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Bailey is still getting chemo?  Murphy also had histiocytic sarcoma, but he had the standard 6 doses of CCNU.  You said she had her amputation a year ago, right?  Hoppy Ampuversary!

Murphy  had his right front leg amputated, but several times he had issues where he had severe back or neck pain.  When it happened we were concerned that it was metastasis, but each time with rest and pain medications, he improved.  He sometimes would just collapse like you described, or he would yelp out suddenly in pain.  They are walking/hopping differently and using their muscles in much different ways, so it doesn’t take much to injure themselves.  We also used to massage his back all the time to help with his muscle stiffness.

We did finally take him to rehab and learned some exercises.  I wish we had started earlier!  They also did some chiropractic adjustments.

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  

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kkillionmueller said
Hi, Jerry. Thank you so much for the tip about rehab! We are very fortunate that we have a certified rehabilitation vet in our city (we had to travel for oncology). I will certainly reach out to her and set up a consultation!  

Sweet! Oh this made my day! Let us know how it goes OK? We hope Bailey is having a good day and feeling better.

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As of yesterday Howard is totally back to normal and we are lowering his pain meds. He has a great appetite and is peeing and pooping normally. It is such a scary thing to go through. I agree though, this site has helped me through a lot during this process. 

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Omd what a wonderful post!!! YAY Howard!!!! And YAY for you being such an awesome advocate!!! Way to go ❤️

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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR HOWARD!!!!   So happy to read this update😁😁😁😁😁😁     

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midnighter94 said
Bailey is still getting chemo?  Murphy also had histiocytic sarcoma, but he had the standard 6 doses of CCNU.  You said she had her amputation a year ago, right?  Hoppy Ampuversary!

Hi, Donna. Yes, Bailey has been receiving chemo (CCNU) about every four weeks for a year. We were told by the oncologist at Purdue University that Bailey would need chemo for the rest of her life. It’s been a rough road. Her first dose landed her a couple of nights in the hospital. Her white blood cells really tank after chemo. After several adjustments, the dose she now receives (and seems to tolerate okay) is a 30% reduction from the original dose. She takes a course of Cerenia for gi upset on days 3-7 post chemo now. It’s a lot, I’m not gonna lie. And it’s expensive. She has a CBC and liver enzyme panel done before every chemo dose. We were repeating the blood tests 7 days after chemo for the first 4-5 doses until we felt like we landed on the maintenance dose but, thankfully, we no longer do that unless we suspect a problem. We are fortunate that we have an internist in our city who can consult with Bailey’s oncologist and administer the chemo so we do not need to drive the 4 hour round trip to Purdue every month. When this all happened, I was a stay at home mom so we had a lot more freedom in scheduling. But, now that our kids are both in school full time (6 and 8 years old), I’m back at work full-time as is my husband. So, scheduling all of Bailey’s appointments has become a bit nightmarish. I really, really want to fit rehab into our schedule but I have not been able to yet. Ugh! Thankfully, Bailey is doing really, really well! She is back to hopping around normally although we are still limiting what we allow her to do. We have also made her walks much shorter (but still frequent). She is not happy about that. Today is her third day off of Rimadyl. She seems to be okay. Fingers crossed! Sorry…this post got a little venty! It’s been a stressful year!

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Thanks for sharing  your treatmrnt plan for Bailey and updating us on how she is doing.  

And you can “vent” here anytime you wamt!  We all do, and usually  we feel better afterwards!!  And BTW, this wasn’t  even “venty” at all!  We like to proceed straight to raging hysterically around here!

Make no mistake about it, you have had an incredibly  stress filled year without a break at all!!  That’s  a lot of visits, tests, recovery, monies and stress!!!!

I DO hope You’ll start another thread and share Bailey’s  story.  The treat,ent plan is very interesting  and we would love to know the basis behind it from the Onco’s perspective.  We all learn from each other on this journey.  That’s  one reason this site stays relevant and informative .

Give that sweet girl of yours a big smooch for us!  We’re  all cheering for her!!   Amd give yourself  a pat on the back too!  You’re  doing a great job!!

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kkillionmueller said

Today is her third day off of Rimadyl. She seems to be okay. Fingers crossed! Sorry…this post got a little venty! It’s been a stressful year!  

Sounds like things are going well and you are doing a great job managing her activity. Your post isn’t venty at all, promise you that!

But if you can please start a new topic elsewhere we can help you better and readers won’t be confused. I was confused reading your report, since it was Howard’s discussion that started this thread. Thanks for understanding, let me know if you’d like a tutorial!

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howard said
As of yesterday Howard is totally back to normal and we are lowering his pain meds. He has a great appetite and is peeing and pooping normally. It is such a scary thing to go through. I agree though, this site has helped me through a lot during this process.   

SUPER DUPER hoppy to hear this! Sorry I just saw it now. Are things still going well?

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