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divo
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/20/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
When we lost our beloved lab of fourteen two years ago in the middle of Pete's second round of Pca treatments and surgeries, etc..he was devastated, and to him it seemed as if just one more thing was leaving him. It became easier without a dog to worry about , but we fell into a quiet routine of sunrise, sunset and night and then all over again..mixed in with Pete doing crossword puzzles or watching the History channel or waiting for cocktail time.......Every day....then last October, when I was visiting a friend, she asked about Pete.

"He is very depressed." I said..."Well, she said, "he needs another dog!" "NO, That is not what we need", I said....She ignored me and went to the computer and looked up Lab Rescue.....She found a number and dialed it and handed me the phone. "We are just doing research!", she said.

I was pinned down talking to the Lab Rescue person about us and what we wanted. I said we might be interested in a Very Calm, older, sweet, well behaved Lab....He said: "Yes, I have one that was picked up last week with two other labs. He is a real gentleman.... They were thrown out onto the road from a local puppy mill. The owner just threw them out because they were old and sick, and he didn’t want to take care of them....They were breeder dogs, and they are in terrible shape...The pound called us because they are full blood labs...We have to take them to the vet before they can be seen.. .

To make a long story short, the next week, we picked up Don Juan, aka(Donnie). He had been to the vet and discovered he had a heart problem, lyme disease, all sorts of infections, ticks and he was skin and bones...He was so grateful to come with us and we were so happy to have another focus other than cancer, that we all just fell in love! Pete immediately perked up and started laughing and talking. Donnie is flourishing and healthy. He has become the light of our lives...I walk him every morning and every evening. It has perked me up so much...just the walks alone. Pete sits on the porch reading the paper now and smoking his cigar with his beloved dog at his feet.... He is so sweet and does nothing wrong. I got him registered as a Therapy Dog and we visit nursing homes and hospitals. He also goes to school and listens to the children who are learning to read. Of course he never corrects them!

This little angel in a fur coat is what we call him. His favorite time is when he sits between us both and we talk to him..He has given us unconditional love and put some fun back into our lives...I'm not suggesting that this dog has made everything grand....but it has sure energized our lives..! I’m sure that some of you must feel the same way about your dogs and other diversions that help keep us upbeat and happy.....I'd like to hear what others do to have fun... Di
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
In line for AUS possibly in Sept 08

Post Edited (divo) : 7/20/2008 3:29:42 PM (GMT-6)


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 7/20/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Your angel/dog story brought a smile to my face...a diversion - a healthy diversion is part of what the doctor SHOULD order...my best to Donnie!

Our diversion is Ava - almost 14 months old and a smile to melt your heart. We're so grateful she's only 2 miles away! Then there's music, flat water fishing, The Rays, the Koi pond, the yard, reading .....enough from me!

It would be great to hear from others about what they do for Diversion...might give some good ideas to other members.

Thank you Di,
Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ distant lymph node involvement
Start HT - Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
PSA - Undetectable since 6/07/07

Link to journey:
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=826731

Post Edited (myman) : 7/20/2008 3:47:55 PM (GMT-6)


smilingoldcoot
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 7/20/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes

We know how animals can get to us. Shortly after we first got here to the RV park we noticed a female cat in very bad shape. It was obvious she was nursing kittens. She stayed in the woods or snuck around the RVs staying well away from us. 

After a few days of seeing her and realizing that she was wild (feral), we thought about the possibility of rabies. We even thought about saying something to management so they could possibly have animal control trap her. This I know would be the easy task.  Finding where she had her babies hidden would be another thing.  Animals, even tame that revert back to feral have an instinct to keep their babies safe.

Well we decided to buy cat food and feed her while we were here.  Finally, after about 4 weeks, we noticed small kittens back in the edge of the woods but they would not come out.

Well last week they finally ventured to the food bowl and you could imagine the yum yum they omitted when they tasted the morsels of cat food offered. Even so, they are more cautious than momma.  She will now allow us to get within about 2-3 feet while she waits for food. They see you approaching and they are off to the woods.

While sitting for long periods of time over the last 6 weeks or so watching her and looking for kittens has help us spend time together and forget why we are here. 

Now we face the question of what to do. I know she is still wild enough to make it in the wild and we have not provided enough time for the kittens to become accustomed to being fed. Do we pack up and leave on Friday without saying anything to anyone or do we inform management of what we have done as this will make it much easier to trap her and her kittens.  They are conditioned to coming to the food bowl every evening.

I know that once feral it is vertually impossible to retame an animal and even if possible, few have the patience or time to try to accomplish the task. I know also the threat they pose for carrying rabies.

As they say about people coming into your life for a TIME, A SEASON, or a REASON so can an animal.

Richard

 

 


Retired USAF Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason 10, Stage T1C  8 of 12 samples positive all Less Than 5% 
Jan & Feb & Mar all tests clear
MD Anderson = No surgery and No Proton only Hormone and IMRT
Contacted with Loma Linda and UFPTI in FL
Started Treatment at the U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in April 2008
May 2, 2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to started  5/27/2008 Will get 42 treatments 25 IMRT and then 17 Proton
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones and Keep Smiling
Our Journey is on WWW.GLEASON10.COM
 


divo
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 7/20/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Richard, What a dilemma! Little cats can quickly make their way into your heart... I have a friend in Palm Beach that feeds feral cats every morning. She goes to a certain spot and about twenty cats come running. She has been doing that for years. If she catches one, she takes it and has it spayed and then finds a home for it...

Susan, I have a little Ava also. She is 4 and is waiting for a brother or sister any day! You are lucky you have yours so close. Our daughter lives in another state, but we will drive down as soon as we hear! You are so right about diversions! Di
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
In line for AUS possibly in Sept 08


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 7/21/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Bumping this to the top hoping others will share what helps them keep busy. We all need a diversion at times!

beachbum50
Regular Member


Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 292
   Posted 7/23/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
We have two Golden Retreivers, and even though I knew that my date with the robot was October 13th, 2007, we had our breeder arrange a date for one of the girls, with a due date three days after I was to come home from the hospital! You may think we were crazy, but my thought process was that it would be a great deversion for both my wife and I, and give us something else to spend our time on, not worrying about my operation and recovery. It worked! We had 13 pups that were all sold before they were born, and had seven weeks to fuss and take care of them. Intersting aside, my girls love to play. but when I came home from the hospital, refused to play ruff with me, wanted to sit by my side and watch me!
 
Beachbum yeah
Beachbum
 
PSA 10 June 2007
Biopsy July 2, 15 of 16 samples positive
T2C
3+3=6
prostate weighed 40 grams
Di Venci 10/09/07, four hours on table, 3 in recovery
Total time in Hospital: 29 hours
Record for Dr. Lance, 70% of prostate had cancer, but NO spread, clean margins,Clean nodes,
First PSA at 5 weeks, UNDETECTABLE!
Catheter out at seven days, dry from hour one!
Second PSA 19 weeks post op, UNDETECTABLE 2/11/2008
Third PSA 5/12/08, six months post op, UNDETECTABLE
The Lord has truly Blessed me.


DanielleS
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 57
   Posted 7/23/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Di, I loved your story. What a happy outcome for Donnie and help for yourselves in the process. We have three cats and two dogs who brighten our darkest days. Our "senior" dog recently came to my rescue when a wild turkey approached me aggressively while on a walk. (Weird, I know, that's a whole nother story!)

They do seem to pick up on when we are feeling down or ill.

LV-TX
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 966
   Posted 7/23/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a three year old tea-cup malti-poo that insists that we play the moment I get home from work. He toys are actually bigger than she is, but she has a heart bigger than anyone I know. She knows when I am emotionally down and will perk me up in anyway she can, yet seems to know when I am just tired or exhausted and will let me rest laying on my lap. Funny the instinct a dog has about humans. They know the difference between being emotionally down or stressed and being just normally tired or exhausted. Gotta love them
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal-Gland 38 cc
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved
Gleason (3+3) 6  Stage T1C
No Treatment Decided yet


divo
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 7/23/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Really great stories about man (and woman's) best friends. It really is amazing that dogs can sense when we are feeling blue or not well. It is a well known fact, that patting a dog can lower blood pressure, and also bring a smile to your face. That alone can lower the stress levels in your body which can only help on all fronts...Di
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8. Dr. Sandhu


Roger G
Regular Member


Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 150
   Posted 7/23/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, that brought a tear to my eyes.

We had to put down our cat Casey two weeks before my first surgery. She had been with us for over 19 years but was failing fast. I really do miss her. Maybe it's time for another.

Thank you Di for the wounderful diversion.


Age: 43 (2008)
DRE Small Ridge on prostate, PSA 1.5
07/2007: Diagnosed cancer, T2c, Gleason 3+4=7
09/2007: Laparoscopic prostectomy @ Hamilton General, 4 hrs.
              Both nerve bundles spared
              Pathology Report: Tumor confined w/in prostate
              T2c, Gleason is 3+3=6
              Went home with JP drain
10/2007: Made return trip to hospital.  All urine was comming out JP drain.
10/2007: Catheter removed. Next to no leakage
11/2007: 1st PSA <.003 :)
              ED: Started Viagra, no response yet.
12/2007: Had confidence to go padless!!!!!
12/2007: ED:  Stopped Viagra as it's causing hemroid problems.
01/2008: 2nd PSA <.003 :)
              ED: next to no response.
04/2008: 3nd PSA <.003 :)
              ED: next to no response.  Changed the Viagra prescription.
 


divo
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 7/23/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Roger, It is time....Di
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8. Dr. Sandhu

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