Friday, 27 March 2009

CV247 and the vanishing duck egg

Heidi isn't a male dog, that's her mammary tumour you can see

Over on our sister blog, Pets with cancer trying CV247, Heidi's story has been really gripping.

A few weeks ago I got this email:
Heidi after the mass in her throat was removed
Our 12 year old little collie, Heidi, has just had a large mass removed from her throat (Thursday 12th March) as her hyperthyroidism was becoming devastating for her heart. She also has one large growth & a few smaller lumps on her mammary glands, several fatty lumps and we believe her liver is involved as well.
We are very fortunate in going to the holistic vet, Barbara Jones, who gave us the details of CV247. Heidi started the regime on Friday & she has a blog which aims to detail her progress as she recovers from her operation & with the treatment.
I have put details on the blog & a link to your CV247 blog. Would it be possible to put her details on yours?
We had a joyous moment earlier when she did a BIG woof in her sleep – when you consider the extent of her surgery it really is miraculous.
Warm regards,
Rachael Manns
The first entry in the blog gave some more of the story:
Meet Heidi. The sweetest, kindest, gentlest dog I have ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with. After years of persuasion the OH agreed that Meg, our collie x spaniel, could have a buddy. In November 2008, Heidi came into our home & tiptoed into everyone’s heart. We knew that she had cancer & it was made clear to us by the rescue http://www.greenacresanimalrescue.co.uk/index.htm that the prognosis was not good; she had a large, hard mass on her throat & a growth on one of her mammary glands the size of an egg. Greenacres were wonderful, having Heidi’s best interests at heart & wanted somewhere for her to see her last days out. Blood tests indicated that the liver was involved (ie secondaries)

Everyone reading the blog got a thrill when they read the Heidi diary March 17th entry:

I CAN’T STOP GRINNING!

The lump on Heidi’s mammary gland has SHRUNK BY 1/2 CM if I could make the words dance and jump & sing I would, but that’s Chris’ department! I’d thought it was softer & wanted Barbara’s opinion. I need to reiterate that Heidi has been on the CV247 regime since last Friday - four days and the tumour is smaller.

And today I was strolling around the Natural History Museum when an intriguing email popped up on my Blackberry. It was Rachael telling me to read yesterday's Heidi blog. Here's an extract.

We had a shock today. Heidi looked a little uncomfortable when she walked over to me so I checked to see whether her lump had maybe got caught in the bottom edge of her t-shirt (it hadn’t happened yet, but you never know). I felt her lump, then I felt it again, then I called Chris over to feel it in case I’d made a mistake.

The lump had gone.

Chris confirmed it. She still had the bulge of skin & it felt quite flabby, but there was definitely no tumour, no tightness, no resistance & no tenderness. I galloped off to share the news with Barbara (Ed's note: their vet), but by the time I had returned Heidi was shaking all over, her lump area was very tender & her tail was well & truly clamped tight to her stomach.

The suggestion was that the lump has been reabsorbed & she now has mastitis. Heidi was given a painkilling injection - her teeth were still chattering with the shakes poor girl.

Her lump was very definitely there the previous evening - she showed us when she was rolling on her back, but it had gone the next morning. I never anticipated that it would go quite that fast. All I know is, it’s not there now.

When asked what one thing made the change, it would be like asking how long would she have lived without any of this. Who knows. As I tell my TTouch clients, when helping an animal back to balance there may be many pieces to the jigsaw, but it’s only when the final piece goes in that the picture reveals itself to you. Bear in mind that Heidi had been on her regime from December 2008, & only started the CV247 two weeks ago. Why the change now? I leave you to draw your own conclusions. My jury is still out as to whether this is a spontaneous reabsorbtion or the tumour bursting after a knock; whichever way, her immune system will be working 19 to the dozen.

Rachael tells me the the disappearing lump was about the size of a duck egg. Fingers crossed that Heidi keeps improving - as do all the pets. I just wanted to share this update. Well done team Heidi! TTouch seems to go so well with this gentle therapy.


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