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Chest Lumps

About a month ago I took Conan to the vet because I felt a little lump in his chest. He also had one on his side, but neither lump was large enough that a sample could be taken. Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed these lumps growing and, probably due to my own experience with cancer, I grew concerned.

The vet could no longer say that it was nothing. It is definitely worth investigating, although it could wind up just being fat cells. Not only that, but there are three lumps that need removal. Actually, there were three options: a needle biopsy where, while Conan is awake, they freeze the area, hold him down, and remove a piece of the area with a needle. #2: They biopsy the area while he is under by taking a portion out – meaning a second operation if it turns out to be cancer. #3: Complete removal of the lumps – the only 100% guarantee since, if it is cancer, it is a form that doesn’t spread to muscles or bones.

In discussions with the vet, there was the question all pet owners hate to ask: What is this going to cost? I’m thankful that I live in a country where I don’t have to put a monetary value on my health, but, of course, dogs don’t have that luxury. (Yes, there is pet insurance, but if you put that $50+ a month away into a bank savings account, you’ll have a small fortune saved by the time you need it.) As I waited for the doctor to tell me the estimate, I tried to come up with a dollar figure that I wouldn’t pay or borrow to ensure that I would have my companion by my side for at least another ten years. My mind went blank.

I chose the third option, to have the lumps completely removed. Thankfully, it was an estimate that fits in with my budget. It will mean tightening things up over the next few months, and not taking as many weeks off this summer as I’d hoped to do. (Though I will be able to spend a week at home with him while he recovers.) It means not taking my Alaskan cruise, and it means not buying the new couch I was hoping for. But these are sacrifices I’m willing to make for the health and comfort and companionship of my little buddy.

His operation is a week and a half away. I’ll keep you all informed of his progress.

New Blog

You may ask yourself, “Why the new blog?” That’s probably the most logical question right after, “How did I wind up on this guy’s blog?”

Myspace has had its time in the sun for me. I’ve had some comments from people who would like to post responses to my musings, but are unable to as they don’t wish to have an account on Myspace. (Personally, I’ve just grown tired of the spam I get from Myspace…)

So here I am, in my new home, in the wide-world of Blogger. A part of me feels that this is right: this seems to be a time when I’m reinventing who I am. At first I was scared by it, but now I’m excited of what the next few months hold. (What the cryptic-heck am I talking about?)

Do stay tuned as events unfold that shape and transform my life. The last time I had one of these moments, I moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver and completely reinvented who I am. (That wasn’t so much an active choice as it was a natural progression of crazy – yet cool – events.) This summer season has that same promise!