Finally Jewel is acting like her old self, even if it's temporary...I'll take it! This girl has some fight in her. It was a joyous night in our house seeing this girl running, happy and eating!
She's been feeling a tiny bit better each day and finally seemed to turn the corner, but she had still been refusing to eat.
She seems to have developed food aversion, associating it with feeling bad. And on top of feeling really yucky in general due to an infection and reaction to meds, I read that chemo can change taste buds...and she has been super finicky since her final chemo several weeks back.
Been researching and trying all sorts of foods and tricks to try to get her to eat. Even force fed her with a syringe at one point (she hated this!). I also started her on an appetite stimulator, and some additional herbal supplements.
Finally success! We played a game, throwing her food around the house and she loved it! Made it fun instead of torture. And my house got messy, but I didn't care....she ate!
Other tips that worked (for the moment): putting food in different bowls and in different rooms, smelly foods and trying different textures. Her favorites for the evening were plain water crackers, potstickers, sardines, vienna sausages, Cesar wet dog food and paté.
Today I'm sure will be another struggle, but this small victory gives me hope that she still has the will to live!
I know hard decisions are coming, but I'm not giving up on her if she's not giving up. (she looks extra ratty in this video...been putting CBD oil on her sores, which seems to be helping them)