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26 May 2015 - 9:42 am
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Hello Sweet Friends-  What a whirlwind of a weekend we had with my poor poor Charlie. Since my last update things got a little worse. First when I picked him up from the vet's office on Friday, he was REALLY sedated, couldn't really use his hind legs, and was drooling like crazy; he also came down with a VERY bad case of Diarrhea, and as Saturday and Sunday progressed the Diarrhea got worse and worse and became very bloody. By Sunday night about 11:30 I woke to find Charlie laying in his bed with a totally vacant look on his face  in a pool of blood around his rump, I just sobbed.  John and I called the UCD ER and spoke with the attending vet who of course said you need to bring him- The drive down proved to be tough as John and I started having the "quality of life" discussions and were so so torn about what we were doing and how quickly things just seemed to get so bad. To make a very long story short- we were in the ER until about 4:00am (about 4.5 hours) Charlie had an inflamed GI tract due to the onset of such strong meds and the ER Vet said she would touch base with the Neurologist that had just treated Charlie that week whom was actually there in surgery with another dog. Both Dr.s came into to speak with us and the Nerologist Dr. said she would back down the dosage of meds and work with the ER Vet on meds for the GI so we can get the Inflammation under control- while we are crying and feeling helpless the Neurologists looked at us both and said very directly- "guys, it's not time yet"  ... "his brain mass is so so small and he's just over medicated, I am an honest person and would tell you if I thought differently, We will work this through together because I'm not ready to give up on him yet.."  DONE!  Decision made, we will bring him home and try again... They gave Charlie an IV before we left and then some new meds.. So here we are and I think the IV was exactly what Charlie needed because yesterday he was a thousand times better- more alert, a little more stable on his feet and I am really hoping that after just a couple days on the reduced meds he will even get stronger.   A quick Pic of Charlie yesterday taking a break on the couch- we had to buy a harness to help him stand up and walk around a bit.

 

In the meantime Jojo has indicated that his feelings are hurtwinker because all the sudden Charlie is now getting all the attention and Jojo said "hey I'm the one with cancer here, what the heck does the old guy have going on that's more important- Geezzzz"    

Oh my two guys who just love to be the center of attention, what can you do but love them both! I'll be sure to keep you guys updated on Charlie's progress  and if we look to have a bright future ahead of us!  

Much Love to you all...

Mia and the Yellow Boys♥

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26 May 2015 - 9:46 am
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Oh Lordy! I had this terrible, terrible lump in my throat as I started to read your post! Whew, so glad your vet told you he was only over-medicated!

Give them both sweet nuzzles from me! xoxo

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"We miss you so much; our love, our heart, our Harmony."

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26 May 2015 - 9:50 am
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I know you guys have a bright future ahead! After a comment from the vet like that, it sure sounds like this is "just" some fine tuning with the medication that will set him on a healthy path for a long time. You must have been so freaked out though, I sure would have been a total mess. And with that kind of sleep deprivation..yikes! Hope you caught some zzzs this morning.

What were the meds that set his stomach off, and what made him feel better? Just curious.

Kudos to you guys for staying strong and pawsitive! Give Charlie and JoJo extra lovin from all of us and let us know how the week goes OK?

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29 May 2015 - 9:57 pm
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Huge sigh of relief!!!!! And your vets are wonderful!!!

Geez, I'm exhausted just reading about these two so I know you are totally wiped out!!

Im soooooo glad Charlie is getting his groove back! Oh my good ess...sooooo glad!

Now Jojo, don't you be jealous! I think you two boys are loved equally and neiither of you need to be pulling any more antics ro get attention!!

Sending lpts of love and celebratory bowls of ice cream!!!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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30 May 2015 - 8:53 am
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Hello amigos'-

I thought I would post an update as I am leaving out of town for work tomorrow and most likely won't eb able to post for a week or more.  Charlie is doing much better, he's getting more stable on his feet, he's showing signs of energy at times but he's still not back to 100%, I am going to ask if we can step down the meds a little more just to help his personality come back and his mobility to be solid.  The only small little hitch is that the Predinisone makes him drink excessively of course which means he has to pee excessively, so we've been able tow ork our way down to only getting up once in the night to go out and pee. We were getting up like every 3 hours and it was not good. Bless his heart I started to put depends on him at night in case I got so dang tired that I didn't wake up when he was tryingwhat-ever So I took a quick pic of the poor guy- is that wronglaughing

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*Jerry- the meds Charlie has been on for relief of the GI tract are: Famotidine 10mg- this is like an ant acid and he will stay on this med as long as he is on Predinisone. He is also on Metronidazole 250mg for only 7 days- this is like an anti diarrhea med. 

As for Jojo, well he's doing just great, dare I say "remission", but his tumor's on the elbow and the thigh have just gone down so much it's incredible, his energy and spirit are just shining through like days of old- I am so pleased with his progress!  We have our routine check up apt. on the 11th, so hopefully the Dr. will feel as inspired as we do.

Take care all and I'll catch up with you in a week or so- I am working one of my companies biggest events of the year- HPDisocver2015

Much Love Mia and the Yellow boys.

Virginia




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30 May 2015 - 9:13 am
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ADORABLENESS!!!!! Such a sweetie!!

Yeah, I wouod see about stepping the drugs down a bit more. I'm sure they start off at high doses first just to get things under control. And that Pred. will make them thirsty and want to eat a lot! They usually start them off on higher doses of that first too and then taper off some.

So glad he is feeling better though! Improvement, YAY for i improvement!! Keep on improving Charlie! We're all cheering for you!

Have a great rime at your concpference, okay?

LOVE!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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30 May 2015 - 4:09 pm
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Well pawesome! That is a great update to leave us before you hit the road. Are you an event planner? That's a pretty big conference!

If you've managed to make it so that Charlie only gets up 1x a night while on pred, that is amazing. Good job! And glad to hear you're finding a balance with the meds. It takes work, which is hard to do when you're sleep deprived but you did!

Give those pupperz extra lovin' from us!

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11 June 2015 - 8:05 pm
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Hi Friends-

Well I'm back from my work week in Las Vegas, and back into the real life of Jojo and Charlie.  While I was gone, John had another little scare with Charlie and major GI blood issues- he ended up back in the ER and back on the Antibiotic/Anti Diarrhea meds. We did step down the medication as mentioned previously and given that we've just passed the 2 week mark I think his body is finally acclimating to the medication and dosages. He actually seems to be back to his old self with the exception of some minor incontinence issues.  The best news is that Charlie hasn't had a seizure since starting his med routine and I'm hoping this is now our new normal. 

Now for Jojo- today we had a check up and all news was great!  The blood work showed no signs of change from a month ago, the Ultra sound showed no signs of concern or change from 2 months ago, nor has the cancer spread to any organs.  The tumor sites show stagnate- no growth, no change in density and his skin infection has completely cleared up.clap

I feel like maybe just maybe we've rounded the corner on the boys and now we just have two old guys that need routine, caring and senior citizen loving kiss- we know that we can no longer leave them in the care of others, and that we must not leave them alone for too long- they require special attention and caring as they grow older and become dependent.  I moved through all my fear and wariness about the end coming near and have made my way to enjoying the privilege of caring for my guys as they need me now to guide them to their very last day... I'll be here for every moment with a loving spirit and caring touch...I realize they have both blessed us unconditionally for the last 12-13 years and now its our turn.big-blink

I am again reminded of all of you and how much you've lifted me up and walked me through this last 8 months- can you believe it's been 8 months you all have carried me- Thank you and I will pay it forward as well. winker

I'll post again soon

Much Much Love

Mia, Charlie and Jojo.

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11 June 2015 - 8:46 pm
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Mia, 

Your update has me smiling from ear to ear......and what a blessing you have been given for both your senior boys to be doing as well as they are with all their different obstacles they and you have faced. And I completely agree with you, when our beloved pups become dependent in their senior years, they want for nothing more than for us to see them through. 

Your boys are the luckiest pups in the world to have you for their mom, and John for their dad. Enjoy every single moment of every single day with them, and don't worry about that "last day" with them.

Love, 

Bonnie, Angel Polly, Pearl, and Zuzu

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11 June 2015 - 10:36 pm
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Mia, the "life lessons" Jojo and Charlie presented to you, and your willingness to be such a good student...beautifully done!!

Good job! Good teachers and good student!!

And Sage Mia said,

"I moved through all my fear and wariness about the end coming near and have made my way to enjoying the privilege of caring for my guys as they need me now to guide them to their very last day... I'll be here for every moment with a loving spirit and caring touch...I realize they have both blessed us unconditionally for the last 12-13 years and now its our turn."

Enjoy your their senior years...they are!

Sending lots of love to all!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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12 June 2015 - 1:54 pm
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Thanks for the update! Glad to hear Charlie is OK. big-grin

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11 July 2015 - 4:36 pm
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Friends sweet friends- It sure has been a while since I've posted, I'm sorry about that.  Our sweet Jojo is doing great- he continues to be on a path of what looks like remission and has been a stellar support to his brother Charlie who has not had such a great last couple months.  

As you know we've been battling this brain tumor and all Charlie's reactions to the cocktail of medications, we've had a hell of a time trying to find the right dosage amount and in this past 2 weeks he has declined incredibly.  Charlie has had 2 major grand mal seizures which mandated extra dosages of his meds (phenobabr/prednisone/pepcid)  for a short period of time. He then starting having what I will call petit mini seizures caused his head to bounce, eye squint and then loss of balance- sometimes he would catch himself and sometimes he wouldn't and would hit the ground before I could get to him.  I ended up maneuvering my work scheduled so that I could work from home this past week as John was in Houston working and as I watched him and was with him all day I saw his mini seizures grow to almost every 5-7 minutes.  I am heartbroken to tell you that john and I laid our beautiful boy to rest last nightwhat-ever we had our local vet come to the house and help him pass in his own enthronement with John and I by his side. It was really the most peaceful I've seen him in the last 6+ months. 

I will be back posting often with uplifting stories from Joe and send all my love to you in this wonderful virtual world of friends and supprt.

♥Mia, John and Jojo

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11 July 2015 - 6:15 pm
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Oh Mia and John, 

I am so, so sorry, tears are just pouring down my face.......So ironic with all you have been through with sweet Jojo, you lose your beloved and handsome Charlie to an awful, ugly brain tumor. But you sent him to the Bridge with so much love and understanding, and he absolutely knew how much he was loved by you and John. And I agree, there is something about their peace at the end, which is the only comfort our hearts have. 

Please, please post stories of Charlie, and continuing stories of Jojo, we all would definitely love to continue to read all about them and their wonderful life with you......

Keeping you and John, and Jojo in my thoughts, and {{{hugs}}} to you,

Love, 

Bonnie, Angel Polly, Pearl, and Zuzu

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11 July 2015 - 6:51 pm
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Ohhh Mia I'm really so sad for you guys, and so truly sorry. You are such a GREAT doggie momma and you did everything possible for your sweet Charlie. Cancer is such a cruel disease and we never know how it will play out, but you gave Charlie the best life ever even while it was taking his body. And although he's an angel now, cancer didn't steal his spirit. He will still be there with you, watching over his pack and making sure JoJo keeps on keepin on.

I'm really sorry. My heart goes out to you guys.

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11 July 2015 - 7:56 pm
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I am so so sorry. I know there are no comforting words in this moment, but take solace in knowing that you did everything possible for Charlie. When I lost my sweet Rosco Wednesday, Sally told me that he shed his earthly clothes b/c his mission here was done. As was for Charlie. There was a HUGE rainbow in the sky here yesterday. I think the rainbow bridge was wide open, welcoming everyone home. 

HUGS

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  

      

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