Saturday, August 23, 2008

News

I've been putting off writing this, but I know everyone is wondering how Pye is, and hoping for the best. We were, too, but it wasn't a surprise, really, when the vet called and said that she does have cancer.

The tests were done on Saturday, and he said we might have results on Monday; he didn't call on Monday, and he didn't call on Tuesday, so on Wednesday I called and left a message, and he called very late that afternoon. I think he didn't want to make the call, either. He said he wished he had better news, that she was very sweet, and I said yes, she is.

He said the tests showed that she has cancer, but not what kind. It's probably lymphoma, going by the swollen lymph nodes, but it could also be another kind of carcinoma (histiocytic, I think he said). It doesn't really matter, I guess. I asked if there was anything we could do, and he said that they could do chemotherapy, but it's expensive, and would probably only gain her a couple of months. I said we'd talked about it, and didn't really want to put her through that; he said it wasn't as hard on them as it is on humans, because the goal is different--they aren't really trying to get rid of the cancer, so the dose is smaller. They're just trying to prolong life for a little while.


But we don't see much point in putting her through anything even mildly unpleasant if it's only going to extend her life a month or two. That doesn't really seem right.

So he said to continue giving her the prednisone, that it could help shrink the tumor, and would make her feel better. It does seem to have helped. She has a little more energy, I think, and has some appetite back. She isn't eating like she was before, of course, but she isn't turning her nose up at everything.

We've been buying special things for her, trying to tempt her to eat. I bought "gourmet" cat food today; she also likes canned chicken and tuna, and deli ham. She wasn't crazy about the babyfood I tried -- I think it was too bland. She likes some soft chicken-and-cheese treats that I got the other day, too. I figure we'll just spoil her rotten for whatever time we have, that's the least we can do.


We're doing okay. I've cried about it; it just seems so unfair. But it's a part of life, I just need to remember that. But it's hard.

I got another cortisone shot in my hand on Tuesday. The doctor thought it was worth another try before doing surgery. I think it might have helped this time, but it's hard to tell yet. It was better, then yesterday it was clicking again, and it still is today, but I think maybe less. I have to wait a month before doing anything anyway, so I'll just take it as it comes.

I don't think I ever showed this picture of my one and only moonflower this year:


My mom gave me a tiny plant when I was out there last, and I've been a bad gardener and never did plant it. It's still in the pot she gave it to me in. But I've been watering it, and Bob waters it when I forget, and the other night I saw that it was going to flower. You only get one chance, and it blooms at night. If you miss it, that's it, the flower doesn't open again, it just wilts and dies. So I kept watching, and saw it bloom. Made me happy.

What else . . . Oh! I bought an iPhone last night. I'd been wanting one, but couldn't justify the expense, then my boss said I needed it for work, and the company would reimburse me, so I bought one. I thought I was going to have to pay the premium price -- it wasn't time for me to get a discounted upgrade, so I was going to have to pay an extra $200, but for some reason when the total came up it was the regular price.

The guy at the store was surprised, too, but he said let's not ask any questions, and I signed for it, and it went through at the lower price. I messed around with it all last evening, downloading free applications and figuring it all out. There's a free eReader application, so I can read all my ebooks on it; I need to get some checkbook software, that's probably the most important thing I need, and I'd like to have a medical records application. With those two things I will have replaced most of the important stuff from the Palm, and just have one device--phone, iPod and organizer.

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11 comments:

Cathy said...

Thank you for keeping us posted on Pye's condition. My mom recently went through a similar situation with one of her cats and we're all heartbroken, but trying to remember that even though it hurts, having these fur balls in our life is worth it.

Sabrina said...

Thank you for letting us know. I've been checking to see if you'd updated two, sometimes three times a day. I'm so sorry. I went through this just over a year ago. My heart still aches at the loss, but I know my sweet Mulder knew I adored him, and I know he felt the same way about me, and I'm richer for it. My heart goes out to you, and I send you strength.

Joanna said...

So sorry to hear about Pye. Net.hugs...

Monique said...

(((((((HUGS))))))

Kelly R. said...

We lost our pug mix last year due to lymphoma. It was the hardest thing to do when we had to take him in to be put to sleep. We made the same decision you did, let him go and not do any treatments. Same reason as you say. The prednisone didn't help him much and he was gone within a month of his diagnosis. I still cry about him quite often. We went out and got a pug to replace him and we love her just as much. We put her on a food which has no dyes or fillers because my vet told me he thinks all the crap they put in dog food today is what's causing all the cancer. We are using Iams healthy naturals and they have it in cat food too. You might want to think about it for any future kittys. Pye looks sad in that last pic you took. Breaks my heart. Give her hugs for me.

Jennifer Stumpf said...

boy do i want to gather you up and give you a big hug. there's nothing to say that makes you feel better. it just IS, unfortunately. thinking of you all...

Barbara Bretton said...

My heart's broken too. Love to all of you.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Pye. I've been reading your journal since before she came to live with you. I lost my cat Bono last year and still miss him so much. They are such a part of our hearts.

Liora said...

Willa, I can imagine how much you didn't want to write this post. I think you're doing everything as right as possible. During this time I hope you can draw peace from the fact that you've given Pye such a wonderful home. She's had a very happy life with you. Even the addition of Dinah only made her life fuller; she then had this little cat to groom and mother a bit. Hugs to you. I'm sorry you're going through this. You are in my thoughts every day.

Amanda said...

Oh Willa, I'm so sorry to hear about Pyewacket. When my orange boy Mud had cancer, Jeff and I took him for acupuncture at a regional vet. It didn't cure it, but it gave him a better quality of life for his last few months.

Jeff and I will be thinking of you.

Sharon said...

Willa, thanks for keeping us posted on Pyewacket. I'm so sorry to hear the bad news. It's very hard to lose a member of the family like that. Yes, I say member of the family because our pets are just like members of the family. Especially those of us without human children.

I'll be keeping you, Bob and Pye in my thoughts.