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.