JUANA: It was another hot day.
BILL: It was. It got up to 95 degrees and it was sunny with a heat index of 101 degrees.
JUANA: It was very hot and we had a full crew, thank goodness. We really want to focus today on our older dogs and the dogs, who have been sick. I just want to give you an update on all of them.
BILL: Yes, and he was coughing and that’s what started it.
JUANA: Yes, he was coughing. They did a biopsy and it didn’t show cancer. He could have a test with a scope, which would cost about $700, and we couldn’t get that done at Morton Clinic. We would have to get that done somewhere else. If it had been cancer, he probably would have been gone already. It’s been about six months and he’s still hanging in there. He’s still coughing and he’s getting worse and he’s weak, but he’s still with us. I talked to Dr. James on the phone and I asked him if he would take another x-ray of Jessie’s lungs. I wanted to know if he had gotten worse. If his lungs were filling with fluid, I wouldn’t want him to have the sensation of drowning. That would be horrible! But he is still eating. Dr. James said that we could bring him in and he would take an x-ray and then we would know if he was worse. We all thought his lungs might be three times as bad as they were about six months.
That morning, before we took Jessie to the clinic, I took pictures of Jessie and Teddy in Park Two.
JUANA: I was talking about Jessie. I had asked Dr. James if he could take another x-ray of Jessie. I wanted to know if he has cancer and if it’s worse. Dr. James thought that he had cancer and that it would look worse. Dr. James examined him and said that he looked good. He examined his lungs, because I told him that Jessie is coughing and it’s worse. He has fluid on his lungs and you can hear it. So the doctor took another x-ray and compared it to the x-ray that he took in January. It looked exactly the same. He still has a bunch of crystal-like little sparkles, which are tumors. They aren’t growing. Because the x-rays are exactly the same, he thinks that it must be something other than cancer.
About six months ago, he did a biopsy of Jessie’s lungs through his skin and sent it to the lab. This time, the doctor wants to put some saline fluids down his throat and get close to his lungs and get some fluids and send them to the lab. He doesn’t have a scope. I would consider taking Jessie to get him scoped, because it doesn’t appear that Jessie has cancer and we might be able to cure him or alleviate his suffering. I left Jessie at Morton Clinic, because Dr. James wanted to do this saline procedure first thing on Wednesday.
BILL: We’ll be back again shortly with another report from Straydog.