Posted on February 1, 2008 by Mercedes
This is an update about my dalmatian, Patch, who got sick at the end of November. On January 3 he was diagnosed with lymphoma. About a week later he miraculously improved. Then we went through a few nights of “I Can’t Poop” and fixed that problem so “I Can Poop“.
Whew! Ok~here goes.
Monday: I called another Vet in my town. I told a lady a short version of Patch’s story and told her I just wanted to have another Doc look at Patch’s test results and explain to me exactly what is going on. I explained that I wasn’t going to pursue chemo. She explained to me that they send their tests to the same lab and that they wouldn’t perform the same tests. I told her I knew that and I didn’t want to put Patch through all of that again (DUH!), but I wanted a second opinion to ease my mind. She told me they would call Patch’s Doc and have them fax over the info. She got my number and said she would call me back.
That afternoon after school I called back to inquire if they had received Patch’s info. I talked to another lady so I had to go through the same speech. She also took my info and number and said she would call back.
Wednesday: I had a short break away from the kids. I was making copies and had about five minutes left before picking up the kiddies. I called the new Vet back to see if they had any info for me~surely they have the info by now. Second lady answered the phone and said she is so glad I called because she somehow misplaced my number. She was reading info from Patch’s tests results and said “This isn’t cancer…there are no signs of cancer with these results”. I began to cry a little and told her “Please do not say that, unless you are absolutely sure. Let the Doc look this over and he can explain this when we come in”.
I made an appointment for the following afternoon for Patch to visit New Doc so he could look at his ears and give me feedback on the info from the previous Doc. Second Lady wanted me to just drop him off on the a.m. and I could come back that afternoon to pick him up. I told her “No~Patch had been to the Doc 5 times within 5 weeks and 2 of those times had to stay all day. I wasn’t gonna just drop him off for the day at a New Doc…not just yet”.
Thursday: I met Jedd and Patch at the New Vet. Patch went on in-lol~didn’t realize where he was at. He also went on in the examining room. After I shut the door behind us (a habit now) is when he realized something was up-hehe. Anywho New Doc was talking away in medical terms about there are no signs of cancer…I was like-slow down-in english please. Anywho~I actually got to see pieces of paper (proof of tests) with the results. New Doc explained to me what everything meant.
He said there are no signs of cancer and to diagnose lymphoma, you would have to aspirate, or biopsy, a lymph node. I said “Well, I’m not a docter, but uh-duh~that makes perfect sense”. I explained to him how things got started with his nose and the bleeding and he explained the possible reasons/causes of this. He also said that if it was a tumor in Patch’s nose~this wouldn’t be lymphoma~it would possibly be nasal cancer. New Doc explained so much more about these results, but don’t want to babble on too long.
I am dumbfounded with all of this info and I am prodding the doc to suggest to me what to do. I said “So shouldn’t we biopsy a lymph node”? He says “if he were my dog I definitely would”. Thank you~straight up answers! Of course, the whole time Patch is just wandering around the room and in the back talking away…dragging Jedd around-lol. I ask Jedd what he thinks~you know Jedd~just there. He says “I don’t know, whatever you want to do…yada-yada”.
To make a long story shorter~New Doc says to take Patch off of steroids (prednisone) for a week. Put him on an antibiotic for a week. Come back in a week and he will perform a biospy on a lymph node.
My Analysis of the Whole Ordeal: Why did Previous Doc diagnose Patch with lymphoma? Maybe he is that good~he can just feel the lymph nodes and knows. Maybe he ruled out all other issues and decided it was lymphoma. He still may be right~but I have to know for sure! If this isn’t lymphoma, Patch has been on steroids for almost two months and that can’t be good for him.
I still feel bad for going to a New Doc, but Old Doc is out recovering from hernia surgery and I also need peace of mind knowing I did get a second opinion.
Oh ya~the ear problem~normal for Patch’s age~an autoimmune thing. I am also gonna get a copy of these results for myself. We also weighed Patch and he gained 2 pounds~yeah! (Not that it matters for him-little overweight anyway-but we sure didn’t want to lose more right now).
Fingers crossed for a week! Things that make you go hhhhhmmmmm.
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