*I need a drink*
Ok so Bella (my dog/first-born-child) went in for surgery on a tumor we found 4 weeks ago.
They anesthetized her, started feeling around for the tumor to begin the surgery........ and it was gone. No kidding they could not find the tumor anywhere.
They palpated and manipulated and moved her all around and no matter what they tried they could not find it. TWO vets could not find the tumor (one of which had seen bella AND felt the tumor just last Friday). So no they didn't do the surgery.
What they THINK happened was the tumor was a lymphatic reaction to tick bites (we've been battling fleas and ticks really hard this year). That's their best guess but they want us to watch her like a hawk (well duh!). A different vet (the one who orginally found the tumor) did a cell aspiration which came up inconclusive but they "THOUGHT" it was a sarcoma (I just found this out today.. I've been under the impression they KNEW it was a sarcoma). We also did very comprehensive bloodwork and still nothing popped up to tell us what the mass was. The new vet (the ones that were doing the surgery) is amazing. Because of the "misdiagnosis" they did not charge us a dime for the anesthesia or any other equipment used this morning. All we had to pay for was a special flea and tick collar which will hopefully help.
So crisis averted. I'm really happy but I think also still in shock because I've been so stressed out about this. Bella is my heart and soul, the reason I get up in the morning and the thought that I was losing her was devastating for me. In the past week I've maybe gotten 7 hours of sleep total. I think tomorrow it will really sink in and I'll feel relieved.
The funniest thing is.. my friend is in a contest on facebook and said whomever votes for her will get a favor. I jokingly said all I want is for her to make Bella's tumor disappear so I wouldn't have to pay the $800 for the surgery.... I almost died laughing when I remembered saying that and realizing it actually came true.
Bella is perfectly healthy! My mom said she kept looking at her like "um... why did I have to go to the vet just to take a nap???".
And to end this Cinderella Story... after 3 full years of living 4 hours away from my baby (due to living on campus at school) Bella is FINALLY coming this July to live with me in Savannah... where she belongs <3