It’s APRIL! Rio’s birth month!!!! We don’t know what day, but she was about 7 or 8 weeks old when I got her on Father’s Day, 2000. I still remember that little face. I tried to walk away. I actually decided I couldn’t take her (we were selling our house and didn’t have a clue where we would live while we built our new house). But my friend said, “you can’t leave without saying goodbye to the puppy.” I convinced myself I was strong enough, but I knew deep down that if I went back to “say goodbye,” I would be taking that tiny girl home.
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
Rio had her first swim therapy this morning. It went great. The therapists were really amazed at how well Rio took to the hydrotherapy pool. They kept saying how impressed they were that she did this well on her first session. I wasn’t surprised, because she is a very smart and adaptive dog. I think she was just relieved that nobody was trying to stick her with needles, so she just went with it. They had an orange and blue Chuck-it ball — her favorite — and she swam to get it and played with it for about 20 minutes of the half hour session. The ladies massaged her and stretched her and guided her around as she swam, and aside from being a bit nervous and resistant when they were backing her into the pool, she seemed to enjoy it. So we signed her up for another session next week.
And now she’s completely shot and snoozing on the couch with her sisters.
I am trying so hard to stay positive, but this many times “in the ring” leaves you vulnerable to those moments when you question everything. Rio had her first round of chemo two weeks ago, and has already had one really bad day. (Last time, we were nearly done with the chemo before it got too bad.) Continue reading