We strive very hard to keep this blog light-hearted. Our goal is to give you a chuckle and brighten your day with the antics of a Herd of Siberian Huskies.
Today, however, is a serious post. We will be waiting and hoping as our beautiful Queen Natasha undergoes exploratory surgery.
As a senior in The Herd, Natasha sees our veterinarian every few months. Monday was a full physical exam. During the exam, our vet discovered a mass inside Natasha’s abdomen. Within minutes, she was receiving x-rays and an ultrasound.
The pictures show a sizeable mass involving the spleen. The most hopeful news is that the images do not show it metastasizing into other organs, though blood results do show an irregularity in the liver. That irregularity could be caused by an infection, a trauma, or, well, the Big C. We just will not know until we can test.
We made the decision late yesterday to attempt to remove the mass and the spleen, get a biopsy on the liver, and determine whether anything else has been compromised.
With the decision made, we scheduled surgery for this morning.
For now, we are just waiting and hoping.
4:30 pm –
Quick update on Queen Natasha.
Surgery today was more complex than we had hoped, though outcomes are still reasonably good so far. A mass roughly the size of a small cantaloupe was removed. The liver was involved and roughly 30% of her liver was removed. She is sedated and resting comfortably.
From here, everything is in steps. First, get through the night without any complications from the surgery. Second, see if the remaining 70% of the liver is healthy and functions properly. Third, determine whether the mass was benign or malignant.
Thank you everyone for all of the good thoughts.