Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Life is Fragile

I've been putting off sharing this... once I 'say it out loud', it's real, right? I know. Silly, but that's how it's felt. You might remember I took our Boxer in to the vet last week for a checkup. And that there were a few complications. Well. We got the rest of the tests back and she has advanced, aggressive lymphoma. We were told that, left untreated, she has about 2-4 months. With full chemo, maybe a year. She's only 6. We are crushed. Friday night we called a family meeting, to which each kid responded, "who's pregnant?". Oy - my family is delightfully sarcastic. Yes - that was sarcasm, lol.

Needless to say, the kids are all devastated, too. Each of them considers Nakki "their" dog. While we don't have all the answers yet (we meet with the oncologist tomorrow), we do know that her comfort and quality of life are paramount concerns.

It is horrifying to us how quickly this is progressing. Last week, she had swollen lymph nodes and was grinding her teeth. This week, she has visibly lost more weight, is struggling to breath and has difficulty swallowing, and keeping food down. Oddly, she still has lots of energy, and greets us at the door with her usual wiggles and affection. This is really hard.
not the clearest picture, but she likes to look away when you point a camera at her. Lol!

Tomorrow we're taking her to the oncologist at 1pm, then taking her back home and Bill, Bethany and I are driving to San Diego. Shiloh's boyfriend, Jared, is graduating Marine bootcamp, and she left this morning at 5am to be out there for Family Day. Ariel will be staying with Nakki and taking care of her while we're gone. We are hoping for, well, hope from this doctor, but know that in reality, we're just praying we'll have some options to get her pain-free.

Do I sound as scattered as I feel? Yeesh.





9 comments:

  1. Soooo very sorry to hear this, Chelle. You and your family are having a difficult year :(

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  2. I'm so sorry. I know how difficult it is to make these decisions concerning fur babies. Hoping for the hope of good.

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  3. I am so so sorry,Chelle. I hope the oncologist can get her pain free as soon as possible. Lymphoma is not uncommon in boxers, unfortunately. There is a boxer forum at this web site that might give you some help as far as diet, treatment, etc. for her. boxerforum.com.

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear this...our furbabies are family and we hate to see them hurt. Hugs to you all!

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  5. So, so sorry to hear this. It's heart breaking to see our furbabies get sick. I am keeping your family in my thoughts.

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  6. So sorry, I know it's hard. You guys are all in my thoughts/prayers.

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  7. Thank you, all of you, so very much. Your kindness means more than I can express.

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  8. Our Pets Are Definately Members Of The Family, It's Heartbreaking When Someone We Love Gets Sick, I Have A Boxer As Well 5 Years Old, And They Are So Energetic And Lovable, My Thoughts And Prayers Are With You And Your Family, Praying For A Miracle...

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