I had China at the vet's late last week. She had this puffy thing under her left eye, see it?
The Dr. determined that it was a tooth abscess, and that the tooth should come out. Okay, easy enough. EXCEPT (don't you just hate when there's an "except"?), the bloodwork to determine if she was clear for anesthesia came back saying, "Nope!"
A couple of abnormally high liver enzyme counts had me with her at the ultrasound place this week. She has a "mass" in her liver, that we are waiting on the pathologist to analyze. Magnum googled and found that "Hepatic nodular hyperplasia" - a seemingly benign lesion - is a common thing in older dogs. She seems to be her usual self, so we're hoping that's all it is. She's about 15 years old, just an estimate since she's from a shelter, so we're not shocked to learn of these things.
In the meantime, she's taken a course of antibiotics that has taken pretty good care of the abscess. For now. But the bad tooth - it's still in there.
The silver lining is that she doesn't seem to be bothered by any of this. In fact, the things she does find bothersome are going to the vet's and the ultrasound place. She actually looks forward to the pill popping. I guess that's understandable since we wrap them in lunchmeat.
In other news, we got this cute little cactus when at the nursery getting our Christmas tree. We haven't had much luck with houseplants. I blame the lighting in our house and my nongreen thumb. But this cactus called to us, so we brought it home and named it Roscoe.
This week has been nice with Christmas and family time. And while a lot of the east coast has enjoyed unseasonable warmth, we've had a rather "blue" Christmas...
But it's allowed me to take care of some indoor projects during the downtime - along with a healthfully slothful dose of recreational reading and Netflix. And now Chaco has taken some more bulk from the old bedroom, leaving all that much more space for Meego. We were straightening up some yesterday, and I told Meego I would help him rearrange things today.
He said, "Hey, now I can get a drum set..."
And I said, "Yep", and "Wait. What?"