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Mar 19 2012

Happy dog, happy mama

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It has been a while.  At the time of Zeus’ diagnosis, I absolutely scoured this site – seriously, I read every single word of every entry  of the first one hundred or so blogs shown on the list.  I spent hours stalking the forums.  I cried, I laughed, and I absorbed every morsel of information that I could fit into my overwhelmed brain.  After things died down some I became complacent about writing blog entries.  It now occurs to me that my laziness is not fair to new members who desperately want to read every story possible to help them make a decision.  So, three months and 19 days after amputation, here’s were we are now:

Zeus is the happiest stinkin’ dog ever.   Greg took him to the mailbox earlier and when they came back in the door Zeus was bounding down the hall with the biggest smile ever.  Greg said he ran back to the house faster than he has seen him move since the amp surgery.

Not to be misleading – we have had our ups and downs here and there.  His fifth chemo is scheduled for Friday and they will do follow-up x-rays to see if the lone met is still lonely.  If it is, then we continue with round five and six of Carboplatin to see if it will continue to beat down the evil spots.  If there are more mets, then we stop Carboplatin and begin MP protocol.  I am a bit worried because for the last few days he has been panting a little after any activity.  I am hopeful that it is just the chemo making him tired, although in the past he just seemed lethargic and didn’t pant.  But I know (thanks to this site) that chemo is cumulative and I am hoping that it is just a side effect due to the chemo building up in his system.  His big run from the mailbox today did not result in any panting, so that is encouraging.

Zeus still comes to work with me every day, which is a huge relief to me.  Since we moved here last year, I work too far from home to come home and walk him at lunch.  He seemed to do fine, but I had a LOT of guilt about making him go all day without a potty break.  Our clients LOVE it that the attorneys let him come.  I think it allows clients to see that attorneys have hearts, too!  : )  One of the attorneys comes in every single day and greets him before even going to her office.  Then she comes up during lunch to visit again.  I think it is a bit of calming therapy for her.  I know it is for me!

Most of all, we have NO regrets about embarking on this journey.  At first I obsessed over every single stumble, every loose poop, every “slow” day.  After the first few weeks, it finally sank in that worrying every day was counterproductive to what we were doing.  We were fighting for more quality time with him and then I wasn’t taking the time to enjoy it.  I have found that I now can fully cherish every moment without that sense of sadness lurking in the back of my heart.  Zeus is happy.  Really happy.  And happy Zeusey makes a happy mama.  I wouldn’t change A THING.

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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Happy dog, happy mama”

  1.   etgayleon 20 Mar 2012 at 9:01 am     Reply1

    well, grasshopper…enjoying each and every moment of each and every day??? well done, well done!!!

    charon & spirit gayle

    •   zeuspodon 20 Mar 2012 at 6:19 pm     Reply2

      I cherish your friendship, Charon. Thanks for being here and for caring so much. I really mean that. Gayle was a lucky girl to have such a good momma. : )

  2.   kvizon 30 Mar 2012 at 10:18 am     Reply3

    This is such a wonderful post!!! And you are right…someone looking for comfort in the early going desperately needs to read these awesome words! <3

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