This post will be two-fold. First we will have a Tanner update, then a Devon Remembrance.
Last Thursday, Tanner had a visit to the vet school. He repeated his abdominal ultrasound, blood work and they did a urinalysis on him. Short answer - All Clear - No Evidence of Disease!
Tanner came home with quite a bruise from the urinalysis procedure. Thankfully, by Sunday, it was all but gone. I love technology and being able to easily monitor something with a quick snap of a photo with your phone!
Tanner's blood work values all came back better than before.
Phosphorus - Normal
Potassium - Normal (high end)
Sodium - Normal (low end - monitor)
BUN - 52 (stable)
Creatinine - 1.7 (improved/stable)
He is no longer anemic.
His kidneys and spleen look the same as before.
He had some fluid in his abdomen that has resolved itself.
Right now, they are wanting to continue with the every two month monitoring, but I am going to push it to 4 months. I monitor him closely at home, and have verified with his regular vet that this is a good move. He agrees that extending the visits is a smart choice. I expressed my concern about the uncertainty of treating Tanner again, if/when the cancer returns. I don't know if physically, Tanner could handle another round or treatment. And, I don't know if financially I could handle another round. Taking some stress and burden off of us both right now, while he is in remission though will give us both a chance to continue to recover. I pray we don't have to make any of these decisions anytime soon!
Today is another memorable day in our family, as it marks 3 years since Devon danced off to the Bridge.
Devon, I think about you often and wonder what your favorite things would be now. I've been going back through your many volumes of scrapbooks and enjoying the moments we shared. Here is a page that tells all about you.