Hi Everyone! Sorry that it’s been so long since I’ve been able to blog. I’ve been pretty busy lately and am happy to finally sit down with my dad to write all of you. I wanted to thank all of you for your positive vibes and prayers! It’s been a big adjustment for me and my dad, so all of your support has been the difference.
Let’s see, the last time I shared with you that I had another staph infection in my stub and was on antibiotics for 2 more weeks. Because of the infection, I couldn’t use my new leg much and also had to delay my first chemotherapy appointment. I’m super happy to report that my infection is all gone and I’ve been practicing with my new leg!
My family and I have been super active too. We’ve been going on packwalks with the ADA crew, swimming a lot since I can practice full extension with my stub in the water and my pack even did an agility/training demo for The Pet Rescue Center! I’ve been having fun chasing around Leo and playing ball more. I haven’t really missed a beat and have been having a blast. I’m feeling great! So much so, at the last packwalk, I refused to go the easy route but instead, ran up the dirt trail! It made me so HAPPY!!
Dad makes sure that I don’t over do it too much though. He’s been really good about having me wear my prosthetic leg so I can get use to it more too. But I’m not gonna lie, it’s really weird! First of all, I can’t feel the ground at all and I’ve lost a lot of my muscles in my left shoulder so I’m not so sure I (or this fake leg) can support my weight. Also, since my structure has changed and my stub has atrophied, my darn prosthetic slips off. But still, Dad works with me every day, making me put weight on it and take baby steps. He gets so excited because when I potty on a bush, I lift my leg again!
After a few weeks working with my leg, we went back to Dr. Goulard at Paws on the Go, for a second fitting. Dad shared his observations on how I would stand and distribute my weight, offering suggestions on how it could be better if we could make certain adjustments. Dr. G was great, taking video and a bunch of pictures of me walking and standing. She also took more measurements and stuff, so she could send all of the information and my new leg back to Orthopets to make the changes. Fortunately, my leg will be back this week and Dad and I can start working on using it again! I’d rather just hop on 3 paws, since I’ve gotten so used to it already, but Dad seems to really think that I could use it and he knows what’s best for me.
May 29th was another big day into the next chapter of my life. Since I’ve healed up from my infection and have been doing so great, Dad finally made the appointment to take me into the oncologist for my first chemo treatment. Just when I thought I was done with doctor visits, we went to see Dr. Bommarito at Veterinary Cancer Group to talk about my treatment plan. Dad told Dr. B that his main concern for me was my quality of life. Dad told the good doctor that he wants me to live the best life possible and to feel awesome for as long as I can. I told Dad that as long as I am with him and my family, I already live the best life possible :) So as I sat there kind of listening, Dr. B told us that since it’s been over a month and half from when I was supposed to start that he wanted to take xrays of my chest first. Dr. B wanted to be sure that the cancer hadn’t spread to my lungs before we moved forward with the chemo. The Doctor also said that he would start me on a lower dose and ease my way up to a full dose later. I could tell that Dad was pretty nervous, but I told him that I would brave again and I just laid down and remained calm, hoping that Dad would catch on too.
Dad and I waited in our exam room for the xrays. Dad sat down with me and gave me a massage so that I would relax more. We talked a little bit and he told me that he was sorry about me having to go through this. I could tell that Dad was getting sad again, so I sat up, but my head on his chest and told him that it’s okay. I’ve been through worse and as long as he’s with me, I’ll make it through this too. My xrays turned out great and we got the thumbs up with clear lungs. The next step was to prepare for my Carboplatin injection. My nurse, Alisha, was super cool and suggested that since I was on the ground with my dad all relaxed and stuff, that she give me my injection there. The whole process was fast and easy and I was glad to not have to leave my dad.
The doctor said that I might be pretty tired for the next day or so, and I might also feel a little bit nauseous too. They sent me home with pills that will help, just in case. Much to Dad’s relief, I was super excited to eat my lunch this afternoon and couldn’t wait to dig into the special dinner that Dad made me (organic chicken thighs, kale, spinach, chard, sweet potatoes, carrots and apples!). I was still able to go outside and run around a bit too. So far, I’m actually feeling good. Also, knowing that Dad is watching me like a hawk, makes me feel even better. My plan is to take it really easy these next two days, except for my visit to get my new and improved leg back! So I’ll have more time to share my stories with you.
I hope that you are doing super awesome too and that you hug your fur kids a little tighter tonight! Please feel free to leave me a comment on our Facebook page !
Next up: Getting a leg up in life!