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An update on my lab Pearl.

Question by Ontario Honker .... Uploaded on October 16, 2012

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

It's 4:15 a.m. and I'm at McDonalds (ugh!) in Duluth on my way to U of Minnesota vet hospital in St Paul to get Pearl another MRI. The docs want to see what is going on in her head. If the tumor is gone we'll stop chemo. If it's just shrunk we may continue. I'm putting my money on the former. Someone forgot to tell that girl she's supposed to be dying. Probably a lot of geese that were majorly disappointed! I have all three dogs along so it should be quite a road trip. They travel well. I won't know anything about Pearl till late this afternoon. We'll keep our fingers crossed!!!

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I wish your goose hunter Pearl, the best.
Good Luck!

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from chuckles wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I'll be sending good energy and hope for the best outcome your way. Safe travels.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

All the best wishes for Pearl's health and recovery.

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from Teodoro wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Safe travels and good luck!

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Keeping my fingers crossed for Pearl and her family fir some great news today!

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

OHH - I admire your dedication to the health of your canine companions. Wishing you and them the very best.

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from redfishunter wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

good luck Oantario.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I believe in miracles!

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from Proverbs wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Hope you all have a memorable goose hunt in the coming days!

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Best of luck OHH, May she have many days a field ahead!

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Wishing you and them the very best, may they hunt for ever.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Delayed her MRI a day because a load of emergencies showed up yesterday. No emergency with Pearl and I don't have to be anyplace so I agreed to stay overnight. She's in the hospital right now. Should have the results soon. Had Opal looked at by opthamologist yesterday and she confirmed corneal dystrophy in both eyes. It sounds horrible but actually really nothing to worry about. As far as eye ailments go that's a good one.

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from Trapper Vic wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

OHH, You are truly a great humanitarian, Don't give up on pearl if something awful does happen You can rest assured that you have done everything possible for her. Bringing her other two companiions along tops my list.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

The MRI showed a more than 90% reduction in the size of Pearl's brain tumor! It is so much reduced that the neurologist vet did not spot it when he first looked the images over. The radiologist actually picked it out. Or rather what's left of it. Truly remarkable considering that the neurologist was actually looking for the tumor and couldn't find it. He has decided to resume chemotherapy and see if we can get rid of the cancer altogether. There really was no hope for her when the first MRI was done back in May! The prognosis is now still only guarded but he had to admit it actually looks pretty dang good for her. The neurologist was so pleased I thought his buttons were going to pop off! It's always good to be able to hold out some hope for others who come in with the same situation. He estimates that on average about one similar case a month comes in. In the last twenty years he has seen three other "possible" recoveries (he actually didn't know the final outcome because the owners didn't follow up with him).

So we'll probably be off to Montana for pheasants as soon as I get home. I think the geese left the night before we came down here. If there's still some around we may stay home for a while.

Moral of the story: miracles do happen. This is definitely number four for me. Maybe number five. It is sad that one cannot call these up at will or my family would still be waiting for me when I get home. However, there is no sense in being upset about what I coldn't get when I have received so much. Which is all the more remarkable considering how utterly unworthy I have been to receive any favors in the first place. For me, that is the mystery. But perhaps it is not for us to attempt to understand the "why" of this sort of thing. We live in a world, or rather a plane of existence, where everything is cause and effect. We expect everything to be explained with a "reason." But ours is not the only plane of existence. I have known that for forty years now. There is every reason to believe the other one(s?) may not be ruled by cause and effect. Explanations may simply not apply.

Wait a minute ... my degrees are in history not philosphy. The King of Babble-on strikes again! Sorry boys.

I had a hell of a time getting down here. The trip was very difficult and more than a bit dangerous! I'm getting kinda old for this driving alone all night crap.

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Congratulations! That is a miracle, indeed!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

We made it home okay at 4:00 a.m. Foggy and rainy most of the way and deer all over the place. Saw nothing on our way down on a clear night. Go figure! Two really nice bucks among them. Plenty of geese in the air in Minnesota so maybe there's some hope yet we'll get a few more around here.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

The MRI showed a more than 90% reduction in the size of Pearl's brain tumor! It is so much reduced that the neurologist vet did not spot it when he first looked the images over. The radiologist actually picked it out. Or rather what's left of it. Truly remarkable considering that the neurologist was actually looking for the tumor and couldn't find it. He has decided to resume chemotherapy and see if we can get rid of the cancer altogether. There really was no hope for her when the first MRI was done back in May! The prognosis is now still only guarded but he had to admit it actually looks pretty dang good for her. The neurologist was so pleased I thought his buttons were going to pop off! It's always good to be able to hold out some hope for others who come in with the same situation. He estimates that on average about one similar case a month comes in. In the last twenty years he has seen three other "possible" recoveries (he actually didn't know the final outcome because the owners didn't follow up with him).

So we'll probably be off to Montana for pheasants as soon as I get home. I think the geese left the night before we came down here. If there's still some around we may stay home for a while.

Moral of the story: miracles do happen. This is definitely number four for me. Maybe number five. It is sad that one cannot call these up at will or my family would still be waiting for me when I get home. However, there is no sense in being upset about what I coldn't get when I have received so much. Which is all the more remarkable considering how utterly unworthy I have been to receive any favors in the first place. For me, that is the mystery. But perhaps it is not for us to attempt to understand the "why" of this sort of thing. We live in a world, or rather a plane of existence, where everything is cause and effect. We expect everything to be explained with a "reason." But ours is not the only plane of existence. I have known that for forty years now. There is every reason to believe the other one(s?) may not be ruled by cause and effect. Explanations may simply not apply.

Wait a minute ... my degrees are in history not philosphy. The King of Babble-on strikes again! Sorry boys.

I had a hell of a time getting down here. The trip was very difficult and more than a bit dangerous! I'm getting kinda old for this driving alone all night crap.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

OHH - I admire your dedication to the health of your canine companions. Wishing you and them the very best.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I believe in miracles!

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Wishing you and them the very best, may they hunt for ever.

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from Trapper Vic wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

OHH, You are truly a great humanitarian, Don't give up on pearl if something awful does happen You can rest assured that you have done everything possible for her. Bringing her other two companiions along tops my list.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

It's 4:15 a.m. and I'm at McDonalds (ugh!) in Duluth on my way to U of Minnesota vet hospital in St Paul to get Pearl another MRI. The docs want to see what is going on in her head. If the tumor is gone we'll stop chemo. If it's just shrunk we may continue. I'm putting my money on the former. Someone forgot to tell that girl she's supposed to be dying. Probably a lot of geese that were majorly disappointed! I have all three dogs along so it should be quite a road trip. They travel well. I won't know anything about Pearl till late this afternoon. We'll keep our fingers crossed!!!

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I wish your goose hunter Pearl, the best.
Good Luck!

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from chuckles wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I'll be sending good energy and hope for the best outcome your way. Safe travels.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

All the best wishes for Pearl's health and recovery.

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from Teodoro wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Safe travels and good luck!

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Keeping my fingers crossed for Pearl and her family fir some great news today!

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from redfishunter wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

good luck Oantario.

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from Proverbs wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Hope you all have a memorable goose hunt in the coming days!

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from Josh Giannino wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Best of luck OHH, May she have many days a field ahead!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Delayed her MRI a day because a load of emergencies showed up yesterday. No emergency with Pearl and I don't have to be anyplace so I agreed to stay overnight. She's in the hospital right now. Should have the results soon. Had Opal looked at by opthamologist yesterday and she confirmed corneal dystrophy in both eyes. It sounds horrible but actually really nothing to worry about. As far as eye ailments go that's a good one.

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from Jerry A. wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Congratulations! That is a miracle, indeed!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

We made it home okay at 4:00 a.m. Foggy and rainy most of the way and deer all over the place. Saw nothing on our way down on a clear night. Go figure! Two really nice bucks among them. Plenty of geese in the air in Minnesota so maybe there's some hope yet we'll get a few more around here.

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