Emma had been acting a bit off lately....nothing too serious....just a bit off. I'm not going to bore you with all of the medical details.....well.....I'm not going to bore you with them in the main part of the post.....I'll put those in a P.S. at the bottom for those who are interested. Anyway, after some routine tests and being looked over by several vets (one of those vets being ME!) and then the arrival of some scary new symptoms over the weekend and the report of a radiologist it was looking more and more like she had splenic cancer......OMG......my Golden Retriever Max died of splenic cancer three years ago....and if you've ever been unfortunate enough to also have a dog with splenic cancer you know just how horrible this disease is. For two days we were pretty convinced that she had the Big C.
Head getting light.....room spinning.....eyes filling with tears.....
immediately made an appointment with an internist who only comes to
town once every other week and he happened to be in town on the exact
day I needed him! I kept looking for signs that this was another
"Daisyism" but I never found any.....but I'm still going to assume it
was Daisy's doing! But wait.....the internist's last name is Bianco....and Bianco means white.....and Daisies are white.....and I'm really reaching here, aren't I?!
After he saw her and sent off about a million blood tests he said the sweetest words I've ever heard...
"I think we're dealing with something treatable here."
And he's Italian so his wonderful accent made this news sound even more fabulous!
the tests came back at the end of the week and it looks like she MIGHT
have a MILD clotting disorder. So basically if she ever gets a cut I'll
need to apply pressure for a little bit longer than normal. I can
TOTALLY live with that!
collapsed into an exhausted puddle of goo on the sofa after things
started looking up. It's amazing how much a stressful situation can
drain you of all your energy! And after three rounds of blood tests,
two turns on the x-ray table, two turns on the ultrasound table and
three long vet visits Emma was exhausted too! But I dragged myself off
of the sofa when a delivery person rang the doorbell.
grabbed Baxter before I opened the door and stepped outside because
that little nugget likes to sneak out and run into the street (BAD
habit) when the front door is opened so I always have my hands on him
when I open the front door. After I signed for the package I turned
around to let myself back in the house and it was LOCKED! In her
enthusiasm over the doorbell Sammy jumped up on the door and LOCKED ME
had no phone. No computer. No keys. Nothing but a puppy. And a
package that wasn't even mine. It was sent to our house by mistake.
Talk about adding insult to injury!
and I went into our fenced in backyard and I tried desperately to pick
the locks but it didn't work. I looked for any open windows but I'm OCD
about keeping doors and windows locked so that was a big fat FAIL. I
did find a sledge hammer.....and I was sooooo tempted......but I didn't
use it. Finally I realized I was stuck until Col. Sew Fab got home from
work......FIVE HOURS LATER.
foraged and hunted in the garage and found all sorts of "survival
supplies" - a tupperware container marked "Nails" that I used as a water
bowl for Baxter.......a box of magazines that hadn't been unpacked
yet......and a nasty bottle of Rum which I bookmarked in the back of my
mind just in case of "emergency." And when I got hungry I remembered
that we had grapevines in our backyard and I "harvested" a snack for
felt like some sort of MacGyver-esque, elite survivalist because I
manage to survive for five whole hours in my backyard without air
conditioning, electronics or a kitchen full of food. Aren't ya proud of me?!
And to top off my week I have a 16 mile run on my marathon training plan scheduled for tomorrow. Eeeeek! Wish me luck! Pray for me! Help!!!
Sooooo........"exhausting" is the word I'd use to sum up my week! How's your week going?
Here are Emma's symptoms and a pinch of medical info for those who are
interested. At first I noticed she was kind of lethargic and weak and
grumpy. Then I discovered that she has a heart murmur. Then we found
that she has low platelets (necessary for clotting). Then after she had
her blood taken for the first round of tests she developed a massively
huge dark purple and red bruise that covered her whole chest and you
could feel squishiness under the bruise - that's when I became VERY
concerned. A hematoma is common after blood tests but this was much,
MUCH more than a hematoma. Then the radiologist thought her spleen
looked big on the x-ray - that's when I started to PANIC.
heart murmurs and low platelets are very common in Cavaliers so those
were probably incidental findings. And her heart murmur is very mild so
we won't worry too much about that right now. And the lethargy and
weakness could have been due to the heat and the stress of a new puppy
and the exhaustion of moving. Or perhaps she picked up a bug of some
sort. The internist determined that her spleen was not enlarged on
further, more accurate tests. And the frighteningly large bruise was most likely due to the mild clotting disorder that she might have and not due to the big C. Time to pop the champagne and celebrate!