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7 August 2009
13 July 2009
Just a short* update since many of you kindly asked. This afternoon, Wed, we go for an abdominal ultrasound (and first haircut of the week) to look for more tumours (oh joy), then another chest-xray and examination tomorrow. The last heart ultrasound was hard because I have to stand there and hold Tazzie, and I am so nervous I don't really want to look at the screen that shows the image - even though it is very cool and I should look. Today will be really bad that way - I'll freak if they find something. I am kind of afraid to pet him (and he is accustomed to lots of pets and massage) for fear that I will feel another one. We will use this information to figure out if lump removal (more surgery and another haircut) makes sense.
Of course I found this one while brushing which is not something I normally do. I guess I had been devoting so much attention to the upper body around the surgery area that I had ignored his lower end and hip area.
Although the oncologist suspects there will be other lumps, my gut and heart tells me this one is solitary. I am just letting you know I am briefly optimistic in case I have to give a different story after the week's results. I do feel a couple of bumps on his legs but don't know if they are just the normal skeletal structure (we are missing a 2nd front leg to use for comparison!).
(*I guess it is hard for me to write short posts)
24 September 2009
Pawsitively, briefly optimistic, that's the way to go.
Yeah, seeing those tumor images on there is heartbreaking. But it's also good to know what you're dealing with too. Not only will it help determine a course of treatment, but can also get your head wrapped around the idea of how you will cope, and how you'll help Tazzie cope too, to make the most of whatever life brings.
Let us know how it goes OK? Good luck.