August 21st 2010 4:57 pm
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It was like a scene from a movie. Two dogs who spot each other at the park on a big field of green. It was Casey, my best friend, and he was off-leash. Dad took my leash off and Casey and I started running towards each other, tongues hanging and ears flapping in the wind.
Well, I kept running, right past Casey! Afterall, his Mom was behind him and I just had to see her first. Then I went running back to Casey so we could wrestle!
A couple of days after I wrote in my diary last week, we could feel that my enlarged lymph nodes had gone down.
Dad dropped me of early yesterday for my first DCIT (dacarbazine) injection and Dr. Shaw confirmed that my lymph nodes are back to normal. So, technically I am in remission again but generally each remission time is shorter than the last.
Even though we were told it would be a six hour infusion, it was really eight hours by the time they examined me and did the in-house CBC and chemistry! We were not too happy about that since I had to be kept in a smaller kennel so I wouldn't move around as much, but we know they are trying to help me. I also got some Anzemet to prevent nausea and vomiting.
I wanted to mention that whenever the prednisone is prescribed I take 2.5 tablets once a day for 7 days, then 2 tablets once a day for 7 days, then 1.5 tablets once a day for 7 days, then 1 tablet once a day for 7 days, then we stop.
They told Dad that they walked me outside but when he picked me up I peed a bucket outside! I was glad I was going home and drank lots of water and ate dinner as usual, so I seem to be feeling pretty good so far. And I know I am a good boy because there is a sentence on my report card from the doctor that says:
Call with questions or concerns. Quincy was an excellent patient as usual!
I have an appointment next Friday for a CBC, then in 3 weeks I'll get a re-evaluation and my next dose of DITC.
Thank you for your kind and thoughtful pawmails, comments, gifts, and for filling my treat jar! I told Dr. Shaw all about my Dogster pals. I bet I'm the only patient there with Dogster pals, too!
One day at a time....
Keep up da gud werk, gud boy!!! Us pupses an' our peepoles r ALWAYS here fur yu ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
So does that mean you're in remission again? Like you said, one day at a time and know we're ALWAYS here for you and your sweet mama!
Doo, Austin and mom
Thanks Zaidie and Doo!
Doo, I just added this to my diary but technically, yes, it means I am in remission again but generally each remission time is shorter than the last, so we'll just have to see.
Thanks for being there for me and Mom!
Glad you're lymph nodes are back to normal! Sending you big hugs and westie kissies!
Stuck in a kennel for almost 8 hours isn't much fun, but in the end it's worth it so you can feel better.
I'm glad you're feeling good. Have fun with Casey and of course Casey's Mom.
Keep up the great work.
Your pal, Riley
Thinking of you buddy!!!!!!