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One of those days…

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Amid the puppy parties and celebrations, there are a couple of things that have been worrying me. Today is one of those days where these things are taking over my thoughts.

She seems to be getting weaker. She was improving in strength and stamina for a while, and was taking the stairs with only a little encouragement, but I feel like she’s taken a step back. Energy levels have dipped, she seems down in the dumps more often, she tires more easily, and I am back to almost having to carry her up the stairs again. She has energy spurts and seems in good spirits a lot of the time, but those dips in spirit and strength seem to be happening more.

The whatever-it-is in her mouth (pink sensitive area on the roof of her mouth, and a bit on her lip) doesn’t seem to be going away, and her mouth smacking and jaw shaking seems to be happening more frequently. She has been on antibiotics for 2 weeks for it now, and has 2 more weeks to go on them, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

I am planning to go to Chicago next week for 5 days. We moved her chemo up by a day so that I can go. My mother would stay with her, and I’ve left her very specific instructions. My friend Greg would be coming by to take her to the park every day. I’ve been on the fence about going for a couple of reasons: I don’t know if my mom would be able to handle the special food/med instructions, as she gets confused and stressed easily; and 5 days is a LONG time when there is cancer involved. People keep telling me I should go, that I have a life too, and that she’ll be fine. I know she’ll be fine, but I don’t want to look back and feel like I missed 5 days that I could have spent with her.


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5 Comments »

  1. benny55 Said,

    May 29, 2013@ 3:42 pm      Reply

    Hold up!! Wait! There MUST be a mistake! A post about Roxy without a picture??Surely you jest!! To help momma save face we’ll just assume she did post a new photo and it’s lost in cyberspace somewhere!! We’ll just assume it will show up here very Shirley!!:-) 🙂

    Mica, I certainly understand when “fears” pop up sometime, especially when there are days that it seems this site is just overwhelmed with sadness. It makes us all so hyperviligant—–every burp–every hiccup—everytime we study the color of their pee or the texture of their poop——we think..is this normal??

    The “symptoms” you are describing really do sound like a case of “senioritis”:-) Really! Sweet Roxy is twelve?? Thirteen?? If it were not for the stupid “disease”, it would be a lot easier to recognize this as most likely slow I g down due to good ole natural aGing And then you add chemo and getting around on three legs………I would be concerned if it
    DIDN’T slow her down some!!

    And I’m sure the antibiodics kind of throw her off some too!

    I really, really do think this is just the natural process of her becoming a revered senior citizen. Let her decide her own pace, let her rest when she needs more quiet time. She knows what to do. My goodness, all the partying, all the badminton, all the picnics—-that’s a lot of activity for a four legged young pup, such less sweet Roxy:-) 🙂

    As far as Chicago—–Roxy would want you to go! If it was reversed…you would want Roxy to go!! I’m sure you will everything written down precisely for your mom and she will do just fine!! You have your so fearful vet. As backup. Roxy’s eating, pooping, peeing and still poses for pictures (reluctantly) (a,nd yet another hint)….so there really is no reason of to go. I completely understand the need to be with her every possible second also. .

    You are sooooo diligent and dedicated to your Roxy. No one could do any better than you have and are conti using to do!! Don’t EVER forget that!! She is one lucky girl. I mean…herown hhomemade quilt…..that’s a loved girl!!

    Let me add, she is one good loo,king girl for a woman of her age….and all on three legs!! Yeah, she has earned the right to rest a little more:-) 🙂

    Peace to you Mica and all the warm fuzzy hugs in the world to sweet Roxy:-) 🙂

    Your fan club, Sally and Happy Hannah

  2. benny55 Said,

    May 29, 2013@ 3:44 pm      Reply

    Ahhhhh….that would be “show up shortly—-not show up Shirley:-) 🙂 🙂

  3. benny55 Said,

    May 29, 2013@ 3:50 pm      Reply

    Geeeeezzz….you have your WONDERFUL vet…..NOT fearful vet…….see what happens when I don’t get to see a photo of Roxy?

  4. benny55 Said,

    May 29, 2013@ 5:58 pm      Reply

    You’re gonna’ probably ban me but I did want to add one more thing!

    As far as traveling, can you get I to a real calm, almost meditative state’amd listen to your intuative side…..the “place” that guides you in an “all knowing way”……does it give you a feeling of calm and certainty or a feeling of unrest, unsettled.?

    Okay, that’s my goofy 2 cents worth for the day:-) 🙂 🙂

    Photo!! Darn it!! Photo!!

  5. fourminipups Said,

    May 29, 2013@ 7:50 pm      Reply

    Traveling without our furry kids is hard anytime, but I can totally relate to how you are feeling. Have your friend send you a picture every day so you know Roxy is waiting for you and enjoy your “people” time. We’ll be sending positive thought Roxy’s way so that she will start feeling better again.


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