Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hope for Hamlet and a Better Tomorrow

If you're looking for a 'feel good moment' from me, I'm sorry you but you won't get it from this post--Although maybe you will from this picture of CarrieAnne taken today.  But I'm sitting here discouraged and a bit depressed about the day.  As you know from my previous post I took Hamlet to the vet.  The news was not good.  The tumor is feeling warm to the touch.  Because of the infection the vet said we can't use steroids because they can suppress the immune system that he needs to fight the infection.  We discussed doing surgery again...She wanted to talk to the surgeon who did the surgery.  She called him and he happened to be working today and he asked us to come over and he would see us.  He and I discussed everything.  The tumor is totally wrapped around the tendons in Hamlet's shoulder.  Dr. Walker told me that the only thing that he felt could be done would be to remove Hamlet's leg, which he did not recommend because he thought it would be very difficult for a dog Hamlet's age.  So, in a nutshell, nothing can be done.  I was in tears and I left forgetting to pay the bill.  (I called them back and was told it was 'no charge').  I called my vet and returned to the office to pick up 2 antibiotics.  I feel like Hamlet has been given a band-aid fix for a gaping wound.  But I know I need to be hopeful and optimistic--I know those feelings will come, but right now it's difficult.

When I arrived home there was a large truck full of gravel and a Bob-Cat sitting in our driveway.   My heart sank just a little lower as I realized that they were probably there to put gravel on the grassy access to the 10 acres in back of us. I got out of my van and asked the man what they were doing--He confirmed what I already knew, but told me that they were making an access on the OTHER side of the property and not at the top of our driveway--He asked if it was okay to use our driveway this one time.  He told me that Fred had asked them to not use our driveway any more than needed.  Of course I agreed.  It was the only good news of the day.  I hope tomorrow will be a better day.

Just as I finished my post, I looked up as the moon appeared--It didn't stay around long, but I was so taken by how beautiful it was, an omen perhaps? 

42 comments:

Sam said...

Oh dear. I'm so sorry to hear all of this. We will keep saying prayers for Hamlet, and we are sending some hugs your way too.

Sam

Zona said...

Sending Zona snuggles to you and prayers for Hamlet.

Gentle wags,
Zona

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Sorry to see your Plan A from earlier today has to be modified to Plan B -

We'll be thinking of you and channeling more GOLDEN help during Sunday's 'moment'

Barbara said...

I am so sorry. We will keep our prayers for Hamlet going and hope for a turn for the better.

Sue said...

We're so very sorry for all the bad news on all fronts. How old is Hamlet? We'll be thinking about him and sending good vibes his way. It's heartbreaking when we can't fix things for them.
Sue

lauren scheuer said...

Ooh Hamlet -- Love and comfort to you! Our pets are such treasures...

texwisgirl said...

I hope you can keep Hamlet as comfortable as possible. I know you've been doing everything you can for him. Sweet boy has his very own angel to help him.

Cathy said...

Hello Kim
I'm not sure what to say 'cept that I'm thinking of you and Hamlet and knowing that stuff happens'

(((Big hugs and thoughts coming your way)))
Cathy

Karine said...

I will be saying prayers for sweet Hamlet, hoping that the antibiotics will help and that he will be pain free.

The picture is one that brought a smile to my face though, I hope it does the same for you.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Bugger.
I'm saddened to read of Hamlet's condition, I was hoping for better news.
We can only hope for a little miracle, and that his days on earth will surely be pain -free.
He is loved, that I know for sure .
{hugs}

Karine said...

A little P.S. to my previous comment: I just saw your comment on my blog after commenting here and I'm glad that you enjoy reading my posts so much. Thank you for your lovely comments, I always love reading them and they bring a smile to my face :o)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh Kim
I know you feel defeated at this moment.
We wish that all of our wishing could change things,,,
but we will not give up in sending our good wishes to you,

Poor Hamlet,,, and you are doing all that you can-
were putting our paws around you right now,,,The Power of the Paws for Hamlet and you
love
tweedles

Thor said...

So sorry to hear this. We'll keep praying for Hamlet and thinking of you.

Thor x

Mogley G. Retriever said...

We have our paws crossed, hoping that good things come to good people. Warm Rocky Mountain wishes.

Mogley G. Retriever, Bella, Stella and Nala

Tracey said...

Poor Hamlet, Lots of woofs from across the pond. xxx

Sharon said...

Poor Hamlet! Do you still have pain meds for him? I know how heartbreaking this is for you.

CarrieAnne is looking beautiful and healthy!

How is Bubba Bear doing? Have him on Slim Fast yet?

I know you have troubles, really wish I could take some of them off your shoulders.

XXX

Miriam said...

Sad news. Here's hoping Hamlet can rally with the help of the antibiotics, and hoping too that the disruption next door is as small as it can possibly be. Love to you all at Golden Pines.

Nancy K. said...

What a shitty day!

I am sorry you had to go through that. I knew, when I started following your blog, that there will be times that are going to rip my heart out and bring me to tears. I hope we're not close with Hamlet yet...

Sending gentle hugs

Joanna said...

Dear Hamlet has the most important thing at this difficult time of his life - you, doing everything you can for him. We all wish it could be different for him.

xxxx

Catherine said...

I wish there had been better news about sweet Hamlet. But you know you are doing everything you can Kim. That is one well loved pup, even if nothing can be done about the tumor.

I hope things go better with your land!
xo Catherine

Melodie said...

I am so sorry about Hamlet's diagnoses. I hope he gets relief from the antibiotics and you can find some peaceful moments.

The Witch said...

Kim,
Sorry to hear about Hamlet, sounds as if another rough road is ahead for him and you.
I'm sending hugs big ones today because I feel you truly need them.
Try to keep strong you have lots of blog support friends to help.

Ms. ~K said...

Hugs to you and Hamlet!

Nancy said...

I'm sorry about your day yesterday. But sometimes, there is a reason for what happens, we just don't know it yet.

Hang in there.

KB said...

kim - I am so very sorry that you didn't have better news. Sweet Hamlet is lucky to have you.

You seem like you know tons and tons about dogs so I'm sure that you asked this but I can't help but toss it out. Did you ask about giving Hamlet IV antibiotics for a while to try to quickly knock back the infection? One of my dogs had that once, for something completely different, but it worked. Take my words with a grain of salt - I just couldn't NOT say it.

You and I were in the same place last night - tears and discouragement. I shall be thinking of you, trying to help you and Hamlet through the positive thoughts from far away.

Please give Hamlet a pat and kiss from me and my pack.

sophie...^5 said...

Totally understand why you moved to the country now...people are infringing...always the way...can't live with them or without them! ;-)

Tina Eudora said...

You and your sweet Goldens are always in my prayers but I will add a special prayer just for dear Hamlet. Things always look darkest before the dawn, I truly believe that! God bless your house!
Tina xo

Angus said...

Are the most beautiful lines in the English language found in Hamlet ?

"Now cracks a noble heart.
Good-night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels
sing thee to thy rest ".

Hope all turns out so you find calm and contentment.

Jabacue said...

Poor Hamlet! Hope there is some comfort in the near future for him. And for you Kim.
Guess the only way to stay clear of intruders around us is to live on an island or way out on the middle of the woods. Hope things continue to work out.
Jim

Jeanne said...

Sending positive thoughts your way. ♥

IsobelleGoLightly said...

I think you need many goatie kisses today! My lady told me that she loves all of us (her animal family) very much and sometimes it's just very hard to see one of us hurting, or getting old, or needing to go to sleep. She wouldn't be without us though, and the horrible times are worth all the good ones. I hope Hamlet has many nice days ahead and remains comfy and happy as long as he has. Kiss kiss kiss.

LindaG said...

*hugs* ♥
I pray God will comfort you.

bellaboo said...

I'm so sorry Kim.I'm sending you...and Hamlet...lots of BIG cuddles.

Tucker said...

So sorry for this season of heaviness. Sometimes we just can't fix the problems, but I'm so glad Hamlet has you to walk with your arms and heart wrapped around him. It's enough... Tucker

NanaNor's said...

Dearest Kim, If I were with you I know I'd be sobbing and I'm thankful you are transparent because it helps us to know how to keep you in prayer. I'm so sorry about this horrid situation and I'm praying the med's kill the infection and start killing the tumor as well. Wish there were words that would help but alas I know there aren't.
Hugs to you today!
Noreen

Canyon Girl said...

Don't forget the wonderful care and all the love Hamlet gets from you. Two of my dogs are old and I am so grateful they are healthy. And you are focusing on taking in old dogs. That's so very brave and special, I think. I admire you very much, Kim. -- Inger

PaigeandSimba said...

I am very sorry to read this. Please give Hamlet a hug from us.

God bless, and have a good Sunday.

Paige

Samantha said...

Ohhhh Kim... challenges from all sides. I'm so sorry to hear the news about Hamlet. We're sending a zillion golden vibes and will be thinking of you and Hamlet lots and lots. You are such a wonderful doggeh Mom - we are so proud of you for all that you do for your dear puppers.
Huge Hugs xoxoxoxoxo
Sammie and Avalon and Mom
Sorry about the property issue too - oh dear...

Louise said...

You've had some tough breaks lately. I wish I was there to give you a good big hug. And, I'd give one to Hamlet, as well.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I came back to wrap my paws around you and Hamlet
love
tweedles

MySpecialDoggies said...

Oh Kim
I'm so sorry about Hamlet's news. Sending embraces and paws from Neeli for both of you.
Hugs,
Nadine & Neeli
Angel doggie Apples (1994-2010)

polly's path said...

so sorry to hear all this....
Sending warm thoughts and hugs.