“It’s cold out. I think I will wear my window-breaker.” Akemi, August 23 2011.
Early this morning, we were back at the University of Guelph Small Animal Hospital for Maximus’s 3rd (of 5) radiation treatments and anti-cancer vaccine. Needless to say, my boy was less than enthusiastic…
There have been some notable changes in Maximus over the past month. Beside the obvious – lethargy, loss of appetite – he’s become unusually needy. Apparently, if we’re all in the car and I pop out to get something, he’ll cry until I come back. He used to do this all the time back when he was a puppy, and it’s unusual to hear he’s suddenly doing it now.
Anyway, like I said, his Maximus’s appetite has been off of late. He’s no longer the voracious eater he used to be, polishing off his meal before the rest of the pack were halfway through theirs. Lately, he’s been turning his nose up at dog food and so Akemi has been making him simmered chicken breast that he’ll happily consume so long as its shredded and fed to him by hand. The radiation oncologist told us that the treatment may affect his olfactory sense and suggested we try sprinkling parmesan on his food. That or serve him scrambled eggs. Akemi tried the latter this afternoon and that did the trick. Apparently, he scoffed them down like his old self.
According to the radiation oncologist, the tumor is shrinking. A hopeful sign. The aim is to get it to divide and die, a process that – if successful – may not come about for months after the completion of the therapy.
Anyway, Maximus was in great spirits when we picked him up later that day. I dropped him and Akemi off, then headed to the office where I found some mail awaiting me. First –
And then –
A HUGE thank you to both.
Oh, by the way. With time to kill while we waited for Maximus to complete that morning’s treatment, we headed over to the nearby mall where we strolled the aisles of the neighborhood dollar store. I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of this –
Fan Expo this weekend – from what I hear, the biggest con after Comic Con and The Big Apple Comic Con. I’m thinking of going on Saturday to check out the supervillain statues.
And heckle Michael Shanks who’ll be making an appearance along with his lovely wife Lexa.
Finally, I leave you tonight with a pic of mom’s cat, Baby, after bath time.
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