Based on the comments and emails we’ve been receiving, everyone has been expecting the worst. And it was a pretty bad 2013 so far for the princess. But she’s still with us, still adorable, still waving hello to all of you.
Over the Christmas break, we found a lump. It was mast cell. It was removed as well as some bumps under her chin, which turned out to be benign. Then, three weeks after that surgery, we found another lump. They couldn’t tell if it was mast cell or not and advised us to remove. So within five weeks, the little princess went through two surgeries.
Several weeks later, we found more lumps. More tests. These were benign, thank goodness.
Then a few weeks later she developed a UTI. While taking her in for that, we also vaccinated her. On the way home she collapsed in reaction to the vaccines, so we had a harrowing night at the vet with her on IVs.
All the while, we were also driving up to a nearby city several times a week to visit my husband’s dad, who was hospitalized for more than three months.
Less than a week after that, Merry got to spend nearly two weeks with her Aunt Rebecca and little “cousin” (not really) Lola while Merry’s Dad, sister and I took a hard-earned and badly needed vacation to Paris, France.
On arrival home, the peanut had developed god-help-me another lump, which meant another round of yummy tests. Thank goodness, this too came back benign.
But it’s been a stressful year so far to say the least. What a way to work up to a twelfth birthday, Merry my love! (She turns 12 this Thursday, and is having a BIG birthday celebration next weekend with friends & family.)
Thank you to EVERYONE who inquired about Merry, and to everyone who stopped by lately to see if the niblet is okay. Yes, she is – though she’s given us all heart attacks! :)
And to whatever force has turned my little girl into a lumpy wonder and hospitalized my father in law: thank you for your visits. However, please visit your cancer crap somewhere else, if you don’t mind. Like Mars, maybe. Appreciate it.