More of the same. No bad news. Encouraging words from the doctor. A variety of clinic trial options are ready when we are. However…..
Most, if not all, clinical trials require that participants have been at least four week or more out since the last treatment, including targeted radiation. Since we started radiation last Thursday, that puts us nearly into December before we can start a trial. Boo. But, as one doctor told us, pain management and killing off the current problem makers takes top priority. Meanwhile, we’ll keep biting our nails in hopes other “priorities” don’t pop up.
So, on we go with the radiation treatment which continues to show signs of progress. Additionally, Wednesday’s doctor, Dr. Papadopoulos, gave us a new type of pain med in hopes that we can finally get the discomfort under control – a patch that sticks on the skin that releases a very powerful pain killer called Fentanyl slowly over 72 hours. It’s definitely working. Today Maggie has been more smiles than she has been lately. We are still having frequent nausea and vomiting. But the pain has been significantly reduced. Rockin’.
Now, the bad news. In a “God is laughing at us” twist, Niko ,our beloved dog, has been diagnosed with cancer. We had a very suspicious spot of skin removed last week during all the other crap that was going on. It was tested and confirmed to be a mast cell cancer tumor. They think they got it all during the snip-snip of the skin but who really knows. She’s had staples in her side since the minor operation which she licks and tries to remove. I suppose we are lucky that she’s hairless else we would have never spotted the problem so early. But, geesh, are you kidding me? Enough already.