June 28th 2012 6:56 am
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We had a very bad storm here on Tuesday evening. At least one tornado touched down in our province, but luckily it wasn't close to where we are. We only got wind gusts of over 70 km/h for nearly a full day and lots of rain. At one point we lost power, but luckily it was restored after 18 hours or so.
Now when you lose power on the Ponderosa, that is a little different than losing power in the city. Out here, the pump for your water doesn't work without electricity, so no drinking water, and that also means the pump in the septic system doesn't work, so you really can't flush. I don't know why mom made such a fuss about the power and not being able to use the septic system, I mean really pups, we have 33 acres and lots of bush, I could have showed her how to use the outdoor facilities if she had asked. Strange how humans only have one place to do their business if you know what I mean. Luckily for the peeps, they were worried we might lose power, so mom did fill several containers with water for drinking just to be on the safe side.
Anyway, mom was REAL happy when the power came back on. Nothing in the fridge or freezer was the worse for wear. She made sure that neither the fridge or freezer was opened during the outage as we weren't sure how long it would be. We had no damage to our property and for that we are thankful.
Mom has started leaving my t-shirt off during the day and my incision is looking really good. I have one more dose of antibiotics this evening and then I am done. I have an appointment for next Tuesday to get my staples removed and hopefully the biopsy results will be back by then.
I would also like to introduce you pups to my pal Prada. She is just the cutest little girl and she really likes dressing up in clothes! Stop on by and say hi to this sweet girl.
June 23rd 2012 6:46 am
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Mom and I both had a much better night. Mom probably only got about a couple hours sleep Thursday night/Friday morning due to my incision leaking. At one point she laid down with me and held her hand over my tummy. That seemed to work, but I was so agitated when I woke up, that I starting oozing again. After daddy went to work on Friday, it really got bad and even though the vet's wasn't open yet, she called him at home and said she was rushing me back. The only solution was a pressure girdle to stop the bleeding. It is ugly, but it is working. I was also so agitated at the vet that he thought some doggie valium would keep my blood pressure down and help me heal. Mom barely remembers rushing me back in and then home again, but we had a good sleep once we got home.
I also had a growth removed from ear on Thursday. Both that and the repeat biopsy have been sent for testing.
I also had blood work done and it shows that I might be in the early stages of Cushing's disease.
Mom is fixing up my antibiotics and painkillers in nice, tempting ways, so I am taking them. She thinks she will cut back on the valium starting today.
Thank you for all the good wishes and rosettes.
Have a great weekend everyone.
June 22nd 2012 10:09 am
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My repeat surgery for my tumor was yesterday. Mom and I had a rough night as there was post surgical bleeding. I am now back home, mom and I are both tired, I have a rather ugly pressure girdle I have to wear for 4 days and I am on doggie valium to keep my calm. The surgery itself went well and we should know in about a week if all the cancer cells were removed. Mom and I are both gonna take a nap now.
June 20th 2012 6:45 am
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Just to let everyone know that I am scheduled to have a second surgery done tomorrow. Wider margins will be taken and hopefully any nastiness left will be found.
Thank you for the well wishes and rosettes.
June 19th 2012 6:44 am
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Well the peeps did lots of thinking last night. Mom also did lots of crying as only the momma can. Now mom used to work in Veterinary Pathology and she knows that a Mast Cell Carcinoma (MCC) tumor can be very aggressive. Initially they thought about just watching the initial surgery site rather than having the surgeon go back in and do a surgery where wider margins would be taken.
Since the initial biopsy showed cancer cells so close to edge of the initial surgery, it may all be out, or there may still be some nasty cells in there. My MCC is categorized as a Stage 2 and the prognosis for MCC tumors caught at Stage 1 or 2 that have had a complete surgical excision are very good. Chemo and radiation would be other options.
Mom is going to make an appointment with my vet and hopefully we can get in this week and discuss a second surgery with him.
Zaidie, if you could tell me how to hook up a gin and tonic drip for the momma that would be appreciated. Hopefully it is similar to the vodka drip you have for your momma.
June 18th 2012 2:53 pm
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Mom just got a call from the vet and the biopsy reveals that I have/had a Mast Cell Tumor. My surgeon did do a very wide excision when he removed the initial tumor. The treatment options are to just watch the site of the surgery for any recurrence or to have him go back in now and do a much wider excision of the area.
Due to my age, right now mom and the vet are leaning towards just keeping an eye on the site of the initial tumor and hopefully it doesn't recur.
Thank you again for all the good wishes and the rosettes that I have been sent. I am healing well and my incision looks good and apparently that is a good sign in regards to my diagnosis.
June 13th 2012 4:07 pm
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The momma just phoned the vet's office to see if the biopsy results are back yet. Apparently the vet had phoned the Veterinary College about the results today, and was told they still aren't available. We are hoping that no news means good news. We will keep you pups updated once we know.
June 7th 2012 10:37 am
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Thank you Dogster for naming me one of the Diary Picks of the Day today! Thank you also to the pals that have sent pawmails and rosettes to help me celebrate today.
I am doing good, but just wish I could run and chase things. There have been deer and rabbits in my yard and all I can do is bark at them! The nerve of those critters to taunt me like that!
Thanks again everypup!
June 4th 2012 11:20 am
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Good morning pups, I am just waking up from surgery so I will let my mom talk to you. Hugs, Abby.
I just got a call from the vet and Abby is just waking up from the anesthetic. On removing the growth/tumor it wasn't immediately apparent what it might be, so he asked me if he could send it to the Veterinary College for histological testing. Hopefully we will have the results of this by the end of the week or by next week at the latest. I will be able to pick her up around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.
Hopefully the histological results show that the lump/tumor is nothing to worry about. We will keep you posted once we get the results. Thank you for the pawmails, rosettes and continued good wishes.
June 1st 2012 11:48 am
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Well pups, I am back from the vet and I am scheduled for surgery on Monday morning.
The vet examined the lump and got a worried look on his face. Mom has never seen him have a worried look on his face, even when I ruptured my CCL he didn't get that expression. He looked at my chart on the computer, asked mom a few more questions then examined the lump again and then looked at my gums to see what color they were.
He told mom she had reason to be worried, of course that made her worry more. He said he really doesn't know what it is but it doesn't feel or look like a fatty lump and if he could have removed it today, he would have. The lump is not quite the size of a golf ball and it is a dark purple in color.
Please do not send rosettes, but if you could send me lots of positive thoughts for Monday when I have my surgery that would be appreciated.