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Panic.

I just got off the phone with the vet and I think I may be panicking. She consulted with another doctor and they both definitely see a tumor on the x-ray. They can't confirm the cancer diagnosis without a biopsy, but the tumor is somewhere -- in his sinuses -- where they can't really reach it. I could decide to be aggressive and do radiation, but it would first take an MRI ($1,250 - $1,500) and then two weeks of daily anesthesia and radiation ($4,000+), and the feline oncologist is in Cleveland, which means travel and time off from work and just general crap. As an added bonus, the tumor is at a point where I basically have to decide RIGHT NOW if I want to treat it, because if it grows any more, it'll be too late to do anything.

I know. I know I need to just stay with him and manage his pain and let him go gracefully. But the idea of this thing growing inside his head that will hurt and make him unable to breathe ... oh my stars I can't fucking handle this.

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badrahessa
Apr. 7th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
***hugs*** I wish I had words that would do a damn bit of good.
ratphooey
Apr. 7th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
You are right - you need to help him with the pain, and when it's time, let him go.

That time might be sooner rather than later, for both of your sakes.
bishopjoey
Apr. 7th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Oh dear...
I don't have any words for you either (never have). It seems best to just keep him as pain-free as possible. I know he's been a really good cat for you and that this is really hard. Take care.
scarybaldguy
Apr. 7th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Oh my g-d. :(

Good luck to both of you.
sabotabby
Apr. 7th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
I'm so so sorry.

*hugs*
hopita
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
He once charmed pghwob, otherwise known as Mr. I Don't Like Cats:

furious_mold
Apr. 7th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, that's sad. Poor kitty.

morrigan716
Apr. 7th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. We had almost the exact same scenario with our dog last year. Just treat him like The Cat King until it's time to let him go.
caelidh
Apr. 8th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
I am soooo sorry.. that is a really rough decision.

I concur though.. sometimes the best thing is to let them go....

I will send good energy.

Namaste
Caelidh
cheychey79
Apr. 8th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
I am soooo sorry.
I made the mistake of reading today's entry first. I am soo sorry honey. I feel for Opie and you. My heart is bleeding for you. I wanted to get offline and call you but I figured from the timestamp on todays message that you are already at work.
vulgarweed
Apr. 9th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Oh no. Oh poor Opie. Poor you. I'm so so sorry.
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