Week 4 Recap and Oncology Visit #5
Week 4 Recap
We have so many blessings in our lives, but our problems tend to cloud our eyes and our heart to all of the special people and moments we have to celebrate. Even during life’s most difficult times, we need to make sure we focus on the blessings in our life and celebrate every day.
We are blessed to have a loving, supportive, and understanding family, and a large network of amazing friends and extended family… all who support us in our wild adventures and our passion for 4-legged children.
This week we are grateful for a particular family member who was able to bless Margarita. Reverend George Deutsch (pronounced “DOYTCH”) is my soon-to-be 90 year old dog-loving great uncle. He is still saying mass and doing confessions! I called him when Rita was having an awful week and asked if he would be willing to bless our Sweet Reet. Not only did he say yes, he insisted on driving an hour to meet us after he finished confessions last Saturday! Of course he also brought his beloved dog, Lady, with him! Lady and Rita were fast friends!
Rita loved Uncle George!
Uncle George blessing Rita:
Blessed with Holy Water:
We are also thankful this week to the special people we have met because of our dogs. Some we see often, others we have never even met in person. It amazes me how many truly wonderful people there are in this world, and it fills my heart with peace, joy, and hope to know that they not only support us, they also truly love our fur-kids as family too. The messages, advice, and prayers we have received is what energizes us to press on, and stay strong to help Rita through her journey. We have also received very thoughtful gifts for Margarita. It was because of Margarita that we began volunteering for Pointer Rescue, Org , where we met Jackie, also a PRO volunteer. This week, Jackie sent Margarita a hand-made quilt to help comfort her during her treatments!
We have our pack to thank for our extended family members, and we are truly blessed to have every one of them in our lives.
Health-wise Margarita had a GREAT week. She was in good sprits, ate well, and was more active than we’ve seen her in quite some time! She did, of course, make sure she still set some time aside for porch-sittin’ with Limoncello.
Oncology Visit #5
This week Margarita was scheduled at VSEC to have an an ultrasound and more blood work to make sure she was able to handle the next treatment.
We received the awesome news that Margarita’s ultrasound looked normal! We were also very happy to hear that she had rebounded from that super-low white blood cell count she had last week! This meant she was also cleared to receive her next treatment.
Today Margarita received Vincristine intravenously. Her oncology nurse said she was an absolute angel, and her oncologist, Dr. Risbon, said she is pleased with her progress so far! We have to monitor the sight for any inflammation, oozing, or discharge, but there are no restrictions for Rita, which means we can go on our annual Easter camping trip this coming weekend(YAY!!).
Last oncology visit we discussed adding supplements into Margarita’s diet. After further discussion with Dr. Risbon about Margarita’s unique case, we are going to just stick with probiotics for now to help with Rita’s intestinal disease. Dr. Risbon informed us that the other supplements we were going to add need to be carefully thought-out and planned around any Adriamycin treatments, as they are abundant in antioxidants. Wait – Since when are antioxidants a bad thing, right??! Our thoughts exactly. As we researched the answer to this and spoke to our primary Veterinarian, Dr. Campbell, we learned that when healthy cells are oxidized, it is a bad thing…which is why antioxidants are so good for you. BUT…oxidizing cancer cells destroys them…so that’s a good thing…a bit confusing at first! If you provide cancer cells that are in the process of being oxidized (destroyed) through the chemotherapy drug Adriamycin, with something that stops the oxidation process, the cancer cells get stronger again and continue to harm the body. We will continue to discuss our options outside of chemotherapy that can help Margarita with both Dr. Risbon and Dr. Campbell, and will be prepared to adjust our plan if advised.
Margarita is lucky to now have TWO home-made quilts to snuggle with on the way home after her visit.
She took a well-deserved nap on the way home!
This week’s treat
Margarita had to fast for her ultrasound, so I took her to two places to make up for the “absolute torture” she had to endure before her appointment.
First, we stopped at Philly Pretzel Factory where Rita enjoyed (part of) a pretzel dog. We saved the rest for another time so we didn’t “over do” it.
Next, we stopped at K-9 Kakes , a bakery just for dogs!
Dave the Baker greeted Margarita with some samples.
Margrarita had fun shopping and telling Dave the Baker which treats she wanted!
All the treats at this bakery are made on the premises by Dave the Baker, and decorated by his daughter. Ingredients are all-natural and preservative-free, the coloring/dye is all natural, and the icing is made with sugar free yogurt!
Thank you for joining Margarita in her journey to take a bite out Lymphoma.