Sunday, April 13, 2014

A pretty quiet week

This has been a quiet week, no emergencies, no pain, everyone in the house is doing well. I can handle this!

Marshall had his regular visit with the primary care physician on Thursday and all is well.

Marshall's frame of mind has been much better, so we assume the Venlafaxine is working, along with the oxygen.

I forgot to mention that we did talk to the nurse practitioner about Marshall's possible GERD (if he bends over he gets really sick and he has a pain in the middle of his chest). She said he could talk to his primary care doctor about maybe getting some tests done but in the meantime Marshall should continue on the Prilosec.

We are not giving up on the possibility of finding a dentist who can maybe make some new dentures that will accommodate the bone issue in his mouth. Most dentists are afraid to touch him because he has been taking Xgeva (a bone strengthener) that has a possibility of causing a serious jaw problem. In the meantime, he can only put his teeth in when he is eating or when he needs to be "pretty"! So many things to adjust to.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Cancer Center Day

Today was our monthly visit to the Cancer Center. Marshall has been in a deep depression for the past week or so. It's awful. I know he's in the house but we don't really talk. And as we approach Cancer Center Day, he always starts getting worked up.

His first appointment was with the psychiatrist. I asked him if it was helpful and he said "yes."

Then over to the lab for blood work. Then to the oncologist where we saw the Nurse Practitioner (Kathryn).

All of the regular tests today came out exactly where they should be. The PSA went up from 2.46 to 4.64. Kathryn said that since his PSA has been "bouncing" and since he has no pain, this rise is nothing to get concerned about and will probably go back down next month.

We discussed depression and she prescribed Venlafaxine so he will try that and see if it helps.

He needs to get a Pneumonia 13 shot (which is kind of a booster) and they will do that at the next visit.

That's it for today......

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Not much to report

Marshall is still working with the oxygen people to try to get his oxygen levels where they should be. His energy level fluctuates every day.

He also has a chest pain that could be GERD or a hiatal hernia, so we will be talking to the doctor about that next week (Monday at the Cancer Center and Thursday with primary care physician).

Today Coco went to the vet and he no longer needs to wear the cone. The stitches are out. He's almost normal again. But he has one more surgery to go -- dental surgery. The vet said to wait a few weeks so that he can get totally healed from the bladder surgery. Taking care of him has been a round-the-clock job, I am SOOOO tired.

Marlee is doing much better. It looks like the bacterial infection is gone.

That's it for now!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Marshall is now really a collector of gnomes. We need to find a spot to display them.

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Friday, March 21, 2014


Well, this morning (after another night of him getting up to pee every hour and a half), I took him out around 6:30 and he was walking fine. All of a sudden he started walking sideways and his rear legs gave out.

We rushed him over to the vet (40 miles away) with me barely dressed, no combed hair, no brushed teeth. First of all, one of his stitches, the one that is holding the penis in its sheath (OUCH), came loose. So she put a new suture in. But she was very concerned about the walking sideways thing and the legs giving out.

The walking sideways could be from pain and he could be favoring one side over another until the pain starts subsiding and everything heals. But the legs giving out...not sure about that. So she took a movie of Coco walking and sent it off to a neurological guy in Denver and we are at home now waiting to see if we need to rush Coco up to Denver for a consult with neurology. The guy she picked happens to be the guy who did Coco's back surgery in 2005, so he kind of has a record on Coco.

Marshall felt good today and was energetic throughout all of this.

He picked up his new "tester" CPAP machine today. He will need to use it for two weeks to see if they can solve his nighttime oxygen problem.

That's today's story.....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Coco is home; Marshall still has the blahs

We picked Coco up today and he was so glad to see us. We now have a 10-14 day recuperation period to go through and then another round of dental surgery.

Marshall still has the blahs, can't seem to get rid of them. And the doctor didn't show up today for the home visit, which was disappointing. He knew we were leaving at noon to pick Coco up so he was supposed to come this morning. There were no messages so we don't know what happened.

Tomorrow should be a quiet day. Nothing is on the agenda.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Coco's Surgery

Coco had his surgery today. The vet said it was a 4-hour surgery but it went well and we get to pick him up tomorrow afternoon. She didn't get to finish everything because she didn't want to keep him under anesthesia any longer, so he will have to come back in a month or so to finish out the dental surgery. It sure is weird here at home without him.

Marshall is having some hip pain and he had the blahs yesterday and today. Every now and then the enormity of everything just takes center stage. Our primary care physician here in Westcliffe actually does home visits and he is due to visit Marshall (along with his nurse) tomorrow morning. That should help get rid of the blahs.

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