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December 4th, 2004

December 4th, 2004
12:59 am


I came home tonight and found my 13.5 year old malamute unable or unwilling to walk.  She won't put weight on her hind legs.  She seems to be able to move them a little.  She was fine (well, a little stiff and shaky, but normal for her old self) this morning.  I managed to get her onto a board and into the house, but I really can't move her by myself without manhandling her much more than I want to, and it's the middle of the night and the beginning of the weekend, and I really don't know what to do next.  Short of rousting a neighbor out of bed, I don't think I can get her into the car, even if the vet, if I can find one, wants her right away.  Of course, my reliable vet (the one I could call in the middle of the night in an emergency) retired a couple of years ago, and I haven't formed a real relationship with another one.

I will try to update when I know more.

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07:37 pm


Lori update
Lori went to the emergency room at the U of I Small Animal Clinic this morning.  They said she was borderline shocky, gave her IV fluids, and did preliminary blood work which showed her to be anemic.

Abdominal xrays were inconclusive; no signs of a problem with her back, a hint of possible organ problems, but only a hint.  Chest xrays were clear, abdominal ultrasound shows enlarged lymph nodes and unusual appearance in the liver and spleen.  Cancer is likely but not proven at this point.

She'll stay at the U of I on supportive care tomorrow, and the oncologist will evaluate the case and look at the "aspirate" samples (I think that means a needle biopsy).

I expect a confirmation that she has cancer, with an explanation of what kind, tomorrow (I've partially made arrangements to get in touch with the oncologist after I get back from EFRC), and now I get to look forward to the wonderful joy of choosing a course of cancer treatment for a dog.

I am very attached to this dog, but I definitely don't want to make her suffer just to put off my having to let her go.  The vet is probably going to recommend some very expensive treatment, and I am going to have a very hard time with that whichever way I go.  The part of me that will say "you threw away the best dog in the world to save a little money" will be at war with the part that will say "you spent HOW MUCH money on a DOG?"

I haven't gone to pieces yet, but please be ready to glue me back together, because I can see it coming.  If you've been through modern cancer treatment for a dog, please share what you've learned.

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07:55 pm


Book Review: Tooth and Claw
Today's book review is Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton.

A romance, but with very original dragonsCollapse )

It's a fairly short book, and will be a quick read for you people that read fast.  (It took me a lot of days to read it, but not very many hours -- just no time.)  Read it for the world building and the examination of how the unusual biological imperatives of the dragons shape a society that looks oddly familiar; it's well worth it for that, even though the story itself is a little thin.  I'll give it an 8 out of 10.

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