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RE: Prayers/good thoughts requested

Thanks for the updates, Daryl.  I'm tickled that you got some good news
about your dad!  

I will agree that a life lived in terrible pain is not much of a life, but I
know that whatever you and the vet decide, you will make the right decision
for Buddy.  You have a loving heart.  Try to get some rest when you can.  Is
there anyone who could spell you for a night or at least long enough for a
good long nap?

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Daryl
Sent: Monday, September 11, 2006 4:52 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Prayers/good thoughts requested

Thanks, everybody.

Dad's lung doctor said today that his asbestosis has not progressed. Good
news! I'll take him to his PCP tomorrow for the results from the
endocrinologist and let her referee the others.

The vet said that an x-ray showed no large, obvious mass, though Buddy's
liver is very small and may be part of the problem (previous blood tests did
not indicate it so he's doubtful). He didn't do an endoscopy because at
Buddy's age, if he found a tumor in the intestinal wall there wouldn't
likely be anything that he could do that would be helpful, but did give us
some different meds. He said, "We're running out of (magic) bullets", but
since Buddy's still interested in life, a couple of more days of trial with
the different meds was worth a shot. We'll see.
As long as the meds make him comfortable, we'll clean up any amount of
effluvia. The injection he's given to Buddy the last few times has taken
care of his horrible gut-twisting pain for about 36 hours, so I'm willing to
try. We don't mind the middle of the night every 20 minute walks/clean-up,
but we don't want to have the little guy in pain.

d (the exhausted)

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