"I'm livin' in the moment and looking ahead to a healthy, hoppy Spring!"
Since we were not buried in snow today (like at pretty much every other visit) I was able to make it to the oncologist's office in under an hour. Nova always finds out some creative way to stretch out in my dork-mobile (minivan) and make me want to turn around and take her picture:
"Am I okay, Mom? Whaddid the Doctor say?? Any bad stuff in those big pictures they took?"
She was gung-ho on metronomic chemotherapy, which is a pill (or in this case combination of two pills) which is a low-dose of chemo, given on a daily basis. Her recommendation was Cytoxan and Feldene (also called Piroxicam), which she said she preferred to the Metacam that I had read about on Tripawds. She said that it might be expensive to purchase the drugs within her office, but recommended I get the prescriptions filled at Costco. (On my way home I stopped at Costco to drop off the prescriptions and was thrilled to find out that the Cytoxan was only $28.31 per month (it was $93.75 at the vet's office). And the Feldene was only $5.59. What a relief!) I was thrilled to find out that oral chemo was so affordable. This was one situation where Nova's weight worked in her favor. Usually, things cost more for giant breed dogs because everything is based on size and weight (x-rays are a nightmare because they have to get several views to get her whole giant body covered). But because she weighs the same as a human, she was able to get human dosages, which are less expensive. Cool.
She did great on the paved path, but was a little nervous walking out onto the dock, I think it must feel a little unstable when you hop on it.
"Spring makes me feel very, very hoppy!"
"Sometimes it's nice to just stop and sniff the air and let the wind blow your ears back. Ahhhhhhh!"
"Mom and I have very high hopes for 2009 and will continue to kick cancer's @$$ together!"
Nova got creative with a variation of the chinrest pose on the ride home. I can't believe she is actually comfortable sitting like this! That's my goofy girl!