This is an incredibly hard blog post for me to write. Lucy’s been getting increasingly sicker the last week or so. Finally, this morning, he stopped eating, so at about 8:45 I took him into the local emergency vet. It turns out that he has a very large mass in his abdomen. The vet isn’t sure if anything can be done because it’s so large.
I was really worried that this would happen. I felt like, when he was at the vet on Monday, that he should have more tests done, but they wanted to try anti-nausea and appetite stimulants first. I should have listened to my intuition, though, because now this mass is so big that they can’t even perform the surgery that they were hoping for. The vet here in my town is taking aspirates now to see what type of cancer this is, but she thinks that it’s large cell lymphoma.
Hopefully I can get Lucy in to see Oncology next week, but sometimes it can take longer than that. For now, he’s starting on Prednisolone, which is a steriod that cats can go on to help reduce cancer and cancer symptoms. He’s also getting fluids. The risk is, though, that because of his heart condition, steriods could send him into heart failure. But, because he’s not eating, and the tumor is really large, it’s the best option for him right now.
I’m going to pick him up here in a little while, and then give him attention for the rest of the day. I’m not sure what’s going to happen in the upcoming months, but I can tell you that I’m going to be losing my Lucy really soon. I’m very upset about this.