|Barked: Wed Aug 25, '10 12:35am PST |
|My darling boy Diesel has been fighting Stage V Lymphoma since March of this year. He underwent chemo and went into remission. He started feeling bad again the end of July / beginning of August and it was confirmed that he'd relapsed. The oncologist started a new chemo on 8/4 and he had his second treatment yesterday (8/24). He didn't seem to experience many side effects with the original chemo protocol, but he just does not seem well at all on this chemo. It's 3 weeks between treatments and he only seemed to feel good about 1.5 weeks. We thought we'd give it another try to see if it was the chemo or because he was so sick initially. Well, it's only been one day, but he obviously doesn't feel well.
How or when do we know it's time? He has been eating still (not today though after the chemo), he still goes out to the bathroom, he still wants to (and does) play, he still loves seeing people! So in that regard, he sounds good! However, he's on chemo, he has to take prednisone at home, then something for diarrhea, pepcid, and now possibly something for naseau. He lays around most of the day, but really doesn't sleep well. We go to bed (of course he sleeps with us!) and then have to get up a couple of hours later. He just seems to want to move locations. (He doesn't necessarily have to go out to the bathroom.) Maybe it's the meds making him fidgety.
There's nothing we won't do for him, but at this point I question whether we're actually doing him more harm than good ... because we want to keep him with us. Then there's also the hope that he'll go into remission like last time and enjoy more good times. I don't want to do anything too early, but I also don't want to wait too long. He's definitely not at the "too long" point now, but I don't want to get to that point.
When he lets us know that it is time, our personal vet can come to our home to take care of him. I think I would like that rather than taking him to the vet clinic / hospital. Has anyone done this? My thoughts are that he'd be in his home and happy. However, he does actually like going to the vet's and seeing all the people.
So many questions ..... if you have any thoughts or personal experiences to share, I would greatly appreciate it.
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