My father was not a healthy man. He had Buerger's Disease, Heart Disease and Congestive Heart Failure. His medication regimen was epic. After a long hospital stay he would always come back home with new pills and new doses. Pill boxes are fine if you take two or three pills a day. When you take a handful - not exaggerating - at a time, 3 to 4 times a day... well, they didn't make pill suitcases back in the 1990s.
So, my dad always sorted his medications in a basket. All of the morning meds, went into that basket. Afternoon and bedtime medications had their own basket too. If meds repeated, he just used empty pill bottles to sort them accordingly.
While Seka doesn't have 15+ pills to take at a time, we have our own Cancer Basket. It keeps everything in one place and I can get to the meds at all times. And our Cancer Basket looks like something the Easter Bunny would bring you. If you added some plastic green grass, a plaid bow and threw in a few Cadbury Creme Eggs, it would be a lot better.
Here's what's currently in the Cancer Basket. It's a mix of holistic and traditional treatments to keep her feeling as good as possible, as long as possible.
400iu Vitamin E
250mg Vitamin D
400mg Krill Oil
4 tsp Immunity4Pets (Avemar)
You know that Seka has been a corn dog for a very long time. I totally credit the Immunity4Pets for improving her corn situation. After hulling the largest ones in late December, they have not come back. Her pads look more normal than ever before. I've also started Roxy on the I4P as both a preventive measure and to improve her allergies.
500mg Vitamin C
All pain control. All the time. I will admit that early on, I was worried about giving too much pain medication. After this past month, the one thing I have learned about Osteo is that you have to be generous with the pain meds and stay ahead of the pain. So I guess our Cancer Basket had Cadbury Creme Eggs after all - they are just in the form of little white pills.
Low Dose Naltrexone (no longer using due to Tramadol use)
2 Artemix Tablets or 4 Artemisinin Tablets
3 Buytrex Tablets
The Artemix and Butyrex are to help kill cancer cells when they are most active (middle of the night). Lots of people and canines both have benefited from this natural herb. I give the Artemix and Buytrex between 10:30p and 11:30p in about three tablespoons of full fat yogurt. The full fat dairy is important to the uptake of the meds. There's lots of information out there about how this works, but I can tell you that NOTHING out there warns you about how bad Buytrex smells. If bad or weird smells make you gag, then find someone else to give this to your dog. If weird smells don't bother you, be prepared - you may have met your match.
I'm a firm believer that the combination of the holistic supplements and the traditional pain meds are key to keeping Seka comfortable. We are making a trip to the Auburn University Oncology department on Monday for a pain management consultation. We'll pack the cancer basket for the trip!