Trouble's Diagnosis

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Postby amazincc » November 25th, 2008, 7:51 am

Please update us as soon as you can. :hug3:
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Postby KJS » November 25th, 2008, 7:58 am

GOTVERDOMME! :x SO SO sorry to read this...you have my very best and brightest good vibes going out to you and Trouble now...keeping you safe in my thoughts...K.
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Postby Mickle » November 25th, 2008, 11:31 am

Im so sorry...Sending good thoughts your way!
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Postby TinaMartin » November 25th, 2008, 12:00 pm

Sorry you are going through this. I hope there is something that can be done.
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Postby Pit♥bull » November 25th, 2008, 12:18 pm

Update...The appointment for a second opinion and chest xray for Trouble is at 4:15 CST this PM.
Shanna or I will post the outcome and our decision later tonight.

Everyone good vibes, thoughts, and encouragement over the past few hours, has meant a great deal. :)

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Postby pitbullmamaliz » November 25th, 2008, 12:19 pm

Lots of good thoughts coming your way. :goodthoughts:
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Postby Marinepits » November 25th, 2008, 12:27 pm

You got it, Bob. Hugs to all of you!
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Postby CinderDee » November 25th, 2008, 12:38 pm

Keeping all of you in my thoughts.
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Postby Emi » November 25th, 2008, 12:45 pm

Plenty of good thoughts for ya'll... hope all goes well ...
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Postby TinaMartin » November 25th, 2008, 1:08 pm

Good Thoughts going into overdrive.
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Postby TheRedQueen » November 25th, 2008, 1:42 pm

Sending extra positive thoughts your way...:hug3:
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Postby mnp13 » November 25th, 2008, 2:08 pm

The Lab I grew up with, Agatha, had the same cancer. They amputated the leg but opted not to do chemo. That gave them some more time with her.

The only suppliment they gave her was shark cartelage. As I understand it, sharks don't get cancer, and taking it has done amazing things for many dogs that their vet treats.

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Postby amazincc » November 25th, 2008, 5:10 pm

It's 4:09 PM my time... got all available fingers and paws crossed at my house. :hug3:
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Postby madremissy » November 25th, 2008, 5:15 pm

I am with Christine. It is 4:15 now and all our good thoughts are being sent your way.
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Postby CinderDee » November 25th, 2008, 7:38 pm

Just checking in to see if you updated.
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Postby amazincc » November 25th, 2008, 8:18 pm

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Postby hugapitbull » November 25th, 2008, 9:23 pm

OK, guys, let me preface this post with the statement "This is the toughest decision we've ever been faced with". I think I could make the decision about myself easier than trying to make the right one for Trouble.

The consultation was much as we expected. After reading well into the night, I don't think either of us learned anything we didn't already know. This vet is as upbeat as he could possibly be in this situation. He isn't a big advocate of chest x-ray, as it only tells the obvious. It can't tell whether or not something is developing. He is, however, a big advocate of amputation, even given Trouble's heaviness in the upper body which can cause complications. He, like Dr Blabs, indicates time is of the essence.

We left the office at 5:30 with the following options
1) leave it as is, medicate for pain, and wait for the end
2) chest & leg x-rays in the morning followed by amputation if the chest is clear
3) keep our Monday appointment with Gulf Coast Veterinary Center which we know are advocates of chemo and radiation as well as amputation

We so want to do what is best for her, and not make a decision that keeps her here just for us. We are both afraid if we leave her as is and medicate she will fracture the bone, as well as not have much quality of life being on pain meds all the time. And of course there is also knowing at some point the meds will stop working and she will suffer.

We really don't want to do the chemo/radiation thing having to drive 75 one way for treatment. That only leaves us with the amputation, and hope that it will stop the spread before it begins.

And just because I need to say it one more time, THIS SUCKS
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » November 25th, 2008, 9:33 pm

:hug3:
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Postby amazincc » November 25th, 2008, 9:40 pm

hugapitbull wrote: THIS SUCKS


It SO does. :x
I'm sorry that the news wasn't better... but know that I'll support you, Bob, and Trouble every step of the way. :hug3:
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Postby madremissy » November 25th, 2008, 9:51 pm

Whatever your choice may be I am sending thoughts and prayers for strength for the whole family.
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