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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby MaisyPancakes » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:10 pm

Oh Claire. I'm so, so sorry. I can't believe how suddenly this all came on. Thinking of you guys and sending every healing powers your way.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Aubergine » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:10 pm

I'm so sorry to hear this Claire :( I'll be keeping you and Sophie in my thoughts.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Amanda » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:02 pm

Thinking of you, Hank, and Sophie tonight. I hope she's doing ok and that you can find some treatment that will make her comfortable and give her lots more quality time with you. I'm so sorry.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Liz » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:38 pm

Oh no!

Thinking of you and Sophie... :(

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby UpwardDog » Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:26 pm

I totally understand what you mean about the role our special dogs play when we're coping with our own health problems and big worries. I don't know how non-dog people get by.
I'm hoping and praying for a restful night for all three of you.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Kathleen » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:14 am

Gosh Claire, I'm so sorry.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Claire » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:09 pm

She was terribly wobbly when she finally got up at 9 a.m. The vet called and said her liver enzymes were very high (I'm getting the results later) and she's slightly anemic. She did prescribe the Prednisone (might help with anemia, too) and I gave her the first dose this noon. She had no appetite for breakfast, but did have an interest in my swiss on rye sandwich, so swiss it was for her, with the pill inside. ;-) She refused banana and apple, but lapped applesauce. Refused chicken, noodles, beef, but loved a sandwich roll. So I hid some meat inside and she gobbled 3 large mouthfuls until she got wise there was chicken inside. She was very wobbly this morning, but walked around quite a bit better this afternoon and even stuck her nose behind the door where I store special Frieda's Favorites that I use to decorate cakes. Of course, I gave her several small carob heart cookies. What the hell. I'm hopeful the Prednisone will get her old appetite back. I never thought I'd be wishing that she'd steal our dinner again. ;-)

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby SherriA » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:36 pm

Spoil her rotten :) All the carob cookies and goodies that she wants, until her appetite comes back. I hope the prednisone helps her.
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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby PaulaS » Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:37 pm

Claire, I'm so sorry. :( I'm just now catching up with what's going on. Lots of good thoughts and prayers for Sophie, you and Hank, too. ((hugs))
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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby PofiMia » Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:11 pm

Oh, so, so, so not what I wanted to hear.

I hope she is like our girl Jess, who rallied after the initial and dire onset of symptoms from hemangiosarcoma, but then seemd to rally (and presumably hemorraghing ceased) and lived well past any expectations with a reasonable return of that vitality and joy in life.

I am so sorry this cuts so deep for you and Hank - thinking nothing but the best for all three of you.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Claire » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:33 am

All I can say is now I know why athletes sneak steroids. After just one dose of the Prednisone, I noticed an improvement. She gobbled the pasta/chicken last nite and I gave her a 2nd helping. She got me up at 4 a.m. and she was steady on her feet, had no trouble managing the steps to the yard, and peed/pooped. I had to hold her back going up the steps!
This morning she was hanging out at Hank's cereal bowl for leftovers. I fed her a hefty bowl of pasta, chicken, and some Honest Kitchen which she licked clean.
I know this is all temporary, but right now I am amazed at the quick response and am breathing a bit easier today. For the time being anyway, we have our Sophie back.
Now I have to adjust the timing of the Pred. so I don't have to set an alarm to dose her at Midnite! I think I'll sneak it an hour earlier every dose so if the vet thinks she should stay on it "for life" the one dose will be given more toward breakfast time. I wish I hadn't started it when I returned from the vet instead of waiting for the dinner hour, but I just couldn't wait to start.....
Thank you all so much for your good wishes.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby UpwardDog » Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:16 am

Oh I'm so glad it's making her feel better!
My sisters cocker had a remarkable turn around on prednisone with his liver cancer. Steroids can work wonders sometimes.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby whiteboxerboy » Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:19 am

oh goody! hooray for Pred & for Sophie feeling better.

thank you, Claire. you made my day!

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby QBert » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:05 am

I'm so glad the meds are helping her!

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Jen » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:12 am

I'm so sorry, Claire. :(

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Sabine » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:34 am

I'm glad to hear the Pred is helping. Eating is so important to keep the strength up!
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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Amanda » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:40 am

So glad you are seeing improvement so fast.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Jen » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:42 am

Oh, I was late and then missed the happy update! I'm glad you're seeing improvement!

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Claire » Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:11 pm

I've been updating on FB, but just want to say that Sophie has responded very well to the Prednisone. She countersurfed a couple days ago and even walked the perimeter of our yard yesterday. She actually leaped up the deck steps this morning, but I am really trying to keep her from doing that. Her appetite is back to normal (pig) and I must say I am being very liberal with the Frieda's Favorites cookies! The side-effects of Pred. that I was told about have been minimal. She has a slight increase in thirst, but she's holding it in for the most part. Last nite I let her out at 11:30 and she got me up at 3:45 to pee and poop!! But that was unusual. I don't see any panting. As for increased appetite, it's not more than her norm. Today I started the 5-days of reduced dosing. I'm praying the good results continue. WIll check with the vet toward the end of the week to see whether she'll stay at this dose ....forever. Thanks so much for all your good thoughts.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Calypso » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:29 am

Good thoughts continued to be sent! Every time Cousteau steals or tries to steal something from the counter I remember how disheartening it was to hear that Sophie wasn't interested in doing that and I try to appreciate his naughtiness in his old age.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Claire » Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:53 am

Bump...
Took Sophie to the vet today, since I wanted to have more blood work to see where we stand. Results will be in tomorrow or Thursday.
Bad news is she's lost another 6 pounds from March. Even though I thought her rib cage was a tad more filled out, I guess I was deluding myself.
She's eating like a pig and is steady on her feet, but she's deteriorating.
Vet heard a heart murmur for the first time. Could be cardio stuff happening, or could be caused by anemia (she was slightly anemic in March).
She has had some eye discharge for the past week which I attributed to environmental causes this Spring, but vet said it could be cancer-related.

I'll wait to hear the result of the blood work (a more extensive test run), but right now I'm feeling rather discouraged and .....
bawwwwwwwwwwww.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby SherriA » Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:07 pm

Damn :( I thought she was doing better. I'm glad that she seems to be feeling OK - eating well and getting around OK - and I guess that's what's really important, but it's so difficult when the numbers/test results say that things are deteriorating.

I'm sending good thoughts that she'll continue to feel good for as long as possible, regardless of what the test results say. Hang in there, Claire. I know how difficult it is.
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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby my2cotons » Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:18 pm

Sorry Claire - I am still praying for you and Sophie.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby LisaT_II » Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:26 pm

Drat, I am so sorry.
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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby Carson_Crazies » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:58 pm

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby whiteboxerboy » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:56 pm

dang it.... i'm sorry to see this, i know it can't be easy. :frown:

i am glad to hear she's getting around well and is happy to eat. in my limited experience that says quite a lot.

hang in there & just love her up as much as you can. sending lots of good thoughts that Sophie isn't paying any attention to what her bloodwork and tests are telling the vets.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby UpwardDog » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:56 pm

I'm so sorry :( I hate cancer. I hope she's enjoying all the extra food she's getting and is comfy.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby MaisyPancakes » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:02 pm

I'm so sorry. :( Thinking good thoughts and sending you hugs.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby PofiMia » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:41 pm

Sorry there is not clear improvement in the "numbers." But I think, like Lynn, how she is feeling and acting speaks volumes, too. Long may that last, no matter what is underlying the weight loss.

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Re: Sophie is not herself

Postby JudyL » Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:07 pm

I'm in the Lynn camp too and hope that Sophie continues to eat and get around well for a long time.


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