Hi Friends! As I wrote on Sunday afternoon, we received another giant dose of Winter. Freezing rain followed by sleet (a record amount) followed by snow. If the sleet had come later and the freezing rain had lasted longer, we would have had power outages all throughout the area. Thankfully, there wasn't enough freezing rain to accomplish downed power lines and tree branches. We kept electricity and all of the animals stayed warm. However, we lost our internet. So I'm glad I went ahead and posted on Sunday afternoon.
Looking out the window this morning at the white landscape (again), it's hard to believe this is March. There is a warm-up predicted for the next few days. This will take us from slipping on the ice to slipping and sliding through the mud. But I'll take it.
Today I'm off to pick up five shelter animals and deliver them to the clinic for spays and neuters. I'll pick them up this afternoon and return them to the shelter. Tomorrow I go back with my Janie dog.
You might remember my Jane has a wrap-around tumor in her leg. It was first removed over a year and a half ago. It returned, and I took her last September to have it removed again. During surgery, Dr. O called me. He said the tumor had spread all throughout the leg, wrapping around tendons, ligaments, and the bone. We didn't consider taking off the leg because Dr. O said the cancer had spread – probably to several locations but for sure to the chest wall. At the time of the surgery, I thought Dr. O had just closed up the incision and left the tumor untouched. But he had actually de-bulked the mass and was able to stitch up the incision with quite a bit of success. When he saw Jane later to remove the stitches, he was really surprised at how well the incision had healed. He said that of course the mass would return, but that depending on Jane's condition in the future, he might consider de-bulking again. We would make that decision down the road. And now here we are – down the road.
As predicted, the mass has returned. Dr. A did the first surgery in June 2012. Dr. O did the second surgery last September. Dr. A will see Jane tomorrow morning for an assessment. Another surgery for Jane is not a perfect solution. There is no perfect solution. But Jane is still active and happy. I will keep doing what I need to do as long as Jane's quality of life is good. She has developed a raspy little cough which is hardly noticeable except to the person who is keenly aware of her cancer – ME. Even so, Jane shows no signs of slowing down, even at the ripe old age of 12 years. She lost her life partner Tarzan in December and had a bit of an adjustment period. But she has bounced back and is my same wonderful Janie girl again. So we will see what Dr. A says tomorrow. The appointment isn't until mid-morning, so I will get up tomorrow and publish a happy post about the cathouse crew and something new I bought for them at a deep discount. Then I'll see what the future holds for Jane.
NOTE - JUST IN: got a heartwarming cat story for you tomorrow. (No, it's not an adoption, but it will still make you feel good.) See you then.