Rescue protocol

I am not sure how to start this post so I’ll just jump right into it. When we arrived at the vets she explained that she would run a load of tests on Cleo. We told her about the coughing and the lumps becoming more prominent. She said there are probably some lymph nodes we cannot see pressing on her throat causing her to cough thinking there is something there to clear. We talked about the rescue protocol they are going to try to then Cleo happily went off with her. After what seemed like forever, expecting the phone to ring to say “Sorry we cannot try the alternative drugs”, we came back to pick her up at 12. Myra said Cleo’s blood count was good enough for her to have the drugs and that she took the injections and infusions like a pro. Didn’t even flinch. She said that …

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So now we know

Even though we (and the vet) were pretty sure the cancer had come back, we received a call today confirming that it has. I don’t know what to say except that I am devastated, we both are. The vet also told my wife that even with the different drugs she wants to try, Cleo would always need them and stop being in remission soon after they stop. We’ve made an appointment for Thursday to go up and discuss things with the vet and decide how to proceed. Right now, I just don’t know. I mean, is it right to put her through week after week of treatment? She is always a little off colour for a day or two after it. There is nothing else really to add. It is now a question of when and not if. I want her to go out happy and as well as possible. …

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The day before

This weekend has been slow and normally that would be a good thing! I can already hear you shouting at the screen “Don’t wish the weekend away!” The reason for this is that tomorrow we find out if the Cancer is back for Cleo which, try as I might, I think it is. Another lump has started to appear next to the one we found. There is not much else I can say about that except that we are not going to give up. Even though the odds are now more stacked against us. If it comes to the fact we are just pumping drugs into her and it is negatively affecting her quality of life we will stop but to me, a 50% chance is worth it. We just don’t know how soon we can tell if it works. Hopefully the vet will fill us in on our options …

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