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Pofi: Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Amputation

Aug 01

We are just shy of our 3 month post ampuversary (May 4, 2016) and it is 8 weeks since our first, no bad news, but no real news CT scan. We agreed then to use the first CT as a baseline and watch the few teeny, tiny white spots in the lungs that could well be the beginnings of benign pulmonary osteomas or could be something ominous.  He already has some of these osteoma, and the largish lymph nodes were NBD (no big deal) per cytology and there was some “wispy” areas at surgical site that could well be fluid, but we agreed to be more conservative before considering a radiation therapy plan.  We would use the first CT as a base line and compare to a second in 4 to 6 weeks.  I opted to make it 8.

No change – static!  What a glorious word.  Palpation also unremarkable, as are heart and lung sounds.  And this is the second DVM student to exclaim (after bringing him out to see me post procedures) that loosing a leg has not meant he lost any speed or strength.  Today’s student was a tall, strapping young man and he said, “He’s amazing – really pulled me along and gave me a workout”!  That’s my sled dog mix!

More to think about now – still not sure if I want to put him through 18 to 22 consecutive, daily radiation treatments.  It is just an overwhelming prospect.  Even though I actually was part of the chauffeur team that transported another friend’s even older dog for the same treatment just a few years ago…  But for now, here is a smile from the happy boy.  And he is happy – and trying his best to help me be more dog.

Smile, smile, smile.

Smile, smile, smile.

6 comments so far

  1. dobemom
    7:39 pm - 8-1-2016

    What a gorgeous picture – you should really have this framed! So happy for the non-news, sometimes that’s the best news in our situation. Give him a big hug from us!

    Paula and Nitro

    • hester
      8:04 pm - 8-1-2016

      Will do, Paula! Thanks for “being there” for me!!

  2. Michelle
    7:45 pm - 8-1-2016

    I love this picture of this sweet boy..
    This is great news. Sometimes this news is the best we can get.
    Lots of treats & hugs

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

    • hester
      8:04 pm - 8-1-2016

      Thanks so much! You are such a wonderful support, Michelle!

  3. mom2shelby
    9:16 pm - 8-1-2016

    This is really great news!!! No news is always good news! I love his smile! He’s amazing!
    Alison with Spirit Shelby in her heart (and little Jasper too)

  4. hester
    7:28 am - 8-2-2016

    Thank you, Alison, for your kind words and support. It means so much!

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