December 11th 2013 6:09 am
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This is what I think of this stupid brain tumor
December 11th 2013 3:58 am
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I went back to the South Texas Veterinary Specialists today for my CBC and 2nd round of chemo. CBC came back with my liver enzymes high so Dr. Harris wanted to do a ultrasound. Mom said ok since she wanted to make sure the cancer hasn't metastasized to my liver. It came back all good everything within normal range, not metastasizing, but the high enzymes were from an adverse reaction to the chemo I took 3 weeks ago. I can't take it any more, but the vet gave me another drug (hydroxyurea) to take daily. YAY! Another pill, just in case I didn't have enough already with the bajillion I'm already taking! BOL (Oh yeah, she also added another pill to help my liver and gallbladder!) Bad news is I have to have my CBC done EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK! ACKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!
Unfortunately when they did my ultrasound, they shaved me. Mom thought it would be just a little and when she came to pick me up it was almost from side to side. So now I'm 3/4 nekked!! OMD!! Mom felt I would get cold, so she put one of her tank tops on me and it fits perfect.
Other than that, I'm doing pretty good. This is a lot for this old girl to take on, but I'm tough and I can do it! I have the eye of the tiger and you're going to hear me ROAR. (Lyrics from Katie Perry) BOL :)
December 7th 2013 9:00 pm
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I went to the holistic vet yesterday and got some powders and liquids and vitamins and herbs to take with my food and we started it yesterday. AND the vet also recommended we get some Wellness Core dog food which as mom says is 'stupidly expensive'. OMD! We picked up a small bag at a feed store close to the vet, but when we got home, she went online and found it can be bought at PetSmart just down the road from us. We have an extra bag of Purina One that mom bought when it was on sale last month, that we're going to exchange for the Wellness food. She said Austin can eat it too. The vet also gave mom a recipe to make some of her own food for us with veggies and ground beef or chicken or turkey. So when she can get to the store she'll pick up some ground meat and veggies and make us some of that too. (well, it might only be for me, cause we ALL know Austin HATES human food. We'll just have to see.)
I'm supposed to go on Tuesday for my chemo pills but the holistic vet told mom that chemo swells the tumors and since there's not a whole lot of extra room in my brain for any extra swelling to be done, mom's wondering if we really need to have it done? According to my regular vet, the chemo isn't going to be given to me in many treatments like 10 or 12 like our pals have had, but only once or twice. She didn't understand only once or twice. How will they know if it worked and if it got rid of or shrunk the tumor? Mom's thinking she needs to talk to the oncology doctor to have things explained to her, but we're pretty optimistic the holistic meds are going to work. But she also said she's not going to do another $2200 MRI to see if it shrunk or went away, so they'll just have to tell by the blood work numbers.
We made a follow-up appointment on the 20th with the holistic vet and she'll know by then if we can start weaning me off all the other medications (prednisone, tramadol, gabapentin) since the holistic meds will have gotten into my system real good by then. Until then, I'm taking all my new meds/treatments along with the regular meds I've been on.
So, that's all we know for now. Mom's still saying I look really good for a dog that's supposed to be "so sick" with a brain tumor. (She's going to get a new camera so she can take some pictures of me and post to my page and then ya'll can see for yourself how great I look.) BOL ;)
We'll let ya know what all was said and done at the specialty vet on Tuesday.
Continue to keep them fingers and pawses crossed. :)
P.S. We mailed out our Christmas cards today, so ya'll should be getting them sometime this week.
December 4th 2013 7:45 pm
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Mom made an appointment for me on Friday to go back to my acupuncture vet, cause she does holistic medicine also. Two of our Dogster pals said they used holistic medicine and did really well on it. So, fingers and paws crossed that it will work for me too.
OK, remember the noise I was making when I breathe that mom was so worried about? She hauled me into the vet--yet again--on Monday so the vet could listen. Mom told her she felt my breathing was labored. The vet said what she sees is a "prednisone dog". A dog who's taking lots of prednisone and the affects it has on the body. She said that it weakens the muscles (Which Flicka's mom told us it would) and the diaphragm is a muscle, so its a little harder for me to breathe. Its also why I now have a pot belly (weak stomach muscles). That just gave mom such peace of mind to know she's not making me suffer. (I could have told her that she wasn't!) BOL She's also glad that I am SOO good about taking my pills. She gives me can dog food, puts the pills in it and then feeds it to me with a spoon or fork. There's LOTS of pills I'm taking, various times throughout the day, so it makes it so much easier for all involved. ;)
I will let y'all know what the holistic vet says on Friday. Fingers and paws crossed that it works just as good on me as it did on our pals.
November 29th 2013 5:28 am
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Nowhere but Dogster. BOL BOL Pardon me while I go grab a bone or 50 to munch on. BOL
November 28th 2013 4:51 am
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Wishing all of our pals far and wide a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for and all of your friendships are at the top of our list. Be safe whatever you do today. Sending love and prayers to you all.
~Doo, Austin & Mom
November 27th 2013 6:11 am
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Good Morning. So, its been a week since Doo had her first chemo treatment. I thought she was looking/acting so much better, but thought maybe I was imagining she was, since I want her to be well.
I was getting ready yesterday morning to take her to have her blood work done, as requested by her treating neurologist. While I was taking a shower, to show me just HOW well she was doing, she decided to eat a 3/4 bag of peanut M&M's (not a small bag, a 12 oz bag!) I called the vet to let them know and they suggested that even tho there's more peanuts than chocolate, I should bring her in so they can induce vomiting. (I was SOO not a happy camper!) So I took her there and left her so they could get it all out of her stomach and could do her blood work while she was there. (I take her to my regular vet for the blood work since its closer than where she had her MRI done. The 2 vets fax the results to each other.) My vet called to tell me Doo was ready to come home, and she also mentioned she thought Doo was looking a lot perkier. Such good news...I WASN'T imagining it!
Then today begins and she seems to lightly moan when she breaths. So, is she in pain? She's on tramadol and gabapentin as well as the prednisone, so I wouldn't think she would be in pain, but then why the moaning? I'm so stressed out. I feel I'm causing her unnecessary discomfort. It seems that after talking to my vet who spoke with the neurologist, that its like they're only giving her weeks to live. Where the tumor is located it will eventually cause problems, as will the prednisone she's on. I don't know what to do any more.
Any words of advice or wisdom?
November 20th 2013 6:33 pm
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Mom picked me up from the hospital yesterday and I was sooooo happy to see her! I didn't get any sleep Monday night cause there was a little Yorkie there who barked. ALL. NIGHT. LONG! OMD! It wouldn't shut up! Usually I walk very well on my leash but mom took me outside to see if I needed to potty and I was pulling her the whole way. I was ready to get out of that place and home to my house and my bubba Austin.
After talking with the doctor, mom approved for them to let's start the chemo treatments. They had to do a complete blood workup and all systems were go, so they gave mom the pills to give me with food. It was just 3 capsules, but mom had to wear gloves cause it was a dangerous drug. She didn't touch the pills, just dumped them on top of the dog food, but as clumsy as she is she wasn't taking any chances. BOL
I go next Tuesday for another CBC, but we can do that at my regular vet cause she's closer. Then I go again 2 weeks after that for the next treatment. (so, every 3 weeks) So far I haven't had any side effects, but its only been a little over 24 hours. I'm still very restless and I still have to potty a lot and sometimes I just can't make it so its a good thing mom has those plastic shower curtains by the door cause that's where I go. My appetite is good, I drink, pee and poop like normal so hoping things continue as they are.
Mom read an article that our pals Otto, Sagwa, and Angels Sophie and Daisy's mom posted on mom's book of faces page. It says that prayer is really helpful. Mom's been praying all throughout the day and night and we can feel all the prayers ya'll are sending us too. We so appreciate it. With everyone in my corner, I'm going to do my best to not disappoint, and I'm gonna beat this nasty tumor!
Here's the article in case you'd like to read it; http://www.zukes.com/join-us/dog-blog/post/health-and-he art-of-canine-cancer
Thank you one and all for all the POP, get well wishes and prayers you have been sending me. I can feel their power.
November 18th 2013 3:33 pm
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Got the MRI results back and Doo has a slow growing brain tumor in her brain stem. Its inoperable. Vet suggested radiation at Texas A&M, chemo pills every 3 weeks or continuing on with prednisone and other meds as we have been. I'm doing the chemo pills and after talking with my regular vet, that's what she would have done too. No guarantee the chemo will work, not even sure it will slow down the progression, but its worth a try.
Prayers are most welcomed for Miss Doo.
November 17th 2013 11:35 am
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I tell ya, that mama of mine is going to drive me to drink. BOL She threw me in the car and hauled me off to the specialty clinic yesterday morning around 9:30. (This was after phoning them at 2 a.m. and discussing things with them.) She was set to leave me there so they could take care of me since I was so restless and stumbling around. She thought they could sedate me so I would rest. (she debated with herself if she should take me since she knew they would put me in a cage and I would just be restless and uncomfortable in a small confined area.) So, she took me and I didn't stumble once while we waited to be seen. The doctor gave me a quick examination and watched me walk and said that they would be doing the exact same thing she would be doing and felt I would be more comfortable at home. So after getting reassurance that I'm not falling apart and dying (mom's words, not mine) she took me home and has been diligently giving me my meds (changed Tramadol to every 8 hours rather than every 12, which is what the neurologist prefers anyway) and watching every move I make (but of course you are mom!) She leaves the light on so when I do have to move around I won't stumble on the tons of blankets she has on the floor for me to lay on when the mood strikes me to change positions. She also has a shower curtain (she bought many from the Dollar Store just for me) by the back door in case I need to potty and she doesn't hear or see me wanting to go out. (she just throws them in the washer and dryer and they're all nice and clean for the next accident.) BOL
I tell ya...if she got paid for worrying, she'd be a bajillionaire by now! BOL Moms! Gotta love 'em!!