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Chemo #6 – The Non-Event

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties*, the show that normally appears at this time** is pre-empted by this unscheduled story. Your regularly scheduled show will appear next week***:

We routinely try to challenge Robin with new ways of making his brain think, and one of those ways is by hiding a treat or his cube, and then having him search for it. Another way we have challenged him is to put a Teeny Greenie (dental chew treat about 1-1/2″ long x 1/4″ wide) into a square kleenex box. He figured that out too easily, so we’ve tried stuffing toys and other things in on top of the treat so that he has to figure out how to get to the treat. He’s variously managed to pull stuff out, shake the box violently so that the toys fall out, and tearing the box apart completely.

So last night, I put one of his Super Greenies (5″ x 1-1/2″) into a kleenex box without anything else and hid the box. Not very well, as it turns out. However, the increased size of the Greenie made it difficult to get the treat out of the box, and his attempts to tip it out weren’t working. Usually with the smaller treat, he can shove his long nose in and pull the treat right out. With this bigger treat, it caused his jaws to be open too wide to be able to get the treat back out – kind of like the story of the monkey with the pitcher of nuts. If the monkey grabs just a few nuts, he can still pull his hand out through the narrow neck of the pitcher; but if the monkey grabs a fistful of nuts, he can’t get his fist out through the narrow neck. In theory sometimes monkeys are too greedy to go for the assured treat of a few nuts, so they’ll sit there with their fist clenched around a handful of nuts for hours, unable to get their hand out, but not able to eat any nuts, either.

Robin *wanted* that treat, and apparently badly enough that he didn’t want to take the time involved in tipping it out of the box or tearing the box apart. Unlike the monkey, however, Robin had a third option: since it was his mouth stuck in the box, he could eat the treat without taking it out. So he spent a good 10 minutes walking around with the kleenex box on his nose, trying to chew the treat. After Brian and I were done laughing hysterically about it, I took the treat out of the box so he could actually eat it instead of just trying and not getting much. I really wish I had a picture of it!

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*Neutrophils, part of the bacterial-fighting white blood cell system, were too low to progress with the chemo, since the chemo would cause them to drop even further.

**Chemo #6

***I’m scheduled for chemo on Monday morning, 5/17/10.

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1 Response to “Chemo #6 – The Non-Event”


  1. 1 Cathy Walquist
    May 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Very Funny about Robin!!! And thanks for calling, had a very nice time chatting with you. I usually don’t call you because I don’t want to disturb a nap(yours or my own). Call anytime, I am usually home.


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