Letters from Ginny

One of the most difficult things for Emily and Miles when it came to moving to the East Coast for Emily’s surgery was leaving their beloved dog Ginny behind.  After much debate, they realized that they might not be able to give Ginny the attention that she needed during Emily’s recovery and, with Ginny being a California pup, she would find the climate quuuuuite a bit chillier than what she was accustomed to.  Luckily, dear friends Stephanie and Roger were up for fostering a new furry friend so off Ginny went to sleep-away camp at their apartment.  While Ginny has had a wonderful time with her new besties Steph and Rog, she desperately misses her Mom and Pop.  In anticipation of their return to Los Angeles this week, Ginny has compiled a photo journal to show them all of the fun things that she has been up to while they were away kicking lung cancer…

The first night that you left was a little rough. I kept looking outside for you guys, but you never came back to get me…

Don’t worry though; I made myself comfortable pretty quickly

Soon enough I was attending Superbowl parties with the whole crew – how cool is that?!

Soon enough I was attending Superbowl parties with the whole crew – how cool is that?!

Steph took me on sunny afternoon strolls in the tall grass which were THE BEST!!

Wine & movie night? Don’t mind if I do!

I promise that I’ve been good, but every once in awhile I had to go in to timeout…

These guys are okay, too. We even got matching shirts for you Mom!!

These guys are okay, too. We even got matching shirts for you Mom!!

Like I said, I made myself pretty comfortable here…

It didn't take too long to figure out who I needed to sit by during meals...

It didn’t take too long to figure out who I needed to sit by during meals…

OMG they even took me to Girl’s Weekend in the desert – SO FUN!!

Ginny 10a

I even made an awesome new friend of my own!

We went back for Easter Weekend in the desert.  Puppy Easter egg hunt was the best!  I was super competitive just like you Dad...and might have had to spend a few minutes in timeout.

We went back to the Desert for Easter Weekend. Puppy Easter egg hunt was the best! I was super competitive just like you Dad…and might have had to spend a few minutes in timeout.

Steph and Roger have so many cool places to nap at their apartment!

Steph and Roger have so many cool places to nap at their apartment!

They also got me a new toy (AWESOME!), I am always super ready to play!

They also got me a new toy (AWESOME!!), I am always super ready to play!

Did I mention how good I am at making new friends?

Did I mention how good I am at making new friends?

Every night I eat dinner under a picture of NYC which makes it seem like you’re not too far away after all.

Every night I eat dinner under a picture of NYC which makes it seem like you’re not too far away after all.

I can’t remember - have I told you how much I love napping??

I can’t remember – have I told you how much I love napping??

For some reason these fools like to take pictures of me, but I’ve decided that I’ve had enough sleep-away camp. Come back and save me from these people pleeeeease!

Love, Your Ginny

Lassie, Version 2.0

Michele and Rich Taylor are back in Los Angles to help Emily and Miles during Emily’s second round of chemotherapy.  The following anecdote is from Friday (8/17) as told by Michele..

The last couple of days have been rough on Emily.  The doctors cautioned them to stay on top of the nausea this round, so Miles started the anti-nausea meds earlier and scheduled them around the clock. 

As the days progressed, Emily was sleeping 19 hours/day and was not very coherent when she was awake.  But we weren’t worried, figuring her body was doing its chemo thing.  So when Rich and Miles joined the guys for tennis Thursday night, I had no concerns about staying with her.  

I had just started reading when Emily got up the first time and appeared to be having hallucinations.  She described them as “bad nightmares while awake” and decided to go back to sleep.  An hour later, she was back up, but when she tried sitting upright in a chair, she couldn’t, and headed back to bed.  I was pretty sure she was overmedicated and planned to suggest they cut back on the meds. 

Still, I was not too worried.  That is until Ginny came bounding into my room, clearly agitated and barking.  I couldn’t quiet her and she kept running back and forth between my bed and the hallway.  

Now, I grew up on Lassie, and when Lassie came home barking, it was because Timmy had fallen into a well.  So I immediately concluded that Emily was in distress and Ginny, being most in tune with her, was alerting me.  I spent the next half hour tip-toeing into Emily’s room, checking on her breathing and pulse count.  She seemed fine, but Ginny didn’t let up and I started getting worried.

When Miles came home, I told him I thought we were over dosing Emily on the anti-nausea meds.  He heard it that Emily had OD’ed while he was gone.   He was running around frantic, pulling at his hair, and then hooking her up to a blood pressure machine.  When Emily’s stats came back perfectly normal, he yelled, “Why the hell did you think there was something wrong with her?”  I told him about Ginny barking at me and running into the hallway over and over again.  He said, “Are you kidding me?  That’s what she does when her ball rolls under the sofa and she can’t get to it.”

Well, that would have been nice to know…

Weekend Update:  The old Emily is back 🙂

Pampering Ginny

Stephanie Hammond, Nitin Savant, and Roger Gorog were so sweet to take Ginny out for a spa day at the doggie groomer today.  It is important to keep pet hair, dust, dander, and germs out of the apartment while Emily’s immune system is compromised from the chemotherapy.  Ginny was pretty pumped because she got to hang out with her favorite human friends, and also got a sweet new tail poof tail accessory!!  Now that Ginny has her own personal feather duster, perhaps she will start doing her part to keep the apartment clean..

Ginny and her human besties – Steph and Nitin

Ginny using her new tail poof for counter balance as she plays with Roger