First, Mom's CT scan revealed her lung cancer she had been battling moved to her liver. There is no hope, medically anyway, and she was not given any options other than prayer. I'm trying so hard to encourage her to fight on but she is so tired of being weak. She said it's kind of a relief in a way knowing she is done dealing with doctors and hospitals. We're all so sad. If there is no room in heaven for her then there is no room in heaven for anyone. She is a SAINT!!!
Second, Watson the Dachshund went into paralysis today and Mrs. Thomas rushed the poor little guy to the doggie neurosurgeon. His conclusion was a ruptured 7th vertebrae and it was very rare for this to occur in this location. He had surgery on the same thing but farther down the spine about 3 years ago and appeared fine. The nuerosurgeon said; "it is so rare in this location that there is a possibility it could be cancer but we won't know conclusively until we do surgery." So he is sedated awaiting further testing tomorrow to determine if he should have the surgery in the morning or wait until he regains "some strength" on Monday..........(yeah, right! The vet just wants to wait until Monday I think.) Last time the cost was $3000 and now it's $4800.
That comes to about $650 per lb. But the neurosurgeon say there is an 85% success rate. Last time he gave him a 95% chance and he recovered fine.
Thanks all for your prayers. God has heard us and he is going to decide on Mom's future.
Oh Thomas, I'm so sorry to hear about both situations. My mom too was "relieved" when her lung cancer was beat, but they found it had gone to her brain and gave her no hope. She too, was tired of fighting, but didn't give up, she just wanted to go home for Christmas. She did, and spent a wonderfully happy month at home. I pray that your mom finds the same peace, surrounded by her loving family.
As for Watson, it's times like this when the price tag shouldn't matter. It does though, and the decisons we have to make are not easy. I have paid my way through a few crises (crisises?) with Emma, and hope to never have to do it again.
Caring thoughts are with you at this difficult time Thomas....
So sorry for all the terrible news. My thoughts and prayers are on the way.
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Praying for each and every one of you. What a lot to bear all at one time. Give your mom a great big hug from all of us and reassure her that we are still keeping her in prayer. Give Watson and extra special pat from me and my Jonah and whisper in his ear that he has a friend in Vermont who is praying for him too.
Also know that you and Mrs. Thomas are in my prayers as well.
Thomas, reading your post has really hit home for me. I feel your pain and frustation at times knowing there is nothing you can do. I became in expert of Hep C and liver cancer. My Dad died this year from Liver cancer. They told him the same thing as your mom. We all did our best to help him get ready to die, an overwhelming task! It was and still is the hardest thing I ever had to do.
One thing he did do shortly after getting the new was eat. He ate all the food that he was told for years he could not. He would have chocolate eclares for lunch, then smoke a cigar with a glass of wine. The doctors were not to thrilled about the wine, because of his liver, but he didn't care.
My deepest prayers go to you and your whole family, including your mother of course. Come here and vent as often as you need.
The american liver foundation has a ton of info on the liver. They will tell you exactly what to expect and help you and your mom deal with anything you need. They are always up to date on all the lastest procedures, and tests. They even have support groups for you and her to help get through the next stage.
Thomas...I am saddened to hear of all your trials. Rest assured though, we are praying for You and ALL of you family. As you said though. God is in control and the last time I checked...HE still creates miracles...Hang in there friend and hope you are comforted in some way.
This is a time and news you haven't been wanting to happen. It is discouraging when you've hoped for the best. TBug has given you some great resources to study so you'll know what to expect. It has helped me in my own mother's situation for another set of maladies not close to your mom's, but having the knowledge is key to understanding what might be coming next--and maybe some suggestions for care.
As the rest have said, you and Mrs. Thomas and your mom are in our thoughts and we're with you. Writing seems to be a good outlet for feelings.
As for your puppy, our pets are our treasures, too, and if there's any hope of recovery, then have him have the surgery. It may give you a few more good years with him and the success rate seems high enough to be worth it.
Thomas, I feel so sad as I read your post this morning. I've been keeping your mom and your family in my prayers, and I was so hoping this wouldn't be the news you would hear. I will continue to pray for you mom, that she will experience peace and be free of pain as she continues to deal with this horrible disease. I hope that she will be able to know and feel all the love that you all have for her.
I'm sorry to hear about Watson too. I remember when he had his last surgery. I'm praying that you and Mrs. Thomas will be able to feel peace about whatever decision you make regarding him, and if it's for the surgery, I'm praying that it all goes perfectly.
Will be praying for you and your Mom...Watson too. Good information has been sent to you and this will help during these times. We are never ready when the time comes for your mother to be with the lord. Hang in there!!
I can relate to what you're saying. Six years ago was the worst year of my entire life. My mother passed away and then just a month or two later, a little dog who I was very attached to passed away from cancer. On top of that; I worked at a place where my boss (a man) had absolutely no compassion for what I was going through. He told me to pull myself together and leave my personal problems at home and right after that, he went through a messy divorce and evey single day we all had to hear about his girlfriend and his ex-wife problems. Eveyone just told me I should tell him the same thing that he told me, but afterall he was the boss and I still needed a job. I kept quiet but found another job soon after that, although I liked my job, my boss was just a you know what. I had been working there over 15 years.
Anyway, I can relate to what you're going through. I know some people can't relate to animals like a family member but it felt like I had lost two very imporatant members of my family at the same time. I was very devistated and I didn't think I would ever get over it. It's better now, but you don't ever really get over it. People tell me that time helps, but it's been six years and it's still very painful.
Your mom is in God's hands now... His will be done.
Take care of yourself and Mrs. Thomas. I will pray for your strength.
Watson is in your hands so don't let him down. Our pets are our family also.