magistrate: The arc of the Earth in dark space. (Default)
So, about three weeks ago I took Ajé in to the vet, and it ended up that she had a significant abscess in an upper canine that meant that the entire tooth needed to be removed. She went into surgery and came out apparently fine, but with checkup appointments for a week out, and then two weeks after that, which lead us to today.

I brought her in today and they discovered that removing the infected tooth had revealed cancerous cells, which have formed a mass large enough that her lower teeth are catching on it and causing her to sneeze. Because it's in the upper jaw, there's really not mush to be done about it – the doctors consulted with each other and basically advised me that having a biopsy done was useless, because (a) it would be another anesthesia event, which wasn't safe at her age, and (b) knowing with certainty if it was or wasn't cancer wouldn't change the options or, really, the recommended treatment path. And it seems to be at the point where terms like "palliative care" and "quality of life" are coming up in the conversation. She's also lost about a pound in the past two weeks, which isn't a terribly good indicator. So.

They sent us home with enough medicine for a week and an appointment to come in next Saturday and see if anything looks different. I dunno. She's 17 years old, which as cats go is pretty ancient, and she's been healthy up until just recently, and I've kinda been watching her for a while with the knowledge that she might not be around for much longer. I'm not sure exactly how I feel, or how to quantify how I feel, right now. Then, I rarely am.

Date: 2011-08-21 03:59 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] analoguechild
analoguechild: Kara returns to galactica to Lee and they grab eachother in a hug. Text: Coming Home. (Home is in your embrace)
*hugs* That sucks. But wow, 17 yrs old?! I didn't realize she was that old. Calvin is 15 right now. My parents cat Purry-D died when she was 16, just crawled under a chair in the basement and gave in/up. I can't remember if she was sick at all but obviously she must have had some organ failures or something.

I'm so sorry you have to go through this. Ajé has been part of your life for such a long time. At least L is there with you ...and the rest of Aperture Science, I guess hope. *hugs again*

Date: 2011-08-22 11:29 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] rubyprism
rubyprism: A girl in a fancy white dress has a cat sitting next to her. (pretty & cats)
Sorry to hear that. :( My childhood cat's health started failing around the same age, but she lived until 20. Cats will sometimes just keep ticking even though they're old and sick and barely there.

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