The ultrasound showed Peter’s spleen was enlarged. Dr. D said it may be just unpassed poo…or the disease could have spread. There was also a “dot” in his bladder. This, she said, could be a blood clot (which seemed bad to me, but, I guess, is preferable)…or the tumor may have spread.
If I hadn’t mentioned it before, the original tumor, found last year, has doubled in size from about 1cm to 2cms. “Doubled in size” sounds awful, but 1-2 cms seems small. Then, I think of it in relation to cat size. Then, I think, “that just means it has grown and that’s never good.”
All this mess comes down to very specific (expensive) treatments: chemo, surgery, specialists, $$$. Eric and I don’t even have good health coverage, I’m currently sucking up all the money from the HSA (Health Saving Acct.) with my physical therapy, but I felt bad to think of not doing Everything possible for my Pete.
I asked Dr. D what she would do and she thought she wouldn’t put her own cat through all that. The trauma from all the testing and the vet visits alone, could aggravate his illness. It made me feel a bit better, but that makes me feel a little guilty about feeling better about not doing more for him… It’s endless.
So, that’s my boys’ health update. Hopefully, as Dr. D. said, we will have another good year with Peter. Maybe more 🙂 And all the kids will be getting fishless food from now on, since I was told fishy food can cause crystals. Even if it doesn’t, I’ll take that precaution.