August 13th 2010 6:27 pm
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During my "break" week from treatment, my parents felt that my lymph nodes under my neck on the left side were enlarged, which meant that the University of Wisconson-Madison protocol was no longer working. Since I was acting happy and eating, they decided to just wait until my scheduled appointment today.
Dr. Shaw confirmed that I'm out of remission again, but today I got Elspar, Diphenhydramine, and Dexamethasone. They're also starting me on prednisone again to try to get me back into remission. We continue to regularly stock Metoclopramide (for nausea, vomiting, poor appetite) and Metronidazole (for diarrhea) as needed.
There are a few other protocols we can try, DTIC (dacarbazine), CCNU, or MOPP. They each have about a 40-50% chance of shrinking my lymph nodes back down temporarily. We decided on DTIC which has the least chance of serious side effects, but none will be as effective as the one I was on.
I'll be going in next Friday to start DTIC, which will be a 6-hour infusion to be given every 3 weeks. Dad also signed a paper authorizing them to provide any emergency care as needed.
My prognosis: 3 to 6 months
Yes, you can say you never know, but my parents have known it already wasn't good when I came out of remission the last time soon after completing treatment.
It will all eventually come down to quality of life, and right now I still have a quality of life. I still want to play, go out, get lovins' from everyone, socialize, and eat. I'm going to enjoy life for as long as I can.
Thank you for your continued prayers and friendship. I will keep you posted.
Sniff...sniff...I just can't take any more bad news. Mommy & me is praying for you pal.
Finkin' ob yu an' yur fambly wif WOTZA wuff an' pwayers, sweet boy, Quincy ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Ohhh Quincy, We're so sorry to hear this. You have got the bestest pawrents in the world and they'll do everything to make sure your quality of life is good and they'll know when you tell them its time. Know that you and your parents are in our thoughts and prayers all the time. WE LOVE YOU!
Doo, Austin and mom Lou Ann
Sending lots of prayers and big hugs to you!
Oh Quincy... My heart is broken. I am sending lots of Love and prayers to you and your family.. I know how much they love you...
Dozer had to go on Prednisone and it helped him.. I am keeping my paws crossed that you get the same result.
We love you Quincy...Pawlese be strong!!
We're very saddened by this news, but I know you always look at the bright side.
If any dog can push this to the max, it's you. Your journey hasn't been easy, but you do it with lots of grace. Keep that tail wagging and your smile big. I know you will, because that's you.
Your admiring pal, Riley
It has been so hard for me to come here and even harder to read your diary. My heart is all broken into tiny pieces.
I LOVE You Buddy ... *HUGGS*
Heartbreaking news...we know you will keep on fighting & you have the most wonderful pawrents who have never given up searching for a cure. Enjoy each & every day to the fullest dear Quincy...You are loved so very much by so many...
All Our Love & Prayers,
KJ, Rain & Family
Dear Quincy, We were all sad to hear the news, you are in our thoughts and prayers everyday. We will continue to light candles for you at church. Be strong we know you can do this.
zeusie and mom