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Tuesday, December 30, 2008, ( 9 views ) - Treatment - Posted by Emily

I decided to go to Reno and celebrate New Years with my sister, Jenny. I will be there until January 2nd. Newton got to hang out with Stephanie. Stephanie has taken care of Newton since he was 10 weeks old. He gets so excited when Stephanie and her family come to visit him.



Thursday, December 25, 2008, ( 9 views ) - Treatment - Posted by Emily

Merry Christmas. My brother, Scott, and his fiancee, Cecilia, came to visit. They were both impressed by how well Newton was doing on 3 legs. My brother had met Newton before, but this was the first time that Cecilia met him. She did a good job at showing Newton who was boss when he would try to challenge her. Newton also saw Cecilia as the treat machine, following her around in hopes that she would share whatever goodie she was eating.

Newton also had a great time opening the presents that his friends from the Bone Cancer Dogs Yahoo group. They were so generous and Newton was having the time of his life.



We had the neighborhood over for Christmas dinner and to play games. One of Newton's doggie friends, Braun, even came over. For most of the time, Newton and Braun had to play in his room since there was so much going on and so much food. I also discovered that Newton is a big fan of bright-colored poffy jackets. Who would have guessed?!?!



Monday, December 22, 2008, ( 6 views ) - Treatment - Posted by Emily

Hip hip horray!!!! Today was Newton's final round of chemo. The side effects that he experienced from the Carboplatin were quite minimal and he is truly back to his old self. I was hoping that some of the calmness would stick around (since I liked having the most well behaved dog in the CSU waiting room), but I am not complaining.

Once again, we are fighting another ear infection. I swear he gets more ear infections than any dog I know and I am already cleaning his ears twice weekly. The ear infections seem to coincide with a change in the weather. His "Y" portion of his incision also started leaking again over the weekend. WTF?!?! One of the oncology surgeons took a look at the incision and said that the healing was going inwards vs. outwards. At the moment there isn't anything to worry about, but that they would recheck when we go back for our next visit.

They also noticed a lump by one of his nipples during their general exam. They did a biopsy to make sure that it wasn't anything to worry about. So far so good, the cancer hasn't spread. They put him on Clavamox so that the biopsy site doesn't get infected and to prevent any re-infection of his incision.



Tuesday, December 9, 2008, ( 8 views ) - Treatment - Posted by Emily

Today I took Christmas pictures of Newton for our Christmas cards. I found this really cute Santa outfit and was hoping that he would be a sport and let me put it on him. I think deep down he secretly liked the outfit :-) We got our pictures taken and then he spent the remainder of the time running around the backyard.

I never thought that I would see the day that Newton has more Christmas cards addressed to him than I do. I love getting Christmas cards. There were so many neat cards and cute dogs.



Thursday, December 4, 2008, ( 7 views ) - Treatment - Posted by Emily

Newton is 2 months post amputation. Each day he gets stronger and becomes more like his old self. Today we went back up to CSU. It was a crazy snow day and took us almost 4 hours to make the drive. Newton had round 3 of carboplatin and also had chest X-Rays taken. So far, everything looks clear...yippie!!!

Since the previous medication they had prescribed for diarrhea didn't seem to be getting the job done, they prescribed Metronidazole. This is a med that Newton is quite familiar with. I call it his stress meds :-)

I'm so glad that he is doing so well. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't enjoy the time I have with him and am glad that I chose the treatment path that I did.



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