I'm home from the vet with Hamlet. Parked on our road when I drove past were a couple of cars with several people looking at the adjoining property--At least I guess that's what they were doing. For some strange reason, known only to our dogs, we discovered purely by chance that the words "chop-chop" always send them running to the far side of the yard barking--So, when I let the dogs into the backyard, I said those words and off they went running to bark at the people--It just made sense to do it. One couple had a dog with them, so 'maybe' they wouldn't be so bad to have as neighbors.
The news for Hamlet continues to not be good. The vet feels that the infection is worse and the antibiotics aren't working. As I've mentioned, I can't tell because I look at it everyday. I had thought that it was improving but in my heart I knew that it wasn't. The option of surgery came up again. Dr. DeSantis (my vet) thinks that surgery to 'debulk' the tumor, removing the area of infection may be an option to consider. Then we would use IV and oral antibiotics to get rid of any lingering infection. The only thing I've discussed with the surgeon was removing the entire tumor. There are some risks. One being the loss of the use of his leg. Another is that there may not be enough tissue to close up the wound. Dr. DeSantis said that even though surgery was 'not really' an option we may not have a choice but make it one. There are so many things to consider in doing this. The last surgery took so much out of Hamlet because of his age (about 13-14). Another is that the infection could be so deep within the tissue that surgery and antibiotics may not even make a difference and could make everything worse for him. This is why I'll have to talk to the surgeon again and see what he thinks about a less invasive surgery. It'll also take about 5 days to get the results back from the latest culture that we took of the wound which may give us a whole other picture. For some reason the quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet came to mind today, "that it should come to this!". But I don't see that "this" may have other choices--Unless someone else has a suggestion?
Today is our 29th wedding anniversary. We were planning to go out to lunch and enjoy the day. Carl and I both don't feel much like celebrating, but think that getting out for a drive may do wonders to clear our heads and get a good perspective on everything.
I do hope you're having an enjoyable day! It's really a lovely day here in Virginia with warm temps and sunshine. This kind of weather always has a way of lifting the soul!