Belly Pics and fears

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Belly Pics and fears

A couple of pics from my rough 18th week ... I am having a hard time differentiating between pregnancy-hormone unreasonableness and legitimate fears about the babies' health, my ability to carry them, and now new fears for my very loved dog, a 9-year-old boxer named Patch. He is suddenly so ill that I'm afraid he's nearing the end of his life. His blood work and fecal tests were normal, so I'm now waiting to hear whether he has lymphoma (we might be able to hold off the inevitable for a few months with chemo) or metastasized mast cell cancer (a possibility I cannot mention). This is a guy who has scrambled up steep mountainsides to carry water and soil samples for me while I was in grad school and who comes to work with me every day in a middle school classroom. Selfishly, I need him for one more task: snuggling on the couch together as the coming weeks pass and the pregnancy reaches viability and results in healthy babies. I simply cannot have him go while I'm still worried about the babies' health.

18 weeks

18 weeks

daniellec.parker's picture
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Cute belly pics. :). So sorry to hear of your dog's illness. Sad I hope it's not as bad as it looks and that he will be ok. :bigarmhug:

Joined: 01/25/02
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cute belly! And I'm sorry that Patch is sick. I hope you more time left with him. Hugs!

Joined: 02/12/07
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Phew...that is a lot to deal with. He sounds like a very devoted friend. I hope everything turns out. And it's not selfish to want to want your best bud at your side when you're scared & vulnerable. Quite legitimate fears & worries for sure.

Joined: 04/24/11
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I'm so sorry that you are going through this Sad I have a lab and the thought of him not being here makes me want to cry...and hes only 4. I hope he pulls through and everything is ok.

BTW, very cute baby belly!

Joined: 04/10/11
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Thanks for the support. I worry constantly for the twins but am so relieved that my contractions have stopped. My dog was diagnosed yesterday with lymphoma. I was able to get an appointment with the doggie oncologist right away and am spending my day today thinking over the treatment options through tears. Chemotherapy might not be the best option considering his condition (some of the usual and most effective drugs can't be used because of his heart) and I cannot justify the expense with two unexpected babies in my belly when really the chemo just has a possibility of buying me a short amount of time during which I wouldn't be able to administer the medications myself or even pick up his poop (because of the pregnancy.) I might go instead with prednisone to relieve his discomfort in his final days. I know not everyone is an animal lover, but for those who understand, Patch means everything to me. He's my first dog and I have never been through this before. At this point, I am primarily concerned with his quality of life but have to be aware of my own stress levels for the babies' sake.

Joined: 08/28/10
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It sounds like youa re making the right decision for your family, as sad as it is. I'm sorry you are having to deal with this right now.

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:bigarmhug:

I am so sorry to hear about your beloved pet. I am sure you will make the best decision for all involved, no matter how difficult it may be.

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Hugs hon. I hope your last days with Patch will leave you with lots of good memories. Hugs and prayers, such tough decisions.