I meant to write this a few days ago, right after the checkup on Wednesday, but things got in the way.
Patchy went in for a checkup with the oncologist on Wednesday. He said everything looked good, including her blood work from that day. He assured me that the increasing amount of blood in her urine wasn’t anything I should be worried about. It could be good (her tumor is dissolving), it could be bad (the tumor is becoming more aggressive), or it could mean nothing (her body is just fighting harder). We won’t know what’s going on until her ultrasound in another 4 weeks. Its too early at this point to see any real effects of the chemo. Continue reading
Patchy ~2008, looking over the edge of a steep cliff. No fear
Sleep continues to remain elusive. I’m typing this at 3am. Patchy spent the last hour pacing and going in and out the back door. I finally resigned myself to not sleeping and gave her a second dinner, which clearly was her goal. Apparently meals are middle of the night now too.
I can’t really blame her. She eats so irregularly. She hardly ate anything Saturday, but i believe she had at least one bowl earlier today (Sunday). She binges and starves, binges and starves. Continue reading
Patchy tried Clover’s bed this weekend
First, I’ll preface this by saying, we had a great weekend. The girls went to the beach and had a terrific time in Santa Cruz. But, I’m gonna start with the bad, and end on a high note.
Patchy is starting to deteriorate further. Starting last night at about ~8:30pm, she started peeing in her beds. Normally, she’ll get up and pace until either I notice her or she gives up and pees, avoiding where she sleeps. But last night, she didn’t. I think she was either sleeping so deeply that she peed in her sleep, or it snuck up on her, and she didn’t have time to even get up and walk away. It seems she did get up during part of it, as there was a trail, starting where she had been sleeping, and ending on a nearby blanket. Continue reading
Patch overlooking Monterey Bay, 2009
Patchy’s appetite continues to be erratic. Some days she eats 2 or more meals, others she doesn’t eat anything. It’s worrisome. I’ve hand fed her a few times, but it isn’t my preference. (I don’t usually have the time to stop everything in the morning and feed her for 15 minutes, though the bonding time is very precious to me.)
Patchy, about a year ago
Patchy is having more accidents in the house again. She seems to go through phases where a couple days are just bad for her, and others are completely normal. She had 2 accidents in the house yesterday (midday and late evening) and two this morning alone. We also left her and Clover in the garage two evenings in a row when we went out to dinner. She peed, and left a bloody drip trail behind.
Varying levels of blood is in her urine is expected. I confirmed via email with the oncologist yesterday. And her constant straining to pee is also in the norm. As long as she still is urinating, we’re in good shape. He told me, if she’s straining and not getting anything out, thats when we really need to worry.
I came home to my parents place to spend some time with them, and focus on Patchy. Her appetite seems to be holding steady. She is less interested in breakfast in the morning, but is eating fairly regularly at night. She’s had two accidents at my parents house (today and yesterday) but had diapers on both times. Thank you inventor of doggie diapers. Continue reading
I feel bad. She’s been consistently having accidents every morning now, before we leave for work. I let her out first thing (and she pees) and within an hour, while I’m cooking breakfast or getting dressed, she pees in the house. Thankfully this morning it was on linoleum and not the carpet. I’ve taken to isolating her in my bedroom when I’m home in the afternoon/evenings, and it appears I’ll need to do the same in the mornings. (My bedroom is linoleum, and has an open door to the backyard.) She looks so forlorn when I force her to be in my bedroom, but its necessary for her to avoid more indoor accidents. Especially with her starting chemo, and her fluids needing to be “handled with gloves.”
First, a quick update on Patch. Her appetite has been sporadic. Skipping meals, binging later. For reference, prior to the last few weeks, she had a very consistent routine of wet food in the morning and evening, and access to dry food, which was sometimes consumed in the evening. She was consistent in devouring that wet food when it was given. Currently, she is ignoring her wet food entirely in the morning, and all food in general at that time. When we get home, she might be inclined to eat it (or her dry) but only after much prodding, and sometimes hand feeding from me. The last two days, I’ve been bringing some dry food with me to work, and around lunch time, she’s been gobbling it up. Continue reading
The pharmacy (based in Arizona) called today to collect shipping and billing information. I was informed that her medication will arrive in 3-6 days, in a refrigerated shipping case. With little dots that will change color is the medication didn’t stay cold enough. Thats pretty intense. To make it scarier, the oncologist emailed me her chemo instructions.
The oncologist called just before 5pm today. Patchy’s X-rays look good (confirmed by radiologist) and her blood work came back pretty clean. They noticed a slightly elevated liver enzyme, which has been noted in previous blood tests dating back to her car crash on Halloween. Its unclear what the cause of the elevated liver enzymes could be, or if its even affecting anything. It could also be related (or not) to the nodules that were seen on her liver. Its not clear what those nodules might be (cancer, benign or malignant), but its not an easy place to get a sample. For now, it isn’t something to worry about, unless things change.