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#209938 - 02/01/12 10:14 PM Re: Chemo [Re: Tara]
kelso Offline
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Thank you guys so much.

Especially the encouraging thoughts regarding the chemo, I was hoping we were making the right decision and your experiences make me think we are.
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Allie, gotcha 7/2007
Riko z Vom Weberhaus, "Fez" 7/29/2012

forever our angels
Meeka, b. 10/31/1994-11/26/2006
Kelso, b. 9/3/2006-2/9/2012


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#210131 - 02/02/12 07:24 PM Re: Chemo [Re: kelso]
arycrest Offline
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Please keep us updated how he's doing!!! hugging
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#210177 - 02/02/12 10:09 PM Re: Chemo [Re: arycrest]
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Steph, I am so sorry to hear about Kelso. I just now finished reading this forum. Sending prayers and health wishes for Kelso. If you need anything, please let me know. I don't know where in KC you are. We are in Shawnee. Hugs.
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#210182 - 02/02/12 10:14 PM Re: Chemo [Re: TimberWolf]
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Aw Steph, I don't know what to say. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all and especially with Kelso... hugging
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#210187 - 02/02/12 10:28 PM Re: Chemo [Re: Kris]
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Sending positive thoughts for Kelso today hugging
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#210385 - 02/04/12 01:38 AM Re: Chemo [Re: MaxaLisa]
kelso Offline
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Thanks again everyone, the hugs do help so much

Kelso went for chemo today so spent the day with his vet techs
His white count was to low to safely do the chemo with the standard "CHOP" type protocol so he did not get it. So the internist looked into other options.

He will be getting L-arginine that does not affect the white blood cells. She cannot get it until this tuesday so he will go in for the injection then.

I asked her why he was still alive after months of this. She believes the vaccine was a "red herring" that uncovered an indolent cancer "CLL" Chronic lymphocytic leukemia" that he could have had for a long time.

We talked about oncologists/bone marrow transplants, referral to Universities ect. But he is sick. And she has talked to 2 oncologists already. His hematocrit is 15 and she described his pulses as thready.

But he is stable and comfortable. This is terminal, in the vets words. I have to say it outloud.

I love my boy so much and thank you all for loving him as well. The vets/ect have all been surprised at how strong he has been, but it doesn't surprise me at all, that is just who he is.

Hope you all have a great weekend, I am looking forward to some time with Kelso and Allie. Hugs to your dogs also, there is alot of dogs fighting things here in these health threads.
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-Steph

GSD's
Allie, gotcha 7/2007
Riko z Vom Weberhaus, "Fez" 7/29/2012

forever our angels
Meeka, b. 10/31/1994-11/26/2006
Kelso, b. 9/3/2006-2/9/2012


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#210386 - 02/04/12 01:53 AM Re: Chemo [Re: kelso]
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Hi Steph,

I am sitting here thinking about what to type. My dad had CLL--I didn't know that dogs got it. It is considered slow moving. He lived with it for 7 years. They say people don't die of CLL but they die of something else b/c their immune system is so compromised. My dad's body just wore out finally.

Anyway, I know how much you love your Kelso and I am so, so sorry that this is happening. I'm sending out much peace, strength and positive energy to your entire family.

I hope you have a great weekend with the dogs. hugging
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#210387 - 02/04/12 02:06 AM Re: Chemo [Re: BowWowMeow]
kelso Offline
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Originally Posted By: BowWowMeow
Hi Steph,

I am sitting here thinking about what to type. My dad had CLL--I didn't know that dogs got it. It is considered slow moving. He lived with it for 7 years. They say people don't die of CLL but they die of something else b/c their immune system is so compromised. My dad's body just wore out finally.

Anyway, I know how much you love your Kelso and I am so, so sorry that this is happening. I'm sending out much peace, strength and positive energy to your entire family.

I hope you have a great weekend with the dogs. hugging


frown I am sorry to hear about your dad frown

I had heard the same about CLL, it is really confusing with Kelso. He should be older if he had that, and if he had agressvive lymphoma he should, by all accounts, be dead. It just doesn't make sense in alot of ways but not sure it ever will. The vet said that what may happen is that he will get septic (infection) again from the low white counts or have such a low hematocrit that his body will just stop.

It is heatbreaking as it just seems like slow torture, though he does not seem uncomfortable? Some days, like the last few weeks, he seemed so much better, but some days now he just seems tired. Then better, back and forth. I keep talking to him, looking him right in the eyes and trying to ask him what he feels and what he wants.

He is just to much of stubborn german dog to tell me right now. He seems to keep pushing. So we will do everything we can at this point.

Thank you so much, your thoughts mean alot.
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-Steph

GSD's
Allie, gotcha 7/2007
Riko z Vom Weberhaus, "Fez" 7/29/2012

forever our angels
Meeka, b. 10/31/1994-11/26/2006
Kelso, b. 9/3/2006-2/9/2012


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#210389 - 02/04/12 02:37 AM Re: Chemo [Re: kelso]
arycrest Offline
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grouphug hugging hugging Steph & Kelso hugging hugging grouphug

I honestly don't know what to say! Kelso has already proven he's a real fighter and has a lot of heart! wub

I hope and pray that his attitude, the love and comfort you and Dan are giving him, the prayers of your family & friends, and the chemo meds will all combine to help him kick this disease in the butt!

grouphug hugging hugging hugging grouphug
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#210391 - 02/04/12 03:17 AM Re: Chemo [Re: arycrest]
bianca Offline
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Steph, I don't know what to say either teary but I am sending all my prayers and positive thoughts for Kelso to keep fighting hugging hugging

Would you possibly consider an animal communicator?
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