It is so good to see less misery in Po's eyes! She is taking tramadol for her post op pain and at first I was worried about what it would do to her, but she seems to be tolerating the drug just fine. She is sleeping a lot, which I think is a good thing. Her appetite has improved too! We have all pretty much slept this Saturday away after such a rough week. The vets and techs at Cedar Lake Animal Hospital here in Simpsonville are always super nice and good with Po.
A couple of weeks ago Po started growing a horrid lump on her cheek. I hoped that it was a simple infection type of abscess, but the vet aspirated and found abnormal cells along with infection. What? No! So, Po might not be with us for much longer. She is taking antibiotics for the infection component and then we get the horrid lump removed and sent for histology. I am terrified that this lump is the somewhat common and dreadful mastocytosis. Mast cell tumors are tricky and deceptive. I am praying that quiet metastasis has not been happening. If the prognosis isn't good, Po will be around as long as she can still enjoy hamburgers, sausages and chicken and as long as she isn't in so much pain she cannot enjoy anything. When I see that happening, she is going to be put to rest. I will not subject her to chemo. I watched my grandmother suffer through chemo and die. The same will not happen to my Po. It's odd. My neighbor's two dogs died of cancer, my Aunt's dog died of cancer and a friend's dog died that way too. So many dogs afflicted! Is it the food, water, environment or genetics? I suspect it is a combination of all. Certainly, the way that we have abused our environment with toxic chemicals plays a role in the unhealthiness of our animals and even ourselves. If the environment for growth is unhealthy, then surely the food we eat is unhealthy. Round Up is everywhere-within and without us all. Is the truth coming home to roost in the untimely deaths of the ones that spend the most time in contact with the ground? How many dogs and cats have you seen dying of cancer? How many now have autoimmune diseases? Such things were rare 40 years ago it seems. I am working like mad to pay for Po's $400 surgery. Let the garden grow and wither, the fruits ripen rust and fall untended. Po will not carry that ugly ball on her face to her death at least. The hideous thing haunts and mocks us and we can only be desperate and unsettled and pray that we caught it in time.