Saturday, May 10, 2008

Today's Events

It's been a long day but before I nap, I'll share today's events with you.

So today was a big day. First, they did not feed me breakfast. I'm not very hungry but still they should have offered. And because I didn't get breakfast, Eva didn't get breakfast either. That was poor planning on their part.

Then I got to go for a ride in the DUV but we left Eva at home. She was not very happy about that either. Later she told me that she was so worried because our pawrents never take one of us without the other and if they didn't come home, who would feed her and let her out. She admitted being worried that I wasn't coming back either. So she stayed right by the window in the front door and waited and waited for us to come home. Momma and Dad took me to see a specialist at Metropolitan Veterinary Referral. This is one place where I would not want my Momma or Dad to work. All they see is very serious issues like cancer so they see a lot of dogs and cats that are in the last chapter of their lives. I'll let Momma add the details where needed.

After waiting for long time, they came and let us go in a little room. Oh I forgot, I had to stop and get weighed. I now weigh a svelte 63 lbs. So I lost another pound since Thursday. Or their scale may be off. Either way, I'm still bewootiful.

Momma and Dad talked with some woman who wrote down a lot of notes. (Momma - discussing Tasha's recent behavior and physical changes and her history) I didn't catch her name because she wasn't talking to me. But I do know they were talking about me. Blah Blah Blah Tasha Blah Blah Dinner Blah Tasha Blah Blah. I just kept giving Momma and Dad kisses. Until this unnamed woman stuck something in a very private area. I was so offended that I stopped giving kisses for a while.

She went away and a very nice woman named Catherine came in and talked to Momma and Dad for long, long time. (Momma - same discussion as above plus comments from her regular vet and possible results) This Catherine person then took me away and into the back room where they did unspeakable things to me. They shaved my belly and took a movie of my insides. I'm sure it will be this year's top movie and win all the awards. but then they stuck me with two needles and stole parts of my very essence. (Momma -liver and spleen).

I feel a draft

Oh No, my belly is naked

I had enough of this place so I told Dad I wanted to go home. Since Dad loves me so much and almost always does what I tell him, we went home where Eva was still looking out the window watching for us. Allegedly, Eva can be "trusted" so Momma let her come out to welcome me home. I even let her sniff my naked belly. Then I declared that it was dinner time. I had to take 3 pills with dinner but since they came with peanut butter, I suppose I won't put up too much of a fight. (Momma- 2 pills to stimulate her appetite and 1 pill to facilitate her breathing) Of course Eva got some peanut butter too. Our pawrents are very fair and what ever one of us gets, the other gets the same. It's been a busy day and this is a long post, so I'm going to take a nap.


At this point, there are two possibilities: Cancer or fungal infection in her lungs. If cancer, there is a primary tumor somewhere else. Using Ultrasound, they did find suspicious masses in her liver and in her spleen. The results of the biopsies will be back on Monday or Tuesday. If the results do not show a malignant tumor, we'll test her lungs. We did not go ahead with testing the lungs today because there are significant risks. If we chose to do a needle aspiration, her lungs could deflate and we'd risk not getting a good tissue sample. Our other choice is a tracheatomy and run a camera down into her lungs to guide retrieving a good tissue sample. Even though there are risks, we'll probably chose option 2. Damn the cost.

If cancer, we'll make her as comfortable as possible but we do not anticipate doing chemo. We don't know if we could put her through that just to have a few more months with her. Her quality of life is more important than anything else including the devastation of losing her. If fungal infection, the treatment is very aggressive and we could lose her to the treatment. At this point, the fungal infection is our best hope for her. We'll know more next week but whatever we decide, it will be based on what is best for Tasha and not what we want. We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.


P.S.S. Edited to add a comment from Eva - I love my sister and don't like it when she's not here. And will someone make my Momma and Dad stop crying.


Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Wooo Tasha,
We are sending woo some positive vibes my sweet friend. Please keep us posted on the test results and know that we are thinking alot about woo and woo family.
Sitka (And Tia)

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Me again!

Sitka's mom sent us here to spread more of our SibeVibes -

Please keep us posted - we'll keep our paws khrossed for ALL of YOU -

We know how much it hurts to see someone woo love hurt so we'll do all we khan to help make things better -


Randi said...

Dear Tasha & Eva & her peoples...

We are so sorry to hear of Tasha's health troubles & all of our pawsitive thoughts & healing vibes are being sent her way...right now my mom/secretary is in Minnie-Soda & I'm sure she'd love to pawsonally deliver a bunch of hugs that I'd like to send your way.

We know you will do everything in your power for Tasha & have her best interest at heart.

Its times like these that trying to be as strong as possible makes you feel your weakest...

If you need second opinions, please try the UofM Vet. Medical Facilities...they are absolutely the best.

Please know we are thinking of you & keeping our paws & fingers crossed for all of you.

We love you all.

Lots of Love & Healing Licks,
Randi & her peoples

The Husky in the Window said...

We are thinking of you'all here and cry with you. We are hoping for the best and send you lots of love.
Husky Hugs, MayaMarie, Missy,
Bella and Gerri

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Oh Tasha, we will be keeping you and your parents in our thoughts. And Eva too. Be sure to give your parents lots of licks to clean up their leaking eyes. We are definitely hoping for the best for you!

Steve, Kat and their mom, Valerie

Lorenza said...

Hi, Tasha, Eva, Mom and Dad!
Sure its not easy for you all but lets hope for the best.
I know you feel sad but we have to be possitive.
I still have my paws crossed (and my mom too!) for Tasha!
Lots of kisses and hugs for you all!

Thor said...

We will cross our paws that it's a fungal infection and not cancer! But tell your mama and dad not to stress out too much; if they don't take care of themselves, they can't take care of you!

Woos and Sibe vibes,

Bama said...

Oh sweet grrls! All of the RHP have their paws crossed, and we're keeping those prayers & sibe-vibes coming at you! Please know that there are lots & lots of blogging doggies out here that are praying and hoping for the best, you're not alone, and mama is sharing your tears right now.
Eva, the best way to make your mommy & daddy stop crying is with lots of kisses and cuddles, so keep 'em coming and help them get through the hard decisions ahead.
Bama, Mikki, Cracker & Chili
PS. (from the mom, to the mom) please give your girls snooter smoochies from me!

Carol said...

Ohhh Tasha,

I know all about the belly draft. Those bipeds just love to steal our belly hair. I bet your movie is going to be a box office hit too.

As far as the other stuff, we will be pawing (mom says praying, same thing, humoms just can't spell) but we will be pawing for you to get better soon.

Lots of love and good things coming your way.

Flurry and Aja

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

hey buddies,

Opy's mum here - our hearts go out to you - we know exactly what you are going through at the moment - we are going through similar with charlie.

I can't offer you any words of wisdom - no words can help at this time, but we do love you, and are thinking of you all.

take care - and hang in there, it is all we can do.


brooke (opy's mum)

Holly said...

I will be sending Malagal vibes your way for some good news. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Many of us have been where you are, and know that although extremely difficult, Tasha does come first, and you will do what is best for her, no matter what that is. I am sending lots of hugs to you all!!


Anonymous said...

Tasha and Eva hope you dont' mind me pawing by, i seen you on Sparky's blog.
Tasha so sorry to hear your not feeling well, i do hope it's not bad news i will be keeping all my paws crossed for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers, ails said the same my human owner.

lots of licks


BenTheRotti said...

Hi Tasha, Eva and Momma and Dad..

I've been on a short break so have only just read about Tasha's health problems. I'm sending you lots of healing vibes, love, licks and positive thoughts. I will keep you in my prayers sweet Tasha.

Ben xxxxx


(Bens Mum here)

Just wanted to add that I admire your Mom and Dad for having the strength and courage to make the desicions which are best for you, you are in my thoughts and prayers sweet girl as are your Mom, Dad and Eva. Keep us updated if you can little one... and psssst.. that is one cute naked tummy you have :)

lots of love,

Sue xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Tasha,

Hope that you will get well soon. be strong! Wish that you will be healthy again so that all the horrible hospital visits and needle poking will end.


The Army of Four said...

We love you girls - and your parents, too! Please know that you're in our thoughts and prayers!

Crikit, Sparky & Ginger said...

Tasha! furst of all we agree your pawrents shuda a least offered breakfast. Oh we must say you got some purdy skin even though it was revealed under not so welcomed circumstances ~ so your in a movie eh? Well dear friend we will continue to pawray fur you return health and your worried pawrents.

Love Licks till your annoyed xo

Lacy said...

w00f's tasha and eva...the mama here, i just dont know what to say...nothing i cAn say will ease the pain ur going through rite now..just no i am here for u and praying hard that Tasha will b ok...if it helps to no ur not alone, i am going through the same thing right now..they dont know whether my nodules r cancer or not and they only way they can find out is with the biopsy or cut it out...with lacy dying not long ago being under anthesia, it scares the hell outta me...thats another thing we have in common tasha, we iz not young chicks anymore...its kinda like damed if ya do and damed if u dont..just remember i got u and ur sister and ur mom and dad in my prayers and hope for the best..

b safe and get well soon,
Rocky and company's mama!!

Moondance Huskies said...

Dear Tasha,
Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well and had to endure such yucky tests. We all hope and pray that your test results come back with good news. We will keep our paws crossed and will be sending healing positive energy and prayers your way. Keep giving your Mom & Dad kisses...they need them now more than ever. Trust that they will do the very best for you, no matter what.
Love and healing licks,
Skye, Lakota, Angel, Dave, Blaze, Jasmine, Velvet, Becky and the kitties--Misty, Diana & Starr
and our Mom Joan

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Hi, everyone -

We are so sorry to hear of Tasha's medical problems. We are relatively new to blogging but wanted to send lots of licks and paw hugs that you will get good news.

Love -

Hershey and Kaci

P.S. Mama thinks you both are gorgeous doggies!

Mary-Margaret O'Brien said...

Dear Tasha...It's MEEE, Mary-Margaret. I am saying prayers for you and your family. And, I might add, you have a very nice pick tummy. Yup. Excellent for getting belly rubs and stuff.

Love and kisses..

Your good friend, Mary-Margaret

Pippa said...

Oh Tasha

I have just read down to here. I have missed such a lot of your health news. I have told mistress she must check your blog every day from now on.

About the only thing I can say for her is that at least she had the decency to come here straightaway today before visiting any other blogs.

My poor sweet girl. I do hope your furry tummy grows back quickly, I think you have such pretty fur.

Love Pippa xx