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Manni update -x-ray pics + primary vs. mets, palladia vs. endoscopy
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What tumor? Manni looks awesome!!! I won't sugar-coat anything or tell you to "be in the moment" because you really don't need me to! You are practical and loving of your boy all at the same time! 

I like the part about living in a bubble ... I do it often now and it serves me quite well. I avoid drama, unnecessary angst and I think I am overall more healthy and happy!!! And we know Jasper loves her bubble as well! 🙂 

BUT I do think Manni needs more ice-cream and a ride  to the river and some "water dog" time ... as I don't have a water loving dog, I love to live vicariously through you all. 

HUGS and LOVE and sugar plum fairies my friend!!! heartheartheart

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26 July 2017 - 10:58 am
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Take THAT you ugly lung tumor you! Manni isn't letting you keep him from a joyful summer romp!

Tina, your realistic, non-sugar coated approach is admirable and needed during a time of such uncertainty. I envy your ability to stay calm and look at things so rationally right now. You are holding strong and steady, and Manni is soaking it up. Give up? You? Hah! Nope. Don't see that happening. I know that whatever decision you have to make next is one that will be made with confidence and love.

Thanks for the update. We think of you often and send lots of love and wishes for many more fun videos of Mighty Manni!

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Wow, Ortega was gorgeous! I bet Mosby ran up to kiss his nose, like he did with Arlo, and Ortega snorted at him (at least that's what Arlo did, as if he was offended by the kiss). 

And Manni, you look great! Don't tell any of the other tripawds, Manni, but you're my favorite next to Mosby. Can't resist that face!

Have lots of ice cream and anything else tasty that you can get your paws on, Manni! 

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I've been thinking of you Mr. Manni, wondering how you're doing. Popped in looking for an update???

Love the video, I do wish we have the ability to snuggle through the screen - so many smooches I give you!

Oh Tina, Ortega is gorgeous!!!

Sending you lots of love and snuggles.

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Likewise Tina, you are both on our minds. If you are able, drop us a line and let us know how he's doing (and you too).

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4 August 2017 - 12:56 pm
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Thinking of you Tina.  How are you & Manni doing?

xoxoxo

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Ok, bear with me, I think this will be a longer post with lots of pics and a video or two. But then you asked for it and since Manni actually asked if he could take over the blog again soon, I'll have to cramp this in here.

First things first, though. We had a scare the beginning of this week. I had to give Manni Cerenia three day in a row because he was eating lots of grass and was drooling a lot. On Tuesday morning he woke me up at six because he had to go outside to get to the grass. So off to the vet we went. I was scared of an ulcer or stomach bleeding, since there had been no throwing up. An ultrasound determined that all is apparently, well, as good as it can be. However, Manni's blood values were bad. White blood count was, well, still in existence, but not good at all, all other values weren't either.

The decision was to take him from Palladia every other day down to every three days. Which is obviously less than perfect in many ways, especially since we still don't know if it's working or not until the CT. I have been giving Cerenia for the past few days but I will have to stop that soon and we'll see how we get on without.

I said I would stop at the first sign of side-effects and look at me now. Still going. I am just trying to get to the CT appointment right now to finally know what is going on and how to (if at all) proceed. At the same time it's killing me to maybe be doing this to Manni in his last days to no avail. You know, you think after 19 months you would be prepared, you would be ok with everything because you "got so much time". And then you find out: you're really not. It'll never be ok. Maybe it'll be ok for Manni, if I make the right decisions, whichever they are, but it will NEVER be ok for me. If anybody ever needs a definition of "Anticipatory Grief", call me. 

As this is what I do, I try to leave all this stuff in my little head and go about creating good days. 

The two of us go on about three walks a day, a lot of times with the ManniMobile, getting ice cream, or going to the bakery, some such stuff

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These below are just a few impressions from one of our many daily adventures. Mind you, it all looks fun and exciting, but in all honesty: Manni's breathing is a lot more labored than two months ago, he pants a lot, he sleeps most hours of the day and the distance that he manages now has gotten a LOT shorter. A lot of times we walk a few yards, sit somewhere pretty and enjoy each other and the views. That's the reality. Now for the pretty pictures:

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We even still attend our dog training/disabled classes our physio does. We have an agreement with her that Manni can attend but only has to do what he feels like doing. On one of the very few warm days we've had here so far a hot dog looks like this (it's all about the right preparation, baby!):

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Most of Manni's day is spent like this, however. And this will also be the place where he will get to rest eventually, since it's his very favorite spot:

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Today was a good day for once. Less sleeping, less panting, less being subdued, more alertness, more activity. So we managed to make it around the whole neighborhood block:

If you're still with me after this looooooooooong post, here's what we're up to on a good day like this.

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5 August 2017 - 4:06 pm
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Tina,

Thank you so much for the update.   I am still sending good vibes and ju ju to Manni & you.   This is a pretty good update.  Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures and videos of your adventures

xoxoxxo

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Sorry to hear Manni had a bad tummy!! Hopefully doing the every 3 will be enough to still do the job and not cause the belly issues? Can you give him something to coat his stomach before the Palladia? I don't know anything about it but do recall reading people using stomach meds to help & I thought there was another anti-nausea med? I googled it and got this;) Disregard if you already know this please!

I typically send my patients home with Cerenia at the 1st chemo visit. But other options include metaclopromide (Reglan®), mirtazapine, or Zofran®. 

Tina I don't think we are ever prepared fully prepared for that kind of news until it actually is the news!! I am glad you had the 18 months of no mets but that DOES NOT mean it is ok now!!  It will never be ok!! I agree with you 100% !!

The best thing is you are making the most out of every single day and making every single day about Manni!! Even more then you were!! That is you & Manni’s bliss!! So keep that up & keep making everyday about Manni & you !! Take one day at a time and try not looking to far ahead!!

I Love everyone one of these shots!! Manni still saying what lung tumor!?!?!
I am glad to see Manni had a better day & went for the neighborhood patrol!!
The watermelon video is a riot LMAO Manni say’s what is that ?!!? Not ice cream mom;)
Follow Manni’s lead Tina ! I am glad everyone poked you for a update;)

We are continuing to send pawsitive thoughts & prayers your way!!
Give Manni smooches from us too please!!
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Manni's videos were brilliant! He adorable! Love the expression on his face as your trying to give him the melon! His nose gave it his best shot though! 

Sending best wishes to you both, from Stewie & his pack. ❤️🐾🐾🐾🐾❤️

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6 August 2017 - 2:26 am
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Thanks for updating. Love the videos and the pics. That one of Manni in his stroller, waiting outside the Konditorei, waiting to see what treats you'll bring out for him (no watermelon 🍉!) is just priceless. I'm sorry about the tummy issues. Speaking in my capacity as someone who knows nothing, I've always found ProKolin to be helpful for Elsie, who is prone to stomach upsets, but clearly I don't know if it would be suitable or helpful for Manni.

Yes, it's fantastic that you've had this time, that you are having this time but I don't think anyone imagines for one second that that makes things okay. How could it? That's just not how emotions work, or grief, or loss. There is no okay. Please keep doing what you are doing, celebrating every moment, which is the greatest FU to Cancer there is. Try to stay in the now as far as you can and of course you cannot do it completely (you're a human, not a dog), but please don't beat yourself up for that as well. You deserve kindness too ❤️

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Awe Tina loved the videos and pictures!  The one with the watermelon is hilarious as his eyes go from the melon back to you back to the melon as if saying  "that's it you expect me to eat this?"  Love how you're embracing the good days and getting through the not so good days with calm grace and just doing whatever Manni wants to do.  Sending love and hugs to you and Manni and wishing for more "best days"!

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Tina, loved the pics and videos.  We are never prepared...it doesn't matter if it is 19 months or longer...no amount of time let's us face the eventual end without devastating heartbreak.  But, Manni has no concept of limited time...all he knows, or cares about, is that for today he has you and your love.

Sending hugs and strength to you and Manni.

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6 August 2017 - 10:51 am
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Tina and Manni, 

I loved seeing the pictures and videos! He is such a handsome guy. The watermelon cracks me up. Schlomo goes nuts for it!

Have you ever tried slippery elm bark to coat his intestines? A heaping tablespoon with warm water, smooth it out and then add to food. Ulmenrinde in German. They have bulk orders on amazon too. Of course I don't know if it would help Manni but I wanted to share as it really helped Schlo. 

I second everyone else here. We are never prepared and none of this is ever ok. 

Sending you loads of light and love. Give those big, beautiful ears a good rubbing from me. 

Much love, 

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Hey Tina, thanks for the update....I think you and I are both king of anticipatory grief.  I'm reliving our last days/weeks reading about this; trying to do the right thing, while dealing with humongous stress is almost unbearable. You will find strength that you never knew you possessed to deal with whatever comes next, and then you will fall apart afterwards, just like I did. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, reach out anytime - I'm always here for you.

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