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Friday, January 07, 2011

Budz and a rollercoaster emotion week


After what a crazy crazy week, look who's back home?! BUDDIE! Thanks for all the good luck and healing thoughts y'all have been sending him. Poor guy could really use them!

This week has been filled with emotional ups and downs. Wednesday night I got a call from the surgeon with the results of Buddie's tumor biopsies. The tumors are in fact cancerous. Needless to say, I've been crazy anxious and crying a bunch this week (once even in front of my next door neighbor. Turns out now we're on hugging terms).

I didn't sleep much Wednesday nite since Budz' surgery was Thursday. This also meant I was extra emotionally volatile when I drove Buddie to the surgeon's office Thursday morning. I had a mini-breakdown when traffic made me an hour late to get there (it took three hours to get him to the surgeon's office and then drive back home!!!). I was also anxious because I knew the surgeons were going to do chest xrays and ultrasounds of Buddie's lymph nodes before the surgery to see whether the cancer spread. Thankfully, the cancer hasn't spread!!!

So the surgeon went through with the operation as planned yesterday evening. However, he was only able to remove one tumor due to worries about excessive nerve damage. Buddie will be going back for a check-up next Tuesday, and if he seems to be healing well, he'll get the second tumor removed next week. I'll also be meeting with an oncologist next week to discuss treatment after Budz has healed from all the surgery. (2-3 weeks?)

I really am elated to have him home with me, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't extremely hard for me to see him like this. His backside looks like frankenstein's monster, and I can tell how painful it is for him. He'll also be confined to the kitchen for the rest of his healing period, and he's not allowed to go out for walks. We aren't even allowed to take him around the block! We can take him to the backyard to do his biz, but that's it. Poor fella.

Plus, being in a cone is so sad! Besides getting caught on the stairs when he goes outside, it's epically sad when he wants to scratch his ear. I can totally relate to not being able to scratch an itch. I try to do my best to scratch his itch, but I'm apparently not as successful as his foot would be.


*edited to add an actual outfit shot. My head has been all out of sorts lately!*

Picking up Buddie OOTD
West & Vine sweater sz XS (thrifted NWT $5)
American Apparel red long sleeve sz XS (thrifted $4)
Gap wool camel skirt sz 4 (thrifted $6)
Grey herringbone tights
Three Beacons Belt sz S- Anthropologie ($34)
Colorful Brazilian wood beaded necklace (gifted)

15 comments:

vintageglammz said...

Aww poor Budz. It's a relief to read that the cancer hasn't spread. It must be really hard for you emotionally as Budz has been with you since you were little. He looks so down in his cone...awww. I wish there was something I could do to cheer him up. All the best for a speedy recovery Budz!

Cindi said...

Lori, I got teary eyed reading this and looking at Buddie in his cone. This week my mom called and said Chewy started shaking all of a sudden for no reason and it reminded me of Buddie. I was worried and it was probably just nothing so I can just imagine what you must be going through right now. I hope Buddie gets well real soon and I wish to meet him on one sunny day outside a coffee house in Seattle! :)

Kay said...

Aw...I'm so relieved his cancer hasn't spread. It's so hard to see your beloved furry friends all shaved and wearing a cone :( I hope Budz has a speedy and hug-filled recovery!

theanthropologieconnoisseur said...

I'm so sorry. Really, I am. I'm hoping and praying he'll get better. Hang in there! :)

marirob said...

I know it must be so hard to see Budz in his condition, but he is surrounded by so much love that I know he will heal very quickly! We're sending good vibes from here, and Maggie the cat sends him powerful purring healing juju! (Did you know that the frequency of purring helps heal broken bones? Crazy times!)

Tien said...

Oh, Lori, my thoughts are with you and Buds and hoping he has a speedy recovery and they'll be able to remove the 2nd tumor next week. Hang in there. It's hard to see them like this, but you're being such a great caregiver.

spiffy said...

Lori, this post is killing me. I feel so sorry for you and buddy and everyone involved. I'm thinking positive thoughts, it's so hard to see them out of sorts.

Elizabeth said...

Lori, I've been following your posts on Buddy and it's just so sad. :( I'm glad that he is doing okay and really hope for a good recovery so he can have his second surgery! I'm sending you positive thoughts and prayers!

Laura said...

Oh Lori, How horrible for you and Budz. It pains me to see any animal hurting so. It looks like he is doing well. His food bowl is emtpy and that's a good thing. Last year I had a very difficult time with my cat. She almost dies. I had to force feed her for a week. And the vet was no help. But she pulled through and gained her weight back. So I understand the misery this causes. You look happy and stylish despite the issues. I think it's important to be positive in front of sick children and animals. So keep smiling! We are all thinking of you and Budz. Kisses! Laura

Melissa said...

I am so glad that you're able to get treatment for him! That's fantastic and I would do the same thing if I could.

I took my cat to the vet on New Year's Eve because he'd been losing weight and we did blood tests to figure out what was wrong, hoping it was treatable...but then he ended up passing away that night. If I could have paid for treatment to save him, I would have done anything!

On a different note, I love your outfit! The color combo is fantastic and you look so great!

Sammie said...

*hugs* to you and buddie.

Jamie said...

I'm so sorry you're having to go through this with Budz, but it sounds as though he is receiving excellent care. My thoughts are with you and your best Budz. I've never had a dog of my own, but base don how much I love my BF's dog, I can only imagine how difficult this is.

Mandy said...

Lori! I'm so glad that Budz is home! Cheers to him and to you - hope he'll heal quickly!!

aki! said...

Your poor, poor doggie. I'm sorry that your year had to start like this and I hope he gets better. Lots of love!

Kristina said...

Awww...I feel so back for him! I hope he improves, Lori. That's soo awful!

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