Hi friends,
I thought I'd drop in with another too-brief update. Frankie is doing better. He continues to tolerate the decreasing steroids well. He is now down to 3.5 pills a week, from a high of 14 a week when he first went in. The Imuran helps, it seems, and allows him to decrease quicker than otherwize. This is good, because the vets are keeping an eye on the increased liver enzymes and are hopeful that they will go down once we decrease the steroids to an acceptable level. We need to decide whether we want to try to take him off completely or not. If so, then it would be better for his liver. But if he has a relapse, they typically hit harder and are more difficult to suppress the second go around.
We had a brief interude with a lepto scare. Someone suggested we get tested for this in *.veterinary, and we did. Upshot was a very very low reading of one of the strands we decided it was probably because of the vaccination. We did another test three weeks later, and those came back even lower suggesting against an active infection (particularly in an immuno suppressed dog). We've determined that he doesn't have an active lepto infection, and that this is not cause for concern. But Frankie did like the weak full of liquid amoxil he got to take just in case.
The big problem, really, is that Frankie developed two masses in his mouth. They are matching on either side of his tongue, which his good, because that in itself suggests against cancer. It could be a reaction to the drugs he's taking, or benign lymphoid tissue. Or, of course, it could be cancer, but because it is bilateral that isn't likely. They want to biopsy, but with the high liver enzymes and the other conditions, as well as the fact that they don't think it is cancer, they are going to wait on it. I'm weighing whether it is even a good idea to biopsy, because cancer in the mouth is a bad place to get it, and I'm not sure whether we'd gain much from actually knowing or not.
But as his steroid dose goes down, he's more peppy and playful and energetic. He's even happier, which is amazing, since he's been stellar throughout. Behaviorilly, he's doing great.
So that's where we are. We're still trying to lower the steroids as quickly as possible while monitoring his platelet count. When low enough, we'll consider biopsying the masses in his mouth. In the mean time, he's doing super, and we're enjoying his company.
Sorry I've been off so long. More as we know more.

Be well, everyone. Best wishes to everyone.
Chad

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Hi Chad.
It *is* exhausting to try to not worry, isn't it. But we do worry all the same. One day at a time.
I am glad you have a vet you have confidence in. Sounds like she listens to your concerns.
Glad Frankie is still a happy chap! Wouldn't it be nice to have that innocence and faith?
Perry
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Hi friends, I thought I'd drop in with another too-brief update. Frankie is doingbetter. He continues to tolerate the decreasing steroids well. He is now down to

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But as his steroid dose goes down, he's more peppy and playful and energetic. He's even happier, which is amazing, since he's been stellar throughout. Behaviorilly, he's doing great.

Yay, Frankie!
So that's where we are. We're still trying to lower the steroids as quickly as possible while monitoring his platelet count. When low enough, we'll consider biopsying the masses in his mouth. In the mean time, he's doing super, and we're enjoying his company.

It doesn't sound like the masses in his mouth are cancer, from the symmetry of them. But I will keep everything crossed about that anyway. I'm glad he's peppy, energetic, and happy what a trouper!

Give him skritches from David and me and the doggie equivalent from Fidget, and tell him we're all sending constant good vibes.

P.S. Is the subject supposed to be 1.17.04?

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Hi friends, I thought I'd drop in with another too-brief update. Frankie isdoing better. He continues to tolerate the decreasing ... company. Sorry I've been off so long. More as we know more. Be well, everyone. Best wishes to everyone. Chad

Hi Chad,
I'm glad Frankie is doing a little better and continues to improve. I won't say try not to worry, as it's impossible not to. Best wishes to you and your family too,
Alison
He's even happier, which is amazing, since he's been stellar throughout. Behaviorilly, he's doing great.

i'm glad to hear that Frankie is feeling better and that he's been in good spirits. yay! hopefully the masses in his mouth are just a reaction to the drugs or they're some sort of benign swelling that will sort itself out soon. fingers crossed, and i'll keep him in my thoughts.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
Hi Chad. It *is* exhausting to try to not worry, isn't it. But we do worry all the same. One ... concerns. Glad Frankie is still a happy chap! Wouldn't it be nice to have that innocence and faith? Perry bentcajungirl

Absolutely exhausting! But he's worth it.
She's a great vet, and my general estimation of her (and the entire practice) has been reified by this entire experience.
Thanks for the kind note, Perry. Frankie sends his best! Chad

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But as his steroid dose goes down, he's more peppy ... amazing, since he's been stellar throughout. Behaviorilly, he's doing great.

Yay, Frankie!

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So that's where we are. We're still trying to lower ... mean time, he's doing super, and we're enjoying his company.

It doesn't sound like the masses in his mouth are cancer, from the symmetry of them. But I will keep everything crossed about that anyway. I'm glad he's peppy, energetic, and happy what a trouper!

That's certainly our hope, and its very possible that they are not. At this point, we just have to wait for a while before we can consider a biopsy.
Give him skritches from David and me and the doggie equivalent from Fidget, and tell him we're all sending constant good vibes.

He sends his thanks (and knows about the doggie equivalent, to which he responds with a hearty bark).
P.S. Is the subject supposed to be 1.17.04?

Ahh. I'm never getting the date posts accurate in the subject line... smile

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Hi Chad, I'm glad Frankie is doing a little better and continues to improve. I won't say try not to worry, as it's impossible not to. Best wishes to you and your family too, Alison

Hey Alison,
Thanks so much for this note, and for your best wishes. They mean a lot to us. smile
Best from Frankie and me...
Chad

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He's even happier, which is amazing, since he's been stellar throughout. Behaviorilly, he's doing great.

i'm glad to hear that Frankie is feeling better and that he's been in good spirits. yay! hopefully the masses ... some sort of benign swelling that will sort itself out soon. fingers crossed, and i'll keep him in my thoughts.

Thanks, shelly!
A quick update. Frankie had a total health blood draw yesterday, and the results came back tonight. His blood chemistry is improving quite a bit, and they are seeing marked declines in the liver enzymes. They still are abnormally high, but the declining steroids seems to be resulting in lower liver enzymes across the board. That's wonderful news, now that the trends are declining rather than elevating. All that, and his platelet count remains robustly high. In short: another reduction in the steroid dose starting tonight. He's gone from 14 pills a week to now 1.5 pills a week. Soon we'll have a decision to make: whether to take him off completely or to keep him on a low dose.
That's what's going on here. Thanks for the well wishes, and my best to H and E, too!
Chad

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