Today Chloe had her appointment with the veterinary surgeon, Dr. Watson (coincidentally, she is Riley’s surgeon as well!). She is having her surgery on Tuesday, March 15th. The surgery will be to remove the spleen and mass, fix her “apparent” bladder nodule, and remove one of her fatty benign tumors on her chest. They will do a biopsy of the splenic mass and the bladder nodule to check for cancer.
She has to be on exercise restriction for 2 weeks–no running, jumping, stairs, or furniture–and leash walks only. That means that with Riley living here, Chloe is going to have to stay in the crate for the two weeks or else she will try to play with the “Riled Child” and will most definitely try to jump on the furniture. The doctor said that if she jumps on the furniture, she could open the sutures and that we will quote “have intestines everywhere.” Yuck. Chloe does NOT tolerate being in a crate…at all. She fusses and stresses out the entire time and doesn’t settle down. The first night we had her, we made her sleep in the crate…she cried and barked the ENTIRE night and she managed to get the pan out of the bottom of the wire crate and ate through the carpet and carpet pad. So she’s never been crated at home since then. She actually (on two different occasions) broke both of her top canine teeth trying to bite and pull on the bars of a kennel…had to get root canals on both teeth–$700 each. So…we’re thinking that we’re going to have to get a sedative for her so that she can actually rest in the crate and not stress herself physically or mentally. She’ll be using Riley’s crate, so it’s plenty big for her, but that won’t matter to Chloe!
Anyway, that’s what’s going on in the world of Chloe. I have been reading most of your blogs but haven’t had time to comment on them. I got a letter from my college today saying that my request for graduation from the Pre-Nursing Career Studies Certificate program had been approved!! It’s not an Associate’s Degree, but it is progress! It has only taken me 6 or 7 years to get this far…! My grade is in for my 8 week Principles of Nutrition class and I got an A. Actually, and I’m going to brag a little bit so bear with me, an A was 900-1000 points. There were 45 extra credit points available, so the max grade you could get was 1045. I got 1044 points. 🙂 Overachiever much? I’d say so.