Happily, in this case it doesn’t mean bad news. Aspen is doing good, all things considered. It’s been close to three months since the amputation, and she’s adapted fairly well.
We decided to proceed with chemo, and she will have her third treatment tomorrow. Her test numbers are good so far, but it’s hard to cope with how fast she gets exhausted these days. She’s a trooper and gets excited every time we go to her favorite park, but she seems to be panting all the time and we can’t figure out why. If only she could tell us what’s wrong…
The callus on her remaining front leg continues to be a headache. We did get a custom Dogleggs sleeve for her, but whenever it has to come off to give her a break or to wash it, it seems like we’re back to square one with the elbow getting raw and inflamed again. It’s frustrating because the vets have no other suggestion than “don’t let her lay on hard surfaces.” Believe me, we do our best with that.
Even so, all in all things are going better than we feared back in February. The only thing we can do is keep hoping she’ll defy the odds.
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