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20 May 2019 - 11:46 am
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Oh no. Are you going to do any diagnostics? I wonder if the “growing” sutures could be a suture reaction instead? 

And about the field trip… I agree with Jackie, just take the personal time off if you have it, no need to discuss with anyone who you know will not understand. We get it completely.

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20 May 2019 - 4:54 pm
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Ditto Jackie and Rene if you decide  to stay home…nobody’s  bidess!  We all understand  you have a family member who is having a bit of a health challenge and you want to be with her to ensure she gets proper care to help her heal.

And speaking  of helping her heal, with the course of antibiotics she’s on, her temperature  may return to normal.  Plis asRene mentioned,  so etimes rhe first or two acupuncture can cause sort of a “hearing crisis where the dog/cat feels worse before feeling better. 

Did the Bet aspirate rhe fatty tissue/bump?

I know uou like to “plan ahead”.  It’s  just that, on this journey, that often translates in our worry wart brains to “jumping to worse case scenario “!  I often say “Welcome to the Worry Wart Club”, because  that’s  what we do so well, especially  early in recovery.!

I’m certainly  not a Vet, but it seems to me the ‘swelling” under the stitches  could be sooo many things, especially  because  she has a fever and “something” seems to be making her feel a little off.

We’re  all sending  pawsitive  healing energy!!!

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Thanks, all. I have decided and informed my people that I’ll be staying home this weekend. It’s the right move. 

The wierd “fat flap” was the fluids! Apparently they give fluids right at the shoulder, and she received fluids at the holistic vet on Thursday to try and bring that temp down. We saw our regular vet on Saturday, and that’s what she said it was. They gave her more fluids Saturday, and the same thing happened…silly! 

Raz is fading on us. Her sparkle is still there in small bursts, but they are becoming more and more infrequent. She tries to hide more than cuddle the last few days. The little lumpy tumors are still there, the vet didn’t think they were swollen stitches. They move around a good bit, she’s certain they’re the C. She still feels really warm in that area, but hopefully the Oncior will continue to help with that. I will continue with pain meds (gabba and bup), and I’m calling the holistic vet tomorrow to ask about CBD oil to help with pain as well. The tumors are coming back in an area where there are a lot of nerves, the spine, and intestines.

Unless something miraculous happens this week, I’m prepping myself and my roommates (her “family”) to say goodbye soon. icon_cry

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20 May 2019 - 8:40 pm
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Ohhhh I hope with all my heart that a miracle happens. She is such a gem, it breaks my heart thinking that she is at this stage. 

You are such a great mom to her. Keep up the pain meds and looking into options to help her be comfy. She is lucky to have you. And remember, we are here for you so let us know how things are going. All of us are sending lots of love.

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Just curious, how long has she been on the Oncior?

And a other question for those here with a memory  better than mine.  Don’t  we have a new dog member here who was running  a fever as a result  of Gabapentin and/or his other pain meds?

Agree with Jerry, Raz is so loved by you and is getting exquisite  care from you.  And we have. indeed, seen many miraculous turn arpound happen here!  True!  We have! And we would love for Raz to be next in line for a miracle❤  

Continue to make every moment count, take lots of pictures, and lots of snuggles. She’s  here with you now and now is all that matters.

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21 May 2019 - 10:37 am
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I’m so sorry that she’s not doing well. So hard to believe this cancer is coming back so aggressively.  

Was really hoping for suture reaction myself.  It happens often with the dissolvable ones under the skin.  

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Raz couldn’t ask for a better family❤

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21 May 2019 - 2:41 pm
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I only have a second but I’ll post this really quick…my vet looked up her vaccination records, and sure enough she got all of her vaccines (the old outdated kind) all at one when she was a very young kitten. She is confident that this caused the cancer. Needless to say I’m pissed. At the shelter (who also declaws all of their kittens by default 😡) and now this. I’ll make a separate post about all this and look into what I can do/say to the shelter or the vaccine company. 

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21 May 2019 - 3:43 pm
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ARGH! I’m so sorry that this happened. It’s important to keep spreading the word, so yes, go ahead and vent and write more when you are able. Also see these articles I found about ISS / VAS in cats:

Vaccine Associated Sarcoma – Fibrosarcoma, Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma
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22 May 2019 - 2:33 am
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So my roommates and I are going to say goodbye to Raz on Friday morning. I was hoping we could wait until Monday, but I think that will be too late. Afterwards, I’ll be bringing her to one of the Tufts animal hospitals to donate her for study, in the hopes that new veterinarians will learn from her. 

She had a lot of pain last night. The tumor is growing quickly. I woke up awhile ago, and she’s sleeping peacefully, so the pain is controllable, and I’m just going to try and stay on top of it. She has both gaba and bup now, plus the Chinese medicine, “body sore.” 

Raz had an exciting escape to the basement last night! She was begging to get down there, so I took her in a leash. After we got back upstairs, my roommate opened the door and she got down again, leash free! 😂 

We got the Oncior on Saturday, and gave it to her Sunday and Monday. I’ll give her another dose this morning, and maybe another one tomorrow night to try and keep the fever down Thursday night. She’s had two rounds of Oncior since March, 3 or 4 doses each time. 

@purrkins, I saw you’re from Michigan…are you familiar with Lake Haven? 

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This just breaks my heart to read this.  Breaks all our hearts.  I’m  so very, very, very sorry.

You have surrounded  this sweet Raz with love and care and joy from the second  you two came together.  Because  of you, her earth life has been full and glorious.  She would not have traded this life with you for anything!!

It sounds like Raz is letting you know she is ready to shed the  earth clothes that no longer serve her.  When she transitions back to her Spirit self she will be running free and eating like a champ again!!  

Through all yoir  sadness, I hope that happy memory  of her going after those basement mice makes your heart smile.  I love that she gave you that memory.  And heck yeah, if she wants to go to the basement to “play” with the mice, let her go!  What a great send off adventure.

We are all holding you in our hearts as we celebrate  Miss RazzleDazzle home.  The move at the Rainbow Bridge …be warned.

Surrounding  you with love and peace

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Geez I’m so sorry. My heart breaks for you, what a tough call to make, you are so loving and compassionate. Through your grief you are able to put Raz’ needs first, and even donate her “earth clothes” (a term we’ve all adopted from Sally, such a beautiful thing!). This is saying a lot about how amazing you are. It’s so difficult but you are doing the kindest thing in light of the circumstances and to think that she will contribute to the future of veterinary medicine is truly beautiful.

I wish she could be with us longer, she is such an adorable, sweet kitty, and your blog is wonderful. Know that by starting it, and sharing her story with the community, many people will be comforted by how well she recovered and how you kept your spirits and optimism high when times got tough. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of this community.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to help ease the grief OK? We are all keeping candles lit for Raz as she transitions over to an eternal, light-filled form. May her memory live on furrever.

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I am so grateful for this community and will continue to check in! I’ll give an update tomorrow. 

Question: when Raz passes over the rainbow bridge , should I bring her body to allow Kho to sniff her, to know she’s gone? He is the more dominant one, and one of the receptionists at the vet office said he’ll probably be okay. I just want to see if cats need that reassurance…I’ve heard of doing this with dogs. 

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I haven’t always done it,  but I think there’s something to be said for it.  I’m not sure it helps the mourning,  but I think it helps them to understand. 

I know that doesn’t make sense and my cats have howled through the house looking for their mate,  but I think it helps them come to terms somehow.  

Kho will mourn with you, regardless.  But it might help him understand.  

I can recommend that you focus your grief on the love you have for Kho. He will need that to move forward.  Lots of extra TLC. It will help all of you heal.  

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Rene said it so well.  To donate her “earth clothes” so she may continue  to contribute tomothers is truly a beautiful, life affirming way to honor her.

Raz’s life matters.  She touched us all.  And she will co to touch others with your selfless gift.

I like  Jackie’s  insight with letting Kho see Raz after she transitions.  As she said, Kho will still mourn,  but she will have a better understanding.

For whatever it’s  worth, I always try and make sure my remaining  animals spend time around their pals after they have crossed over.  I do bel ot gives them a sense of “understanding ” that they are no longer here in the physical form, but are here in Spirit energy form.

Just go with whatever “feels right” in your heart.

We are all with you and surrounding  you with our love.

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

PS.  Stupid auto correct (plus bad typing), in earliermpost,  tried to say to the Mice at the Rainbow  Bridge beware!

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I also agree that no matter the relationship, it would be valuable to help Kho process what happened to Raz. Animal communicators we have spoken with also agree it’s a good idea no matter the species, they all mourn in their own ways.

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