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ANDY'S CHEMO - Week 49
Wow, it's hard to believe it's been nearly a year since Andy's diagnosis. December 1st of last year I didn't imagine he'd make it this far, and especially during those horrible bumps in the road he went through early on.
Andy's tummy is beginning to settle. It's taking awhile, but he's doing better every day. Still on a restricted diet. I am getting "looks' from him when I'm eating: "If I only had ONE bite of that, my life would be wonderful" kind of looks. Ears up, eyebrows scrunched up, sad eyes. He does that heartbreaking look so well I've wondered if he hadn't had acting lessons LOL
I woke up yesterday morning and Andy could barely walk. He was limping something fierce. It was our day to go see Dr. Vancil for his chemo checkup, so I asked him to do a couple x-rays. He and the ortho didn't find anything really bad - like a tumor or break. More than likely Andy stepped on one of the half walnut shells the squirrels leave in the yard or something. It's obviously really sore. The x-rays did show arthritis in his toes. Oh, the joys of growing old. Andy's taking quite a bit of Tramadol (pain relief/narcotic) the next few days, so right now he is in 'super chilled/'far out, man' mode.
Dr. Vancil said we'll start an anti inflammatory for the arthritis. He also doubled Andy's glucosomine to 3000 mg a day and added another liver supplement, which appears to be roughly the same ingredients as the Denamarin. I didn't ask if Andy would continue to take the Denamarin, so I need to call and check on that. $30 for a month's supply of the new stuff compared to Denamarin at $115 a month including shipping (that's the cheapest price I've found).
Andy's taking a lot of pills, but luckily I've never had a problem getting them down him when they're bundled in a treat or glob of peanut butter.
The other thing of note was we'll be cutting down the frequency of the CeeNU chemo to once a month. His liver panels have all had slightly elevated levels, which Dr. Vancil attributes to the CeeNU.
Andy's limping is better today than it was yesterday when he could barely walk. He sure gets up fast when he hears something going on in the kitchen. We'll give it the rest of the weekend to mend. The weather is absolutely beautiful and I hate to miss taking him places, but he'll need at least the weekend to get back to 100%.
Thanks again for the camaraderie and for making Andy's cancer journey fun You guys rock!!
Here's Dr. Vancil's report:
Last edited by dborgers; 11-09-2012 at 06:24 PM.
Thanks for Andy's report card, Danny!
Oh, I am sorry poor Andy had a rough time with limping and being sore. I know this all too well from my Toby.
I am so happy that Andy is still around to be fussed over and I am sure he loves the extra attention and being spoiled. I hope his tummy troubles are also completely over soon.
Wow, that Hepatic support is a steal compared to the Denamarin.
Wishing Andy a speedy recovery from the limping and tummy troubles.
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Andy sounds like an awesome patient. (It's such a relief when they willingly take their pills.) I hope his limp is better. Overall, the doctor seems to indicate good progress! You are wonderful and Andy knows how much he is loved. Sending prayers and good wishes from NY.
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Thanks for the well wishes for Andy and the congrats on our anniversary.
Andy's GI tract is on the mend. We're still limiting him to brown rice and boiled chicken. It took him a couple weeks to get over this the last time. His poor little GI tract is so sensitive. I'm just glad it has nothing to do with the cancer. Really glad about that
Great report! I hope sweet Andy feels better soon. Take it easy for couple days and then back to a fun again.
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Feel better Andy. Maggie knows that that limping is NO FUN! Hope you are up and "socializing" soon.
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Sorry to hear Andy had the lameness and I hope he feels better and is getting around great very soon.
i am interested in the hepatic support medication- would you mind giving us details on the manufacturer, etc?
Hang in there Andy- 20 more days until we celebrate the big 1.0!
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You're doing great Andy! You rock star!!!
I hope the limping is better and he's back to adventures and fun very soon.
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Made by: RX Vitamins, Elmsford, NY
Name: HEPATO SUPPORT
"Supports Normal liver Function"
180 capsules per bottle
DOSE: 2 capsules in the morning, 2 capsules at night
$30 from our vet
Silymarin 80%/Silybinin 30% 100mg,
Inositol 20 mg
Choline 20 mg
DL Methiomine (pharmcaeutical grade) 20 mg
Pantothenic Acid (calcium panothebate 10 mg
Alpha Lipoic Acid
(all 5 mg of the above)
B12 10 mg
Last edited by dborgers; 11-10-2012 at 07:05 PM.