Sunday, June 3, 2012

Two down

and I'm not sure if we'll go back for more chemotherapy or not. Amber had a pretty poor reaction to the carboplatin last Thursday and is only now starting to eat fairly normally again. She is now on sulfasalazine for diarrhea and just today had to go in for some sub Q fluids and an injection of cerenia for nausea. Our oncologist is out of town until tomorrow so I guess I'll see what she thinks. Though even if she thinks we should keep going with treatments it will take a lot of convincing on her part to make me go ahead with it. I sure don't like it when the baby dog doesn't eat! I tried everything I could think of and finally last night she ate some baked ground pork but nothing else and only out of my hand, not out of a bowl. Today after the fluids and anti nausea shot she does seem a bit better. They want her on a bland food diet so she had boiled hamburger and white rice tonight which she ate well.
I have not been taking her on any walks and I can tell how easy it would be if I didn't have dogs to skip exercise all the time! Rye, being 11 years old, doesn't demand exercise and Amber surely didn't feel up to it. I'm hoping by this weekend she'll be back to normal and want a little hike. It just doesn't feel right without some kind of dog fun in each day!
These pictures are from last week Wednesday night, the night before the chemo. One of our favorite spots when it gets hot.
I LOVE when she jumps this wooden fence. It just looks so effortless.

Don't worry, she can NOT catch them, she never ever has and they know it, they swim very slowly, just far enough ahead of her. When there are ducklings she is not allowed in the water.

Rye sees a duck across the river but he is not a swimmer.

Rye found a lovely dead fish to roll on. I normally would have tried to make him stop instead of taking pictures but wasn't in the mood that night. Smelly car ride home and a bath.


Anonymous said...

Claire, I am so sorry that Amber is feeling bad, but I know you're doing everything possible to help her. This is just tough, and I know what it feels like. I hope she feels good enough for more hiking and walking in the grass with you and Rye. I think those times are good for all of you. Hugs to you both.

UrbanBodi said...

I'm sorry to hear that the chemo is causing so many problems. I was so hoping that it would provide relief with minimal side effects. Corrine

Hiking Hounds said...

Sorry to hear Amber didn't do well with this round of chemo. I sure wouldn't be happy if mine weren't eating. I wonder if they could do a lower dose. The pictures are great. The one of Amber jumping the fence is perfect. I hope she continues to feel better.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Love the title bar pics! Sorry to hear chemo was rough.