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18 November 2022
TL;DR: Boone finished 5 rounds of chemo; had a full-body CT scan, and we have zero spread!
Man chemo was a ride. The first three administrations went relatively well - he has to be sedated, because... well, he's still a dick. Thankfully, we were able to dial in lighter sedation which left him less loopy. After his 3rd dose, his body had a harder time bouncin' back, and he had a large secondary nadir. His 4th and 5th doses both had to be pushed by a week to provide him time to recover.
After the 3rd dose, his follow up bloodwork was pretty bad, so we pushed and decided to do more bloodwork 5 days after the 14th day, to check if he was good to go a few days later... well, his red blood cell count recovered, but his neutrophils absolutely tanked, and he was borderline needing supportive therapy (but acting completely normal). So, at the advice of the oncologist, I popped out to get a rectal thermometer, came home and checked his temperature.. which was 104. Cue immediate panic and record-breaking drive time to the emergency hospital - where we found out our thermometer was faulty, and Boone was fine. This was also 2 days after the previous blood draw/recheck, so we did it again, and his white blood cells had, indeed, bounced back and he didn't need antibiotics. This dog, man. The reason i'm going grey.
Anyhow, similar larger dips to blood work between 4 and 5 resulted in week long delays, but we're DOOOOONE! His next round of scans is in June. I'm manifesting now that it'll be another clear bill of health.
He is presently living his very best life, though we're maintaining his diet regimen and supplements. Oddly, he still refuses to eat food that isn't frozen. I guess that's his lasting chemo effect?
Thank you all for all of your support through this. This website and forum has been an invaluable source of support.
25 April 2007
WHEW! Oh my gosh he put your mental health through the wringer. I'm so glad that it was a messed up thermometer and nothing to do with his health. YAY! YOU DID IT!
That is odd about his dislike of half frozen food. Chemo can indeed mess with a human's taste buds so it makes sense his could be off that way.
We are all so happy for you, and manifesting many more clean bills of health! Now go have fun!