Monday, December 28, 2009
Tia and I took another trip up to NEVOG today for her first re-check visit since the radiation treatment ended. Dr. Rosen checked her mouth and said it was nice and clean. No food stuck in the hole. That was music to my ears! The process of rinsing Tia's mouth out after each meal is very cumbersome. Picture trying to keep her mouth open with one hand while squirting the rinse in with the other AND making her stay on the grooming table at the same time! As compliant as she is, it is still not easy. I'm getting the hang of it, but won't mind one bit when we no longer have to go through this! Tia is to remain on a liquid diet until our next appointment in 2 weeks. We are going to start lowering her pain meds and cutting down the prednisone slowly.
Dr. Rosen is pleased with the progress Tia is making. The radiation side effects should now level off and begin to improve. I've already noticed that she isn't drooling as much, and I'm pretty sure her tongue doesn't hurt as much because she was licking my hand earlier today; something she hasn't done in awhile. Her tumor seems to get a little smaller every day. The skin over the tumor site isn't quite as pink as it was, but it is beginning to look a bit dry and her fur is getting very thin. No signs of a corneal abrasion, which is one side effect I've been praying she would not have. Her eyes both look good. No signs of dry eye. All in all, Tia is doing very well!