Posted by: Adrianna | August 1, 2010

Home together

We got some good news this morning:  Elliott’s liver and spleen look better than at diagnosis, and the spleen looks better than two weeks ago (after starting chemo) and there are no enlarged lymph nodes in his abdomen.  These would all be hallmarks of relapse, so the internist and oncologist both feel that Elliott has had a bad chemo reaction and is NOT suffering a loss of remission.

Sleeping after ultrasound excitement

This is such great news, and I am so happy! When a friend took us in on Friday night, I was pretty sure it was going to be the end.  He looked just as miserable as he did at diagnosis. He looked a little better on Saturday morning, but not terribly so.  Then after I got back to the hospital that evening (after feeding the piggies kitties at home)  I thought he looked at lot better.  He was HUNGRY and wanted to walk around and be active.  He was — and still is — a little weak, and he’s definitely feeling some joint achiness.  This is probably due to cutting off his pred (used initially as part of his treatment, it is also great for arthritis) and some stiffness comes from lying around for the past three days.   I’ve found that now that he’s older, he really needs to walk a certain amount every day or he starts losing ground.

We slept on a bunch of comforters on the floor in the cardio room overnight (with him on his IV, of course) and were pretty comfortable.  Someone tinkled in his sleep on the comforter–my fault for not waking him up to go out when he was on such a high rate of fluids.  But otherwise it was great to hang out together.  This morning he was ravenous and had more energy.

Here he is on the car ride home:

Homeward bound

And yes in this pic you can note his “pred head” — muscle wasting on the skull around the occipital bone (the “crest” at the top of the head) and at the temples. This happens to dogs on steroids and also is a sign of cachexia (the loss of muscle associated with cancer and other severe diseases).

One unfortunate thing happened today, though.  He struggled towards the end of his ultrasound and I think he really hurt himself.  He has chronic low back pain and he has ended up achy on other occasions when he has been active or overexerted himself as he did today.  He seems to have gotten more sore throughout the day 😦  He is on pain meds and muscle relaxers tonight.



  1. Wonderful news, so happy for you! 🙂 You and Elliott have been on my mind all day, been waiting anxiously for the u/s update (I think I wore out my F5 key LOL!) I hope hie didn’t hurt his back too badly, and it’ll feel better after a good night’s sleep in bed. Hugs to you and him.

  2. Awwww! I am so happy to hear this news!! Been praying so hard for Elliot and for you. This little doggie has captured the hearts of a lot of people. Thank you for posting those pictures! He looks so happy to be going home!! Prayers will continue for Elliot’s health and I’ll continue to send him Reiki too.

    ((((HUGS)))) coming your way and please tell Elliot that he has an awful lot of people pulling for him!!

    Donna and Flame

  3. I am so glad he is home! Poor Elliott! What does this mean for his treatment plan?

  4. whew! really happy news. yea elliott!! 🙂

  5. I am so glad Elliott is doing well. He looks very hungry and happy to be on the way home. Hugs to all.

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