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Ronnie, suspected Osteosarcoma amputation this week.
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8 May 2019 - 1:35 pm
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Here’s hoping the next few temps are normal!

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ok 19:20 reading was back at 103.1 it definitely seems to show a higher rating at the tail end of painkiller intervals. He had the gabapentin at 19:20 and i will do a reading shortly 2 hours post then give codeine and do a final reading in another 2 hours before we turn in for the night.

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That’s interesting, I think you may be on to something here. Good job with the monitoring and writing everything down. Be sure to share this with your vet and let us know how things go overnight OK? I will check in with you in the morning. (((hugs)))

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morning all, ronnie was 102.9 and agitated at 9:20pm but i fell asleep before the late reading, sleepless nights getting the better of me!

Ronnie woke me at 5:20 in pain and he read 103.1, so i rolled him over so he was lay on his arm not his wound and read again at 7:20am and he was calm relaxed and 102.1 which made me feel a lot happier about this being pain related.

i will read again at 9:20 before i give him his morning painkiller cocktail

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I have to say, Ronnie is reallllly good about having his temperature taken! What a good boy. How’s he doing?

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hey!

Well ronnie was around 102.9 when he had the morning painkiller cocktail around 9:30am and then i had to head in to the office for a few hours, I’ve been remote working since he came home but i had a client meeting i needed to be present for so i had friends and family sit in shifts to cover the 6 hours i was out and he read 102 around 11:30 and i returned home around 4:30 at which point he read a 102.1 and then the last reading an hour ago was 101.8 so while its still the ‘higher side of normal’ its within safe ranges so i couldn’t be happier. 

I feel like hes shown a change in himself as well the last few hours, before if i moved around room to room etc his head wouldn’t move he would just follow with his eyes or not at all, but now his heads up ears forward he looks alert and being nosey watching me go around doing things, its a small change but a VERY noticeable one based on the last few days.

It’s real baby steps but the biggest impact i think has been the anxiety i’ve stopped feeling constantly! that in itself is a weight lifted.

I also had a call from the ortho team at liverpool hospital today to confirm the expected that the histology on the leg is indeed showing osteosarcoma, however they only identified it localised in the mass itself, they tested the bone marrow and found no cells or sign of mets and that in itself is a more positive prognosis pre chemotherapy as i’m hopeful we can beat out the 12 months standard they say for life expectancy post chemo.  Obviously i’ve heard dogs have lasted years and some not as long as the 12, but he’s young at 5 and im just really hoping and praying for more years to come with him. As you can probably tell, this dog is LITERALLY my life and it would ruin me to lose him. 

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I feel like hes shown a change in himself as well the last few hours, before if i moved around room to room etc his head wouldn’t move he would just follow with his eyes or not at all, but now his heads up ears forward he looks alert and being nosey watching me go around doing things, its a small change but a VERY noticeable one based on the last few days.

YES!  During recovery it’s the small glimpses of sparkle that keep you going! Keep watching for those small signs and celebrate each one.

Remember the prognosis is based on stats from the pups that have been on this journey before you, not based on Ronnie!  The important thing is to make each day his best day.  No reason why Ronnie can’t be the one to blow the prognosis away!

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thank you!

one other update, on the whole seroma / infections maybe both issue, i’ve taken a short video a few minutes ago at the link below and would welcome any feedback from anyone with better knowledge than me.

Seroma/ stitches update

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It’s so nice to hear your voice! Now I can “hear” your talking when I read your posts.

Well I think that it does look better. Not that I’m a vet as you know. But when you pointed out how the area to the left of his incision is improved, it seems to me that the funky seroma thing is gradually reducing in size and re-absorbing into the body.

Try to think back to when you’ve had a terrible bruise. It doesn’t just go away all at once. It changes colors, moves around a bit, and slowly fades a little there and here and vice versa over several days. Well, Ronnie’s got one big bruise and as long as the area is not warm to the touch, smelly or seeping gross looking goo, it’s probably just as normal as can be.

His incision looks fantastic!

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Thanks Jerry, I’ll no doubt do a few more little video ‘blog style’ update of how he is progressing over the next few days.

I’d say it is warm in the area, but no more so than the rest of the shaved part of him post op, there’s no sign of anything getting past the sutures in terms of leakage, the scar is really nice and secure and we are tentatively booked in for staple removal on Monday, that will be 13 days post op.

The one reassurance the vet has given is that while the bloods we did showed no sign of infection, that now we pre-emptively started the anti-biotics, so even if it was to become infected, the course of treatment wouldn’t change, so a long as he is taking the pills and his temperature is good (another 102 this morning so all good) then there is no need to bring him in before Monday unless i notice considerable change in him. 

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heres a short ‘day 10’ seroma update, temperature is still perfect never breaking higher than 102, but the seroma is growing so we’re going to pop to the vet for insurance before the weekend….

day 10s seroma

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Well I think your and Ronnie’s weekend is off to a good start! Glad to hear that you both get a break from the vet clinic for a few days. Ronnie looks like he’s ready for some serious relaxation without any thermometers getting in the way! What a cutie.

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we’re just about to head to the vet for a quick seroma check then back monday for suture removal, also just had the call from the liverpool clinic and his first of 6 carboplatin treatments is on wednesday 22nd May so just a few weeks off now assuming the infection clears.

I know the 4 vs 6 debate on chemo is a devisive one, but in all honesty for the sake of £1000 for the extra 2 treatments i think we will do them, if i didnt and mets appeared i would blame myself for not doing everything i can. I won’t let something a trivial as money stand in the way of so much as an extra hour with my best friend.

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Ronnie is a lucky puggle to have you for a parent. I don’t know if the four versus six carboplatin treatments is as much divisive as it is just plain uncertain about which one is best. So if you are going to feel more comfortable with six then yeah, no harm done. Take things day by day and see how he does, I’m sure he’ll handle it like the champ that he is.

Haha ok ONE more vet trip then. Hope today’s vet check in goes well. Be sure to reward Ronnie with extra smooches, he’s such a good boy for handing all the clinic trips!

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