Captains Log: Monday 04/08/2019
I don’t have a photo from the vet visit but they shaved Tinka’s belly, including her scab, taking it off. She still has inflammation and at this point it’s no longer being called a hot spot. She has a serious infection, may or may not be the C word creeping back. There are other things it could be, but with her history? Apparently the wall between the mammary gland that was removed for her mammary cancer removal and the next one was very very thin and cells may have spread. But right now she has too much inflammation to take a skin sample for biopsy to see. Right now all we know is that she has a lump and a couple small lumps that are inflamed and STILL, very itchy.
She came home with an anti bacterial surgical scrub (she has to be cleaned twice a day). Neosporin after the cleaning as a topical anti bacterial fighter. Clavamox/Amoxicillin pills (antibiotic) that she takes twice a day And she is back on Prednisone (anti-inflammatory steroid), starting twice a day for three days then weening down for about 2 weeks again. Add that to her twice daily Hyperthyroid pills and whew that’s a lot 😓 Plus she is still subjected to wearing her Elizabethan Collar (cone of perpetual shame).
😉 We are keeping an optimistic outlook though (of course after the couple of hours of anxiety prevailed). She’s home, she’s resting after the trauma of shaving her belly with ZERO sedative. She’s a fighter and we won’t stop fighting for her.
Suffice to say the though, the day was a wash as far as April challenges go. And I allowed that. My head was spiraling from the vet visit and all my planned April Challenge activities were scheduled for after the vet visit. What I did do was neurotically came home and cleaned. And that can be as therapeutic as exercise and meditation at times. But after being at the vet about an hour talking about infection, scabs and bacteria, cleaning just seemed what I needed to do.
Before bed the hubby and I had to do our first scrub of her belly and first round of a whole lot of pills to pop down her throat. We fumbled along nicely and got the job done. Now time to let her rest. Goodnight
Captains Log: Tuesday 04/09/2019
It’s early Tuesday morning, about 6ish. Tinka Belle seems to be feeling better, more active this morning. Even more cuddly. I think the razor burn from getting her belly shaved is starting to calm down, and so is she. She seems more herself whatever that means at this given moment. But for now, I’ll take it!
I let my April challenges slide the last two days, one for the sake of fun and one for the sake of, well, just not wanting to do it. But today is Tuesday, a new day. Time to dust off all the negative juju from yesterday that claimed the day and refocus.
Captains Log: Signing off, for now.