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The Big Day (Down the Rabbit Hole)

I’m dreaming of chasing rabbits. They’ve got me doped up real good, but I don’t like the idea of being scanned by any cat! The CT scan I just had, however, showed that the mass in my shoulder is much larger than expected. No wonder I’ve been in so much pain. And the doctor believes the pain will go away, or at least hurt a little less — for a while — if they take off my leg and as much cancerous tissue as they can. I say that’s a good thing!

It just means a longer, more invasive surgery so I may not be able to go home on thanksgiving. At least I’m in good hands here at UC Davis. I’ll let you know how I’m feeling once I’m hopping around … and I’ll tell you about all the crazy rabbits.

In for Surgery

Pre-Op JerryWow, just when I thought I’d get to stay home and chow down on Turkey Day leftovers with Jim, I had to get in the truck for another 6 hour drive to see my doc at UC Davis. That’s two trips in less than a week!

From what I’m understanding, Rene and Jim talked with the doc yesterday, and decided that I needed an operation right away to remove this terrible pain in my shoulder. My pain will be gone, but I will have one less leg to stand on. Oh well, I guess that’s why nature gave us 4, just in case one goes bad!

We got into town at 1 am this morning. At the hospital today, I got to hang out and play with some other cool dogs and vet students, before all the serious stuff happens.

Today, the students will get me ready for my big operation tomorrow. I have to spend the night, but Jim and Rene’s friend Theresa who works with the docs, said she’ll give me lots of kisses all day.

Then, at 10 am tomorrow, I’ll get some good drugs and take a nap, while the docs do a “CT Scan” on me, so they can find out where they need to remove the bones that are making me hurt.

Read more.In for Surgery

My Diagnosis

I just heard Rene and Jim on the phone with that doctor from Davis. For a vet, I must admit he’s pretty cool … not too clinical but not too warm and fuzzy either. He didn’t sugar coat the news he had for them.

So what if I have Osteosarcoma of the upper scapula? They got pretty upset when they heard that, but I think they pretty much knew already. I’ve been trying to show them that it’s no big deal … a fact of life, or death rather.

People view life and death matters so much differently than us dogs. Personally, I think they take it too seriously. They should read Cesar’s Way by Mr. Milan, and pay attention to his chapter about how we can learn to cope from dogs. (I like this book because it has a picture of me and Winston on the cover!)

So anyway, just this morning I tried to show Jim how I could walk down the stairs by myself. Sure it hurt a bit and I stumbled, but he picked me up and carried me therest of the way. I just want to run and play again without hurting so much. Whether that means lot’s of great medication, or making me a tripod, I don’t care. We’ll see … I’m sure I’ll make it the beach again soon.

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