November 17th 2010 7:00 pm
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On Monday, my output went back to normal. Then I decided I only wanted to eat chicken, treats and cat poop during my walks. I couldn't understand why my parents kept trying to add dog food to my chicken! The broth from the chicken was saved to add to my kibble with some chicken and that was a little better though it meant I had to eat around the kibble! Right now my canned food smells boring and I don't want to eat it.
Just when my output went back to normal, my lymph nodes increased quite a bit. I've been panting alot but not during rest. It's not the prednisone because I haven't taken that for a week. The enlarged nodes are likely affecting my breathing.
Today Dad took me to see Dr. Shaw and he basically offered two options. One is to stop treatment and the other was to try CCNU, another protocol. Dad chose the CCNU protocol. He left me there for treatment and then got a speeding ticket, but he said at this point he didn't care about that.
The cancer is progressing because my body is building a resistance to the drugs. Dr. Shaw didn't feel any other abnormal growths anywhere on my body. We could do xrays for confirmation but there's really no point because we know what I have already.
I've got a bunch of pills to take, including one to protect my liver, and unless I get sick, I will go for a CBC on 11/24 because my white blood count is kinda low now. Dr. Shaw does not recommend that I take anymore prednisone.
If this buys me some more time that will be good of course, but things could change quickly.
My parents are somewhat of a mess which is nothing new, but I wanted to let you know what's going on in case my messy Mom can't find the strength to help me write in my diary, but we will try.
I'm still interested in going for walks and saw my pal Casey and his Mom the other day and got her sympathy for being in the hospital last week.
Mom is taking the day off tomorrow and if I'm up for it maybe they'll take me somewhere special but if not, I'll be happy to stick to a normal routine in familiar surroundings.
Dad got a job offer by phone today after an interview he had last week, and is likely going to accept. However, he expressed two concerns to the hiring manager on the phone. The first was that he has to see me through any doctor appointments. The second was the hours, that he wanted to work early hours, like 6:30am-2:30pm and would stay later if needed. The hiring manager said they'd be able to work all that out. If they couldn't be flexible for my Dad with what is going on with me, he would have rejected the offer, but they said they understood family situations. Mom still comes home for lunch every day.
Tonight, I just finished a rawhide chewy for dessert, and I'm still hoping that they'll stop adding dog food to my chicken. But they said if chicken is what Quincy wants to eat, that's what Quincy is gonna get to eat, and the cats really like that!
I love all my dog and cat pals, and Mom tells me about the messages you leave me all the time. Thank you always for keeping me in your prayers.
Glad you are still enjoying your walks and chicken! Big hugs for you!
We're saying our prayers for you sweet boy.
Mom is heartbroken that you and your family are going through this...
Remember, take every day and cherish it to the fullest...
That's what Mom always says now...
We are saying lots and lots of prayers for you sweetie...
Thinking of your Mom and Dad too...
Cheyanne & Mom
You eat all that chicken up. Isn't just the best?!
Big hive-fives to you and big hugs to your family. We love you, Quincy.
Dear Quincy~~LOTS of hugs and prayers for you, mom, dad and the kitties. We are so glad you are enjoying your chicken, walks and time spent with your family. That's whats most important. :) We love you!
Eddie, Sonny and Mom
Hugses an' wet, swoppy Westie kisses, gud thots an' wotza pwayers r bein' sent yur way all da time, Quincy ♥ Momma an' me, Zaidie, wuff yu wotz, my fwiend ♥ ♥ ♥
Dear Quincy, You and your family our in our prayers everyday, stay strong. And give your mom and dad lot's of kisses.
Love you, Zeusie and Mom
May God be with you and your family! Tons of love and prayers are coming your way...and miracles DO happen! Hold each other tight and BELIEVE!
Love, Chewy & Leia and Mom.
Lots of Westie kissies and prayers coming your way, Quincy. And eat all that chicken you can get... it's yummy stuff!!
Dear Quincy, may God be with you and your family! Tons of love and prayers are coming your way! Miracles DO happen! Stay strong, hold each other tight and BELIEVE! Bless you!
Love, Chewy, Leia & Mom.
We are praying so hard for you Quincy and family, we know how hard it is, the not knowing what is next....just enjoy every minute you have and cherish each day.....
Quincy is a special dog and we all look up him....We are happy to hear your Dad got a job offer that is great news and we are glad to hear they will work with your Dad so he can be there for you when you have your appointments.
We know our cat angel sisfur QT is watching over all over you...
God bless you all and know we are thinking of you.
Mia and Mom Peggy
Quincy, we wish the best for you and your family. My mom went thru this same thing with her beloved lab Bella, so she understands everything! You make sure they give you as much chicken as you want and no more dog food...BOL!
Mom cooks people food for us every day but we do eat some kibble during the day, but whatever Quincy wants is what Quincy should get!BOLBOL
So happy for your dad and how wonderful to find such understanding people in this day and age! We hope it works for him and your family.
Keep enjoying those walks and get lots of kisses from your pawrents!
Woof Woof, Molly & Family
I am thinking of you, my pal Quincy. I was hoping you were doing good like last time I checked in on you.... I have been ok....(diagnosed with Cushing's Disease) since October. Only need one chemo pill a week. I am shedding like crazy though.....wondering if that happened to you with your meds? I hope you get over this setback...I want you to have a great time with your family during the holidays.....I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.....Love, Augie, Angel Ava, Mommy Karen, and the rest of the family....