Our dog hospitalized. Am I next?

Our Island Dog, Finnegan, almost died last week.  Most likely ate something toxic on one of our beach walks.  Oops!  Guess I buried the lead.  I’m sick, too.

Finnegan has always “prospected” for food on our walks.  We try to pull him back on a short leash, but once he gets a hold of something he considers edible, good luck getting it away.  We could tell he wasn’t feeling well, and took him in late last week.  Finnegan was running a fever and his liver values were so high, the vet’s in-house equipment couldn’t record it.  So they sent blood work out and it came back at almost 6000; high value in the normal range is only 118!

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Three days on antibiotics and IV fluids and hopefully he’s turned the corner.  He got to come home over the weekend, along with a big bag full of doggie meds and special food.  So far, so good.

I’m not feeling well–and I need to meet with Finnegan’s vet in a few minutes for a follow up–so I’ll keep today’s post short.

Hopefully my health blip isn’t as serious.  I’ve been running a low grade, neutropenic fever for three days.  Near normal in the morning, then as high as 101.4 late afternoon/evening.

I insisted my local oncologist do blood work; nothing scheduled on my week off.  I want to see exactly where my white and absolute neutrophil (ANC) counts are a week after my first full month of CcD (Cytoxan/carfilzomib/dex).  Good time to see my numbers.  No dex for a week.

I’m taking an anti-pneumonia drug prophylactically three days a week; I washed an extra one down over the weekend.  No other symptoms, except for a mild headache when the fever is highest PM.  No cough or flu-like symptoms.

I’ll fight being hospitalized.  Too many bugs in there!  And if it sounds a bit forward for me to be insisting a doctor do this or that, remember that I’m not speaking with the doctor; I stopped in and spoke with his medical assistant.  I know that I’ve experienced this type of thing a half dozen times before.  I also know I’ve never had it last this long.

Life would be so much easier if my myeloma hadn’t morphed into a extra tough to track non-secretory form of cancer.  Light chain ratios can’t even track it.

Details tomorrow.  I feel pretty good this morning; no worries!

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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