This story is a continuation of my dalmatian, Patch and his illness.
We went to the Doc for the 5th time in a month yesterday. The Doc confirmed that it is lymphoma. We had felt spots in his throat that were growing~these are his lymph nodes. Doc also felt behind his legs and in his groin area where more lymph nodes are and confirmed growth there too. He also felt Patch’s spleen and liver and informed us they are enlarged. Patch has lost 5 pounds in the last month~doesn’t seem like much but he is eating all of the time-his meds increase his appetite and water intake.
This is so difficult to even type right now. I have researched lymphoma and found out that Patch is in Stage IV. I also discovered there are many drugs and treatments out there for dogs with lymphoma. I have so many questions-aaaahhhhh! I feel that Doc doesn’t pursue further treatment possibly because of Patch’s age, the cost, and how far along the cancer is-I don’t know! I asked the Doc “When will I know it is time”? He responded with “Patch will let you know”.
Patch doesn’t seem that sick~He wags his tail constantly and eats regularly. I know he isn’t in any pain right now. He doesn’t tremble or cry in pain anymore-thanks to the current meds. I just can’t help but think: Should I be doing more? Do I need a second opinion? I just want to scream…and all I do now is cry-and cry-and cry.
I have been deciding on a Plan of Action for when the time comes. Do I bury him? Do I cremate him and keep the ashes? Do I cremate him and scatter his ashes? I value other’s opinion on this decision and have talked to some friends and family. Jedd still won’t tell me his thoughts. This is really bothering him too. He and Patch have been together for almost 3 years and they are so close.
I have a friend, wvbocere, I met via WordPress that is going through the same thing. We really didn’t realize that our “children” are battling the same battle until yesterday. I believe her dog is further along in his battle and I am seeing our future through her and her baby. I hope she doesn’t mind I do this. Here are the links to her dog’s story:
They are in need of thoughts and prayers too.
Thanks to everyone that have sent their thoughts and prayers our way. We really appreciate it. It means so much to us!