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Update on Chipper - Surgery scheduled for Friday!
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naturegirl
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21 October 2009 - 9:19 am
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Hi All,
Wanted to give a quick update on Chipper (tumor on pelvis - suggested amputation plus complete hemipelvectomy). We met with an oncologist yesterday, and he felt that there was a chance that this is not osteosarcoma. There are two additional lesions in the same bone - but he said that is not a normal way to present, so there is a small chance that we are dealing with chondrosarcoma or even a fungal infection. Chondrosarcoma is fully treatable if they can remove it all, so just the chance that he could be cancer free after this surgery was enough for us! The hemipelvectomy still makes us nervous, but he assured us that although this is not a common surgery - those that have had it have recovered well and had a very good quality of life. So, although we are relieved to not be agonizing over the decision - we are still nervous about the road we are about to embark on. We will take it day by day, hour by hour, if needed. Oh, another question - Chipper hasn't been too excited to eat lately. I finally got him to eat about 3 p.m. yesterday, but he hasn't eaten since. Do you think it could be the tramadol? He went on his walk with me this a.m. - and is still barking at the workmen next door - I just can't tell if he's not feeling well because of the tramadol - or because he has a golf ball size tumor on his pelvis and he's sick of it!! 🙂

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21 October 2009 - 10:11 am
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I am sure that it does make you feel good that you are able to move forward even if there is some question about the ultimate diagnosis.  One would expect that they will be able to do a biopsy after surgery and present a final diagnosis.  Then you will be able to really understand your options.  It sounds like you have been doing a great job of doing your homework and already have some idea about what can and can not be done depending upon the final diagnosis.

Regarding the appetite issues, even with the pain killers (or perhaps because of the pain killers), Cherry's appetite had plumeted between the Friday initial diagnosis and the Wednesday amputation.  It came back for a few days after the amputation, but then the chemotherapy treatments killed it again.  Also, Cherry reacted so bad to the tramadol that I removed her from it just three days after amputation.  While taking the tramadol, she would experience uncontolled shaking over her body.  They were similar to convulsions, but not bad eneough to call convulsions.  When ever they get these chemicals in their systems, we can get unexpected and undesired side effects.  I would not worry too much (like any of us actually can back off the worry) because as long as Chipper has the pain of the tumor and the pain killers, you are going to see a different Chipper.

Paws Crossed and Sending Pawsitive Thoughts,

Bob & Cherry

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21 October 2009 - 10:18 am
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And, I'd like to add, you've been very upset and that also has an effect on Chipper.

I agree with Bob that the old Chipper from before all the pain and pain killers will most likely emerge when the pain and pain killers are gone.

Wishing you "smooth sailing".

Mary

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21 October 2009 - 10:19 am
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Thanks for the update! Chipper's appetite loss is likely a combination of his pain, and the medication. Just make suer he's getting lots of water, and he'll eat if he's really hungry.

If you haven't already searched the forums for others dealing with the same issues, here are the latest search results for hemipelvectomy. Of particular note may this topic... Winston Update: Hemipelvictomy Surgery Soon.

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21 October 2009 - 11:02 am
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It wouldn't surprise me if Chipper's appetitie loss is due to the Tramadol.  Chuy lost his appetite when he was on it too.  Chipper will eat when he gets hungry, but as Admin said, make sure he's drinking lots of water.  You'll be amazed at how quickly Chipper will bounce back after the surgery.  Keep us posted!

Eleanor & Chuy

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21 October 2009 - 11:11 am
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Thanks for the update!  That would be great if it turned out to be chondrosarcoma (isn't it weird that we're hoping for a specific type of cancer???!).  We were told ours was probably chondrosarcoma because of the unusual location of the tumor (in the "wrong" bone of Jack's wrist), so we were shocked when it turned out to be osteosarcoma!  But over 4 months later he's feistier than when he was a puppy!  Once Chipper heals and gets used to life on 3 legs, you'll find that his true personality will emerge, he will enjoy living, and may even pick up new habits (Jack started chasing squirrels and "stalking" other dogs when out on a walk).  I wish you luck in your upcoming life "events", and can't wait for updates!!

<3 Laura and Jackers

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21 October 2009 - 11:51 am
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Hang in there, strength (yours) and support (ours) will get you through this.  After recovery from the surgery, you will likely see a Chipper that you haven't seen since the pain began.  Trouble adjusted very well and very quickly, we think because the pain was gone.  Healing thoughts for Cooper and calming thoughts for you as you begin the scary cancer journey.  Starting now, you are on a one day at a time journey.  No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but you will face it when it gets here.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
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21 October 2009 - 7:22 pm
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Good luck with Chipper's surgery on Friday!!! Please keep us posted on everything!! My thoughts and prayers will be with you and Chipper on that day!!!!

Jake's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… http://jakesjou.....ipawds.com ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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21 October 2009 - 9:44 pm
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Thanks for the update.  Paws crossed and prayers said, especially on Friday!

Debra & Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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21 October 2009 - 10:41 pm
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We'll be thinking about you Friday and beyond.  When will he be coming home? 

There are several good forum/blogs on what to expect when you get your tripawd home for the first time, but I'll just give you my 2 cents.  Get something special for yourself, as a treat, for when things get frustrating the first few weeks.  It may be a bottle of your favorite wine, a special tea of coffee, ice cream, whatever-doesn't have to be food related.  For me it was chocolate strawberry truffles from a local chocolatier, perfect whenever I was especially down, frustrated or angry (at the cancer, not McGwire).  I'd spend 3 minutes (sometimes in the garage by myself) enjoying the treat, savoring it, and then would get back to whatever it was that needed doing.  I bought a box of 15 and probably only 'needed' 7 or 8 before he really turned the corner but it was there for me when I did.  It's crazy how that something small really makes a difference in how I felt overall. 

Good luck over the next few days, and know that we are here to support you whenever you might need it!

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21 October 2009 - 10:47 pm
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We will be keeping paws crossed for you on Friday... Shilo lost her appitite too with the pain meds... Like all the others just make sure your baby is drinking...

Shilo diagnosed with osteosarcoma 9/4/2009, amputation 9/9/2009. ShiloAnne lost her battle 11/23/2009 where she regained her fourth leg and is patiently waiting for her parents to join her. We will always love you baby girl.

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23 October 2009 - 7:41 pm
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Paws crossed and prayers said.  How did it go today?

Debra & Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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23 October 2009 - 7:47 pm
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How did Chipper's surgery go today? We're thinking of you and Chipper...

Jake's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… http://jakesjou.....ipawds.com ….. CANCER SUCKS!

naturegirl
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24 October 2009 - 11:23 am
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Hi All - I need to update you all, I just couldn't go through it. We had the surgery scheduled - I thought it was the best thing. But I never had that "at peace" feeling...something was just nagging at me. I started calling friends, emailing friends of friends, calling vets I didn't even know! I called the head of UGA Vet Hospital (who I've met, but don't know well) and he was so sweet. He talked to me at length about the hemipelvectomy. It is so uncommon, and let's face it -- half of his pelvis would be removed, his internal organs would be exposed and their was a real risk of incontinence. I did as much research as I could (there is not a lot out there) --- but, in the end, I cancelled the surgery. Chipper is a quiet dog - not real social. He likes being around me, and sniffing at my parent's farm. That makes him happy. And I'm not saying that he couldn't have done that if surgery and recovery had gone well, but since the cancer had already mets...we just decided to make his time left as happy as possible. And, so far so good! Two walks a day, he's getting fed like a king (I read low carb, high fat/protein -so, ground beef, scrambled eggs and flax oil --- if anyone has some more ideas, I'd love to hear!) - tramadol and deramaxx seem to be helping. Maybe, just maybe, he swallowed a golf ball and it landed smack in the middle of his pelvis - and he's going to fool us all?!!
Anyway, I want to thank you all so much. I know I decided to take a different path with my guy, I wish it had been in his leg and we could've opted for an amputation. But your support has meant everything! I just told my friend about how great you all are -- her dog had to have an emergency amputation (not cancer related) - so she's going through some new things (phantom pain , etc.) You just never know who you will meet along the way on your journeys ... but, I'm glad I got to "meet" all of you. You are a special group of dog lovers....God's special creatures!!

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24 October 2009 - 11:34 am
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You know Chipper better than anyone and I know you made the right choice for you and him.  You certainly have researched the subject.  I wish you all the best with Chipper and pray that you have many more good times so you can gather memories to sustain you through the bad times, which is what all of us are doing. 

Debra & Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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