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Liza's A New Girl Now

My New Journey with my sweet little princess

Liza's A New Girl Now

Update

August 20th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

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I just thought I would post a few update pictures. We have enjoyed EVERY moment of our journey, and since her last chemo treatment – her energy, wigglyness, and slobber production hasn’t slowed a bit. Still enjoying her daily truck rides with her brother, Liza has provided an immeasurable amount of joy to many a passer-by – with her large, slobbery noggin flapping in the wind. And of course – the deck is her most favorite place outside, and her position on the sofa is reserved.

Continuing our adventures, and loving every moment.

 

 


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Chemo COMPLETE!!!

July 26th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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What an exciting day! After a slight delay (only a few days) for her neutrophils to get high enough, we made our last treatment visit down to the wonderful staff at the Ohio State Veterinary Hospital – and especially the Oncology students and Doctors!

It’s hard to believe that we started this journey just a few months ago with such trepidation and anxiety – unsure of the path that our little girl was going to travel on. How will she respond to treatment, how will she thrive on just 3 legs, how will the chemo affect her, will she make it through all the treatments, and how would we all adjust to her new life?

Well, her wonderful personality continues to put smiles (and slobber) on everyone she encounters. The joy of seeing that butt wiggle 18 hours a day (hey – a girl needs to sleep, too!) has provided us such reassurance that we chose the correct path when we were first diagnosed with this terrible disease.

We are excited to see what the future holds, but for now we are extremely happy that our girl has made it through this part of her journey with very little speed bumps. Sure, she’s got three legs, turns heads as we drive (her half hanging out the window and enjoying the breeze), and sometime loses her balance and face plants while bounding up the steps – but we love every part of her! She continues to amaze us every day with her inability to let her predicament deter her happiness!

Thank you all so very much for the love and support – our Liza continues to thrive, and we couldn’t feel more blessed to have her as a part of our family. On to the next challenge – but for now, we’ll just chill out in our favorite spot – the sofa!

I’ve started a Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/491221027880409/) for any tripawds that are in Ohio if you’re interested in getting together.

 

  

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Chemo 5 of 6 complete!!

July 6th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

So this visit was a little bit shorter, and was aided by an assist by Liza’s grandpa!!!

She really enjoyed her trip in the mini-van, and had a nice comfortable bed to pant / slobber / rest on during her 4 hour trip. Liza was a bit unhappy that the windows didn’t go all the way down, but she enjoyed having a bit more room than in her dads crew cab truck.

All went smoothly with the Oncologist team, although she had to be sedated a bit because she wouldn’t stop panting and refused to provide a good IV access in her leg. The Oncologist said that on the 5th visit it’s pretty typical for that to happen – Liza’s a pretty smart cookie and wanted nothing to do with that needle!

But it all went well, and we’re getting near the end of our scheduled therapy – so everyone is getting excited. Three more weeks to go, and then we see what happens next!

 

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Chemo #4!

June 8th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

So yesterday was Liza’s 4th of 6 Carboplatin treatments – and boy was it a long day!!! Up at 5:30 am to get to OSU for an 8:30 appt. She was up already for her early morning pre-breakfast potty, but daddy was not happy to be up early. Oh well, away went – slobbering for two straight hours, and panting to the beat of the music did not tucker her out at all. She was great upon arrival, and her usual I’d rather run down that hallway than go slow Ms. Fenger – so I’m glad you were wearing sneakers!

After her chemo, she was also under scheduled for a cardiology consult. And little miss princess could sit still for her scans, so she had to get a little sedation to make that possible. So our regular departure of about 1pm was delayed by about… well…. 4 hours. But it was worth it. The results were good, with no deterioration in left ventricle function, and actually a slight decrease in the margins, which means her medication is working!

So a very long day resulted in us not getting home until about 8pm. Poor Cooper was very excited to see his daddy and sister and with the help of a wonderful friend stopping by to let him out – no messes in the house! Unfortunately, I thought that she would be more tuckered out than ever – buuuuuuutttt no. Poor baby must’ve been hurting, or had some gi discomfort because she had a case of the whimpers. Until 3 am. Which means daddy didn’t sleep. There was no amount of petting, soothing, or massaging that alleviated her crying, and that was the most frustrating part – that I couldn’t help.

She had no interest in food when we got home, ate a little bit this morning, but then was back to her “hunger strike” for tonights dinner.

Overall we’re still very excited about her progress, and her in general. Her spirit, wiggely butt, slobber, and love of EVERYONE despite her predicament really does bring and endless amount of smiles.

But now I must go to bed, as I can barely keep my eyes open. But she is still the apple of daddy’s eyes.

Thank you for the continued thoughts and prayers!

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Chemo #3!

May 12th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

So we had another delay with her white count being too low – but only a few days this time! As usual, she enjoyed the 2 hour trek to OSU – slobbering and panting all the way!

They had to do 2 sets of xrays on her. The first set showed a bump in her lungs, which they thought was a nipple, but couldn’t be sure. Well, it turns out that they were correct – whew – and all is clean in her lungs!!!

She came home and had a restless night which is a little unusual for her. She wanted absolutely nothing to do with her dinner, and I stayed up almost all night as she would go in and out of whimpering phases. It was frustrating to not know what was going on with her, but this morning she has been pretty active and almost back to her usual self. Of course she couldn’t help but demand to be hand fed this morning! And absolutely we accommodated her!

So for the standard course of 4 treatments, we are going into our last one in 3 weeks. We are debating whether or not to continue with a fifth treatment and maybe a sixth – our oncologist says that there isn’t solid research concluding that there are significant benefits. Any input would be appreciated!

Anyway, here’s a few of the pictures from that random day this week that peaked about 50 degrees here! She really does love the sunshine, running around and chasing the neighbor kids, and playing through the fences with our neighbors!

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