Max’s GME Update, One Year Later

Max's GME Update


In July of 2014 Max, our six year old Coton de Tulear was diagnosed with GME. I’ve written about his progress extensively, here and here and here and here and here. This is the original post where I detailed the trail to diagnoses and recovery.

Max is now just past the one year mark of his Granulomatous meningoencephalitis diagnosis. He has come a long, long way in that year. He went from blind, catatonic, severely underweight, being unable to walk or basically move, with very thin hair to … Max.

He is back to playing kick the ball, his stamina is great for walking/running/playing, he hogs the bed (an amazing accomplishment for a bit over 14 pound dog in a king-sized bed!), doesn’t listen unless bribed, his favorite TV shows are still westerns and Prince of Persia. In other words, he is PITA-Max from pre-GME diagnosis!

And Hubby and I couldn’t be happier with that result.

As of now, Max is expected to have one more chemo treatment (bonus!), and he is still on cyclosporine oral (which we expect to be forever as I understand it) and prednisone. We are expecting (hoping) Dr. Slanina (his Cornell neurologist) will cut the prednisone again soon. Max has lost most of the weight he gained when on the “prednisone-diet” but still has one pound left to go (1.5 pounds from starting weight, but he was a tad underweight at that point). We are hoping with the next reduction in prednisone he can lose at least half a pound more. He is a much happier pooch now that he isn’t extremely overweight, and I am sure his weight-loss accounts for at least some part of his improved energy levels.

While we don’t know the prognosis for his life expectancy – the CycloSporine he is on was only introduced into the GME regime in 2012 so there are no clinical results with average life expectancies past the stated 3 year results of prednisone-alone treatments, we are still hopeful he will exceed that three year mark. Every day is a gift with Mr. Max, and we hope to have him around a long, long time.


Previous Max posts:

Max’s GME Update, Month 11
Max’s GME Update
An Update on Mr Max, March 2015
Updating Max’s GME
An Update On Mr. Max
Last 2014 Trip To Cornell For Max
Back To Cornell
Max’s First Cornell Follow-up Visit
Max Exercises More Than I Do!
Updating the Mr. Max Situation
A Mr. Max Update
Mr. Max, Mr. Max, Mr. Max
It’s A Mr. Max Post!



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Zucchini Pizza Boats Recipe


Zucchini Pizza Boats Recipe

Enjoy your pizza in a healthier new way by using a zucchini boat “crust”. Easy to make, these yummy zucchini pizza boats are a lower calorie option to traditional pizza.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 tsp Butter
¼ large Onion, diced
½ Red Bell Pepper, diced
5oz Pepperoni (or Salami), diced into squares
½ tsp Italian Spices
Pinch Black Pepper
Pinch Garlic Salt
1 Zucchini, fresh
2 TBSP Pizza Sauce
¼ cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
¼ cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350°
• Sauté the onions, peppers and pepperoni (or salami) in the 1 teaspoon of butter until slightly softened. Add Italian spices, black pepper and garlic salt; mix well. Set aside.
• Slice zucchini is half lengthwise and score around all edges, with a knife approximately ¼” away from the inside edge.
• Scoop out the seeds of the zucchini, scoop out enough zucchini flesh so that you are left with approximately ¼” on the bottom and have made a well to hold the pizza toppings.
• Spread 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce on each zucchini half.
• Divide and sprinkle the cheddar cheese on each zucchini half.
• Divide sautéed mixture into the zucchini boats evenly.
• Divide and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the zucchini boats.
• Bake for approximately 19 minutes at 350° until soft and golden.
• Cool slightly and serve!

• Makes 2 servings Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats Recipe; enjoy your pizza in a healthier new way by using a zucchini boat


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Zucchini Pizza Boats Recipe; enjoy your pizza in a healthier new way by using a zucchini boat


These are easy-peasy to make! They taste good, and since they are “pizza” your kids very well may give them a try. Instead of dropping off all that garden zucchini at the neighbor’s house, try these zucchini pizza boats for lunch or dinner this week.


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Laugh For Today

Laugh For Today, joke of the day


Laugh For Today



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