Last Wednesday Blue enjoyed his usual swim, but as each day followed there was deterioration in his energy levels.
As first we thought he overdone the swimming but each day he dipped a little more, we consulted the Oncology team, and were advised to withdraw his medication, and monitor him closely.
Each day he would show signs of renewed enthusiasm, only to slip into lethargy worse than the previous day.
Monday morning Sue rang Fitzpatricks, as Blue could not even make it across the road for a wee without full support with his sling, he could barely stand, and was now refusing all food.
We arrived at Fitzpatrick Referrals at 11:30 and by 12:30 we agreed that Blue should undergo an operation to find an abdominal bleed.
Yesterday afternoon, Blue had his spleen removed, and required a blood transfusion until 2:00am the following morning.
Blue will be monitored closely over the next few days, dependant on how he responds to surgery, we all know he is not a good in-patient, and will be keen to get back home.
Blue had been doing so well through the chemo, this has really shocked us, as it will many others.
We don't know how much this will take out of him or whether his remaining time is measured in hours, days, weeks or months, but we will make sure he gets the best of attention.
Forgive me for not going into all the details, it has been hard to share, but the support we have received has been brilliant.