Well here is our weekly pawsitive update for the cancer warrior Jessee! Last week Jessee had started a new oral chemo treatment called Sirolimus. One pill per day. Two pills later and she was so sick. Vomitting, diarrhea, losing her famous appetite and even a bit of sneezing. Contacted our oncologist who agreed stop! Got her started on Peptcid and some Metronidazole. After a couple days it was almost gone. Her poor tush was just raw from that episode. She did rock some Great Dane diapers for a few days to make my life easier! But I’m happy to say that as of Thursday it’s all cleared up. And she is back to being happy go lucky Jessee. New medication should arrive on Wednesday. This time we are going to try Dasatinib with our fingers crossed. She has just been having some really good days since Thursday. Short walks, laying in the grass and pretending to be a big old dane cow, barking at the birds and anything else she hears. We are trying to keep weight on her too so we have started adding olive oil to her oncology diet. But again, living in the moment, staying positive, enjoying every minute. Had lots of tears when we got this latest diagnosis until Peter and I talked and reminded ourselves back in Dec 2020 we were hoping for just a couple weeks to say goodbye to her. We have been so fortunate with Jessee. Here’s a couple of pictures on her walk yesterday
That’s Peter and Jaymee in the background. She just loves this fresh sweet spring grass. Nothing sprayed on it just wild. She doesn’t need the harness now either. That was to assist her during the recovery from that drug.
So I’m going to start with our sense of humor here in Sequim WA. This is what I determined Jessee’s problem to be! A Great Dane foot sticking out of the side of her head lol. Just kidding of course, that’s how her brother sleeps next to her on the couch and apparently it’s just fine with her.
We got the radiology report today back from Dr. Rizzo. It confirmed one nodule visible. Nothing else. Both the radiologist and Dr. Rizzo are in agreement it’s most likely a metastasis from the osteosarcoma, that nasty vile stuff grrrrr. Her urine sample we had analyzed was clear, yay!
So on Thursday her new compounded meds to deal with this nodule arrived. She is taking Sirolimus 4.8 mg (Rapamycin) once daily. Two pills are in her right now cranking away. So far everything is good.
This is how she spends the evenings, laid out on the couch with her electric blanket on low snuggled butt to butt with Jaymee. She’s been a bit slow the last couple days but we actually had sunshine here in Sequim and she was laying outside on her elevated bed. However, every time a bird flew over, a plane flew over or there was any noise she had to jump up and run across the yard to bark. I think she’s just over did it. She had a Assisi loop treatment today as well as a some nice leg massaging. My girl wants for nothing lol. Will keep this updated as we continue our journey. Feeling good for now!
Well looks like Jessee is going to have another battle. We were at the vet for Accupuncture on Tuesday and noticed she had lost 3 lbs in two weeks. Keeping upping food and we agreed to start adding olive oil to her diet. This is in addition to the flax seed oil in her oncology diet and fish oil. We took her back for a urine sample yesterday and our oncologist was there. So we agreed a chest X-ray was warranted. And unfortunately they found a small nodule. Appears to be one. Waiting for the radiologist to review and write a report (she has covid). Feeling pretty crappy and devastated right now. We are starting her on Ripamycin asap when it arrives. So we have our fingers crossed and hoping this will slow it down and we can pack a few pounds back on her. Trying to get my head wrapped around this. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
This was a throw back photo from six years ago when this girl loved her pool. She’s my heart
Mom thought I looked absolutely stunning in this pose so wanted to share. I got so many well wishes and happy thoughts from people yesterday. I don’t know if we have mentioned recently or not but we are continuing with the ElleVet product we use and also feel that it has helped me maintain my warrior status!