Billy asked us to update the blog again. He wanted to show the world how mad he was when he heard that his parents were taking a trip to Nicaragua…without him. This is what happened when we told him the news:
Clearly he was very mad. But he would be in good hands. He’d be staying at his Grampa and Gramma’s house out in the country, where he gets to run around outside freely, sniffing whatever and wherever he wants – something he doesn’t get to do in the city. Still, it was hard to leave him!
Fast forward…we went to Nicaragua and returned. It was hot and beautiful. We climbed the Maderas volcano on Ometepe Island, got to interact with a wild, but very friendly spider Monkey who lives on one of the Islets of Granada, and did a lot of swimming and relaxing, both in the ocean as well as in Lake Nicaragua. It was a wonderful trip – but we sure did miss Billy! I’m not certain, but I think he missed us too. This was the greeting we received upon our return:
Billy has been healing wonderfully, getting stronger and more steady all the time, and able to run around like nobody’s business (as can be seen in the last few seconds of the video)! He is sure ready for the nasty Chicago winter to be over, and he’s looking forward to running around on a (non-snow-covered) beach! Billy now lays down on either side, seemingly with little-to-no pain; he still uses caution though. He sleeps in the bed with us now, changing positions a few times, but staying in bed all night (it took a while to get to this point).
In the week after Billy’s first chemotherapy treatment (which happened mid-February), we kept a close eye on him for any signs of discomfort or illness. Luckily, we saw nothing. Billy seemed to be just as comfortable and happy as ever. He got some blood tests done 10 days after his first chemo treatment, and things looked great! In the words of our (brother-in-law) vet:
This looks great. Billy is a freaking rock star.
We were thrilled to hear this news, and hope that it’s a good sign about what’s to come.