Thursday, November 01, 2007

Chemo Week 9

Or, wall-to-wall dog sick. "He may experience some nausea or vomiting." Yup. Oh boy.

We went to Cambridge on Tuesday, and they agreed that the COP protocol had stopped working, and it was time to try doxorubicin at three-weekly intervals. He had the first dose there, and an anti-emetic injection. Good job it lasted long enough to get us home, because my sister, God bless her, drove us there in her car. It was a long day, four hours each way, plus stops, and a five hour wait while they did tests.

Now Herbie's home, and not feeling too good. I've been to get some anti-emetics from the vet that say "May cause vomiting if given on an empty stomach". Great, really useful for a dog that's thrown up and now won't eat anything. He's also only had three-quarters of one pill so far, because he keeps gacking it up, no matter how much I stroke his throat to make him swallow. Greyhounds aren't built like other dogs, and pilling them isn't easy.

I'm about to go to bed and pull the covers over my head. Leaving the front door open so that Herbie can vomit outside for a change.


Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

Oh, how awful - I hope he's feeling better soon. Just out of interest - if you're in Yorkshire, why do you take him down to Cambridgeshire? Surely the specialist chemo unit at Liverpool University would be closer?

HandH said...

It's about the same from north of York, it's four hours minimum to Liverpool as well. We've asked to transfer to a cancer vet at Knaresborough for future treatment, so hoping that will happen. Originally Herbie's biopsy came back clear of lymphona, which led to much bafflement, and we ended up being referred to Cambridge for further tests. The lab must have been having an off day, because Cambridge were able to confirm lymphoma straight away.