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Minor (I hope!) setback

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Roxy’s second chemo session was supposed to be today. We dropped her off and I proceeded to work from home.

Around lunchtime, I got a call from the vet. She had a couple of things to mention:

1. Roxy’s white blood cell count was still low from the last treatment, so we’ll have to delay her chemo by a week. This doesn’t worry me too much, I hear it’s pretty normal, and it means that the chemo is working.

2. This is the part that worries me: They noticed that she has inflamed lymph nodes and some kind of ulceration on the roof of her mouth near her palate. So they’ll have to take samples from both the lesion and her lymph nodes and send them in for biopsy.

It will take a few days for the biopsy results. In the meantime, we have her on antibiotics. She came home a little wobblier than usual, due to the tranquilizer they had to give her to take the samples, and her mouth is sore from the tissue sample they took.

However, she gulped down a full meal and took her meds without incident.

Hopefully this is just a minor setback. Cross your paws for us!


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  1. jerry Said,

    May 8, 2013@ 8:25 pm      Reply

    Don’t panic! Fear not, the Tripawds Nation is sending pawsitivity your way. Stay strong OK?


  2. benny55 Said,

    May 8, 2013@ 11:12 pm      Reply

    Awwwww Roxy, you just didn’t want to do your chemo today, did you?
    Now, thismismin the “for whatever its worth” column:

    As you already know, the low blood count is not unexpected at all… fact it’s an indication the chem is working.

    It’s also not unheard of to have ulcerations in mouth sometimes due to chemo.

    Supposedly, it’s very rare that it spreads to lymph nodes. There is a post under “Ask the Vet” that would have been maybe made in March(?) . It seems that the answer was that even IF it was in the lymph node it would not alter the treatment and doesn’t really change the prognosis.

    Now, I know to tell you not to worry is impossible:-) 🙂 –but for now….and NOW is all that Roxy cares aout—-things are just great:-) She’s eating, happy, sunbathing and getting spoiled like crazy:-) 🙂

    Roxy is a strong girl who is full of joy and she isn’t worried about a thing:-)

    Use these next several days to let the antibiodics to work and get that blood work back up and she will be just fine!!

    Pictures!! Where the heck are the pictures!! You can’t do a blog without showing us a picture of Roxy:-) 🙂 🙂 We’ll let you off the hook today…….but tomorrow we’d better see that sweet mug!!

    Keeping all paws crossed

    Sally and Happy Hannah

    • micaroxy Said,

      May 9, 2013@ 9:21 am      Reply

      Thanks Sally and Happy Hannah, I always love reading your comments. They are always so encouraging and insightful. 🙂

      I am hoping the swollen lymph nodes are just fighting off some kind of infection in her mouth. I was not aware that it is not uncommon with chemo — That’s good to know.

      In the meantime I will try not to worry and wait patiently to hear back from the vet.

      I promise to have photos in the next post 🙂


  3. fourminipups Said,

    May 9, 2013@ 12:24 am      Reply

    Roxy – Consider this a break from that nasty old chemo. Sending you only the very best thoughts. Stay calm and carry on!

  4. Christine Said,

    May 9, 2013@ 9:03 am      Reply

    crossing all paws for you…. :O)

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