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02 November 2003 @ 08:40 am
Our vet wants us to reconsider the biopsy for Sydney. She said that Sydney's eyes, gums, and skin are turning yellow (a clear sign of liver failure) and she doesn't seem to be getting better with any of the medication that she's been prescribed so far. :( Mark & I have to talk it over this weekend and will let her know next week. We're pretty split on the issue. I don't want to have to put Sydney through more than she already has gone through and Mark thinks that it might be good to finally get some answers.

After the vet appointment, I took Sydney to my Mom's house. The last time my Mom saw her was in February and I wanted her to see Sydney in case something happened to her. My Mom really appreciated the time with her and got rather teary saying good-bye.

In the good news department - Mark's Mom seems to be doing much better after her surgery last week (and will even go on a trip with my father in law in about two weeks.) Her arm is a bit numb because they had to sever some of the nerves, and her incision aches a little, but all in all she's doing well. She'll be going in for radiation soon after she gets back from her trip.

I know there are those who are going through so much more than I am right now and I wanted to apologize for making such a huge deal out of Sydney's condition, but Mark & I have no children and Sydney's been a HUGE part of our lives for the past six years. I know that when she's gone there will be a HUGE piece of my heart that's missing. I'm trying to remain positive about all of this, but she's starting to look worse every day and she's become only a shadow of the dog she once was. I wish I could make her feel better and to have to see her like this day in and day out is increasingly difficult for us.
Current Mood: sadsad
Care: hugscareleswhisper on November 2nd, 2003 11:01 am (UTC)
*HUGS* I'm so very sorry Sheri. I just hope that whatever happens that you and Mark know that you gave Sydney a wonderful life and will continue to. :) *BIG HUGS*
Sherishutterbug93 on November 2nd, 2003 11:17 am (UTC)
Thank you, Carrie. I'm trying to remain positive, but it's getting harder to do. But we are comforted in the fact that Sydney had a happy life (and hopefully will continue to). Thanks so much for always being there for me. *HUGS*
irisheyes77 on November 2nd, 2003 12:23 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I'm on the verge of losing my Dad and my heart still aches so much for you and Mark. Having a pet go through a horrible illness like this is terrible whether you have children or not - I COMPLETELY understand where you're coming from.

We had a dog that had the yellowing of the skin and he had jaundice. I'm guessing that Sydney is probably past the point where it could be that though, right?

If she has the biopsy and it shows liver failure or cancer, is there anything they could do for it? I would have a very hard time making that decision as well.

That's great news about Mark's Mom.
Sherishutterbug93 on November 2nd, 2003 09:29 pm (UTC)
Amanda, thank you so much for your comments, they made me rather teary. Thank you so much for understanding. The more that I get to know you the more I'm reminded how wonderful people are. I know you guys are going through so much and I wish I could help in some way. :( *HUGS* to you!

And about the biopsy, we have to talk with the vet a little more. We were initially told that if it was liver cancer or irreparable liver damage, there's nothing they could do. So my thought was, how would it help us to know? I don't know. I think we have to talk with the vet a little more and ask more questions before we can fully decide. My question would be if it isn't any of those two, and they found out exactly what it was would they change her treatment?

Thanks again so much, Amanda for caring about Sydney. :) Please know that I'm praying for your family. More *HUGS*
Kayleakaylea on November 2nd, 2003 12:40 pm (UTC)
Hun, it's perfectly ok to give every ounce of love you have towards your pets because to me if you have no kids, they ARE your kids. You feed them, play with them and care for them just like you would for a human child. My heart aches for you, Mark, and Sydney. To have to go through this is hard. I'm here for you every step of the way and hoping the best for Sydney. *HUG* Stay strong and keep your chin up. Sydney is looking up to you. I don't know if that came out right it sounded better in my head than it did just now typing it. Hmm anyway. I pray for Sydney to be ok again soon.

Sherishutterbug93 on November 2nd, 2003 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comments and for understanding what Sydney means to us. She is like our child and to see her going through such a hard time is very painful for us. But I am remaining positive - after all, Sydney is a stubborn dog (she always has been) and hopefully she'll fight whatever this is that's making her sick. Thanks so much again for your concern and your prayers, they really me a lot to me. *HUGS*
Sabine: Teddysabine10 on November 2nd, 2003 01:16 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Sheri. I feel and hope with you. Huge *hugs*
Sherishutterbug93 on November 2nd, 2003 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Sabine. How's Lauser? I hope he's feeling better. Big *hugs* out to you both.
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on November 2nd, 2003 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I'm so sorry. :( I lost a cat a few years back (because my ex-mother-in-law had her put to sleep) and well, love is love and sorrow is sorrow for another being whether 4-legged or not.

If a biopsy is performed, does the vet feel there is treatment/a cure available for the outcome? The vet wouldn't recommend a biopsy if there wasn't some treatment available pending the results, right?

Sherishutterbug93 on November 2nd, 2003 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for understanding what Sydney means to us. I've told very few people at work and a few just don't understand. Some are even pet owners themselves. :(

As far as the biopsy is concerned, we were told that if the results show us that she has liver cancer or irreparable liver damage, there really isn't a treatment for that. The scary thing about it is that there's a chance that the biopsy itself could be fatal (with the liver not being able to stop bleeding). I'm leaning against it, but Mark & I have to ask the vet more questions before we decide.

Thanks for your comments again and thanks so much for your support, it really means a lot to me.
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on November 3rd, 2003 07:42 am (UTC)
We're Pulling For You Sydney!
The biopsy could be fatal? Oh. Argh. I am sooo sorry. :(
queenstacey on November 2nd, 2003 06:22 pm (UTC)
I am terribly sorry! Know that Sydney know's you did all you could for her... and she will watch over you from heaven. I know how it feels to lose a dog. We had our 1st dog until he was 16 people years. Then our other dog we had was killed by a black widow....

I'm sory *BIG HUGS*
Sherishutterbug93 on November 2nd, 2003 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your dog, Stacey. :( It's always hard to loose a pet, especially when they become members of the family. :(

I'm going to be positive about this and hopefully Sydney is a stubborn enough dog that she'll pull through this. If she doesn't, I know that she'll be going to a much better place.

Thank you for your comments. *HUGS*
With a spark: Michi close-upconchispa on November 2nd, 2003 07:14 pm (UTC)
There is absolutely no need to apologize. Sydney is your baby, that's it. I would be completely devistated if my kitty got sick. (((Hugs))) Hang in there!
Sherishutterbug93 on November 2nd, 2003 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for understanding. It amazes me how many wonderful people that I've met online can understand what Sydney means to me, and some people I know in my everyday life can't. I thank you for understanding and for your words of encouragement. *hugs* to you!
Kayleakaylea on November 2nd, 2003 11:09 pm (UTC)
HEEE!! I had to add you to my friends list cause the kitty is oh so cute! I love the icon! what's its name? :)

With a spark: Michi close-upconchispa on November 3rd, 2003 08:15 am (UTC)
Well hi there :) Her name is Michi. She is our baby and we spoil her rotten.
I'm just a girl in the world...i_am_angieface on November 2nd, 2003 07:43 pm (UTC)

Please, dont apologize. Sydney is your child. I understand that. Dont ever apologize for feeling how you feel. You are perfectly fine sweetie. Im so sorry to hear this news though. It is such a tough call. I dont think Ive ever shared with you, I had to make a life/death call for a cat of my parents YEARS ago, and I was the reason I had to make the call... it was a horrible accident, and I had to choose to end that cats life. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. In your situation, just discuss it with Mark, and do what you think will be best for Sydney, which I know you will do. Its such a tough situation - and Im SO sorry you are going through it.

I am happy to hear the news on Marks mother.

I wish you the best... and just do what feels right. You will do the right thing - I know you will.

Sherishutterbug93 on November 2nd, 2003 09:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that you had to make such a difficult call regarding your parents' cat. :( I can imagine that it was the hardest thing that you've had to do, but I'm sure that it was totally for the best.

Mark & I have to do a little more talking about this biopsy thing and ask the vet more questions before we feel like we can make a confident decision. Thank you so much for your encouragement and it really means a lot to me that you were willing to share your experiences with me. Please take care & *HUGS* to you too!
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMORbeam861 on November 3rd, 2003 05:57 am (UTC)
Good news about Marks Mom! Will she only have to have the radiation treatments and not Chemo? If so, that's good news, because radiation is much easier to handle than chemo. There is nothing wrong with being upset about your dog! I have 2 kids, and
Mortie is my 3rd child! If something were to happen to him, I would be beside myself. Some folks might call them stupid animials, but they are ignorant. That is why we have pets, to bring joy and love to our lives. They add so much, and when we think of our lives w/o
them, it is very sad. Two years ago, Mort got out of the yard, and
we didn't know where he was for almost a week (luckily he was picked
up by animial control) I think I cried everyday, because I missed him so much, at that point I only had him for a few months. Its OK
to feel bad and upset and cry, and there is no better place than YOUR journal to let those feelings out. If Sydney has this biopsy
can they do anything for her? or will it just dx her condition. Have you thought of going to another vet for a second opinion??
Sherishutterbug93 on November 3rd, 2003 08:35 am (UTC)
I think Mark's Mom is only scheduled to do radiation for now. It is good news. I guess we'll have to wait and see though, since chemo is always a possibility down the road.

The biopsy is rather iffy - I guess it could help if they can diagnose her more specifically and can gear a treatment specifically for her ailment, but it could also just tell us that there's nothing that they can do for her. I should talk to Mark about possibly going to get a second opinion. So far our vet hasn't been able to accurately diagnose her condition.

But, thank you so much for your comment, Barb! *HUGS* I know that you understand with Mortie in your life. Please give him a big *HUG* for me. Take care.