Lydia went in for a recheck last week and while she was there the vet found a lump in her leg. My stomach started doing somersaults as soon as the vet said the word lump. Then he said it felt like the lump was in a lymph node, and my whole body ached. Of course lymphoma immediately came to mind, which is not a good thing. (Insert expletives here and you’ll probably be right on with what I was thinking!) We’ve been down the lumpy, canine cancer road before and it’s not a fun road to spend time on. I hate cancer, but I also hate even the possibility of cancer!
The vet tried to get a few cells with a syringe but he wasn’t able to get enough to say conclusively if it looked like cancer or not. So, after two or three tries with the syringe, he gave up and said we should take it out. So, yesterday Lydia had surgery to have the lump and lymph node removed. Since the tumor was in the lymph node, canine lymphoma is a possibility. After the surgery though, I got a call from the vet, who said that while the lump did look abnormal, it didn’t look like the typical lymphoma tumor. One possibility is that the tissue was bruised from when they tried to get the cell samples with the syringe. That is what we’re hoping for! We do not want lymphoma or any other type of canine cancer!!
Last night was a bit rough for all of us. Lydia wanted desperately to sleep on the bed, so that’s where she spent the night. (notice I didn’t say that’s where she slept?) Neither of us slept all that well. She was up and down quite a few times, and so was I. She has pain meds, but I know from experience that doesn’t always guarantee a good night’s sleep. She’s feeling a lot better this afternoon, although I’m thinking it might be about time for a nap.
So now we wait until next week sometime when the vet calls with the biopsy results.
I’m thinking, hoping, and praying I’ll hear the word benign!