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Lucy 02-05-14 - Good Bye

Feb 05, 2014 - 5 comments
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Dear All,

This will be my last entry for this journal.  Lucy passed away this afternoon.  She feel asleep and did not wake up.

Lucy started to be under the weather a month ago.  She was loosing weight.  We went to the vet and did some test and X-rays.  Her blood pressure was fine, all her organs were fine.  The X-rays showed some stain on her lungs.  Lucy was not sneezing, coughing or having trouble breathing.  (as her brother did, when his lungs where affected with Cancer).

The vet recommended to give her antibiotics, to try, even after the radiologist communicated to us of the spreading of the cancer in her lungs.  We couldn't believe it would be Cancer as Lucy was not showing any symptoms.  She was tired, but still talking.

Last week, Lucy stopped eating.  We then fed her ourselves.  Lucy was spending a lot of time sleeping and not moving.  We felt that the end was close and that we would have t o make a decision sooner or later.  We did not want her to suffer.  She seems to be OK until the very end as she was still talking and purring.  

We have no regret on the decision we made.  The operation to remove her mammary glands went very well and gave us Lucy back to normal for around 2 years.  We do not think that the chemo would have change anything.

Please, keep Lucy in your thoughts.  She left her in her sleep.

Laurent

Lucy 09-12-13 - Good news

Sep 12, 2013 - 1 comments
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Dear All,

We wanted to share with you the good news.  Yesterday, Lucy went to the vet for a check up.  She is good.  Her lungs are fine, her heart rate is fine, no lumps on her tummy and the X-rays very clean.  We are so happy and have no regrets on our decisions.  

She is a fighter and she is still full of energy even by being 15 years young.  


Lucy 06-24-13 Results

Jun 24, 2013 - 1 comments
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Dear All,
As you recall, Lucy went back for surgery for some lumps on her tummy.  This surgery was recommended by our vet and the specialist who did the ultra-sounds.  Lucy bounced back pretty well.  We will have her stitches removed on Thursday.

The original biopsy of these lumps were just fat lumps.  Our vet did not believe it and asked the lab to redo the analysis.  The vet called and informed us that they were cancer cells.  Low grade cancer, as the previous one, but they still appeared again just one year after having removed one side of Lucy's mammary glands.

The vet has now 3 recommendations.  We are back to square one, kind of!!
1) Removing all her mammary glands on the other - meaning an other big surgery
2) Chemo - meaning stressing Lucy every time we would go there
3) Monitoring closely the spreading - meaning that if he spread in her liver or lungs, there will be nothing to do.

We are inclined to go with the 3rd choice.  Lucy will be turning 15 years young in 2 months and she already went through a lot.  She bounced back pretty well after each surgery, but it is truly an inconvenience and pain to her.  We can tell, as the last time she was very hipper and somewhat aggressive when she came back home after her last surgery.

We will meet with the vet to discuss again on Thursday, but I think our mind is set.  We want Lucy to have a good life, which she did so far, and we want to keep it that way.  Her brother went through a lot of tests and pain in his last days instead of just enjoying his last days, relaxing at home with us.

Feel free to share your feeling or experience to guide us to choose another option if we hear about great results.
Thank you in advance for Lucy.

Lucy 06-15-13

Jun 15, 2013 - 0 comments
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Today is a very good day.  Lucy is doing very well.  Maybe too well for just 2 days after the operation. :-)
On Thursday, when she came back, she was very hyper and needed her space.  She was also restless.
Yesterday (Friday), she was more relaxed in the morning.  Maybe because her pain medication made her more sleepy.  In the evening, Lucy was already moving a lot and talking back.  She is still not very comfortable going down and up the stairs, but she managed a few times.  At least she does not jump.

Talking about jumping, I don't know if it is good or not.  Last night (and the night before) we put the mattress on the floor, as she likes to sleep with us, and we did not want her to jump on the bed.  Well, she used me last night as a step ladder.  She wanted to be on the bed string, to look over us better.  So, Lucy stepped a few times on me to then reach the bed.  As she woke me up every times she did it, she realized that I was awake and asked for some tenderness.

Lucy is doing great.  Still no collar, she leaves her wound alone.  She even goes on her back to be petted.  I stay away from her tummy!!!.  I was able to see the incision and the stitches.  I thought that it was small, but it did look pretty bid.  I counted around 7 stiches.  We are sooooo glad she is bouncing back so quickly, especially at 14 years and 10 months.