October 22nd 2009 10:54 am
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Mom took me to the Land of "O" this morning at 7:30am where they gave me the weekly physical exam, including a CBC (complete blood count). My white blood cell count is low but that is to be expected with chemotherapy.
Dr. Shaw said that I was in remission and that the lymph nodes around my neck feel normal in size now. Yes, that was good news to hear but it doesn't mean I am going to stop treatment under the University of Wisconsin-Madison Lymphoma Protocol. The idea is to keep the lymphoma at bay for as long as possible because stopping treatment would likely cause it to return very quickly.
This week's treatment is different because it will be done at home with daily Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) pills, then I'll go back to the Land of "O" next Thursday for Vincristine. My parents were given surgical gloves to wear while giving me the pills. Since the drug can (rarely) cause irritation to the lining of the urinary bladder, they have to watch for any marked increase in frequency of urination, straining to urinate or blood in the urine.
During the first week of treatment, I also had to take 2-1/2 tablets of Prednisone daily, and on the second week, 2 tablets daily. This week it'll be 1-1/2 tablets daily but if the panting bothers my parents, Dr. Shaw said they can reduce it even more.
I am a good boy in the car and a wagging-tailed friendly boy at the Land of "O". It's in a different city from ours but only takes about 15 minutes to drive there with no heavy traffic. I had to be there for about two hours but as usual, was so happy when it was time to go home! I jumped up and almost knocked Mom down when I saw her.
Oh, I wanted to also tell you about the new pals I met at the dog park earlier this week. One was a Westie (and I'm so sorry I forgot his name) and his little Yorkshire Terrier brother named Enzo (like one of my kitty brothers) and their Dad! I have to brag because when their Dad saw me he petted me and said to my Mom, "OMG, is he yours? He's beautiful!" They started a conversation and after hearing that I was a cancer patient, the Dad asked Mom if he could give her his business card with his email address on it so she could keep him informed of my progress. So, Mom emailed him and also sent him a link to my Dogster page here. He said he and his wife will keep me in their prayers!
Overall, I am doing very well so far. I am hungrier and thirstier than usual, but I'm still smiling!
Thank you so much for your continued POPs and for those of you who have been down this road and have shared your stories. My family and I appreciate all of your thoughtful and caring comments, pawmails, and gifts.
We're so glad that your cancer is in remission. We'll continue to send you POTP.
Have a great night and weekend, pal.
We are so happy to hear you are doing well and being a good boy.
Remission...that is just awesome
We are doing back flips
Purrs from the Bunch
Hey, mabbe I wuz dat Westie in da dog park!! BOL!! Keep up da gud werk ob duin' SO well, Quincy!! ((((hugs))))
What a good boy you are to keep such a good attitude and outlook ! WTG,we just know this is going to work out well for you. Keeping you in our thoghts and prayers.
Thank you Riley, Bonin Bunch, Zaidie, and Autumn!
I took my chemo pills very easily today because I just want to eat everything in the house right now. They said it's a good thing I can't get to the cat food nor their litter boxes!
We will hope for the best and I thank you all for your love and support.
Zaidie, Mom took some pictures of my Westie pal on her cell phone. They probably didn't turn out so good but I'll check them out and show all of you!
Nice to hear you're doing better! I'll keep checking on you!
Thanks for checking on me, Augie!
Oh Quincy. I am feel so sad and have been cryin & cryin. I am not ready for my best pal to go to Rainbow Bridge without me.
You are a brave doggie and I am proud of you.
I and my furblings have been folding our paws in prayer every night that God be with you. Mom would fold her paws too but she doesn't have paws, so she folds her hands instead.