Dennis finished up his second course of palliative radiation for osteosarcoma, and got another spiffy bandanna for his collection; now we wait a few weeks to find out if we see the same improvement in symptoms this time that we did after his last graduadiation.
hello nice reederz its dennis the vizsla dog hay as yoo may reemember bak in the mists of time that is deesember ateteenth twenny seventeen i yelpd and started limping after falling on the floor doo to a faylyoor to lawntch wile gitting onto the bed!!! sinse i am not a yelper or a limper mama and dada tuk me in to the vetnameez playse that saym day ware i got xrays wot ternd up sum suspishus lukking thing in my left hip so i wuz reeferd to the speshulists for sum further testing wot ended up with me beeing diagnosd with an owtcheosarkoma in the left side of my elvis the pelvis!!! sinse the owtcheosarkoma is inoperabul it wuz deesided that the best korse of akshun for me wood be pallyativ raydeeayshun to treet the payn followd by regyoolar monitering and followups to mayntayn my kwality of life so that is wot we did!!! now at the time the anklyosaurolodjists at the kanser treetment senter gayv us sum odds i reemember it perfektly it went just like this!!!
C3PO: “Sir, the odds of a dog surviving six months after a diagnosis of axial osteosarcoma are approximately fifty percent.”
Dennis: “Never tell me the odds!”
hello nice reederz its dennis the vizsla dog hay wel as yoo probly reemember i hav had a fyoo ummm noo helth challendjes in the last yeer or so on top of the hart murmer wot i hav had for a wile!!! so i think it is abowt time for an updayt on how i am feeling!!!
and hoo better to rite that updayt then me dennis the vizsla dog??? nobuddy!!! wel ok maybe my vets but i wood probly hav to pay them but stil i am the nekst best awthoritee on myself chek it owt!!!
Lately we’ve started thinking of Dennis’s conditions as being in a race to see which one is going to get him first. There are five major ones: Anxiety, Heart Murmur, Hip Dysplasia, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and now, Osteosarcoma. Anxiety was the first out of the gate, but the others have long since left that one in the dust. We imagine them standing around talking to trash to each other. Well, I imagine it, anyway.
Anxiety: “I’ll make Dennis so scared and nervous, he won’t be able to enjoy his life at all. Mwah ha ha ha ha.”
Hip Dysplasia: “Pfft. I’ll make it so he can’t walk.”
Heart Murmur: “You’re both amateurs.”
Inflammatory Bowel Disease: “You think you’re so bad, Heart Murmur, but they have medication that works on you. There’s nothing that works on me. We’ll see how long Dennis lasts when he can’t digest his food.”
Osteosarcoma: “The big C is here. The rest of you can leave.”
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (to Anxiety, Hip Dysplasia and Heart Murmur): “Hold my beer.”
So, yeah. At this point we are several days into a severe flareup of Dennis’s IBD that we have not been able to get a handle on. At all. Dennis has just started on a course of Metronidazole to try to get this flare-up under control, but the really big gun―Prednisone―is largely ruled out because of his heart murmur. (Way to keep yourself in the game, Heart Murmur.) This flareup is hitting harder than the one from the summer; he has already lost a few pounds that he can’t afford to lose, and is now on the “Give Dennis anything he’s willing to eat” diet. Which he thinks is wonderful, at least until he decides after a few meals that this food, like whatever the previous food was, makes him sick. (This even happened when we got desperate and started giving him ground sirloin. Sirloin.)
Digestive issues aside, Dennis’s pain from the osteosarcoma seems to be much reduced; he has been getting around better and even putting some weight on the bad hip, and has been better able to get onto the furniture and into bed. He had his first radiation followup earlier this week. The oncologist was encouraged by Dennis’s progress, and said his hip should continue to feel better over the next couple of weeks. (Dennis goes back for another follow-up in three weeks.)
Dennis’s prognosis hasn’t changed; we just need to make some headway against the IBD, and soon, so that he can spend a few more comfortable months here with his family of humans, Hipster Kitties, and imaginary friends, and all of his nice reederz out on the Interwebs. So please, keep the power of the paw, the tail wags, the purrs, and the nose bumps coming Dennis’s way. He needs them.
Dada’s Note: Since Dennis injured his hip last Monday, which resulted in the discovery of an inoperable osteosarcoma in his pelvis, he has clearly been in a considerable amount of pain that is not completely alleviated by medication. Yesterday, he started his six-treatment course of palliative radiation therapy to relieve the pain of the osteosarcoma. His doctor says that we will know by mid-January if the treatment was effective. Fortunately, the odds are in Dennis’s favor, as over 70% of dogs do respond to palliative radiation treatments for pain relief. We will keep everyone posted on how he is doing.
hello nice reederz its dennis the vizsla dog hay wel we met with the onklyosaurologist yesterday and kaym up with a treetmint plan for my oucheosarcoma or wotever it is kalld the plan is sumthing nown as pallyativ raydeeayshun i am not entirely shoor wot that meens but i think it meens i git to hav my pals with me like spicoli and the mouse and mr nibbles and the hipster kitties!!! plus with the raydeeayshun i bet i wil develup sooperpowers like the hulk or like charlee i meen hav yoo seen charlee jump??? holy cow!!! maybe we wil all develup sooperpowers and then we kan fite krime!!! or posibly kommit it!!! ha ha ha no no i am kidding abowt that santa reely i am!!!
ennyway the raydeeayshun starts nekst week and wil run for siks sesshuns after wich we wil see if my hip starts to feel better within a fyoo weeks and also wot kind of sooper powers i develup i am hoping for flite and xray vizhun so i kan find mama no matter ware she is hiding!!! that wood be awsum!!!