I noticed our two radiation therapy patients, blind Callie and blind Gabe, lying on a cot together yesterday evening in the living room. As soon as I started taking photos, Callie sprang to life and gave me this funny nose-up-ears-out look. (Gabe's ears, on the other hand, are always up-and-out.) Both Callie and Gabe had spent weeks last year at Washington State University's teaching hospital for cancer treatment, Callie for a brain tumor and Gabe for a nasal tumor. I wondered if they had been trading stories about their time at WSU.
I had just mentioned to Alayne the day before that the hair on Gabe's face was really beginning to grow back. After his surgery and then radiation, he had lost all of his hair in that area, his skin pigmentation eventually turned black, and we worried for months that the hair wouldn't grow back. But all of a sudden, little hairs started growing around the edges of the radiation field ... and then more and more, they began filling it in. You can still see the outlines on Gabe's face, but not too long ago, that was pretty much bald and black.
Because of the location of her tumor and how the radiation was directed at it, Callie never really lost any hair ... though she did kind of lose her bearings for a while after the treatment. But fortunately, both dogs are doing just great now.