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Filed under: Uncategorized — rica55 at 9:18 pm on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Surgery Day

So, today was the big day.  I woke up this morning after a horrible night of sleep, because selfish Jack was screaming for food all night.  I mean, really?  Your little friend is about to lose a limb.  You can fast for 8 hours buddy.  Jill and I had a nice snuggle this morning, and off we went.  I actually wasn’t nearly as emotional as I thought I would be, just a general feeling of complete nausea!

I brought the nice ladies at the front desk a big box of munchkins as a “Happy Holidays, thanks for everything” gift (read: bribe) and then the nurse came out and ripped my little one from my arms 🙁  She told me the surgery would be “sometime this morning”…so off I went to wait.  At around Noon, the surgeon called and told me everything went great and it was probably the best feeling I’ve had in a while.  The waiting really is the worst part.  She confirmed that this new nodule is not on bone at all, it was under her skin.  So the mystery continues….

The vet was having their annual holiday party tonight, so while I was told I couldn’t visit Jill until tomorrow, they were going to have to bring armed guards to keep me from going in the back to see her.  It wasn’t actually too difficult 🙂  The nurses brought me right back and there she was….HIGH AS A KITE!  Seriously, give me some of what she was having!  The nurses told me she was already trying to stand a little bit and had already gone to the bathroom twice by herself (poop and pee).  I don’t get easily grossed out at all, so the scar wasn’t shocking to me – especially since I have this terrific website that has prepared me for what to expect.  I sat there for a while and just rubbed her little head and chest and she was purring a little and a doing a little bit of kneading actually!  I am so happy she was feeling well enough to do that.  Heck, it seemed to me like she might have the munchies. I’m so happy she is at a hospital that is so caring and lets me come visit whenever I want.  She is going to be staying until Saturday, and you cant bet I will be there everyday until then 🙂

While I was in the back, there was a couple saying goodbye to their dog who was being put down.  It was heart wrenching and it really put things in perspective for me.  I am so lucky to have however much time I have with Jill.  I am glad for everyday that I have with her.  I am anxious to hear back about the biopsy of this nodule, but we will get through it and we’ll get through the chemo and I’ll cherish every moment I have with her.

Here are some pictures and a video of her  (warning one is a little graphic of her scar)………..Now on to recovery!

Here we are snuggling before we leave for the hospital…please excuse my just woke up look 🙂

Hi Mama!

OOOOH this is goooood stuff



   Marni Berse

December 12, 2012 @ 9:29 pm   Reply

I am so proud of you and Jill! I love you both very much and I love that you are doing this blog to help yourself and others!



December 12, 2012 @ 10:16 pm   Reply

Hurray! I’m so glad that surgery went well, and that you were able to visit Jill and give her some kitty love that only mamma can give!!!

Wow – they’re keeping her till Saturday? That’s actually pretty awesome, since if anything were to go wrong (which is unlikely), they could take care of her right away – but, I can see where you might be anxious too (as you know, I spent every moment with Fang for the first few days). One really cool thing, though, is that (1) I see that she’s not on the patch – she’s on a drip instead so no patch ripping off for you! Woohoo!, and (2) Clearly they can keep her on “the good stuff” while she’s there! hah!

Now that I think of it, Saturday will be her 3-4 day mark when she doesn’t likely need any more pain meds, so once you get her back into your arms she’ll be getting ready to roam, figure things out, and go back to her regular kitty antics. 😀

So happy for you both! Thanks so much for the update!! **Hugs for you both!!**



December 12, 2012 @ 10:17 pm   Reply

Oh shoot, and hugs for Jack too! Can’t miss him 😀



December 12, 2012 @ 10:21 pm   Reply

Hahaha I know poor jack. He’s being so ignored. They normally would only keep her until Friday, but I am babysitting my parents puppy until Saturday and she is a tiny little hyper thing so I’d rather Jill start recovering at home after puppy leaves. I’m very happy Jill’s not on the patch 🙂



December 12, 2012 @ 11:21 pm   Reply

Wheeeeee! She’s seeing pink elephants!

So happy that things are going well. I’m totally curious about her pain mangement protocol, please be sure to update us about it in the Forums, I know other future cat Tripawd pawrents can learn so much from your experience.

Many hugs coming your way, we are thinking of you both and sending lots of healing wishes.



January 20, 2013 @ 9:25 am   Reply

Im sitting here crying as I watch your blog of Jill. I am about to take the same Journey with my Jenna tomorrow. Jenna and Jill could be sisters, they look so much alike and seem to have the same loving personality. I am so scared for her, and afraid that I will not do the right things to make her comfortable. She also hates the collar, Im trying to find something that I could use other then that. Thank you for your inspirational story. Please keep my Jenna in your thoughts.
Karen and Jenna

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