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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Kitty update! Oh yeah, and clue #4...

Well, Mir came home from the kitty hospital yesterday. It is so great to have her home! She did awesome through her surgery and recovery but she needed to stay 4 nights because they had to put a drainage tube in. The tumor was around 1.25 cm but there was a fiber of some sort that extended 1 cm towards her head and then they took a 2-3 cm margin all the way around to try and get as much of the bad stuff as they could. We're still waiting for the histopathology to come back (crossing fingers that they got everything!) but we should hear on that today or tomorrow. Here's a picture of her in her private room here at home...

Doesn't she look incredibly chic in her little red sweater? I'm waiting to find it in shreds one of these days. The vet said that as long as she behaves with the sweater, she doesn't have to wear the big collar that makes her look like the Pixar lamp...

So great to have her back with us!!!!!!

A quick SOTSii update - I finished clue #4 while we were hanging out last night and watching Big Brother (a total train wreck but I'm addicted). It didn't give me too many problems, although I did have to frog the first 5 or so rows at the start. After that, a little tink here and there but that's about it. Speaking of tinking, my boyfriend is very proud of himself because he expanded his knitting vocabulary by one the past couple of weeks. Just to be a smarta@@, he asks me how much I've tinked on the shawl lately. Got to love him...

I suppose I need to get to work...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Clue #3 and a sick kitty...

First up - clue #3 is finished!!!!!! I started clue #4 last night and then realized that I hadn't taken a photo. The picture here is clue #3 up to the yellow lifeline...

Now on to life stress...

I had to work from home today. I'm thankful that my leader lets us do that - and that we have access to our entire network through the Internet. I took my Mir up to a specialist in Maitland this morning. Around four weeks back, I found a little lump near her shoulder blade. I had Mark check it out and he confirmed that it wasn't my imagination. I hauled her into her vet, who gave worst case/best case scenarios. He suggested we try and treat it with antibiotics and hope that it was just a little infection.


Well, the lump didn't go away - it only solidified. So, back to the vet we went this weekend. At this point, Dr. Kindred said that because of the placement and how it felt, that his suspicion was "vaccine induced sarcoma". Whaaaa??!?! I thought vaccines were supposed to protect my girls?!?! I learned that it is a connective tissue cancer that can form where vaccines have been given repeatedly over the years. Apparently, since the mid-90s, vets have started giving vaccines that are known to possibly cause this type of cancer on the hindquarters. That way, if a lump does develop, the leg can be amputated. Seriously - amputated, that's the treatment for this.


Unfortunately, Mir's lump is near her shoulder so surgery is our best option for beating this. That's what prompted a visited to the surgeon for a consult. I kept praying for a misdiagnosis from my vet - I mean, I really like the guy but he could be wrong, right? No dice. The vet and the surgeon at AVS confirmed his suspicions. Of course, we won't know the full extent unless they do the surgery. Then they started throwing around phrases like "slow growing" (woohoo!) but "locally aggressive" (ugh). Apparently, it's not just the lump we feel but the darn thing has "fingers" that are trying to burrow themselves into my Mir-bear's muscle. We don't know how many fingers but the vet and surgeon are hopeful that we caught it early enough that surgery can give her a full recovery.


They did bloodwork, took some cells from the lump for testing and took some x-rays. Things look okay on the x-ray - her heart and lungs are fine (lungs are the next place this monster tries to grow). The funny thing that they did find is that Mir broke a rib around 7 weeks ago. Yeah, great. It's healing beautifully they said...meanwhile, I feel like a bad cat-mom. $575 later, we walked out around 1 and drove home.


Mark was home when we got back and Mir went back and forth between the two of us, giving us "rub-bys". She was so happy to be back in her own house. Little does she know that on Friday morning, she gets packed up to go for her surgery and then she has to stay overnight. I am so terrified about this. She's my girl, you know? She's my oldest and I love my other two babies just as much but the stuff that Mir and I have been through over the years? Moving up and down the East Coast, new jobs, relationships, flying to and from Savannah...we've been through everything. I can't imagine my life without her.


They gave me the quote for the surgery - $3000. *gulp* But, prospects look good so there isn't anything I can do except suck it up and tighten the belt. Yarn diet, here I come. Shopping diet altogether, is more like it. I can do this, though, I know I can. It's for Mir. And I hope and prayer that she won't need radiation - that would be many thousands more...but what can I do? She's my baby. Here she is in a picture that I took a few days ago - she made a home on Mark's dry cleaning laundry bag...


Please say a little prayer for her, if you are so inclined. Please put in a word to whoever you may send your thoughts too, that my little girl will be okay. Please. If you love animals at all, if you have furry children yourself, please send a wish to us. Please tell your friends to say a little prayer. I'm not a religious person by any means but I am a spiritual person and I wholeheartedly believe in the power of prayer.

Thanks for listening.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The clue that wouldn't end...

Just a quick post to say that clue#2 is FINALLY done!!!!! I think it averages out that I knit and tinked just about every row at least once - because I know there were multiple tinks on a row. I don't know why this one was so much more difficult but now it's done and here's a quick picture. I know I won't be done with clue #3 in time to enter the contest this week but I'm going to give it the old college try... Have a great day!