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: