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21 February 2008

I think I might be old. We were up all night (very sick pooch, very sad) the night before last and I went to bed last night at 8:30, slept all the way through until 6:30 and I'm still tired. *sigh*
Poor chewie. And poor chewpuppy.

I have been dragging all week. I'm looking forward to crashing tomorrow night (I have class till late tonight) and sleeeeeeeeeping.

I suspect that means I may also be old.
posted by occhiblu 21 February | 10:32
Did we provide amenities for aging Metachatters in our MeCha mansion plans?
posted by chewatadistance 21 February | 10:54
Wide hallways and showers with rails, chewie. I'm sorry about your dog, is the poochie ok?
posted by rainbaby 21 February | 11:04
Well, we got the news last week she has cancer that's likely other places than the tumor on her foot since traces were also found in the lymph node on her leg. We took last weekend to mull over the options. She's a 16 y.o. yellow lab made of pure love, and this is a heartbreaker. We just want to keep her comfortable for whatever time she has left, probably a few months at best.

To keep the tumor from taking over her whole foot, we opted for the pill form of chemo, which started on Tuesday & is supposed to be given once every 3 weeks. One of the things we're supposed to give her along with that is benedryl. We'd totally forgotten she's reacted badly to benedryl in the past, and it sent her into seizures so we had to take her in. She spent two nights there, we're bringing her home this afternoon.

Mrs chewie and I have agonized over what to do for all 3 of us. I realized this morning that I don't think I want to continue the chemo. The side effects aren't worth it. I'd rather just keep her pain free until it's time.

She's still eating like a champ, peeing & pooping like normal, but this morning when we fed her she seemed really disoriented and almost like she didn't know us. She's pretty wobbly and still has an occasional seizure, but not anywhere near like it was when we took her in at 1am night before last. She probably hasn't been sleeping much at all - and she usually sleeps 20 out of 24 hours. But she also has some serious chemicals floating around in her systems that I'm sure is a factor in the wigging out.
posted by chewatadistance 21 February | 11:20
Oh, chewie, I'm so sorry. :( How heartbreaking. But, what a great, long life she's had! And she's fortunate to have you and mrs. c. looking out for her while she goes through this rough time.

posted by BoringPostcards 21 February | 11:31
Arrggh, chewie! So sorry, sweetie.
posted by taz 21 February | 11:33
Awww. ((hugs and slobers))
posted by rainbaby 21 February | 11:54
This is always a rough time with our furbabies. Big hugs to you, the missus and the pooch.
posted by deborah 21 February | 11:56
I am so sorry, chewie.
posted by essexjan 21 February | 12:14
chew, I am so sorry about your precious dog.
posted by LoriFLA 21 February | 12:37
Thanks you guys. :) Warms my heart.

Mrs c called a few minutes ago - she talked with the doc again & he continues to advise us to ride out the benedryl reaction - she *is* improving. She said she visited her again & Betty wagged her tail and gave her the Triangle Ears look, which are classic Betty expressions, so she is still in there somewhere.

On the cancer front, her foot looks better, and the lymph node is half the size it was last week. So maybe despite the bumps something helpful is happening too.

she comes home today at 4:30, in time for dinner. :)
posted by chewatadistance 21 February | 12:37
Aw, chewie. Sorry to hear it. I hope she gets to live out the rest of her long and happy life with you and mrs. chewie in comfort, with lots of treats!
posted by gaspode 21 February | 12:43
*sends good thoughts and ear scratches to Betty, chewie, and mrs. chewie*
posted by mudpuppie 21 February | 13:47
Aw hon, so sorry to hear about it! My coworker was at the vet all morning with her old Lab; it seems to be a rough day for them. Hugs for all of you.
posted by mygothlaundry 21 February | 13:53
Hugs to you and the mrs., chewie.
posted by jrossi4r 21 February | 15:04
You guys! Betty came home as scheduled, ate, did her business outside, and is now sleeping comfortably on her big ol' pooch bed, sheepskin side up. Her eyes are little slits and she is snoring like somebody's grandmother.

First thing she did when she came in was retrieve her frog from the toy basket and bring it to us, tail a'wagging. *sniff*
posted by chewatadistance 21 February | 18:39
Bless your Betty, chewie. I'm glad she's feeling better, sweet old thing.
(((((((Betty, chewie, and mrs. chewie))))))))
posted by redvixen 21 February | 19:05
Yay Betty! Ooh, who's got da widdle fwoggy??? Who's a good girl?
posted by mudpuppie 21 February | 19:15
I'm glad to hear that Betty's feeling better. She's got a good family.
posted by bmarkey 21 February | 19:23
*hugs the chewies and rubs Betty behind the ears*
posted by brujita 22 February | 02:25
Yay! Glad to hear it.
posted by occhiblu 22 February | 14:39
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