Sadly, it isn’t good news for our boy. A follow-up with our oncologist revealed that the tumors in his lungs have grown since our last visit one month ago. As a result, she suggested we discontinue the Palladia treatment and focus on making the most of the time he has left.
We’ll continue administering the Prednisone which will, hopefully, make him more comfortable. Otherwise, we’ll be going homeopathic – mushrooms, Chinese herbs, turmeric, and goat’s milk – in the longshot hope that something may help.
We’ll also continue with his acupuncture sessions – although I’m dubious about their efficacy. I didn’t really notice a change in him after the first two appointments but am willing to demonstrate a little patience, only because we DID see some surprising results with Jelly years ago.
Some days he’s down – sleeping mostly, eating reluctantly, disinterested in engaging. Other days, it’s almost as if he’s back to his old self again – eating voraciously, barking loudly to convey his displeasure with the pace of the meal preparation or our impertinence in actually going out without him.
He’s still up for his walks and is always excited to go out, but he has slowed own considerably. It’s hard to believe that, less than six months ago, neighbors and passersby were commenting on how spry and puppy-like he seemed for a senior. Now, it’s a slow stroll to park and back. It’s particularly heartbreaking for Akemi who has been his constant companion and champion these many years. She has taken to wearing sunglasses on their daily outings in the event she starts feeling emotional.
They’ve really been inseparable these past seven years and have formed a special bond. Now, as he grows needier, it isn’t uncommon for him to climb upstairs (a Herculean feat for his old bones) to look for her or wander about anxiously when she’s not home.
Tomorrow, at Akemi’s request, we’ll be attending our own gallery shoot at a local photo studio.
I guarantee I won’t be the only one dressed up for the occasion.