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Postby amazincc » January 7th, 2008, 3:38 am

Just a quick update, because I'm sooo tired...

I brought Mick to the oncologist this morning, since he had two episodes of very bloody diarrhea and was very lethargic, and our doctor got very concerned... as did I.
Well... $800.00 and 16 hours later we are back home - Mick is currently snoring on my bed.
They did blood tests and a urine test, and we don't really know what caused it... but the little $hithead put up a fight-and-a-half at the office... he "came right back to life" as soon as we got there and he recognized the building - and it was "on"! :o
Our oncologist was afraid to sedate him, because his blood pressure was so low that they thought he might go into shock... and they needed to get some fluids into him fast when we got there. I wrestled Baby Cow into position, they slapped an IV on him, and then everyone left the room in a hurry so I could take off his muzzle since he started vomiting. :shock:
When the vet techs had to come in for blood work and to check the IV I slapped the muzzle back on and pinned him down, so they could work on him. We did this on and off for about 12 hours and I'm about to pass out.
He is re-hydrated and on antibiotics as a preventative measure, and they let me take him home, because he was way too stressed to spend the night... OMG, and for a "sick" dog he gave us a run for our money!
Dr. Correa still wants to go ahead w/the chemo treatment on Tuesday if he stays stable, and I'm soo looking forward to it... at least she has a sense of humor about the whole thing. She said working w/Mick is like jumping out of an air plane and hoping that the parachute opens on the way down into shark-infested waters... I think it's more like trying to grab a hold of a greased pig w/oil on your hands. :D
Anyway - his blood work showed no abnormalities or infections in regards to the bloody diarrhea... they think it might be a viral thing or even stress-related... :|

Yep... and on the way into the house we had to make a quick stop for a palm leaf which I graciously accepted as an apology for having been head-butted and kicked (but NOT bitten or growled at) about 300 times today... :x

Gotta love the little stink pot... :)
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Postby gayrghts » January 7th, 2008, 4:04 am

Glad to know he had the strength to fight.... sorry you had to go thru it all....

Glad the oncologist has a sense of humor in all this...

Christine, you are amazing...

Mick you are absolutely awesome....

and a palm leaf.... lol

have a great sleep.... thanks so much for posting about how it went.
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Postby CinderDee » January 7th, 2008, 4:23 am

Oh boy...what a day! Poor Mick and poor you. *hugs*

I'm so glad he's ok and you're both back home. I hope you guys get some restful sleep.

Lots of love & hugs sent your way!
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Postby Malli » January 7th, 2008, 6:51 am

oh wow, mick sounds like a real treasure at the clinic :D

I'm glad that your Doc has a sense of humor about it (its the only way to do it! :lol3: )

I'm also glad that he's feeling better, this is the most important part :)
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Postby iluvk9 » January 7th, 2008, 6:55 am

I think we should actually be glad he kept his "spunkiness". If he was calm and licking everyone in the Vet's office, we would think he needed to see Dr. Phil.

The palm leaf is just the icing on the cake. :giggle:

Hang in there, Christine. :hug3:
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Postby amazincc » January 7th, 2008, 8:03 am

On January 07 2008, 5:51 AM, Malli wrote:oh wow, mick sounds like a real treasure at the clinic :D


Oh, I LIKE it!!! Much nicer than the "very aggressive, needs to be muzzled and sedated" sticker on his folder... I'm gonna suggest it on Tuesday. :wink:
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 7th, 2008, 8:13 am

Good lord, what a fiasco! lol I was getting so worried when we hadn't heard from you or Jessica, so I'm glad things are alright. Perhaps next time you could have Jessica get some pics of you wrestling him down?

Give that shark some lovin' for me!
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Postby amazincc » January 7th, 2008, 8:14 am

On January 07 2008, 5:55 AM, iluvk9 wrote:I think we should actually be glad he kept his "spunkiness". If he was calm and licking everyone in the Vet's office, we would think he needed to see Dr. Phil.

The palm leaf is just the icing on the cake. :giggle:

Hang in there, Christine. :hug3:


Joyce... Dr. Correa is convinced that Mick will learn to "like" the office visits, her, and the staff... :shock:
I'm thinking she might need Dr. Phil more than he does.
But I DO like her... optimism... :lol3:
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Postby Wyldmoonwoman » January 7th, 2008, 8:14 am

I am keeping my fingers crossed, I once heard that the more sick people get from chemo, it's doing a better job...could be a false fact, but I am hopeful that the chemo is doing it's job...
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Postby katiek0417 » January 7th, 2008, 8:16 am

On January 07 2008, 7:03 AM, amazincc wrote:
On January 07 2008, 5:51 AM, Malli wrote:oh wow, mick sounds like a real treasure at the clinic :D


Oh, I LIKE it!!! Much nicer than the "very aggressive, needs to be muzzled and sedated" sticker on his folder... I'm gonna suggest it on Tuesday. :wink:


Christine, I'm SO sorry...Big hugs to you and Mick. Stress is really hard on a dog as is the chemo (did the oncologist say it could be a result of the chemo)....I hope he's feeling better this morning...

I'm sure the palm leaf made it all better, though.

Oh, and I'm hoping you took him to the "nice" vet clinic...
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 7th, 2008, 8:17 am

On January 07 2008, 7:14 AM, amazincc wrote:Dr. Correa is convinced that Mick will learn to "like" the office visits, her, and the staff...

Christine, I hate to have to be the one to tell you this, but I believe Dr. Correa, well - :wine:
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Postby amazincc » January 7th, 2008, 8:20 am

On January 07 2008, 7:17 AM, pitbullmamaliz wrote:
On January 07 2008, 7:14 AM, amazincc wrote:Dr. Correa is convinced that Mick will learn to "like" the office visits, her, and the staff...

Christine, I hate to have to be the one to tell you this, but I believe Dr. Correa, well - :wine:


You know... you might have something there... LMAO
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Postby amazincc » January 7th, 2008, 8:27 am

On January 07 2008, 7:16 AM, katiek0417 wrote:
On January 07 2008, 7:03 AM, amazincc wrote:
On January 07 2008, 5:51 AM, Malli wrote:oh wow, mick sounds like a real treasure at the clinic :D


Oh, I LIKE it!!! Much nicer than the "very aggressive, needs to be muzzled and sedated" sticker on his folder... I'm gonna suggest it on Tuesday. :wink:


Christine, I'm SO sorry...Big hugs to you and Mick. Stress is really hard on a dog as is the chemo (did the oncologist say it could be a result of the chemo)....I hope he's feeling better this morning...

I'm sure the palm leaf made it all better, though.

Oh, and I'm hoping you took him to the "nice" vet clinic...


I took him to the Oncologist... she came in early on Sunday to see him and fix him up... :wink:
Actually, the first ER I took Mick to is also the local cancer clinic, but wild horses and a substantial discount couldn't drag me there ever again.
Dr. Correa is a very highly regarded specialist, and I like her a lot... and what's more important - she's seen The Beast in action and still thinks he's cute. :D
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Postby TheRedQueen » January 7th, 2008, 10:39 am

OMG...could you have found a better vet? I don't think so! That make such a difference!
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Postby mnp13 » January 7th, 2008, 11:05 am

Dr. Correa is a very highly regarded specialist, and I like her a lot... and what's more important - she's seen The Beast in action and still thinks he's cute.


and that says a LOT.

I hope things go better tomorrow!
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Postby cheekymunkee » January 7th, 2008, 11:20 am

Whew!! We were all so worried about you guys! I stayed up as long as I could to see if there were any updates!! GET SOME SLEEP YOU TWO!!!
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Postby DropkickPA » January 7th, 2008, 11:30 am

Oh my! That doc is a treasure, she really seems to like Mick. She's a little ::crazy: : , but that's okay so long as it benefits Mick!
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Postby luvmypitties » January 7th, 2008, 12:00 pm

I am so glad to hear something a little positive this morning! I was worried when we didnt hear much yesterday!

Sounds like you had a busy day yesterday! I bet your are so muscular from wrestling 'cow' to the ground! And it is always good to have a vet that loves the big ol lug even though she thinks he will like her some day!

I hope your sleep was very restful! And bringing you the palm leaf had to make you smile after that frustrating day!
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Postby airwalk » January 7th, 2008, 12:49 pm

Hey Mick had to make sure his Doc saw the real thing and still likes him...don't we all hope for that. Shark infested waters...that sounds like a pretty good description.

Okay, so Christine, you win yesterday's bull riding prize!
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Postby cecollins » January 7th, 2008, 4:00 pm

Thanks for the update, Christine. We all all praying for and loving Mick.

He really is a tresure.
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