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Because Of Course Nothing Goes As Expected

So, almost as soon as I'd posted my last more or less positive comments about Phil, we got a call from the surgeon. She got the biopsy results from the growth a bit faster than I'd expected.

It's a tumor. 

Of course, the surgeon (who really is quite a nice person, don't get me wrong) emphasized that the tumor might not be anything but benign. 

However, she said, she advised that we undertake the operation to remove Phil's left ear canal, to prevent any possibility of non-benign tumer growth. 

And of course we're going to, although we told her we wanted to talk about it over the weekend. 

We'll do it. A lot of my retirement money is going to go into taking care of Phil. And I'm a selfish enough old broad that I'm begrudging those dollars. 

But it's Phil; it's our little kitty, and it's only a month or so since we lost one of our other beloved kitties. 

Poor Phil; he's not in for a good time. 

But I'm hoping that this will help him live beyond his current 8 or 9 years. Had he already been 14? Perhaps the decision would have been different. 

But he's not 14, he's only 8 or 9. So we'll fork out the retirement funds, and pay for something that will, I hope, make him ultimately feel better. 


On a scale of 1 to Las Vegas, this is, of course, not a big thing. 

But, fuck. What a fucking way to end the week. 

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Oct. 7th, 2017 02:04 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry, dear… ♥
Oct. 7th, 2017 05:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It was really an unpleasant surprise, but we'll take care of him. I want him to feel better.
Oct. 7th, 2017 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'm sure ♥
Oct. 8th, 2017 12:03 am (UTC)
Oh no! I hope they can remove it and he is back to normal for another 8 or 9 years.
Oct. 8th, 2017 05:52 pm (UTC)
That's what we're hoping; but I'm still (probably) irrationally afraid something will go wrong. So far, every time we've thought he was suffering from something minor, it's turned out to be something considerably less than minor.

I hope I'll feel better about it on Monday, when we call to tell the surgeon we want to go through with it.
Oct. 8th, 2017 04:42 am (UTC)
I already said it on Twitter, and I'll say it again here - I'm sorry. And, again, just because it's not a mass shooting doesn't mean it sucks any less than it does.
Oct. 8th, 2017 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your kind words, and the reminder that one can try a little too hard to look at things in perspective. Sometimes it's best to be upset, if only for a little while.
Oct. 13th, 2017 01:38 pm (UTC)
I hope he's okay!
Oct. 15th, 2017 07:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks. We take him in at ogodoclock* Tuesday morning, and they suggested that we might be able to bring him home later that day if all goes well. I don't know whether he'll have to wear a cone of shame to prevent him digging at the exterior ear while the interior heals or not; we'll see.

* No, seriously - he has to be at the vet's at 7 a.m.; since it takes a minimum of 35-40 minutes to get there, and more probably 45-50 minutes, we'll have to be on the road by 6:10 a.m.

Edited at 2017-10-15 07:12 pm (UTC)
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