Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Georgie Update

First I would like to thank everyone who has been praying for Georgie. It really has brought me comfort and hope. : )
Here is Georgie at the Oncologist today before her first chemo treatment ( sorry quality is cruddy, I took it on my BB). She was in really good spirits, actually the most peppy I have seen her all week. She was totally pimping for treats and I think she went home with about 7 in her tummy. Whatever makes her happy! Her eyesight has improved but her right eye has a lot of blood in in caused by the Lymphoma, so we are back to the Opthamologist tomorrow morning to have that looked at again.
I will continue her chemo at home for the next 3 days, then we are back again next Wednesday for another round. The plan is to do this for 12 weeks. She will go into remission ( hopefully) soon and should be back to her old self in no time. She has maintained her weight, thanks to some new things in her diet like cottage cheese and sardines, although she has lost a lot of muscle. I plan on adding flax oil, kelp and some other goodies to help her along the chemo road.
The Chief has been a dear throughout this. I asked him today if I should go back to work once Alexa is back in school to help pay for this ( it's that much!). He said no, not to worry about it. I told him I will cut back on all spending and be as thrifty as I can be, which I'm actually good at. My biggest worry is that we will pay all this money and she will only live 6 months. Well, that is my worry anyway, but I will feel guilty about it from a financial standpoint if that happens. It is so hard to put a price on someone you love. We want to do everything we can. I am not ready to say good bye to her. Is that selfish?
Today was the day Alexa and I were supposed to fly to Chicago to spend 10 days with my folks. Of course that had to be canceled. There was no way the Chief could handle all of this on his own and I could not bear to be away from her during this difficult time. So, I had to break the news to Alexa last week and she burst into tears which made me feel horrible. I told her that sometimes responsibilities in families cause you to make hard decisions. All of us were disappointed on all ends but I guess life does that to you sometimes.
So, for now I count my blessings each day for my child's health, my husband's, my own and my family's. I am enjoying every moment with my sweet Georgie and trying to be strong. I said to myself tonight after all the pets were fed, Alexa was bathed, the house was straightened up, and it was finally quiet...."Hey, I should really take care of myself too and go get a massage". Then I laughed and thought, "Hey great idea but you can't even afford it now!" So, I think I'll settle for a hot shower!


Missy said...

I wanted to cry reading this post! Your dedication to your sweet Georgie reminds me of my love for my Sambo (cat). You CANNOT put a price on their little lives. If you are able to give Georgie every chance at life, then it is worth it. Don't worry about the "what if's", worry about the "nows". Sounds like you are enjoying the nows with her. I will keep Georgie and all of you in my prayers!!! I hope the chemo goes well! Go get em' Georgie!

Jennifer said...

What a good person you are Sue. I will continue my prayers for sweet Georgie.


Kate said...

Oh gosh...just getting caught up a little. I am so sorry about this heartache and all that you have been experiencing. I hope it is going well...please keep us posted. you all are in my thoughts and prayers.


Christie said...

Awwww, she's so sweet! I agree - it's almost impossible to put a price on someone you love. My cat is 16 years old, and we spent well into the stratosphere to keep her alive a few years back. Here's the good news: we were told to put her down, etc. and that she was ready to go. We instead decided to go ahead and treat her condition. And here she is, almost four years later, our little miracle kitty and in perfect health - albeit old. You do what feels right...go with your gut. She's your baby and a part of your family - anything less than your best will feel totally wrong, I suspect. Totally been there...totally understand...they have a way of just working themselves down deep into our hearts...and our lives. Sending prayers!

Felicia said...

Praying for Georgie's remission, health and praying for you guys too!