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.
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 :-(
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...
May 1st 2015 12:27 pm
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Several weeks ago mom noticed I was peeing more so at my semi annual check up, mom mentioned it to my vet who decided bloodwork and a urinalysis would be done. I had a UTI and was given an antibiotic injection. After 3 weeks, I went back and they discovered the UTI hadn't gone away. The doctor suggested we do a urine culture to figure out what kind of bacteria we were dealing with. She took me back to the room where they do the ultrasounds so that she could draw urine out from my bladder...it's the cleanest way to do that. She came back into the room a few minutes later and said she wasn't able to do it because she discovered a mass in my bladder. Yes, a mean old mass :-(
Doc Myers, who is my favorite doctor in the whole world, seem to tear up a bit when she came in to tell mom why she couldn't do the urine culture and to tell mom I had a pretty large mass on my bladder.
This hit mom pretty hard. She was not expecting this at all. My other mom was with us too and she started crying. Dr. Myers suggested we send the scans off to the radiologist for another opinion. Well, they pretty much confirmed what Dr. Myers said. In fact they said it looked "cancerous in nature". So the next step was to do a a procedure called a traumatic catetherization to see if they could draw cells from my bladder in a safe manner so they could send it off to the labs to see if it was the C word. First, Doc wanted to do chest xrays because IF it was the C word, and it spread already, it didn't make sense to move forward with the procedure.
The good news is the chest xray was totally clear...and so now we wait...wait and see if my life expectancy is shorter than mom thought it would be. She's scared of course. Me? I'm acting just like I always have...silly, food, happy hound. Why? Because that's how I have always been. You want to make me happy? Give me a treat. Want to make mom happy? Give her a good diagnosis.
January 31st 2014 5:12 am
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This is incredibly hard. I have grown up on dogster...I have been here for almost 8 years....6 1/2 years as a PLUS member. My journey started when mom was looking for support for me. I had a couple of a couple of health issues and a couple of behavioral issues and mom was hoping she could get some help. I think that's how many of us end up here :-)
Mom began exploring and it was almost right away when she began to realize that there were other doggie lovers out there. The weirdest part was that the dogs were talking for themselves BOL! Mom decided I would be a sweet, loving food hound since that pretty much fit who I was. I didn't know about groups yet, only the forums and my first friendships were made in Crushes. I know many didn't like crushes but honestly...I made some of the furever friends there. I know I'll miss them all but to name a few: Biscuit and Dylan, Jovi, Buddy, Murphy, Levi, Super Tuck, Kasey, and Champ. And nooooo, I didn't forget, but one of the very first was Oz. My ozzy :-) I was pretty new and I didn't know what to think when he struck up a conversation with me BOL! We all hung out at Fly Away Beach and Moosehead Bar. Yesssss there was some drama but I never got into it. I would just leave.
Fast forward a bit and sometime in the fall of 2006, I found Snoop Dog Beagleys. This is going to be really hard because this is without a doubt my family on dogster. The friendships, the support, the love of beagles. It all started right there. It started with Eddie Essig. I can't begin to describe what this group has meant to me. They know...because they feel it too. My first real experience at loss came in Snoops. We lost our friend Austin, the beagleweiler. That's when I realized snoops really was a family. It hasn't been without family feuds, but I never felt so much support in one place before. Everyone who is a part of the group feels it too. I'll miss the RXN, the trips, the parties...all of it. Trust me, we really are a family.
During this time, I discovered Downtown Dogster which became a fun place to be and a fun place to hang out. I also discovered the Dogster mafia and the B and A groups. Without going into detail, both groups were sort of at odds with each other. Again, not going into detail here. I felt really lucky that I was able to be a part of both groups. To tell you the truth, I'm not sure either group knew that. I loved both groups though. Some really good pups there. As time went on, I didn't visit the mafia as much and in some ways I regret it. It just got more quiet there.
I continued on in the B and A group and again, I gotta tell you, this group became like my second family. I reallllllly love this group. It's hard to type without wanting to cry. How lucky was I....I had my snoops and I had my B and A. The friendships were lasting...again, a real family. Sassy invited me and I never looked back. I do want to mention a couple of names because though many have left, a few have remained: Dusty the Pupcat, River, Sara, Georgie/Jackson/Camille, Webster/Ringo, and Bailey. I have to mention Rudy Patudy because his mama passed away last year. I have no doubts that Rudy would still be with us if his mama was still alive. I still visit this group often. I really love these guys.
Along the way, I helped create PAWS angels WAG for kindness. The idea came from Dezi and I and we ran with it. The group was created to give love, kindness and support to those who needed it. It began to grow and soon after Dezi left. The group blossomed under myself, Jazzi, and Pie. My first two kitty friends. BOL! I met a lot of cat friends at that time!
Another forum group was the Mitey Buh-ens group that my friend Levi introduced me too. That was a special group for quite a while and I made some lasting friendships there. Honestly...some of the nicest, most supportive friends were made in that group.
As time went on, it became more and more quiet on dogster. I refused to let go. I know many of my friends left for facebook. Mom made new friends there too. Dogster was really a place for me to grow up. The love, the friendships, the support...I just can't explain what it all means. For those who were a part of it, you know...you get it. It makes me incredible sad that Say Media is taking it all away. They were obviously never a part of it. I love what Fa La Luce, Lori Malm, did for us. I know it wasn't easy for her and yet I was lucky enough to be her friend and I hope at times, a friend of support for her.
I always thought I would go to doggie heaven, to the bridge, and still be here on dogster. That's not going to happen now. For all my friends out there, you gotta know how much I adore you guys...how much I love you. Through the ups and downs, you were all there for me and my family. Dogster will always be in my heart...always. I love you!
January 17th 2014 5:17 am
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I always assumed I would have plenty of time to do this. Now Dogster is going away. Scooter and the rest of the family pack will no longer have their very own profile pages.
I wanted to take the time to write about Scooter and what she has meant to me. She came into my life when I was grieving the loss of Floppy. It was the first time in my life I didn't have a dog and I wanted a puppy who could occupy my time, a puppy I could raise and love. I never considered a beagle before, but after doing research, a beagle seemed like the right breed for me.
Scooter was in a litter of three. In fact she looks a lot like her mom Jeter. She was named after a famous new york yankee baseball player. Scooter has been a handful from day one. From the time she was a puppy, she would play and play and then she would stop really sudden and if you didn't snatch her up and take her out, she would pee right there on the floor. She loved chewing on things and destroying stuffies. She still likes the destroying stuffies part, especially the squeaker.
I wouldn't say Scooter is a perfect dog. There are times I want to strangle her. She is pretty selfish and I am sure my spoiling made her that way. I take full responsibility. She can be food aggressive and she learned to inhale her food and not chew it. Not so smart Scooter! Thankfully it has never gotten her into trouble. She could eat a bowl in 15 seconds. Check her out video if you want to see it.
I believe she does things she knows she's not supposed to do but she does it anyway because she knows after I'm mad for a minute, I end up loving her all over again. Again, my fault.
Scooter has never been affectionate. She never gives kisses. BUT you know she loves you because that tail will wag 100 mph. She bows and barks at ya and she will run over to get those 5 seconds of love before she decides she has better things to do. When she's sick, she wants to be right there with you though. She would never admit but you can tell she loves you.
Anyway, I basically just want to say that I love Scooter with all my heart. She is an amazing little beagle. She has been with us since she was 10 weeks old. She turns 10 in two months. She is and always will be my baby. A lot of people say they can tell Scooter is my favorite. I try not to have favorites because I really do love all my animals. I think it's because I got scooter when she was a puppy. Believe me...she gives me the most headaches, she drives me crazier than anyone and yet somehow she just has this special place with me. I love you Scooter bug....dooter dooter dooter....queen of the world. Always.....
January 29th 2013 4:05 am
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Hi all...my pals Mika and Kai asked about my bells palsy and I figured I should probably do one more update. Here I am 5 months later and althought there was signficant improvement to the bells palsy, I wouldn't say I recovered 100%....maybe 75-80%? I don't droop anymore which is good :-). My right eye does close now when I sleep, but when I yawn, you can see my eye roll before the blink happens. Not sure if that makes sense. It's almost as though the blink is slow, but it gets there BOL!
Hey...I'm just grateful that it wasn't something else. I'm also grateful I didn't develop dry eye from it.
This will be the last entry on the bells palsy. Ususally recovery happens within the first 3-4 months and it's been 5 months. I would say I haven't seen any changes since mid November? End of November?
Thanks for all my pals who supported me. I sure hope this helps someone else one day. It's scary as heck when it first comes up. Thanks all!
November 16th 2012 11:10 am
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Hi Friends....first, thanks to everyone for following along and for keeping up on the status of my Bells Palsy. The good news is mom is absolutely sure there has been improvement. Am I 100%? The short answer is no. But there is definitely improvement. I don't drool anymore at all. The right side of my face only droops slightly if I pant. It's pretty rare where the food gets caught in the corner of my mouth. The one thing there is only a little improvement with is the blinking. The right eye is definitely reacting, but not all the way. Maybe 50% or so? There is a reaction now when mom taps around the eye. In fact she thinks she may have seen one or two full blinks? I'm not sure though because just like in the beginning, mom wondered if she was imagining things BOL!
So, I will update again in two to three weeks and I am hoping for even more improvement. Thanks to all my pals!
October 31st 2012 12:02 pm
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Well, first just wanna say sorry for not updating the diary. Mom was trying not to think about it too much; to the point where she was imaging things...sound familiar? BOL!
Anyhoo, mom can't deny that there are very subtle changes. It's hard to describe it though. Mom sees the eye flinch a little when she pokes around it. She noticed the right side doesn't hang down as much. She noticed food isn't getting trapped anymore in between the gum and teeth like it was before. Still no blinking but she does see little subtle changes. The neurologist did say if there were going to be changes, we would see them between 8 and 12 weeks so I'm still going to be hopeful and HOPE to continue to see the changes even if they are subtle. Thanks everyone!
October 8th 2012 6:34 am
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Ok...so we knew if there were changes, they would be slight. Well, yesterday morning mom did the hand to eye test. If you do that I should blink. Well, my eye blinked once...it was slight and quick! She did it again and nothing...a couple of more tries and I blinked! Mom got my other mommy. It took a few tries but there was a blink. Mom said, "are we imagining that? Did you see it"? and my other mom smiled and said YES.
Soooooo, one thing to keep in mind is that could be it...we don't know if it will get back to normal, where my progress starts. It's only been 5 weeks, so mom is happy. Mom also poked around the top of the eye and she thinks there is a little reflex.
Why does mom hesitate? Well, what if she WANTS to see it and it's not. Soooo, i'm glad she's writing this. We knew progress would be slow and slight. Let's keep hoping and praying we see it a little more!
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