Darby stopped eating the second day after her carboplatin treatment. On day Chemo Plus 5, after vomiting six times in 24 hours, my husband had had enough and drove Darby back up to the hospital. (We tried Cerenia and Mirtazapine, neither of which did anything.) She was admitted and spent the night getting IV fluids and medication.
The diagnosis was gastroenteritis. Two doctors basically admitted to being very surprised, and that her problem was probably a reaction to the chemo. (The admitting vet yesterday told us her condition was not consistent with a carboplatin reaction.) So we may never know exactly whether this was chemo-related, or whether there was some other extenuating circumstance.
I just brought her home about lunchtime, and she had a decent afternoon at home. Gobbled down a cup and a half of the chicken & rice mixture I made. Her energy level seems okay. We had two contractors come to scope out an interior job on the house, and Darby investigated each one to make sure they were “okay.” So it looks like she’s on the mend!
Her oncologist is still in favor of her next chemo round on the 21st. I asked whether another chemo drug might be better suited for Darby, but he said for her type of cancer, not really. Normally they decrease the dose for Round 2 anyway. If Darby has a similar problem a second time, he said he may consider stopping the chemo altogether. We shall see!
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