie here! Just trying to see if I can add a diary entry!

Love my pals!

Scoots

 

Here's the path I'm going down...

June 11th 2015 5:20 pm
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Sooo, I have to say that deciding which treatment to go with was pretty gut wrenching for mom. She and my other mom went back and forth. There were three choices: IV chemo...5 rounds, 3 weeks apart. Piroxicam by itself, and oral chemo with the piroxicam. The doc said the iv chemo could give me 1 to 2 years. With just the piroxicam, maybe a year and longer with the oral chemo.

At first moms decided on the iv chemo. But then they thought about the trips to the vet, the worrying, the wondering, my age, will it harm me. They changed their minds and decided to focus on my happiness and spoiling me. They did however chose the oral chemo pills with the piroxicam.

The good news is I am doing well, no side effects with either...arrrroooooo! And I am still not showing any symptoms of this nasty cancer. I go back in a couple of weeks to get bloodwork to see if it's affecting my kidneys.

 

Saw the Specialist

May 14th 2015 11:40 am
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We saw Dr. Arrington, she's a really nice doctor lady who made sure I got a big treat before I left. That makes her okay in my book ;-).

So, what we know is that the cancer is not spread beyond the bladder. They did an ultrasound of my abdonmen to see if anything had spread and everything was okay. The doctor gave mom some options...the first being chemo and piroxicam, the second was just piroxicam by itself, and then a targeted, oral low dose chemo pill. The chemo gives me a year or two...the the piroxicam along gives me up to a year, and the target therapy would just maintain the mass and try to prevent it from getting bigger.

Moms are still trying to decide what to do. The good thing is I act normal and do all the stuff I normally do. She hates that I have an expiration date though :-(

 

Sigh...yes, it's the dreaded C word

May 5th 2015 5:09 am
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Mom got confirmation yesterday. Mom had a feeling though. She thinks the doctor was trying to prepare her for a few days now. I have Transitional Cell Carcinoma which is found in the bladder. It's a pretty aggressive tumor too.

So far, I'm not really showing any signs. Mom has noticed I have retreated to my crate a little. I'm one of those rare hounds that actually likes their crate. It's where I feel safe. Other than that, I'm still begging for food and looking cute. No apparent signs of this nasty bugger.

I appreciate all the POP I can get. I don't know how much time I have, but I know that my mommys are going to have a hard time with this. I have been with them since I was a puppy so I'm their little baby Scoots. It's hard to believe I'm 11 already. They still remember the playful, mischevious little beagle. I better go now...mom is about to cry...

 
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