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Dept. of Bad News

Because Of Course This Would Happen

I got home from last night's meeting this morning at 2:30 a.m., where BB met me with the news that Dr. Wood, Phil's surgeon, had called in my absence. Not only had the tumor gone from "probably cancer" to "definitely cancer," the cancer had metastacized to his lymph nodes. She recommended chemo and radiation. 

We don't have the money. We spent what we could on his ear, after being assured that the tumor was generally localized and taking it out would probably prevent more cancer. I should have paid attention to the "generally" and the "probably," I guess. 

We'll call the oncologist to see if we can get even a rough estimate of expected lifespan. As long as he's not in pain, I don't want to do anything. But once that kicks in, we call the goodbye vet for her second visit to us in a year. 

Learning all of this at 2:30 a.m., and seeing how it affected BB was bad enough. Now I have to write a story from last night's meeting, and my brain is not working. I have a 3 p.m. deadline. I want to get it done before that because I want to crawl into a hole.
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eve11
Oct. 29th, 2017 09:05 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear of this :( Poor guy. To put him through all that ear surgery stuff and then have this be the ultimate diagnosis must be heartbreaking. I completely understand your reasons to not put him through chemo or radiation and all that, even though I know that must be heartbreaking too. ((hugs))
kaffyr
Oct. 30th, 2017 01:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for the hugs - we're in a better place about it now that some time has passed, and we know how we're going to deal with him; mostly it will be a case of spoiling him stupid rotten, and then easing him off to the rainbow bridge when he starts feeling pain.

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