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EmmaRose needs your Paws and Prayers
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And so…EmmaRose has a small, discrete, likely slow growing brain tumor in the brain stem area. Her liver, kidneys, heart structure, and lungs look good for her age. Choices are between palliative care= 0-2 months with a consistent degradation or stereotactic radiation which the team ( neuro, radiation onco, cardio, and aneasthesia) believe her to be a good candidate for. Median survival 12 months. 

So…I was pretty happy with that and went down to the pasture to tell CharlieBear and felt under his chest. And…his infiltrative lipoma seems to be herniating out/changing location. Was not there yesterday. This is what happened two years ago that precipitated the operation. The lipoma feels like a grapefruit under the elbow on his good front leg ( the lipoma is located on both sides as well as other places.) He does not seem to notice or care which is fantastic but…I may have a Sophie’s Choice scenario on my hands. To say I am stunned at the timing is an understatement. 

Thank you all for listening to me and embracing us in your hearts and your paws. It means more to us than you will ever know. Your prayers and well wishes are carrying us through this very surreal and sad time. On the Be More Dog front, Emma ate again tonight and CharlieBear is in the pasture really taking his job to heart woofling earlier than ever. He even came and waited by the gate tonight and hasn’t done that in months! Oh, to Be More Dog !

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12 January 2017 - 9:24 pm
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We’ll be keeping you all in our thoughts at Tripawds HQ. Please keep us posted.

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12 January 2017 - 9:54 pm
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Better news than I expected for Emma Rose, it’s wonderful that she is otherwise healthy and a good candidate for treatment.

I’m sorry to hear Charlie’s news- I thought from the ‘no further’ action needed post that he would have lots of good times? 

One week before Tripug Maggie’s last chemo treatment for her mast cell cancer her little sis Tani was diagnosed with her first mast cell tumor. Mag was 6 months post diagnosis with a 6 to 9 month prognosis.  I was sort of waiting for Maggie to pass and certainly didn’t feel up to a new battle, it was a tough time. 

I don’t have any words of wisdom, just wanted to share and empathize.  It’s good that they are both unconcerned at this point, hold on tight and do the best you can.  Sending you all the strength and peace I can.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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12 January 2017 - 11:20 pm
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Surreal is the word for it, CharlieBear. I’m so sorry you are dealing with this.

Slow growing and small is positive, and the fact she’s a candidate for treatment and above all the fact that Emma Rose is otherwise so well (that’s quite something at her age!) and eating and getting on with life.

I know nothing about CharlieBear’s condition, but I just can’t believe the timing of this! Again the fact he neither notices nor seems to care is very positive. I love the fact he waited at the gate and that he is conducting his woofing duties. He is clearly a dog with a mission in life and he’s not about to set that aside for some pesky lipoma.  Good on you Mr CharleyBear. But please, Emma, CharleyBear can you go and give your Mum a massive hug from Meg and Elsie Pie?

Sending love. Please keep us posted. I will be thinking of you and checking for updates.

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

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Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
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13 January 2017 - 5:44 am
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Glad to hear you have choices with Emma Rose ! Seems a little better news then you had imagined and everything else checks out! yeah for that !

Statistics , I look at those like age, just numbers;) 12 months Emma Rose will likely show them otherwise 🙏

So glad you have the Vet school, they do not leave a stone unturned!

CharlieBear just got the ok to roam in the pasture .😔 Im so sorry you are dealing with all this at once!ughLife seems to come in waves.

Dealing with two of your fur children , the stress and worry oh my! It is not easy. We understand too well. 

Follow EmmaRose and CharlieBears lead the best you can! 

We are sending you our strength and will keep the prayers coming for all!

Big hugs !!

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Geez, you’ve really been on a bit of a roller coaster ride! Looks like you can finally get off that wild ride and get on some firm ground now.

EmmaRose is home and eating and CharlieBear is doing his pasture duties AND is back to his gate ritual! Good news!!

Not sure what the lump means, but do know that is doesn’t mean squat to CharlieBear!!

Hang in there kiddo. EmmaRose is home and stable and steady, and CharlieBear is definitely still being CharlieBear and feeling grrreat!

Love and hugs

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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Due to the Pawsitive Power of TriPawd Nation, both EmmaRose and CharlieBear are still filled with Da Bearness and toughing things out. You are all holding us up and keeping us marching forward one somewhat drunk paw ( Emma…and , ahem, maaaaayyybe me after a very long day last night…took Sally and Fionna’s advice on that one!)  and one somewhat lumpy paw at a time ( CharlieBear).

Let’s start with the challenging news: Emma cannot come home until her new oral medication for her newly diagnosed heart arrythmia is on board and she is stabilized with that. Her heart rate was quite elevated but now seems to be under control. And cardio had not stopped by to change her to oral meds by the time I left last night….a big grrrrrrrr and growl about that. Emma has elected not to eat anymore at the hospital. We all believe it is due to the nausea caused by the vestibular signs caused by the brainstem tumor but as she is in ICU she is receiving lots of fluids and so actually looks quite well. She started prednisone and Cerenia yesterday afternoon. 

CharlieBear did indeed herniate out his quite large lipoma on his good front leg. Surgery will be required. Surgery services unavailable to SPEAK with until January 23. Oh, to be a surgeon…I had to take CharlieBear in through emergency services to even get all of his regular team to be able to consult and examine him. Nothing very informative was shared with me at all by the discharging ER vet who was quite flippant. Her discharge report was wrong in many areas as well. Another growl about that. 

And next for the good news: Emma was cognizant, wants to go home, was not very neurological when we visited ( CHARLIEBEAR got to visit with her!!!), and is drinking lots of water which means she is ABLE to eat and that the brainstem tumor has not taken that function away. Her heart rate was under control AND cardio insists that she will be able sustain the upcoming CT and 5 stereotactic radiation treatments. Given that she had an hour plus long MRI without prednisone on board and without her arrythmia being stable, I am more in agreement with cardio on that! Be EmmaStrong! And CharlieBear went back to woofling last night and riding in the truck with the windows rolled down. He is quite the fella. He was quite, quite, quite happy to see EmmaPaws. And he ate her $3,500 chicken dinner for her. They will likely have a Da Bears Suite when they both return to the Vet School the same week for treatment/surgery. Sigh…thump my head against the wall…repeatedly. 

*****Breaking news**** The Vet School just called and said Emma looks much, much more alert this morning, stood up and wagged her tail, had very few arrythmias last night, and her heart rate is normal!!! ( Which means, to me, that the prednisone is taking the swelling down so that the tumor stops sending the wrong signals to her heart…now, the vets won’t say that yet but…chicken-egg question says egg…) They will wean her off the IV meds today and if all goes well she can come home tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EMMAPAWS!!!!!!!!!CHARLIEBEAR!!!!!!!!! Bankrupt in finances but rich in love:) ALL of you have saved ALL of us. PawPower WORKS. Thank you for EVERYTHING. Hugs and PyrPaws all around. 

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14 January 2017 - 7:38 am
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Whoah, CharlieBear! You are such a force of pawsitive energy, nothing but nothing can stand in your way! It’s no wonder CharlieBear and Emma Rose are filled with Da Bearness, they have a ChampionBear for a Momma.

It’s wonderful that Emma Rose is so much more alert. Steroids work wonders with brain tumours because in shrinking the tumour they reduce the pressure on the brain, which is what causes the symptoms. (You ever want to talk brain tumours, I’m your gal. Now there’s an offer you can’t refuse. But seriously, between my Dad and my dog, I have experience a plenty). Emma Rose is clearly so fundamentally healthy and strong that this stands her in excellent stead.

I love the fact that CharlieBear ate Emma’s $3,500 chicken dinner. That was very good of him. Waste not, want not. I hope Da Bears suite will have a decent menu and round the clock room service. Da Bears deserve nothing less.

You’re doing amazingly, ChampionBear! You really are. I love your humour. How you can make me laugh when you’re going through so much cr@p, I really don’t know. PyrPaws to you!

Much love,

Meg, Clare and Elsie Pie xxx

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


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14 January 2017 - 1:54 pm
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EmmaRoseStrong!!

CharlieBearStrong!!

MomStrong!!

Karen

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

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OMGosh…  I’m just catching up and am so sorry to see what you’ve been dealing with.  My heart goes out to you and your sweet souls. You will all be in my thoughts.

Wanda

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