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Rory's Journey

Rory, Tuxedo Cat, battles forepaw tumor with amputation

Rory's Journey

Day Two. Arriving Home.

February 8th, 2015 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

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I have a nasty incision on my left side, and the doctors noted some swelling.  Something for Mom to watch, but I’ve been injected with long-term pain killers and long term antibiotics.  I have an ugly blue collar — I seriously doubt Queen Elizabeth would have been caught dead in one of these — but apparently it keeps me from licking my stitches.  Mom did hear about those onsie baby clothing modifications, but since her sewing ability is next to nil, I’m at least at the moment glad she’s not choosing to experiment on me.

When Mom let me out of the cat carrier after arriving home, the only thing she could see when I tried to walk was that I was “face-planting” every step.  There’s no other description for it.  Being that I’d been still walking on all four prior to surgery means I have to learn three-pawed walking now that the fourth one is not available.  But about an hour after I got home, somehow (while Mom was taking the trash out to the curb) I managed to get up on the comfy sofa, where I will be sleeping for awhile.  Mom just measured it — I got up onto a 17 inch sofa height without assistance.  Getting down?  We will see about that later.

She’s set up a cozy area for me when I need it.  Note the new litter pan!  It’s meant for holding boots that have been through slush, but the lip is only an inch tall!  I also have a new sleeping bed that has some depth, plus one of the old ones so I can properly choose if I want the aroma of past sleeping comfort, or the softness and depth of the new.

And, she’s cooking.. chicken! She’s told me I will get some.


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February 8th, 2015 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

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Hello.  My name is  Rory and I am a tuxedo short haired male cat, aged 9 1/2 years.  I have a fraternal twin named CeeCee, also a short hair tuxedo.  Two days ago I had my left forepaw amputated due to a very aggressive, but apparently localized, “extramedullary plasmocytoma”.  I’ll provide some of my backfill in subsequent posts.  Mom didn’t want to start this blog until she knew I’d be around to help her!

Mom, a kind and wonderful (ahem, she MADE me say that!) woman named Diann, is typing this up for me, since even when I was fourpawd, I never really could handle keyboards.

I just got  home today.  CeeCee got dropped off for boarding for 2-4 days so I can have some peace.  We do love each other but she likes to start things, especially when I’m doing the Elizabethian Collar thing.

Rory in 2013.

Rory in 2013.

Give Mom a little time and she’ll find a cuddly photo of me with my twin, pre-surgery.  Can I admit she’s rather disorganized?

Mom actually took a photo of my tumor on January 29th.  It was much worse by Feb 6th, the date I was taken in to those obnoxious vet people.  Although this time when Mom relinquished me, I was so used to them vet folk that I wasn’t trembling.

Grew faster than grass...

Grew faster than grass…  That’s an ulcer at the bottom.  No, not Mom’s fingers.

More later.  Backfill and fore(paw) fill later.  I will say there were lots of major concerns, and several choices before this happened.  Right now though, Mom and I need some quality time…

 

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