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Liza's A New Girl Now

My New Journey with my sweet little princess

Liza's A New Girl Now

Chemo 5 of 6 complete!!

July 6th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

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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

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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!


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!


Chemo treatment #2!

April 15th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

So it’s been a few weeks since my last post, so I wanted to update… Things around here are hectic with Spring here finally!!!

Last week we had a minor (slightly expected) hiccup in Liza’s chemo plan. Her white cell count was normal, but low, and the oncologist decided not to treat her in order to not dip the level. Welp, new bloodwork this Wednesday revealed that her counts were up and ready for her treatment today!

So another jaunt down to Columbus, Oh to see the wonderful staff at OSU! She really does her car rides – doesn’t matter if it’s around the block, to her Grandparents house in PA, or a trip for treatment. Her brother, of course, was jealous as could be that he couldn’t come along!

Chemo treatment #2 was a success, and she had a great time pulling Heather down the long hallways! On a side note, she is faster on 3 legs in a sprint than I am – so that’s pretty embarrassing. So after her working out of the staff, we traveled the long way back to Cleveland and were welcomed home by Cooper. He was very excited to see her, but remained out of her business and let her just relax for a few hours.

She’s been running the fences with our neighbors dogs (especially Ms. Phoebe) now that the weather is warmer. Although I swear she look around for a minute when I open the sliding glass door and lets out a sigh when there is no snow to eat!

She is down to a svelt 117 lbs, and I’m looking to get a few more off her to help with her joints and muscles. But she loves her diet (raw) and is progressing really well!

She is resting peacefully in her (our) bed, and probably going to sleep very well this evening.


First Chemo Trip

March 19th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

So Liza had her stitches removed and her first chemotherapy appointment on Friday! She was moving really well, and panting and slobbering all over on her way down to OSU. She had some great bloodwork results, and the chemo treatment didn’t take nearly as long as I thought! She was a very strong pull for the staff (when the girl wants to go, she wants to go!) and the compliments about her temperament and love of everyone were abundant. She tolerated it very well, and was having a great time just being around other dogs, people and of course, the car ride.

Wasn’t quite sure if she’d have to be sedated for the treatment, so we took the car (although she really just wanted to jump in the truck). The rear windows don’t go all the way down, so her head has just enough room to get out and take in the fresh air. Of course, there was some snow on the ground when we arrived home, so she took her treat outside, immediately dropped it in favor of that wonderfully cold white stuff!

Overall, for her two weeks (gosh I can’t believe it’s been that long already), her seroma is gone, her suture line has healed up nicely, and she’s enjoying the friends that stop over. Cooper, our other dog, is of course a little jealous at all the attention that Liza is getting, but we try to spoil him on his own. Our wonderful friend Laura took him all day while Liza and I were travelling – so he became the official “shop dog” for the day at Don Mould’s Garden Center in North Ridgeville. He chased the shop cat around, and had a great day roaming around and enjoying the smells and people!

Both Liza and Cooper were tuckered out by 9pm that night – and both slept a full 12 hours! 3 more weeks til our next chemo appointment, and we’re back on our homeopathic remedies as well – so together we will beat this cancer and continue to have a wonderful life!