Monday, 3 June 2013

Penny has a lump

It's a bad, bad moment when you're grooming your dog and you feel a lump. You say to yourself, 'No, I just imagined that.'

You call Human Number Two and she feels the spot and looks at you and says, 'Yes. I can feel it."

Just when you've had this scare, the grandmother of all thunderstorms rolls across the city.

I wouldn't have had a good night's sleep anyway, but the thought of Penny with a lump and the sight of her sitting frightened in the doorway of the bedroom led to her first night ever sleeping on the bed. In the past, she has occasionally been allowed to jump on the bed around dawn, but this was her first all-night sleepover.

First thing in the morning, we rang our vet (Saturday), but had to wait until today for an appointment.

What a worry!

He first tried to get some fluid out of the lump, with the thought that it would be a lipoma. When that did not work, we discussed the situation and he said we could simply wait a while and see what the lump did. But there's the drawback that it might grow quickly, which would be dangerous if it is a 'bad' lump. (Notice I'm a bit scared of writing the 'C' word.)

So tomorrow Penny won't have any breakfast and the vet will take off her lump. It's not the first lump our vet has removed from Penny's chest. I

I hope she will have a quick and full recovery and the lump will turn out to be something that is just a natural part of aging.

16 comments:

Mitch and Molly said...

Our paws are crossed for you, Penny!
(((hugs)) for your mum!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

parlance said...

Thanks, Mitch and Molly. Our dogs bring us such joy that I guess it's worth the worry they also bring at times.

proud womon said...

they are equal members of our families... hoping for a positive outcome for you both...

betr2garden said...

Poor Penny and Poor Mum (and family). So hard for you all. Hope everything turns out ok. <3
Kerri

Tina & Teddy said...

I too, discovered a lump on Teddy 3 weeks ago. I took him to the vet, they drained it, looked at it under a microscope, said it was clear with blood tinges. It came right back to the same size within a few days, still the size of a grape...she asked me to wait 20 days days to see if it would go down on its own. It did not. She wants to have it removed, which requires putting him under, just to "cover all bases". I am going for a 2nd opinion this coming Thursday, it's the longest wait of my life. Please, keep us apprised of Penny's results. Wishing them both an excellent prognosis. Your faithful reader in Florida...Tina & Teddy

curator said...

Keeping every good thought in the world for you both, dear Parlance and Penny.

parlance said...

proud womon, thanks for those good thoughts!

parlance said...

Kerri, Penny's up at the vet's now. Here's hoping for all to be okay.

parlance said...

Tina, I'll be thinking of you! One good thing I was told by a vet is that even if dogs get bad lumps, it doesn't tend to spread as it does in cats. (At least, I think that's what she meant.)

parlance said...

curator, thanks for thinking of us. Hopefully it will all turn out okay.

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Lumps sound so scary. We are hoping Penny has a speedy recovery after they remove the lump. Thinking of u.

parlance said...

Lassie and Benjie, lumps are scary on us, and scary on our dogs! Thanks for the good wishes.

Lilli said...

I hope it's just a 'lump' and nothing else. I'm sending a lot of good thoughts there.

-Lilli-

parlance said...

Lilli, thanks for the good thoughts! It was just a lump!!

parlance said...

Tina, I came across to your blog to comment and wish you well, but it wouldn't let me comment as parlance from Blogger.

Tina & Teddy said...

Thank you Parlance...t's a new site, I appreciate your well wishes and I do wish our lovely Penny a speedy recovery!iTina