Monday, January 26, 2009
On December 24, Len took Gwen to the vet because she had lost a couple of pounds, rarely a good sign. They did blood work and checked her kidneys, all of which were normal. The vet didn't think it was serious at that time since she seemed to be eating and drinking, and her weight was not dangerously low. I took her back two weeks later, hoping she had at least maintained her weight, but instead she had lost 4 more ounces. At that time we got an appetite stimulant and a prediction that a liver ultrasound was next, since that was were her last major illness was.
Well, I took her in for another re-check on Friday. The problem is not in her liver. There are masses in the lymph nodes around her intestines, too many to be surgically removed. The two options are chemotherapy, which might give her a year, or bi-weekly steroid injections, which should give her a few months of decent quality of life. We were not expecting this and I am still in shock.
I took these yesterday. They are unusual, in that you can see her eyes. Her pupils are usually much more dilated.
Knitting tomorrow..really. I have pictures!