"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


This Sucks!

Yesterday I took Morgan in for another blood test. He's been on Prednisone for 6 weeks, in hopes his immunity system will stop attacking his red blood cells and start behaving.

However, there's been these little things that have been bothering me the last couple weeks. For one thing, he's losing weight, even though he's eating twice as much as he did before the meds. Pred usually causes weight gain.

The last few days Morgan has been reluctant to jump up on the bed. When he does, half the time he's not quite making it. Anyone who has Iggies knows they are quite the jumpers. Some are even known for jumping up on kitchen counters to steal Thanksgiving turkeys. We call this counter surfing. Tommy can jump over the couch, and does so often (sigh). So Morgan not making it on the bed is a real issue.

Thirdly, he isn't sleeping well. Iggies sleep at least 2/3rds of the day away, like cats. Morgan is barely sleeping at all. And he paces a lot. He can't seem to just relax and hang like he usually does. The pacing is driving me crazy.

I brought these up to Dr. Meyer. I like Dr. Meyer because he listens. He became concerned too. Especially about the loss in weight. So, after some poking and prodding he asked if he could do an x-ray because something didn't feel quite right in Morgans abdomen. I said go for it.

The news is not good, but at least we finally know what is causing his immune system to wonk out. Morgan has a fairly large tumor in his abdomen-about the size of a Kiwi fruit. It's attached to one of his internal organs. We can't tell specifically which one, but there's a fairly good chance it could be his spleen. Don't know if it's benign or malignant (I hate the sound of those two words. Don't you? They just have a nasty sound to them.) The only way to know for sure is exploratory surgery.

If the tumor is attached to Morgans spleen, it can be removed along with tumor and he will probably recover. If it's attached to something else, he's toast.

Life is so unfair. He SO doesn't deserve this. Morgan is the most well behaved little guy. Sweet, affectionate, loyal, loving. Especially loving. This really sucks.

I'm gonna go have a good cry now.


ETA: Noon

Took Morgan to the vet today. He is having his surgery as I write this. Keeping my fingers crossed while I wait for the phone to ring.

Sarah is coming over. She wants to learn how to do Ogalala lace (a beading technique). I searched the magazine stash and found the pattern. It will keep my mind busy.


ETA: 3:50 pm

Just heard from Dr. Meyer. The surgery went very well. The tumor was in his spleen so they were able to remove it all. I've asked them to send it to the lab and have it tested for malignancy, just so I know. They want to keep him there for the rest of the weekend. I will be going to visit him in just a bit.

I'm so relieved he's going to be okay.

Have a good day.


  1. Yes, this sucks big time.

    When I got home from the vet appointment where Pappy had a maybe malignant tumor, I was crying so hard Bob couldn't understand what I was telling him.

    Pappy's was benign and I'm praying that Morgan's is the same.

    So sorry you and Morgan have to go through this.

  2. I'm midway through posting your lovely socks on my blog and popped over here to your blog in the process. I was so sorry to read about Morgan and what you're going through, but so glad to hear at the end of the post that they were able to remove the tumor.

    Wishing Morgan a speedy and strong recovery!

  3. Oh my, I am so sorry about Morgan. I hope that his surgery went well and that the lab report will bring good news. Wishing you and him a speedy and healthy recovery.