Tes went in for her second Chemo Therapy yesterday. I allowed extra time for commute traffic, and wouldn’t you know, we got to Davis in record time. We had almost a full hour in the early morning to walk the empty Arboretum park before the heat set.
We only saw a small portion of it, and it’s very nice. Lots of areas showcasing species, knowledge centers like "how much should you water", a lake and canal, a great large open beam arbor, and lots more. It was a nice treat before the therapy. When we got back to the center just before 7:30, when they open, she was thirsty enough to give the doggy water fountain a try.
Per our now established pattern, I waited in reception, and watched all the animals and people come and go. This week a loud racket entered the front door about 8:00am that made everyone look up. It was a woman dragging a pudgy Pit-bull and she was wailing and trying to leave. Her mom said she’d been coming every 3 weeks for 5 months and was just miserable over it. She loudly moaned/howled/sobbed until they came to get her. Good news for her was it looked liked she’d gone into remission and wouldn’t have to come back for awhile. News that we won’t be hearing for Tes.
This time there were a lot of cats, a large tortoise, and several dogs including a gorgeous Blue Tick Hound. He was just a little shorter than Tes, but skinny/scrawny like Hobbie (Rachel’s Weimaraner). I’d always thought they were heftier, like Tes with the Mastiff in her. Or maybe I just measure all dogs against our "Whole Lot of Tessie".
Tes doesn’t like the Chemo, she makes sure you see her bandage where the needle was. This time they increased the dosage of Mitoxantrone but had us go down to every other day on the Piroxicam (Feldene) because of elevated kidney values. Tuesday she goes to her local vet for a white blood cell count (which has been great so far) and the following Tuesday for kidney value checks. Her next Chemo is on the 21st, a short while before we head out to North Carolina.
She’ll be staying with Mike & Pennie (Joseph will be coming by the house, as will Vlad) and the doctors at this point believe there should be no issues with our trips timing, and will confirm this on the 21st. Mike and Pennie are willing to have her come and deal with giving her meds. They’ve had to give her enough of them over the years that it’s not abnormal.