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28 July 2020 - 2:10 pm
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WOW!!   Didn’t  see this coming!!!    So glad you took Chance’s temperature and took action.  You did, and are doing, everything RIGHT!!

You communicated with the Vets when any “symptons” showed up.  You got bloodwork done timely. etc.  So much of what you first were describing certainly  appeared to be chemo side effects….side effects that do show up sometimes  after chemo…..side effects that “should” have seen improvement with the meds you were finally given.  I don’t  think anyone here would make the leap to sepsis from chemo!!  

What’s important  is you knew in your gut things weren’t turning around as they should.  Now that the issues have been identified and the dots have been connected, Chamce is getting the proper treatment.

Please keep us updated.  We are ALL  sending  every single ounce of,pawsitive energy out to Chance!  

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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28 July 2020 - 2:39 pm
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Did quick search on Dr Google so take it for whatever  it’s worth.  Sepsis can be from chemo  Just pointing  that out so you can stop beating  yourself up for thinking  it was something  you did or could have prevented.  

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Thank you both (all) for your support. sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2I think no matter what I’m going to be questioning lots of things over the past week…since his first CBC.  I just thought, well a dip in white blood cells and platelets isn’t of major concern…they’ll be better next week.  I know I can’t think of everything and hindsight is 20-20 (that should’ve been a clue…2020 isn’t a positive thing right now), but I can’t help but start thinking about some of the possible clues over the past couple of days.  He’s been restless at night and my niece even mentioned seeing him kind of shivering.  And keep thinking I should’ve taken him last night when his temp was 104.  I know I need to focus on the positive…he’s getting excellent care and lots of prayers!

Jerry…thanks for the suggestion about a new post on treatment.  That’s probably a good idea for any future Tripawds parents!  Dr called with an update.  He’s on his IVs and antibiotics…seems a bit less “mopey” but he did throw up when they started the IV so they’re watching him very closely.  He’s in isolation due to his compromised immune system; techs working with other patients with any type of infection can’t be around him.  Next update is at the end of the Dr’s shift…in about an hour.  I know they’re doing everything they can for him and are SUPER patient with my million-question phone calls.  I did ask the Dr about the sepsis as it’s an infection.  I wanted to know if it was anything he ate, anything he might have picked up around the house.  She was great in explaining that the infection is internal to his body…not something he ate or picked up.  I still feel bad for him, but made me feel a little better.  

Hopefully he’s resting well, getting lots of good meds and will be feeling better soon.  Kenya and I miss him!

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28 July 2020 - 4:47 pm
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Okay, “less mopey” is good!  I know you are worried sick, but everything  that is being done for yim eight now should start a continued  upswing, sloooowly but surely. 

We’ll be waiting dor your next update this evening.  You and Ke ya try and get some rest ro ofht.

We’re  continuing  with our non stop pawsitive energy!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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I’m so sorry to hear about what’s been going on with Chance!  I KNOW it’s really hard to do, but try not to drive yourself totally crazy with second guessing.  It sounds like you did everything right, trying to balance things, trying to work out what was happening, watching him closely without driving your dog crazy.  I do think it’s possible to go too far the other direction especially if your dog doesn’t super love going to the vet and especially right now when we have to leave our dogs behind.  (That is super extra hard.  I’m so sorry.  I know the worrying at home has got to be hard.)  But just that… I do think it’s possible to over obsess (because I do, a lot) and stress our dogs out more with our stress and not let them have any fun being a dog and take them to the vet more than they need to go and…  It sounds like you were trying really hard to strike that right balance of being cautious without not letting him be a dog.  And…

I feel like anything I say is just sounding patronizing.  So.  It sucks.  I’m so sorry.  That all sounds like it super sucks.

I hope Chance feels better soon.

And I hope YOU are taking care of yourself too, and have support.  

(You do here.)

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Well Happy Friday everyone!  And yes it’s a Good Friday because Chance is home!  He was released yesterday.  I posted more details on my other forum https://tripawd…..e-effects/.

So excited that he’s home but still keeping a close eye on him.  The Dr wanted him home as soon as possible (me too!) to get him back to his home environment to help improve his mood and hopefully his appetite.  So far he’s only interested in a little (turkey) bacon and scrambled eggs.  I’ll be talking to his Dr this morning…a little concerned with all the meds and him not eating much.  I hope it doesn’t affect his stomach.  His white blood/platelet counts are still low…only small improvement on white blood cells, and he’s a little anemic.  So for the next week at least, he’s restricted to the house and yard just to go potty.  He’s drinking water well, but not eating much.  Hope that improves soon!  

R’s mom…your comments are supportive and not in the least patronizing.  It’s a good reminder about how my feelings can impact how he feels.  I’ll have to keep remembering that!  I slept on the floor with him last night (not sure I can do that again!) which I think helped us both.  He slept well but did scare the bejeezus outta me once.  He woke up and was like gasping for air (hard to describe) but once I calmed him down he was fine.  I didn’t sleep much after that though!  

While he’s definitely still not back to where he was a week ago, I’m super excited to have him home!  

Thanks again for all the support!

Sandra, Chance & Kenya

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So thrilled Chance is home!  Getting loved and spoiled at home is the best therapy  evvvver!! I saw from your other post there are signs of improvement on a couple of different  levels and that is spectacular  news!

I know you mentioned the Bet checked out the breathing and thought it was related to anemia.  If he gets short of breath  as a result, he could get a little panicky  when that happens, thus making this worse.  I know your reassurance  helped greatly.   Good job!!

Keep on keepin’ on Chance!!!  We love you sweet boy😘

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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OH YAY! Hopping over there now to check out the details. I’m so happy he’s home!

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