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Crap-tastic Tuesday

Well, my Tuesday has been not-fun so far. I woke up this morning at a decent hour, but did not have time to exercise or write, because I had an appointment to take my kitty Jez (who is losing weight and having messy stools) to the vet at 7:30. The hope was to take her, get her looked at, and get her home in time to get to work by 9 am, but her vet is still twenty miles away near my parents' old house.

The doctor groped her a bit around the gastro-intenstinal track and told me that she had an enlarged small intestine right up near her stomach. Short of doing one of several expensive tests, there is no way of knowing what is making it enlarged, but his suspicion, because of the tumor in her elbow, is that it is a cancerous mass, and probably the origin point of the cancer (the elbow tumor she was diagnosed with a year ago July is a metastization). I opted not to get the expensive tests, because the main reason for them would be to then perform some kind of intervention. I don't think any interventions at her age (17) are going to help her live a good, long life. Instead, I took some diarrhea medicine and some special digestive food so she can have a comfortable old age.

Driving home was a bear. I chose not to take the freeway, since it was bumper-to-bumper going east as I was driving west to the appointment earlier, but I'll tell you--the surface streets weren't much better. Lots of sudden braking and sitting in traffic. Poor Jez was complaining quite a bit, and it was taking forever. I didn't realize it until we finally got home, but she had had an accident in the cat carrier and was having to sit there in her own mess. I got her inside and cleaned up as well as I could, but didn't have time to wash out the carrier yet.

I lost her little friend Laren a year ago, and Jez is about a year younger than she. I think we will both just be happy with each other's company in whatever time she has left.

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scrollgirl
Jun. 29th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry, N. *hugs* I hope Jez sticks around for a good long while yet.
rebekahroxanna
Jun. 29th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. Hugs
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cornerofmadness
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
sorry to hear it
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
ann1962
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry too.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
She's a good kitty.
anomster
Jun. 29th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Poor Jez! She's such a sweet cat & certainly seemed happy when I met her! I hope she can be as comfortable as possible in whatever time she has left with you. [hugs]
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 29th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
I expected to lose her before now, so I'm thinking she's a pretty tough kitty.
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masqthephlsphr
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
I expected to lose her before now, so this is just the inevitable taking its course. A long, non-painful one, I hope!
ladystarlightsj
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear this. I hope that you have happy times for now.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
She's a happy old cat whose idea of a good time is finding a sunny spot to snooze in. Works for me!
cactuswatcher
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Jez is such a pretty old cat. So sorry. We're here for you.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
She is in her "golden years", 'tis true. I expected to lose her before now, given last year's diagnosis.
ironed_orchid
Jun. 30th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Poor kitty.

I hope you have time for lots of good snuggles.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 30th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
I plan some snuggling tonight!
mamculuna
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
You're doing the best for her. It's so hard when they're sick and don't understand, but you're sparing her the misery of treatments. Hope you and she have some good days together, and I know you're a great cat friend. She's lucky to have you.
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masqthephlsphr
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
I don't think she's in much discomfort in her present state. She limps a little, but can still jump on furniture. Enjoys just hanging out with me and my guests. Quite the people cat, still.
badficpete
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
*hugs*
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Spil.
atpo_onm
Jun. 30th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Your cat is lucky to have you. I think what you are doing is the right thing. Granted this is strictly my opin, but I see too many people going to all ends to prolong their pet's life, and all they are doing is making the poor animal suffer longer.

Good for you, and I hope that whatever time you have left together is good time.

Take care.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 30th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Believe me, it isn't easy. I had to make the same choice with my other cat after taking her in for emergency treatments twice in a few-month span. Then it came back *again*, and all I saw was a future of taking her in continuously for these treatments. I chose not to, and she faded away, poor thing. That makes you feel very guilty. But a 17-year-old cat has lived a long kitty life, IMO, and if their body is failing, that's nature's way.
midnightsjane
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
Oh, Masq, I'm sorry. I think you're doing the best thing for Jez, given her age. I hope she has a comfy and happy rest of her life, with lots of time for snuggles with her favourite human.
I'm glad I got to meet her!
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
She soaked up the attention that week, I'll tell yah!

; )
sidherian
Jun. 30th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
The boo and I send you love and hugs.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
zargon10
Jun. 30th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear this Masq. Just enjoy your time together and keep her comfortable.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
That's what I have been doing. Figured I'd lose her last year. Got nervous every time she jumped off furniture because I was afraid she'd break her tumorous leg. Still nervous!
londonkds
Jun. 30th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Very sorry to hear this.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, P.
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