A rocky start to the weekend

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Well, it’s another lovely day in the Puget Sound!  (I say that with all the sarcasm I can muster.  These days that get incrementally darker as the morning wears on really test my resolve to keep a positive attitude!)

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Rough day….

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Today is our worst day, so far.  Rio has seemed a little “off” the last couple of days — nothing terribly obvious, she just didn’t really seem to have as much energy as normal.   But this morning, it was pretty obvious she wasn’t feeling well.  She barely wanted to eat her breakfast, and that is just NOT like her.

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Chemo #3 and all’s well

Today we administered Rio’s third round of chemo (CCNU).  She’s been doing really great, although last week’s CBC numbers were considerably lower than when we started.  Dr. Sarah, our oncologist, prescribed Cerenia for vomiting, since she did get sick on the Vinblastine two years ago, but we haven’t needed it so far.  Continue reading

Chemo Round 2

Today we went for our first dose of Vinblastine.  Rio had some episodes of nausea last time we had Vinblastine (2 years ago), and the doctor gave us some Cerenia in case it happens again this time.  So now we don’t have to go back to the oncologist for another month (fingers crossed).  We go for a CBC next week, then the next chemo is oral, so we’ll just do it here at home.

She’s now sacked out on the couch, exhausted after the long morning at the doctor’s.  But while we were there, we met lots of really tough dogs and the people who love them.  We met a dachshund who was recovering from a broken back, three dogs with repaired knees/legs, an elkhound with transitional cell cancer, and Jetson, another tripawd just like Rio.  He is somewhat of a celebrity to the local tripawd community (or at least to us!).  He was a K-9 cop prior to his diagnosis with osteosarcoma.  You can learn about his story here: http://www.komonews.com/news/problemsolvers/113246294.html.  Rio thought he was very handsome, yet managed to not appear starstruck, even though he’s way more striking in “person” than he was on TV!  Because of all of the publicity surrounding his retirement, he got enough donations to cover all of his medical expenses for the rest of his life!