Shadow’s Exciting News, Part 2

Well, here we are five days into Week 3 of Shadow’s stem cell infusion; and the results are, well let’s just say A – mazing.  (I just wish I had before and after videos.)

If you missed the first post, you can read it here.

As you know, hubby and I – and the vet – went into this with cautious optimism and excitement over the possibilities for both Shadow and future pets. After all, this therapy IS still in the clinical trials stage.

I am beyond happy about, beyond excited about, and extremely grateful for the results we have been seeing already….

Shadow’s mobility has already improved about tenfold. After her little tumble in the backyard – about a week before the infusion – I figured the early signs we were seeing were simply the healing effects of the Gabapentin, CBD oil gel caps, and Tylenol 3 I’d been giving her. However, I had stopped the Tylenol 3 completely over that weekend prior to the infusion. And, due to my supplier’s lack of response to phone calls about the latest shipment, I also had to halve the dosage of the CBD oil gel caps. Yet, four days after the infusion hubby and I noticed that Shadow was indeed walking better and getting up and down the three steps better than before. And she continues to improve. Also, she isn’t struggling as much to get her back end up off the carpeted floors. In fact, she barely struggled at all this morning. And getting up off the linoleum floors is getting easier for her as well.

Shadow’s confidence in her own physical abilities is growing in subtle amounts…

She’s not “tiptoeing” across the kitchen floor – to keep her balance on the slippery surface – as much. In fact, this morning I noticed she walked normally from one side of the floor to the other with her head held high! And she didn’t have her slipper socks on, either!

Sometimes, in the morning mostly, Shadow will not eat her breakfast out of the bowl if I put it in the stand. The noise the bowls make when they move around seem to make her wary. (Yet it doesn’t seem to bother her at dinner time.) This morning, though, she stood at the bowl stand waiting for me to put her bowl in it and then ate all but four or five bites of it standing at the bowl. For now, I’ll attribute that bit of courage to the fact that she was hungry after yesterday’s reduced appetite status.

Shadow had been having normal poops as well; but between the stress of having been at the vet on Thursday morning, and then Ducky’s jealous streak on Friday night, they went back to being “yucky” again and still are today. I need to talk to the vet about that tomorrow. I have an idea of what’s causing it today, but I’ll keep it to myself for now. Hopefully it will go back to normal in a day or so.

14 thoughts on “Shadow’s Exciting News, Part 2

  1. Jan K says:

    I’m so, so happy for Shadow and for you and Sam that you are seeing the results you were hoping for! That is so exciting.
    I hope you have the other issue resolved by now?

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    • My Golden Life says:

      The “other issue” is a little more complicated – it has more to do with emotional stress than a medical/physical issue. Hopefully it will resolve itself quickly.


  2. Jodi Stone says:

    I’m beyond happy and exited for you. Watching them struggle with pain and not knowing how to help them, is horrific. I’m so glad you found something for Shadow.

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  3. easyweimaraner says:

    that are super signs and I hope the poop problem find a good solution too… maybe after special events it just happens… Phenny has this sometimes too… if things happen what make him nervous the result happens immediately at the other end of the dog ….

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    • My Golden Life says:

      Something that Sam and I realized earlier this afternoon – after I’d written and scheduled the post – is that she’s wagging her tail more, she’s happier, than she has been in a long time. And that is the best sign of all! ❤️


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