Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Kobie's day

Monday I took Kobie in to my regular vet for an exam and x-rays for a referral to the animal chiropractor/acupuncturist. It was supposed to be a straight forward, easy, pleasant experience.

Kobie was his usual charming self. He was a real gentleman as Dr. Williamson prodded his back and hips, but she could tell he was in pain, so it was off for some quick x-rays.

When Dr. Williamson came back into the room I knew something was wrong. "I don't want to show you this" she said as she put the xray up on the view box and pointed out the quarter of Kobie's pelvis that was just gone, obliterated, poof! Odd, I thought, what could cause that? "I don't want to tell you this" Dr. Williamson said with a sigh, but I think we have a bone tumor.

Shock. Disbelief. Sadness. Anger. All wash over me. Cancer? My cat has Cancer? This was just a routine visit, and you're telling me he has cancer? As I search for answers on my vets face through tear filled eyes I know that she would not have used the "C" work with me unless she was pretty sure. We have a long history, she knows how I am about my cats. And she knows I've been down that cancer road more than once.

She said she would send the films off to the veterinary radiologist for review to confirm the diagnosis. She gave Kobie a shot of Buprinex and sent us home. On the drive home the reality of the situation set in. Bone cancer is super painful, and incurable. I had only one real option here, and that was to give my little kitty back to God.

Back at home I sent the other cats back to the bedroom for the day so Kobie could have the house to himself. We shut off the AC and opened up the windows in the kitchen so Kobie could sit in them and look out, his favorite activity. He got more treats than he could eat and all the cuddles and love he wanted. We wanted his last few hours to be special and happy.

Monday night I couldn't sleep at all, I just laid in bed next to Kobie and cried and cried. Tuesday afternoon Dr. Williamson calls. She had just gotten off the phone with the radiologist who said she didn't think the bone loss was due to cancer at all! It was likely a result of his injury 7 years ago when he was hit by that car.
We were filled with joy! Our Kobie was going to be with us for many more years to come. It was a good day.

Mom reading the Funnies to Kobie
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A tearful cuddle.
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Looking out the window
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6 comments:

Saint Lover said...

Thank GOD! I am soo happy for Kobe and for you. I am in tears! Big Hugs!

The Girl said...

We are so glad to hear that Kobie is okay. Thank goodness!

Brown dog kisses,
Dannan and The Girl

Vicki said...

thats great news, although must have been quite distressing until you found out the good news

Debra Kay said...

Wow-hugs to you all.

Dori said...

So glad to hear Koby got good news!

mylime said...

Oh my gosh, I've only just seen this as I've been away...I was starting to well up before I read the last bit! So glad Kobie is okay and hugs to you both xx