March 15th 2010 7:09 am
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I have not updated you for a bit so thought I would do so this morning. Today is not a real good one for me so far. Last night I barely touched the food that my mom left out for me as my snack. Then so far for breakfast she has tried 4 different foods and I am not too interested. I taste the foods a little but that is it. I can tell that my mom is very worried as this was the sign she most dreaded to see- me not eating so well. It could be tummy upset from hair too as my Winter coat is changing to my Spring coat and I do groom a lot. I took a Pepcid because that usually can help my tummy feel better. If that doesn't help then next will be something for the hair. If those don't help then my mom said she will call the oncologist to see what to do.
I have still been doing well with my appetite until last night but with my size, we really have to be sure I eat. The last thing I need is to get hepatic lipidosis from not eating added to my list! Cats can get that pretty quick if they don't eat for a very short time. The bigger the cat, the more susceptible we are to making our liver ill from lack of food.
On a happier note, it is just 2 days until my 10th birthday now! Some have asked and yes, St. Patrick's Day is my real birthday. I think I get a cake. I won't get much as sugar is very bad for cancer but a bite or two to celebrate will be mine if I want. My mom is baking the cake so it will be a good one. I already got a super soft amazing catnap mat from my Auntie Sue. She made it just for me and I am in love with the mat. I saw a couple of other packages waiting for The Big Day too. I guess turning 10 is pretty special or something. My mom said we will be celebrating big because we just never know what next year will bring. Or even what tomorrow will bring for that matter.
March 17th 2010 11:08 am
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What a nice day today is for me. The sun is shining brightly and it is very warm. I've opened my gifts. I've not had my cake yet as my mom just got done icing it. The best part of the day though is hearing from all my Catster pals! You guys sure are making this 10th birthday of mine a memorable one. Thank you so much for all the rosettes, special gifts, pawmails, purrs and friendship. My mom reads me each item that is written to me and I enjoy hearing her read them to me too.
An update on eating. Later that other day I was eating just fine so the Pepcid must have worked. Pretty good stuff for various tummy upsets in cats. Then yesterday and today I am about eating everything in sight. MOL! More like my usual self. So we think it was from too much fur in the tummy this time.
Thanks for the suggestions on tempting me to eat. I don't eat people food other than the occasional treat like my cake today. I don't like any meat! Weird for a cat I know. I also do not like people tuna and prefer my cat food tuna much more. We know that the vet can prescribe medication for appetite but for now if my mom can get me eating without using those then that is what we do. Sooner or later I will probably have to use something so would rather put it off for now. If it is needed though, we'd use it for sure. I have lost a pound since this all started last November. I actually needed to lose weight. Once I was diagnosed with cancer though, my mom and the oncologist felt it was better not to push any diets now. I will probably just lose some weight on my own as we go through all this treatment plus me getting older will naturally help me lose weight too.
Anyway today is for fun and not for too much worry about medical problems. :) I hope you are all having a nice day and getting some green catnip, Greenies or even cat grass. MOL!
March 24th 2010 11:19 am
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Hi friends. I hope all is going well with you. I have not updated for a bit. Things are going well here and my mom wanted to spend time with me. So we have not been around much. Tomorrow will be my 2nd dose of chemo. The first dose was not so bad so I hope the next one will go just as well. My biggest fear is listening to all the dogs barking in the waiting area. My mom said if that barking gets too bad that she may ask if they can put us in a room until they are ready for me wherever I have to go. Sounds like a plan to me.
I am eating well and have been having a lot of fun playing with various new toys. We are working on getting some pics together from my birthday so you can see my new stuff. Meanwhile another new thing I got is my Buckwheat Baby. He is an orange cat that is filled with buckwheat. You put him in the microwave and nuke him. Then he stays toasty warm for some time. I really like him and the warmth he provides. We have a pic of me with Buckwheat Baby on my page. He'll be going with me tomorrow too.
Another thing I now have is my Livestrong collar. Livestrong is Lance Armstrong's foundation to fight cancer. My dad took one of the bands from Livestrong and made it into a collar for me. Then my mom added my St. Francis medal sent to me by Dusty Miller. She also added a moonstone healing pet crystal too. Moonstone is supposed to be for cancer and a few other things. We figure we can't go wrong by trying a few different things out. I have pics of the collar from both sides on my page too.
Many thanks for the pawmails, comments, email, gifties, rosettes, purrs and prayers given to me. Each & every one is very special. I will update tomorrow most likely after we return from the oncologist. Please purr for me so that things will go well. It's always a comfort to feel your purrs.
March 25th 2010 3:15 pm
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Hey how exciting to be chosen as a Catster Daily Diary Pick today! What a nice surprise that was for me. Thank you Catster and Diary Gal too.
I had some good news at the oncologist. He says there is no sign of any cancer in my body. He checks me out really good and it is most uncomfortable but I know it must be done. They left my chemo dose the same as the first time. They said they may have to raise the dose one day if we see any signs of the cancer returning.
However I have not had my chemo dose as yet. We thought this time they would just give it to me themselves. My dad did it the first time. Well it seems they have to wait for my CBC result first then I can have the chemo. So once again they sent the capsule home with me. My mom or dad will give it to me once the test results are back. The vet thought that might be today but since it is late now, looks like tomorrow will be the day. I don't get so scared with my pawrents doing the deed at least.
Guess what? Not one dog barked in the office today! My mom said one squealed really loud but I was already back in the back so did not hear it. We had thought about having me wait in the car but the parking lot is very far. Plus it was raining and my dad likes to pull up and drop me and my mom off then go park the car. My mom can't carry me from the car as I am too heavy with the carrier. I would not be happy waiting in the car with Dad while my mom was inside. I get very upset when she leaves the car to go in some place. So we just have to do the best we can.
Anyway we are all very happy with the good news I got today and also the DDP honors. I am going to celebrate by taking a long nap. I am worn out. More thanks for all the purrs, prayers, pmails, rosettes & gifties. I will still feel the purrs when I get my chemo dose too.
April 1st 2010 3:21 pm
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Looks like about time to update my diary. I did indeed get my 2nd dose of chemo last Friday. It went well and I barely noticed my mom had slipped that pill into the back of my mouth. So far I am doing pretty good. I had one day that was a little bad and who knows from what for sure? Next up is April 22nd for more chemo. It sure gets here fast!
Yesterday I got my first ride in my stroller. It was a beautiful day so mom took me to the backyard for a ride. Our backyard is really huge so it was a pretty good ride. Then the ground started to get too wet and my mom didn't want to dirty up my stroller on its maiden voyage so back we came. I think I will probably get to go again in the next two days too. I can't wait!
Well sleep is making my eyelids very heavy so I am going to go take a nice nap in the open sunroom. Not much beats a nap in the fresh air. I hope all of you have a very nice Easter. It's always such a pretty and peaceful holiday.
April 8th 2010 7:44 am
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Well friends I am still doing well. I am half-way between two chemo sessions today. Still eating about like I was and having fun so I really can't complain.
Last week I went to the park for my first away from home stroll. The park was packed with people. The kids were pretty noisy so that had me a bit on edge. Then the geese in the river were really bad! It must be mating season as they were fighting and splashing each other and honking so loud that it made my ears hurt. I did not like those geese one bit. The splashing and the honking were the worst of it. All I did was look out the back of my stroller and stare at my mom. I had to be sure she was right there. Then she parked me on a dock and my dad was watching me. Once she walked away to go take pics of ducks, I went crazy. I was shaking that stroller and trying to get out to go see where she went. She finally noticed and came right back to save me. Not sure what I needed saved from but just felt like I did. We left soon after as it was a bit too much for me that day. I do fine in our yard so will have to stick with that for awhile at least.
Then a couple of days ago some big yellow Lab puppy was being very rambunctious in our yard. Nobody knew whose dog he might be. He came right up to the screen doors. Both Ethan & I made our fur poof out real big so we might scare him. He was just so friendly that he did not notice our show. I got more mad then and wanted to fight him. I looked huge with my fur out and was surely not afraid. My mom finally shut the door so we could not be nose to nose any longer. She was not happy as he seemed to want to jump in our pond and go after the koi too. What a pain that young fellow was being. My dad finally walked to the back of our property and the dog went after some kids to play. They panicked and ran and the dog chased after them. Someone else heard the commotion, came over and it turned out to be their dog. I guess he had gotten loose. I hope this does not happen again as I prefer he not be running around in my yard stirring up all the wildlife and me. MOL!
April 16th 2010 10:55 am
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I am a little late with my update this week. I kept hoping I would feel better so I could give you good news. I have not been eating much the last 2 days. My mom gave me Pepcid and then some stuff for hairballs. Yesterday she tried 6 different flavors of cat food and some chicken baby food. None of which I would touch. I did a little better overnight. I started off slowly today but as the day is going on, both of my bowls are finally cleaned! So that is very good. My mom said if I did not improve today that I was going to the vet tomorrow morning. Whew!
The other problem is I have coughed twice since last Sunday. Now I know that does not sound too bad but with some kinds of lung cancer in cats, an occasional cough is the first symptom. My lungs are one of the next stage places for my cancer to maybe appear. So my mom is always worried about that. She will tell the oncologist when I go next Thursday for my check-up and next chemo treatment. Then he can do an x-ray or whatever to check me out. It could very well be nothing too.
My mom has been very sick again with a bad cold and I think my problems of late have made her feel much worse. So if you could manage some purrs for us, I'd be very appreciative. I know I do ask for them a lot. :(
Thank you for the continued support, pawmails, comments, rosettes, emails, snail mail and everything else. It really does help especially when we are going through worrisome times like right now. Well a thunderstorm is brewing so I had better go and get the computer turned off for awhile.
April 21st 2010 8:14 am
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Tomorrow is my check-up with the oncologist. If my blood work is good then I will get my next chemo dose at home. They give my mom a capsule with the chemo inside. She is supposed to wear gloves to give me the capsule. Yesterday was a good eating day and I ate quite a bit all day. My weight has not dropped so I must eat enough on my good days to make up for the light days.
There is one other thing. And I don't want you to get too worried about it just yet. My mom found a pea-sized lump in the same area as my last mass was located. After the surgery to remove that mass, I had some heavy duty scar tissue right under the scar. Well she has not checked me in some time as she just lets the oncologist do that. So all my fur has grown back in since then and it is hard to locate my old scar now. She used pics and all and says this allegedly new little lump is right about in the right place for that scar tissue to be. The oncologist will have to check it tomorrow and he will know for sure. We are hoping it is just scar tissue that my mom did not find in awhile and forgot where it was.
I'll update you some time after we get back. I probably won't know my blood work results until very late or even not until Friday. I have to fast again tonight so I will not be happy about that. Please cross your paws for me for good news on the occasional cough and this pea-sized lump. They just have to be OK, right?
April 22nd 2010 11:23 am
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I am really happy as we got all good news today! The fist thing is the new lump. That is scar tissue as my mom suspected. The oncologist said I have scar tissue nodules all along my scar line. So now we know for sure.
As for the cough, he listened to my lungs and said they are clear. He does not think the occasional cough is lung cancer. He did say if it persists to give him a call but he does not feel it is anything to be concerned about at this point.
He said not to worry if I have days where I don't eat well. As long as I eat a little, it is fine. If I have a day where I eat nothing at all then my mom is to call him and let him know. He said I can afford to lose some weight. We already knew that but figured it was not a good time during chemo to go on a diet.
Speaking of chemo- this is probably my last chemo!!! It's possible I might need 2 more depending on what the bloodwork shows but the doctor does not think so. They said I did really well on what I have had so far. My mom is so happy about that then she thinks did I have enough? Typical Mom. But she knows the oncologist would know if I had enough or not. One more visit in a month to kind of wrap things up then I will just have to go back for check-ups from time to time.
I can't tell you how relieved I am now! I do know that this cancer could very well return one day but for today I do not have that worry. I have all of you to thank for it too. You gave me so many purrs, prayers, good thoughts, rosettes, gifts, hugs, Paws and Super Paws and so much more.That is what helped me do so well. I just know it. Now I am off for a much deserved nap. I will get the chemo today or tomorrow once my lab results come back.
April 23rd 2010 8:02 am
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I guess my mom can't count to four yet! Last night she got to thinking how the vet tech had said I would have 4-6 chemo treatments. For some reason she was thinking this was my fourth but it is only my third. She mentioned it to my dad and he said they had said the next chemo (next month) would be my last as long as the lab work is fine. So my mom, in all her excitement, got a little ahead of the game. May's chemo could very well be my last. We are still very happy because we thought we had a very long time to go yet. If you remember yesterday I said in my diary that my mom worried if I had enough chemo yet. Now it makes more sense that I do have one more to go. I am fine with that but will count things out on my own from now on. ;)
The sun is shining brightly so I am going to enjoy napping and watching some chippies at the feeder today. I hope your day is a good one!