Big Day Tomorrow: Staples out, bloodwork and first course of chemotherapy... more on that in a moment...
Misty's big challenges this week were: trying to pull toys out of the toy box while wearing her troublesome cone; keeping from licking her incision when she wasn't wearing her troublesome cone; dealing with Delaney, my rescued 18 month old Smooth Collie X, who insisted on inserting her long collie nose into the cone to lick Misty's face; relearning walking up stairs -- sort of a modified wheelbarrow with me supporting her midsection... going down the stairs apparently not a problem, and constipation caused by her pain killers.
To begin with the... um... end: the constipation phe-nom... thanks to Sharon at the Clarington Animal Hospital for suggesting I just spoon some tinned pumpkin onto her food... worked like a fibrous charm... and such a robust orange colour of the ... ah... deposits... left on the landscape! And also thanks to fellow TPOC handler, Paula Seares, for suggesting tea tree oil near the incision for its antibacterial effect (which also seemed to help keep that tongue off the area).
So chemo... the thing about consenting to Misty's amputation was that she was in pain with the terrible leg that housed the tumour. Having the amputation was an effective way of eliminating the pain in her leg and preventing her leg bones from disintegrating underneath her. The thing about chemo, however, is that it's going to make her feel crummy -- but right now, she' not feeling crummy -- she's eating like a wolf and usually is playful. Giving her chemotherapy is all about trying to extend her quality time -- I feel badly knowing that temporarily, she'll be a bit worse off, but we're hoping for quality of life gains in the long stretch. On the great news front, her surgeon told me that Misty's lymph nodes were clear of the osteosarcoma... that's just a glimmer... but we'll take it.
Ground turkey and papaya in the refrigerator in readiness for the post-chemo digestive blahs. Not much meat comes into the house of this vegetarian so that, at least, is cause for some happy canine anticipation.