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Acupucture at Home in San Jose area?
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Vito is badly in need of a veterinary acupuncturist who makes house calls in the San Jose (CA) area.

anybody have any leads please?


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Really hoping Vito can get some relief with acupuncture.

Mabe by sharing some.of the specifics of what's going on, others may be able to offer some insight. I know mobility was getting harder and harder.

Sending best wishes always

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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thanks for the links Admin!

The Ballad Of Finding an Acupuncture Practicioner In San Jose, CA

the "dr" listed closest to me only communicates thru email, took four days to return my email explaining this was knid of an emergency, and only to say she wasn't accepting new clients until July, so if i was still interested email her back then. She went on to refer another "dr" who again, took days to return my call, and set off every bell and warning my gut could muster.

If they were working 12 hours a day 7 days a week i might be able to understand, but according to their posted info, the both of them only work four days a week, for five hours each. And both of them came off they they were just sooooo important and it was a huge undertaking simply to get back to me. 

This seems more like it is a convenient hobby than a practice, a complete lacksadasial approach to a healing profession where emergency calls are put in the regular queue for reply, and pretty much the height of disrespect.

I also wasted a whole week of precious time waiting to hear back from these jokers. Their inability to return a call even to say they couldn't be of help would have sent me in search elswhere and V would likely have had at least one treatment by now. Dealing with the frustration of watching him in pain was/is hard

Today, having no luck finding a home visitor , I placed some calls to those who you had to go to who were close enuf that the travel would not be detrimental to Vito.

The first guy i left a message for, realising thru his outgoing message that he did chiropractic and maybe not acupuncture, called me back within an hour. Within our brief conversation he admitted, honestly, that he thought a true acupuncturist would in fact be better for Vito, and he recommended one. One hour wait, three minute convo, I was on my way.

Called the recommended Dr. Left a brief but concise message, she returned my call in 30 minutes to say she could see me in two days. And because we were a short freeway ride away, if she got any cancellations she would call.

Being a little gun-shy with what happened with the last batch, I called one more practicioner. She did housecalls, but she was 50 miles away up in the city. I figured it wouldn't hurt to call and ask . . . maybe they had a secret referral network?

This lady called me back almost immediately, to say yes I was too far but if I came to her (which was not possible as it was too far for V to travel, i went in knowing that) she did however, offer a couple suggestions on where I could look to find one, some of which I already knew about but had ruled out for one reason or another. She apologized she could not recommend someone outright, but wished me luck.

So now 11 days will have gone by since Vito's flareup, and he will hopefully finally get some help.

we just have two more days to wait . . .

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Hi Sally,

Monday May2 Vito came up lame again in his right back leg (same side as front amp) so he had xrays on the leg - showed no cancer, thought it was a muscle issue and was given tramadol and told to rest, massage him.

 A week goes by and he gets better, but still not 100%

Saturday May 7, was a regular day. Rosie (6yo labradoodle) was here for the weekend, everybody was doing good. Even Vito

Sunday I wake up and Vito can't move. I try to get him up out of bed and he cries and collapses into aheap on the floor. Thinkin his legs are just asleep i try to get him out in the yard. He faceplants when I put him down.

We rush to the ER as I think he's having a stroke.

At the ER, not a stoke. likely his back. we get pain meds and are sent home to recheck with family vet in the morning, and are encouraged to get a neurology exam.

ER (where V also had his oncology) says if i want to see "their" neurologist, I have to bring him back thru the emergency in the morning, have them do all the xrays, etc, and then wait to see the neurologist but i might have to wait a while because they are really booked up. If i don't do it this way, their next appoinmet is in two weeks. This is the place that V had all his chemo.

They will not let me get on the days waiting list and go to my vet for the xrays and initial exam (about a $500 savings over letting ER handle everything)

I go to my family vet anyway. they do xrays and find his cancer has spread to his spine. They also see some spinal compression and confirm a neurology examis warranted. They call SAGE trying to use their influence to get me in to see the neurologist today. SAGE does not budge, so I call around and find the clinic next door can fit Vito in for later that afternoon.

Neurologist confirms cancer spread, V's exam shows it's likely issues with his discs causing his inability to use his legs, but at this point surgery is not an option. A CT and MRI will confirm what the issue is, but those tests are thousands of dollars, and even knowing - there was nothing they could do. He seems to be doing a little better than he was Sunday, he is lifting his head and is trying to use his back legs. He's getting some assistance using a home made sling around his hind end, and a part of a harness the vet lent on his front end.

Tuesday we see the oncologist. Nothing can be done. Maybe some bisphosphonste therapy.

Vito has improved even a little bit more and is able to sit up again, and is putting even more weight on his back legs.

I consider the bisphosphonate therapy and decide to do it.

What should have been a two hour hospital stay turned into a two day ordeal and on Friday V came out of it losing all the function he had bulit up over the last four days. He steadily declined friday night, the ER/oncology hospital was an exercise in futility. I never in my life regretted so badly the decision I made regarding the bisphosphonates . SAGE let me down so horribly and completely that i'm certain the relationship is irrevokably broken.

So here we are, waiting on gettin V some acupuncture, and trying to stave off the reaper.

His mobility is severely compromised without assistance, he's not really improving - but He's eating. He's bright and alert. He wants to walk, he's trying.

I should have went RIGHT to the acupuncture, not did the bisphosphonates , and I bet you Vito would NOT be in the pain he's in now.

that's my story and i'm stickin to it.


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OH GOSH!!! I'm frustrated beyond words for you, so I can only imagine how you are feeling!!!

Please, please don't beat yourself up at allfor the bisphosphonate treatment. Although it did not appear ro work, there was a chance that it would! It's something.that any of us would have tried.

I'm so glad you have a good "regular" vet. For SAGE to require all the EXPENSIVE work ups be done at their not honor your vet's request for an appointment asap....just rotten.

Okay, at least now you have some answers anyway. And with answers come options and solutions.

As frustrating as it was getting finally being able to get the Acupuncturist appointment, I have a sense this is the "right" one for Vito. From what I understand, the first treatment doesn't "usually" bring instant results. Actually it may cause a bit of a "crash" before the healing begins. Your probably more well versed on that than I.

Thanks for taking the time to update us. You and Vito have certainly been on my heart. All paws crossed this brings Vito some relief.

In the meantime, remember that Vito is present in the NOW with you and is completely worry free! Ahhh...the bliss of being dog! One day at a time, no worries about tomorrows, now is all that matters. Make every moment count, just like you always have!

Make everyday VITO DAY!!! Pretty sure a little scoop.of ice cream has healing powers! It's a new kind of healing "essential oil"!winker BTW, it was very kind.of you to share all the info on those.

Update when you can.

Love and hugs and sending healing energy!

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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There seems to be no reliable "Home Visit" acupuncturists around here, but there is one you have to go to that came highly recommended, and was head and shoulders above every other acupuncturinst in the communication department. Finding her two weeks earlier (instead of dancing with the idiots) likely would have made a tremendous difference for Vito, and it would have impacted the decisions made regarding his care. 

Dr. Lina McCain. She's in Mountain View. should be easy enough to find her contact info

my experience in choosing to do the bisphosphonates was that it was a mistake not only for what he went thru, but that it did absolutely no good, (in fact he steadily and rapidly declined after the treatment) and the cost ($700). There are issues I have with the oncologist and SAGE center in whole regarding the bisphosphonates decision, which came down to me not knowing the right way to ask the correct questions, and not realizing what was happening and stopping it until it already happened. a direct failure on my part being his advocate.

watching this energetic, athletic, loyal, lithe, exhuberant, master of all that is ball, withering. The last hour is on it's way 

my heart is shredded

Thank you everybody here for the help, advice, and comraderie these last months.




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I'm so.sorry beyond words. Absolutely heartbroken for you and with you.

Think.of.nothing right now but.being present.with Vito. Even.with pain, he KNOWS you are right there with him. Let know.other thoughts interfere..

I, like, wishes we couod be right by your side to help comfort you. Just know how very much we care.and how so very sorry we are.

Your enough to give Vito the release he needs right now. You love him enough to give him that gift. We celebrate you home tonight.Vito.. We celebrate a glorious Soul who impacted us all in so many ways.

Surrounding you with love and care

Sally and My Eternal Light Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie

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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Choo I'm really sorry, how I wished that it would help Vito. To come back here and tell us about the vet you did find and felt good about, was incredibly thoughtful at a time like this, thank you.

You must know you did everything you possibly could. We don't know what we don't know at the time and all we can do is learn from the experience. Vito doesn't hold anything against you, he knows you've given him a great life, better than any dog could ask for.

Please hop over to our Coping With Loss Forum, we are here to lean on always OK? {{{hugs}}}}

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