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13 February 2023 - 2:22 pm
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Oh my gosh you have been through so much! I'm sorry about the car accident. Did you get injured? I hope not!

That news is not great, but @leaux pointed out excellent things that I hope can help you stay grounded. This may not be as bad as it seems. It's hard not to get worked up and anxious at a time like this, all of us here would.

But one step at a time OK? This got noticed right away and your awesome vet is getting it taken care of stat. That is pretty remarkable in this world of not being able to get fast vet care. So try not to get ahead of yourself right now. Jelli is still herself, and still having a really good quality of life. 

Day to day, minute by minute, we learn from our pets how to accept the here and now, and not focus on things that haven't happened yet. Watch her and learn, she is a master teacher. You can do this! 

Please keep us posted and feel free to post anytime even just to vent. We are here for you.

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13 February 2023 - 6:23 pm
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Luanne's Mom was spot on with her  outline of the pawsitives....and they are pawsitives.  AMD as Jerry said, the lesson is to focus on the here and now rather than what may or may not ever happen.

Of course thos journey always makes us worry incessantly  about anything and everything.  It's a bummer Jelli has to have another surgery,  but this is something  she'll bounce back from quicker than  the amputation  surgery. And agree, as quickly as this happened and revealed itself, ,  it may not be anything "bad". at all.  

Needless to say, Jelli's Fan Club is cheering for her and sending  healing energy.

Extra ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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15 February 2023 - 7:55 pm
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Hello everyone, Jelli is back home from oral surgery. The doctor said they were able to remove what they saw and that it wasn't attached to the bone which I'm told is good. Now it's just waiting about five days for the biopsy to come back. I am trying hard to remain neutral but it is admittedly hard when I know how aggressive oral cancer is. As for the car accident I mentioned, I am physically fine but am still dealing with the mental/emotional fall out of that. It's just been a rough month for me. I am keeping up with my therapist who is squeezing me in between appointments to talk since we couldn't schedule anything sooner than next week.

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15 February 2023 - 9:00 pm
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So glad to hear Jelli made it out of surgery ok, and they got all of the tumor. That is great news! Of course, it’s going to be hard to wait for the results. Five days can feel like so long when waiting for that kind of news. And it’s hard not to spiral and to focus on the worst scenario. I totally understand you on that. I think that’s a very normal, human reaction. It’s scary to see someone we love in pain, and to not know what’s going to happen. But we don’t know the outcome yet. It sounds like there’s a pretty good chance that Jelli’s tumor is benign. 

It’s great that you are connecting to resources that can help you, like a therapist that is willing to see you between appointments. You are going through so much! It sounds like you are handling it amazingly well. I’m sure Jelli knows how much you love her, and that you are doing everything you can to help her. What a difference your love is making in the life of that sweet cat! 

Be kind with yourself through all this. Sending you and Jelli good thoughts!

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15 February 2023 - 11:08 pm
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Welcome back Jelli! I'm happy you are able to be home and snuggling in your favorite places. Rest up, you are on the mend!

It's really hard not to think the worst right now, especially with everything you've been through. Therapy definitely helps, you'll feel better when you can chat next week. And as you see how Jelli overcomes this procedure, you'll be even more inspired.

I'm hoping with all my heart that the path report comes back with good mews. No oral cancers are not fun but one of our longest lived members here had one happen at age 12. It was treated with electrochemotherapy , which bought her another year of a really great quality of life. However, I don't want you to jump ahead to that yet, but I just wanted to point out that even in situations like that, anything is possible.

Keep us posted!

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16 February 2023 - 11:10 am
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Bummer life mis throwing you so many hurdles.  We are here for you in anyway we can be, okay?

AsJerry said, it's hard not to jump to worse case scenarios on this crazy journey.  It's a hooman "side effect" when our dogs and cats go through this.  

How isJellidoing today after her surgery?  Guessing she may still be a bit out of sorts fro. The anesthesia,  sore mouth, etc.  Is she able to eat soft food and drink yet?

Take care and give her some ear scritches for us♥️

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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23 February 2023 - 11:13 am
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Good morning everyone! 

Pathology report has come in and the oral tumor was BENIGN! 🥳

Went to the vet today to check the sutures in her mouth and the vet was able to let me know in person! He said he was initially concerned because apparently around the suture site it's white like it might be growing back but that he saw that the report was in and that it said benign. It's still something that we are going to be monitoring, but he said it might just be a growth in that area now and our concern is if it starts to bother Jelli.

With that off my shoulders, Jelli has been doing pretty good! She's still keeping to my room rather than exploring but her confidence if definitely growing! She's gone from figuring out how to go batting me in my sleep to feed to figuring out how to start climbing over me to wake me up. Last night, my roommate's cat was wandering around crying and Jelli actually bothered to get out of bed, down the pet stairs, and walk to my room's door to investigate. While her movement area is still not as wide as it used to be, I am seeing more and more of her personality start to come back!

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23 February 2023 - 11:17 am
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WOOOOHOOO! B9! B9! B9!

Best news ever, I'm soooo happy that you got this good news, and that Jelli is doing well. She's a smart girl, she knows that getting around now takes a little more effort so hey, why not chill out and enjoy my being around my mom instead? But that's so nice she checked on the other cat too, and shows her sparkle is still there through thick and thin.

WHEEEE!!! Another senior Trikitty story proving that age is just a number. I'm so hoppy for you two!

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23 February 2023 - 12:18 pm
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YAY! I'm so happy for you two! Jelli is such a trooper, and you're taking such good care of her.

It may take her a while to learn how to navigate the space, but she will get more confident about things! I think of it like territory, like while she's been recovering it sounds like your room has been her turf and she's super comfortable there, but may not be sure she's safe everywhere else. Slowly that'll expand until she's hanging out wherever she pleases. 

Senior trikitty Luanne had a right forepaw removed in May of 2022 and is still going strong! Here's our story.

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20 March 2023 - 1:51 pm
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Hello everyone! Been a month since my last post so I'd thought I'd come in with an update on Jelli!

Jelli has been doing GREAT with her amputation recovery. She still mostly sticks to my room (where she has become a PRO at using the cat stairs) but has made small ventures around the apartment. She has managed to figure out how to jump/climb onto the couch all by herself, which has come as a surprise to us. Right now, she's making a slow trek to the kitchen try to steal our other cat's food. She still wants to smack the laser but hasn't quite figured out that she's missing the paw to hit it. 😂

Currently, her mouth tumor is once again our big hurdle. Although it is benign, it grew back pretty quickly. The vet looked at it again and said she can see the borders of it better now in order to (hopefully) fully remove it next surgery. The other possible issue she saw is that the tumor is pressing right up against a tooth, which could be where Jelli's discomfort comes from, and will look to see if might be easier to remove the tooth since the tumor might still grow back. I admit, I am worried about the tumor regrowing like this but the vet did say she wasn't too worried because the biopsy did come back benign and it might just be some fatty tissue determined to be there or that it's current regrowth can be from the fact it wasn't removed completely. 

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21 March 2023 - 11:18 am
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Wow a month already?!

Jelli is doing so great, even mastering the stairs? That's terrific! She definitely sounds like she's got her mojo back. I'm sure it's now her mission to figure out how to swat the laser 🙂

As for the tumor, our Wyatt Ray had a weird one like that. It was a "dentigerous cyst" just above a tooth, and the doggie dentist removed the closest tooth to make sure she got all of it. If your vet hasn't already referred you to a dentist, it might be a good idea to have them look at Jelli.

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21 March 2023 - 6:36 pm
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Hahaha....cute.visual of her fighting with that laser.  Sich a feisty  girl feeling really good!!

Bummer about the lump.  It doesn't  seem to be bothering  her too much of she's still trying  to steal her siblings food.  😉Interesting  feedback from Jerry about Wyatt.  Makes sense.

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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