One about Beacon

Man Time

The dogs celebrated their 8th birthday last week.  We’ve yet to really celebrate as Beacon has been sick.  In fact on his birthday last week (the 9th) we found out he has stage 5 lymphoma.  It has been a rough couple of weeks when it comes to the dogs.  In addition to finding out that Beacon has cancer he also had an infected tooth, which has been removed.  It was this tooth that actually led us to the cancer discovery as the two are not related.  Haven can tell that things aren’t right and we’ve been trying to do fun things with her. 

Beacon started treatment for his cancer this past Friday.  He’s already showing signs of feeling a bit better.  He’s skinny now (the photo above was taken earlier this year) from not eating well for the past two weeks.  He’s finally more interested in food and at least mentally seems to be journeying back to his old self. 

We will be doing weekly treatments at a specialist’s office for two months.  Then we’ll go every other week.  And as we go along we’ll continue to evaluate Beacon’s response to treatment and decide if we need to make any adjustments. 

For now we’re happy that he’s feeling better than he was a week ago.  He has been through a lot in the past week and a half. 

In non-dog news things are going well.  My computer has been acting up enough that we decided to get a replacement (of course it was ordered before all of the vet expenses we’ve paid so far and will be paying in the future!) which should be shipped out by the end of this week. 

We were finally able to select carpet for the nursery and hopefully that will be installed next week.  My due date is two weeks from today so we’re definitely cutting it close.  I keep wondering in what order the computer, carpet, and baby will arrive!!  

I need to take some updated nursery in progress photos and post them.  Hopefully I’ll get to that this week.  Otherwise we’re just getting stuff done around the house and waiting for the baby to decide it’s time to be born. 

A little over a week ago we had another ultrasound (the doctor likes to have one early, mid, and late in pregnancy).  I’m measuring two weeks ahead and the baby’s estimated weight is 7lbs 8oz!!!  Yikes!  I know that these calculations can be off and I’m hoping that the weight estimate is on the big side.  I haven’t gained weight in the past month and I actually lost a pound when I weighed in last week. 

I still don’t feel huge.  And I can still drive.   I’ve wondered all along if at some point I’d not be able to drive because my belly would get in the way and make it impossible for me to reach the pedals!  While I get tired faster I haven’t really had to limit my activity.  Although I haven’t done weeding and things that I know would wipe me out quickly.

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5 Responses to One about Beacon

  1. amcoop says:

    Maybe I should have a baby so I don’t have to weed! ;-) Hehehe! I am glad you are feeling well and can’t wait to “meet” your little one. And how fun to get a new computer – I know everything is happening all at once, but sometimes the big kids deserve new toys too.

    I am so glad to hear Beacon is acting like he’s feeling a little better. I think out of everything, that is the most important part.

    • Amanda says:

      The ending stage of pregnancy does have some get out of chores benefits. :)

      With so much going on at once I’m surprised I don’t feel more overwhelmed. Maybe all of this is helping me not focus too much on any one situation. For now it seems like things are heading toward a more peaceful feeling. Hopefully it’ll stay that way until the baby is here. And a big kid toy for me should also be a good distraction – provided it arrives before the baby. ;)

      I’m not as worried about Beacon now that we know what we’re dealing with and because he has shown some signs of feeling better. He was looking pretty bad off for most of last week.

  2. mizunogirl says:

    very happy to hear that Beacon is feeling better.

    yes Lots going on! But of course you will need your new computer to show us your new little guy and keep us updated on your two older Pups.

    Best wishes to you and Andrew!

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, the new computer (and it’s a laptop – my old one is a desktop) will be handy in sharing photos. And nice that it’ll be easier to take around the house and on the go.

      It’s nice seeing Beacon acting better than he was last week. It’s very encouraging.

  3. Freedom Smith says:

    I am sad to hear about Beacon. I truly hope that he fully recovers!!!

    I am in the process of making my blog private and it will not let me add your blog. There are about 6 of you that WordPress says it “cannot find.” I will keep looking into it but I wanted you to know that. If you have any ideas, let me know!!
    Sincerely,
    Freedom
    freedomsmith@gmail.com

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