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9 May 2019 - 7:36 am
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So sorry to hear this Kim, sending many thoughts and prayers your way. Hugs

Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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Paws crossed!   Maybe reaction to trial treatment??

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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9 May 2019 - 10:48 am
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Thinking of you and Excellent Emerson, hoping for some good news. Keep us posted.

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9 May 2019 - 10:58 am
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Sending hugs and prayers.  Remember if he is getting chemo and his white cells drop he can get about anything.  Hope you are getting some good news

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9 May 2019 - 12:27 pm
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Thank you soo much for your support and positivity and well wishes.

I called the oncologist’s office this morning and told them that this is an emergency and either I go to them or I go the ER. So they put me on hold for a long time and told me that they had nothing available earlier (than our 3pm appointment) and told me that I could  “camp out” in their waiting room and they would do their best to see us earlier. *PERFECT* … I drank my coffee … and got on the road.

Fought insane traffic and got there at 11:00 and carried him inside… and as soon as we walked through the door, they swooped in and took him to the back. (He’s wheezing/snorting/snoring? Congested?) and everyone was alarmed by how sick he appeared. Which made me incredibly nervous.

They ran a bunch of tests and determined that his WBC were … elevated? (I wasn’t expecting that). They also said that he was clearly fighting an infection based on the counts and by looking at cells on a slide. They also said that his organ function was excellent … and his lymph nodes seem to be stable (the clinical trial coordinator makes the final determination. But, he may not be removed from the clinical trial). 

They gave him Sub-Q fluids, different antibiotics … and Dr. Post thinks that he should start feeling better by the end of the day. If not, I’ll need to bring him back tomorrow.  (I can tell that the sub Q fluids work).

So some highlights from the day:

1. When I carried him into the vet’s office. He decided that he need to greet every person in the waiting area.  And he totally, took his time and walked around and said hello (thank God we were in a vet’s office, with animal lovers)

2. As a beautiful golden retriever came out from treatment, he stood up and wagged his little tail like a crazy person.

3. When we got home from the vet, Mom was in the yard and I said to Emerson. “Who is that? LOOOK? Who’s that”… and he stood up, hopped his feet up onto the car door and looked out and saw my mom and gave another hearty tail wag. (there were zero tail wags yesterday)

4. We’ve been home for an hour, and he’s walked to his water bowl 3 times and had a sip. Mom said she’s going to make some chicken stock for him and we’ll see if he’ll drink it, like water.

We’re not out of the woods, but I’m more hopeful now than I was just a few hours ago.

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9 May 2019 - 1:55 pm
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Ok, now I’m breathing too 🤗🤗🤗 whew….  good signs and of course you and you mom were all over it 🙌  

Chicken broth sounds like a wonderful idea!

I am relieved for you/ with you!

Lots of hugs and love, 

Jackie and Huckleberry ❤

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9 May 2019 - 3:44 pm
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Over all a good report.  Keep us posted and still sending prayers 🙂

xoxoxo

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9 May 2019 - 5:31 pm
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YAY! Been thinking about you all day and this is terrific news! We’ll keep everything crossed for continued improvement. What a spunky dude!

And congrats on keeping it together, you are doing a great job staying confident around him!

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Just as I began to take a breath…. again I got nervous.

he woke up from a nap on the floor and sounded incredible congested and had labored breathing…. back at the ER.

Waiting. I am afraid. My poor little baby.

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9 May 2019 - 7:56 pm
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Oh goodness,  keep breathing! I am as befuddled as your are but infection can come with difficulty.  He is fighting.  Keeping prayers that this will even out.  

Stay strong,  your are so strong! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.  

Big hugs, 

Jackie and Huck ❤

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we spent about 3 hours at the ER… They gave him some medicine and he definitely started to improve. But, he was sedated and still seemed to be struggling to breathe.

He wasn’t in pain, his gums look nice and pink…and his fever had come down to almost-normal. So, although the antibiotic worked it may be that his airways are really inflamed? I”m not sure …. it all kinda doesn’t make sense.  

All I know is that he was his belly was working soooo hard to take those breaths. 

if this doesn’t improve by tomorrow, i’ll need to make some decisions.

this is all unfair. 

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9 May 2019 - 8:32 pm
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Okay, you have him on a treatment plan for infection of some sort and mfor congestion if some sort.  Overall his tests don’t  show anything  overly alarming.  Clear he still has his spunky attitude and lots of reasons to wag  his tail.

As hard as it is to be patient and give the protocols  he’s on time to work, it seems like he IS improving and just needs more time for everything  to kick in. It doesn’t  sound like anything is in crisis mode, so that’s  good.  Plis, he needs the sedation  yo wear off. And when they say they “light” sedate a dog, it can still  be scary to watch them shake it off and can take I to the next day to get them back to normal.

Did they give you a more specific  reason his airways may be inflamed?  I suppose It could be the conjestion somehow.

TRY and relax and give the meds time to work.  He’s had quite a busy and tiring day or two  going back and forth to the Vet…as you jave too.

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Oh no! I’m sorry Kim. What exactly did the ER docs say?

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Had to put him to sleep.

i will write more in a few days….

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Oh no… ((((hug))))) I am so very sorry.

Hugs,

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