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Tika the Lab Rat–New therapy starting soon (Interleukin-2 liposome inhalation therapy)
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Okay, I won't inundate you with the day to day, I promise!

However, in the past 36 hours (3 treatments) we have learned SO MUCH.  I am taking every detail down, so even if it doesn't work for Tika (happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts) I will have a record of what we did, what worked better for Tika, what breather design seemed to be most effective, how to interact with the pup.

I said earlier, this is Tika's legacy.  She once again humbled me with her belief and trust in me as we ask her to submit to this.  However, the little food whore she is, mommy introduced her to turkey bites (turkey sausage with out the spices) and you even start messing with the bag and nebulizer she's like. OH HELLO!

So, positive reinforcement!

I am hoping the best for Tika, but if it doesn't work out for her, I have the information to pay forward to some pup that might benefit. If nothing else, make this not be a 'experimental' procedure, but a recommended procedure.

Cheers everybody, hug your pups for me, enjoy the moment!

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What a good girl Tika is.  I am astounded at how these critters seem to know they have to cooperate with all the new gizmos and gadgets that make the way into their lives. 

Dr F told me one day after Trouble's chemo, he had taken her in to prep her, she was laying on the table, he was preparing to put the catheter in place, and she reached over and licked his hand.  He was touched that even with all she was going through, she still wanted to show affection.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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4 August 2009 - 8:46 pm
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Kim

We are happy to hear the day to day concerning Tika's adventures and her new treatment. It is her legacy and hopefully one she will be around to witness! All good wishes to Tika from her cheerleaders. And we loved the photo.

I was just sitting with Tazzie and hearing his rapid and breaths, snoring when he tucks his chin in, so then I assume the mets have taken over his lungs. Of course he snored long before he was diagnosed with OSA and mets have not yet been seen in an x-ray! It is just so easy to get carried away when focused on my one dog, so this website and all the experiences it brings sheds some perspective (well, I'll try to tell myself that the next time Tazzie starts to pant ...).

I wonder how many dogs would put up with the apparatus you are using.

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4 August 2009 - 10:17 pm
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Inundate us all you want, we are so anxious to know how this treatment goes, and are rooting for Tika all the way! We really do want to know the details.

What kind of turkey bites? Are these human turkey bites or dog ones? Or both?

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Tika the lab rat....Caira Sue the lab rat would love to meet you! We are new to tripawds, new to this site, new to OSA. We have hooked up with a study at UC Davis and have Caira Sue on a Gemzar inhaled study. There is very little info out there....but we have faith in our docs at UC Davis. They are an amazing group and they don't sugar coat anything-which is what I need.

Anyway, I wasn't sure whether to start another thread (strand? string? I'm new to forums in general) or just tag onto this one. I will be posting info on the blog as well.

I'm interested to know what's working for your for the mask? They gave me an entire plastic hood that I keep in place with her collar.  We had 2 weeks to get used to it--Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil capsules have totally helped. Honestly, it was the sound of the machine that freaked her out. We spent several days just letting it run on the kitchen counter.  Today was the first day we used it with the chemo. My husband was toying with different design ideas for her, so I would like to know what definitely doesn't work so we don't go re-inventing the wheel!

I feel very fortunate that the Gemzar is only twice a week. Twice a day? Wow! Not sure Caira would tolerate that! But her treatment is about an hour-how long are yours?

Thanks for any info you post here--it's nice to know someone else is trying the same process!

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9 August 2009 - 9:48 am
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cairasue said:

Anyway, I wasn't sure whether to start another thread (strand? string? I'm new to forums in general) or just tag onto this one. I will be posting info on the blog as well.


Mary, I think it's a great idea to tag along to this one. Together Caira Sue and Tika are going to help so many others by relating info here and in your blogs. Thanks for stopping by!

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yes, we are definitely interested in this information for Caira Sue and Tika! Caira Sue, did you already go through 'traditional' treatment (amp, chemo)? Or did you already explain all of this background?

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Caira has a front right leg amputation 2 weeks ago. We are in the recovery process. She has not had any other chemo.

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Yes, we all want details as they become available.  I have paws crossed that this will be the breakthrough treatment we have all been hoping for.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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Just wanted to make sure these updates about Tika's Interleukin-2 inhallation therapy got in here:

"Tika's IL/2 Update," 8/12/09

"Tika's IL/2 Update," 9/1/09

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