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I have a lot on my plate right now. Dennis had an MRI last Wednesday to see how extensive the damage to his right knee is. Apparently, the cartilage is calcifying, and then breaking off in his knee tearing up what GOOD cartilage he has left (which I understand is not much). So, we're looking at knee surgery number five for him.

On Saturday, what should have been a routine yearly check-up for Bailey. Wait, have you met Bailey? If not, internets meet Bailey :

Anyway, what should have been a routine yearly appointment has turned into something scary and terrible. I noticed a lump on one of her paws that seemed to go up and down in size about 3 weeks ago. We knew her appointment was coming, so we didn't schedule anything assuming it was a bug bite or whatever...turns out it is much more nefarious than a bug bite or a cyst...they're thinking that it might be a mast cell tumor. http://www.vetsurgerycentral.com/mct.htm

Which typically means cancer. So, best case scenario it's benign, they'll remove it and we'll be cool. Worst case scenario it's cancer and we'll have to deal with that...which could be anything from surgery that would completely remove her right front paw or something much more invasive, dangerous, and awful. This couldn't have happened to a sweeter more well-adjusted dog. It makes me sick. She's an awesome dog; a loyal and faithful companion, and the weirdest little chick I've ever met. She rocks hard.

So, if you care enough, positive thoughts are welcomed.


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May. 4th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry about your poor little dog. I hope it is benign. I know some people think it's silly to worry about or care about your pets, but I would be devastated if my dog (or cat, but I know you don't care for cats) got sick or needed surgery.

I'm also sorry that Dennis is going through knee torture again. That is terrible! I hope this time helps.

May. 4th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I may not like cats, but I don't really wish them any ill-will. I certainly don't think any less of Melanie when she worries about her cats. :-)
May. 5th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Man, that is a bummer, for Dennis, for the dog and for you. I hope everything works out for the best.
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