I wanted to let you know that Chewie is finally getting some energy back. He’s had a rough week of recovery, but we’ve had a lot of encouraging signs recently. After so many days of hard sleeping, weakness and wooziness, he seems to have perked up. Last night he actually pulled out some of his favorite squeak toys and went to town on them for hours. His bruising is gone, his wound is healing, and last night the vet at the U of M called to say that his platelet count is high and his white blood cell count is low (both reversed from last week when his white cells were off the charts and his platelets so low that his surgery was risky). He will have to have chemotherapy to make sure that all of the microscopic cancer cells left in him get wiped out… but it will be chemo aimed at giving him a full length life as opposed to just easing his passing, so even chemotherapy will be a good thing.
The U of M has actually asked if they could use him as a case study. I gather that his cancer isn’t unique, but it’s rare enough and in his case he’s a very young dog to have acquired it.
I can’t say enough good things about the crew of doctors up at the U of M. One thing I found remarkable is that at every stage of the game, the doctors were up front with the price list of what was being proposed and why it was recommended and whether we were willing to proceed. If they didn’t do that, it would just have added to my stress level because it would make me the heartless monster to have to introduce the subject of what it cost. I do wonder if things like that couldn’t help improve human healthcare, even though that’s a different situation.