Thursday, March 19, 2009

Things Happen in Three's . . .

My Favorite Rocks

Life can certainly bulk up in threes. My daughter has surgery today to remove a misplaced tooth that happens to be hiding up above her two front teeth. It was discovered on X-ray and will harm the roots of her adult teeth if it stays. Such a tooth is nicknamed a "Unicorn Tooth" by Dentists. My daughter will be losing her Unicorn status at 11:15am today. She is nervous but her Best Friend made her some good luck jewelry yesterday. How sweet is that!


Cider and I obtained a second opinion yesterday. We met with the most wonderful Aussie Vet Specialist who is now living in Canada. I think I love Aussie's : ). He is considered one of the best Surgical Oncologist's (Cancer surgeons) the world has to offer. I am very impressed with him and so happy he is within an hour drive from our home. Thank you Australia : ) Cider didn't make a fuss at all (which she often does at the Vet). She sat quietly on the floor during her exam. Maybe she liked the Aussie accent, LOL. Dr. Liptak fit Cider's surgery in within 24 hours of her consultation and he has an 80% success rate for this type of surgery (without chemo or radiation). If we fall in the 20% (surface cancer on her leg grows back) the surgery can be repeated which will still give my lovely dog many more years. The solution I wanted without the $10,000 price tag the first specialist quoted.
Cider's surgery is also today. We have gone from cancelled surgery by the General Vet to full speed ahead with the specialist. We would not have chosen today as the day, but we are happy to be made a priority. The specialist goes away for a full month next week, so we needed to accept the last available spot on his schedule. My husband took Cider to the Vet Hospital at 7:00am this morning. She will likely stay for 24 hours.

Our third pending Hospital visit relates to our 20 year old cat Casey. He is struggling. I think (well . . . I know) it is his time. I was hoping he would peacefully pass away in his sleep but realize that life isn't usually that simple. We are lucky to have enjoyed him for two full decades. That is quite unusual for a male cat. He was my cat before I got married or had children. I need to be his friend when he needs me most, as difficult as they may be. He has been a perfect pet.

Friends Forever


Kathy said...

Oh I am praying for Cider to come thru like a champ. As for Casey, I know how you feel. I have an elderly cat who is beginning to fail also and it's heartbreaking. She is still so affectionate but I can see the writing on the wall.

Brenda said...

Hi Karen,
I'm glad two out of three will be taken care of today! FIngers crossed that all will go well with the two surgeries.
As for poor Casey, he has been such a wonderful kitty, but I can see how thin he has become. The house will certainly be lonely without him, but "maybe" Jersey will become more loving (I won't hold my breath!)


Kim's Treasures said...

Oh my goodness! I hope your daughter and Cider have speedy recoveries and that Cider is in the 80% group! And I'm so sorry about your kitty, that is one of the hardest decisions to make and according to our vet it's an inevitable one for our dog (it's just a matter of when the cancer progresses). I'll be thinking of you and praying for you!

cinner said...

what a hard day for you all, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Victorian Parlor said...

God Bless you! My prayers go out for your daughter, Cider, and Casey.

Nancy said...

Hi Karen...What a time you are having! I wish your daughter all of the best. And Cider...finally a solution that works for all concerned! She will be as good as new very soon...Go Cider!!

Poor little Casey...such a sweet little kitty. It's so hard to make those decisions...but you have to do the right thing for him and for you.

I wish you all of the best, Karen.
Hugs, Nancy xoxo

Chrissie said...

Dear Karen
Thinking of you and sweet Cider and so glad you found the Aussie vet. So sad to hear about your old cat Casey and what a great age. I know you will make the best decision for him. My DS had one of those teeth when he was a little boy and had surgery to have it removed from the roof of his mouth.

Take care.

Deb said...

Oh Karen my heart breaks to hear about Casey I'm so sorry I know how much you love your Kitties:(

Hope your young miss is feeling better now that she has had her tooth removed.

All the critters here have got their paws, hoofs crossed that Cider is in the Lucky 80%.

Take care dear friend thinking of you hugs Deb

ShabbyInTheCity said...

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Donna Lynn said...

I love my dog Teddy like you do your Cider, I will be praying for a speedy recovery. It breaks my heart when animals are in pain, I wish they could talk!

Take care and happy first day of Spring,
Donna Lynn

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karen,

Yes, they say things happen in three's.
Your life sounds very hectic and I am hoping that your daughter's tooth extraction went well and she is feeling better. Love the rocks.

I hope dear Cider will be feeling like a new doggie after her surgery.

Sorry about dear Casey and what a wonderful age for a Cat. You have been so lucky to have each other for such a long time.

Sending hugs and thinking of you all

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh my Karen, Your plate is full right now isn't it? You will be in our prayers for everything to happen with good results and without pain. And that your darling kitty will slip quietly into the arms of the Creator.

Blessings to you,
Hugs, Sherry