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Hey Carol – just wondering how things are going for Blitz and you.

Paula

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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Blitz-post op nearing 5 weeks

Thanks so much everyone. I was almost afraid to give an update because everytime I post how well is doing and that MAYBE we have turned the corner, he has a relapse for days. BUT we are doing much better. 

The day of his acupuncture session, like the time before, he was having an awesome day. Bright eyed, playing, hopping around, grabbing his ball, and obviously no discomfort. Because of this I almost cancelled the acupuncture. I wanted to know if he would continue to improve without it. But he DID have the session. The focus this time was on phantom issues vs pain control so the needles were placed differently than before. Once the needles were placed he seemed frightened, and the phantom cry returned for a time or two while at the vets and then again that evening, but certanily not like the last time. The vet seemed to think it was the redirction of the energy channels causing the discomfort, and that would be shortlived. I am still not so sure acupuncture is Blitz’s thing. The rest of his day was OK, but not as nice as before the acupuncture. But then again it was getting late in the day and that is his usual time for discomfort if he is going to have any.   

This week we weaned him from the Amantadine. Last dose yesterday morning. As you know, both Garbapentin and Amantadine  cause some mobility “wobbliness”. For Blitz, having both on board seemed to be interfering with the strength he needs in the rest of his body resulting in back, neck, and other muscle/leg strains. It will be interesting to see how he does. I will keep you posted.

Thursday he was started on Shen Calmer by Jing Tang. 8 capusles once a day, for 5 days then moving on to 2x daily. It is not cheap and like the acupuncture it will be hard to judge if it is working because he was already improving without it. It was something the vet ordered for us when things were not going so well and it took over a week to come in. So we will use up the first bottle and then see how things go. He is now taking the Gabapentin 300 q8h, Carprophen 75 q12, Shen Calmer once daily,  and his antibiotic which should finish up this week. Next the vet would like to wean him from the Carprophen. I will attempt this next week if I am comfortable he is continuing to improve. We can always add it back if needed.

This morning we continue to do well. His eyes are sparkling, tail wagging, playing with his ball, and chewing his toy bone. His interaction with the family is pretty much back to normal, and life is pretty good. We do continue to have occassional phantom episodes, typically the evening time, but they are much less than before and seem to be getting less and less as the days/weeks pass.

I think for now I will not do another accupuncture session just to see if it actually made any difference. The vet states that most dogs respond after 2-4 sessions, but not one. So it might be safe to say we would have been fine without it. 

Thanks again to all of you for sticking with me. I am forever grateful for your support during this very challenging experience

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14 July 2018 - 8:26 am
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Carol and Blitz,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the update!! You had a bunch of worried mama hens here. Even though it is on his schedule, instead of ours, I am so glad he is finally coming around.

You really are doing a great job. Blitz could not have a better, more selfless advocate.  It does seem that the phantom episodes are starting to wane from what you are describing. I am really interested to see how the Shen Calmer works, I have never heard of that before? 

This morning we continue to do well. His eyes are sparkling, tail wagging, playing with his ball, and chewing his toy bone. His interaction with the family is pretty much back to normal, and life is pretty good. 

That is just the best news!!  I was worried I would never see you say those words! It is also the nicest way to be able to say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and with your diligence I have no doubt now that you will get there!

Big hugs!! 💞💞💞

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Seriously great news, that’s so nice to know he’s doing better!

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14 July 2018 - 9:51 pm
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HIP HIP HOORAY FOR BLITZ!!!   😁

Thank you sooooo much for updating  us!   We were all holding  our collective  breath!   We all try and stay positive  when we don’t hear back right away in cases like this, but we do worry.

No matter what, things are getting  better and the “set backs” are fewer.   Sparkling  eyes  and wagging tails are ahowing up more and more and we are all so thrilled!!clapclap

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So glad to hear this! Like Sally said, we try to stay pawsitive, but one of the things we do best here is picture the worst. And after all the stress and difficult times you’ve had, its that much sweeter when the good times return. But don’t be alarmed if he has a small set-back or two, even now. It happens sometimes; but you guys are stronger than you know, and Blitz is a Warrior! I believe my Warrior DID come and whisper in Blitz’s ear, and told him it would be all right.

After we last talked – when I could hear his cries on the phone – I took my 2 Westie boys for a walk, and that’s when I started talking to Nitro, asking for his help. As tears were streaming down my face, sick with worry for you, I looked up at the sky. I swear I saw a cloud that looked like a Dobe, stretched out in a run….I began to feel better, knowing it was a sign from Nitro, that things would be ok. A feeling of calm came over me then.

Enjoy these beautiful, happy days with your boy, and give him a hug from us.

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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Blitz Postop Nearing 6 weeks

Hi Everyone, I did reply earlier but not seeing it here. Probably did not save it. Anyway, I wanted to give an update, and thank all of you again. And Nitro, Blitz definitely heard you! I could not ask for a better warrior. The turn around has been amazing. He is back to himself and loving life, and his family could not be more blessed. I am keeping my fingers crossed, as it is almost too good to be true, but I don’t question our decision anymore. Quality is definitely back, and that is what our journey was all about. Yesterday in the middle of the living room Blitz grabbed his tug of war toy and shook it around, jumping from side to side, throwing it into the air and catching it again. Energy is back, sparkle is back, Blitz is back. 

In addition, we have weaned him from all meds except for the Gabapentin 300mg q8h. I even stopped the Shen Calmer. It is hard to know if it really helped or not. But he was only on it for a few days and off it now for the same and his progress continues to be wonderful. We have not heard even one phantom cry for many days now.

I hope my experience, along with so many others will help those who are only beginning this journey. We don’t know what the future holds for us, but for whatever time Blitz has left in this world, I could not ask for a better outcome, at least for the present. And one day he will join other warriors like Nitro. What more could we ask for? 

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Carol,

That is the best update ever. You gave me a smile and made my eyes tear up 😘

I am so glad that you are as tough as you are and did not give up! I know when you’re in the middle of it even with a cheerleading team it’s really hard to see the good when your baby is so uncomfortable. Blitz is awful lucky to have such a wonderful loving family that had his back no matter what.

You made my morning.

Lots of love and bunches of hugs,

Jackie and Huckleberry ❤️

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Huge sigh of relief here at our house! Like Jackie said, best update ever! I’m so glad the old Blitz is back, playing and happy. It took longer than you wanted or expected, but boy is it worth it! Please keep us posted with updates – we love good news around here – and maybe throw in a picture or video of this beautiful boy. A week from today will be Nitro’s 1st anniversary in heaven….maybe Blitz can return the favor and have a “chat” with my Warrior, tell him I’m ok, but miss him like crazy. 

Bravo Blitz and family….time to break out the ice cream and celebrate!

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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Carol,

I am so glad that you are as tough as you are and did not give up! I know when you’re in the middle of it even with a cheerleading team it’s really hard to see the good when your baby is so uncomfortable. Blitz is awful lucky to have such a wonderful loving family that had his back no matter what.

Well said Jackie 🤗

And good job Nitro💖

BLITZ IS BACK!!    SOOOOOO HAPPY TO HEAR THIS!!!😁   

Looking forwatd to  some video of Blitz being  is happy self!

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Yay I am so so happy to read this.  Power of prayer is great and I agree with Paula it may have taken a little longer than you or we wanted but Blitz had his time table. 

Keep kicking butt Blitz and playing.  We love to hear good updates and if support is needed we want to be here for that as well.

xoxoxo

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WHEW! Thank you for letting us know, this is terrific.

It’s always so heartbreaking when a member has a difficult recovery, we always hope they will be smooth sailing. When they are not, the whole community worries. So thank you for being patient and not giving up, for seeing hope for better days ahead and loving Blitz as much as you do. YAY!

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Blitz-9 weeks postop. Wow we are almost 2 months recovered now. Hard to believe. I want to give all of you an update and another thank you for your life saving support. Who knows how this would have gone without your 24/7 availability for a really rough and long road. If you had asked me 6 weeks ago if I would have made the same choice, I would have been hard pressed to say yes. I know most dogs go through it much easier than Blitz did but vets don’t prepare you for the worst. It really would have made things a lot easier. 

Today Blitz is back to doing everything he enjoyed before. He partols the shoreline, hopping from one side to the other. Rests lying in the warm sand to recoop for a few minutes then back up. He is managing stairs very well, up and down, although down will always be a bit more challengingoh-my. He runs, plays, stretches, rolls and chases the squirrels. His favorite toys are back in the mix, and we could not be   happier. 

We will repeat Blitz’s chest xray in October or November and hope for the best. It was clear in June whatever.We have a home in Florida and  I am hoping to pack him up after Xmas and drive down for the winter. Better place for him, no stairs, no ice or snow and much warmer. 

Thanks to all of you again, and to that wonder in the sky Nitro. We are were we are because of all of you. Much appreciated. 

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Hi Carol and Blitz!!

Omd i am so so happy to hear this news! 😁

Thank you for hanging in there and taking things as they came. No doubt this is probably one of the most stressful times you have ever experienced. 

Blitz had his own healing calendar and even though it was painfully slow for you he got through it and I’m so tickled for you!

I have no doubt special Nitro had to have a pup to pup talk with Blitz and reassure him that this was definitely for the greater good and somehow it all finally sunk in ❤️

Lots of love and hopes for a bright healthy future for all of you. Hearing your post made my morning 🤗🤗

Jackie and Huck ❤️❣️

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Carol,

This is an awesome update.   I am so glad he is doing so well.  I know he had a tough recovery but I am sure seeing him do so well now makes your heart sing.  I can’t wait to see some pictures of him at the beach. 

Just remember that the sand will be a lot tougher to  manage too so he maybe a little sore for a few days.  here is to good and clear xrays.

Keep us informed on how he is doing

xoxoxo

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