The day before his 3rd chemo treatment, I was on the lawn with Porter sitting in my lap (he does that). As I scratched behind his ears, I felt something that stopped my heart.
It can’t be.
I found a new bump.
It was just like the first one when it started, it looked completely insignificant.
It was on the same side as the ear that had cancer.
I was crushed. How can he be getting new bumps when he is going through chemo??? Isn’t chemo supposed to be killing cancer?
My friend Suzie pulled in as I was trying to look at it, and I showed it to her. She hugged me and I could tell she was as worried about it as I was.
I didn’t sleep much that night. If it was cancer, that would mean…what?
3rd Chemo Treatment
The next day, we went to the vet.
I just said, “I need to see Dr. Keene. I found another lump, I need it aspirated.”
Michael, the vet tech that I had been working with, felt it and said, “Aww..buddy…” and went to get Dr. Keene.
While waiting for her, they did blood work on him to make sure his system was OK to take the chemo. Those results were good, and his white blood cell count had even gone up.
Dr. Keene came in and I showed her the bump behind his ear.
She just took a deep breath.
I told her “I want this to be a bug bite or a cyst please.”
She nodded and said, “Me too. I really hope so too.”
My heart was beating a million miles an hour, and while we were waiting for those results, Porter went off for his chemo treatment.
Dr. Keene came in with a big smile on her face.
OMG. YEAH!!! I felt like I drank a bottle of wine.
We hugged and she told me she was so happy to give me good news for a change, I could tell that she was probably as relieved as I was to find out the good news.
Then she sat and talked with me while I waited for Porter to finish his treatment.
She is pretty freaking awesome.
When he was done, he came in wiggling and smiling, happy as could be. I gave him a giant hug.
Dr. Keene warned me that sometimes after 3 weeks in a row of chemo, that the side effects often get worse.
Crap. I was really hoping for things to stay the same.
If I didn’t know Porter was going through chemo treatments, well, I wouldn’t know it (very Yogi Berra of me to say, huh?)
I know it seems a little like what I did last week, showing you all the ways in which he is acting like his normal self, but I am really am amazed at how well he is doing, and I really want to show anyone who is going through this that your buddy can have a normal life even while undergoing some pretty heavy duty treatment.
I mean, look at all he did!!!
Porter worked in the woods…
He played in the rain…
And he hogged the bed…
He still seems to be his happy little self. I will take every one of these happy moments I can get.
Next week is the last “every week” chemo. Then he goes every other week 4 times.
Then we are done. I freaking hope.
I say this every week – but I really am so thankful to you all for all again for the thoughtful comments, messages, the prayers, the support. We are almost half way through (9 weeks/5 more treatments to go) and so we appreciate it more than I can say.
Thanks for reading!
Mandy & Porter