Despite the searing heat and humidity (it is July after all) its been a pretty good week so far. It began with the first vet visit of the day on Monday for CarrieAnne to recheck the lump on her right shoulder. It's good news for her, in that the lump is less than half the size it was originally. I am happy, relieved, and extremely grateful for all of you who have sent good vibes that I've no doubt helped make it possible. There is still a little ways to go, the lump is a bit smaller than a tangerine, but we're optimistic. The vet and I agree that it's probably a tumor that has gotten infected. So CarrieAnne will remain on medications (and Chinese herbs) for a couple of more weeks when we'll recheck the lump again and decide the next step.
I got CarrieAnne home, relaxed for a little while, and then packed up Gus and took him to see my other favorite vet, Dr. C. The pressure sore is beginning to heal and looking healthier. We're trying a "honey-bandage" on the wound to help it to heal. I don't know about you, but I've never heard of using honey for anything other than for eating. But when Dr. C was telling me about putting honey directly onto wounds, I felt that it was something we needed to try. Raw-honey helps draw fluid away from the wound and suppresses the growth of microorganisms that can be resistant to antibiotics. When I changed Gus's bandage this evening, even though it has a way to go, it looked to me at least, that the wound was starting to heal.
The other dogs are doing well too. Yesterday when my dog-walker came, Gus, Sheba and Cricket had somehow gotten locked in our bedroom. The door has a keyed lock that we never received the key for and despite her best of efforts, she was unable to get it to open. I wasn't worried, and knew they would be okay until Carl got home. But I just had to grin when she told me that slid treats under the door for them--Is she a gem or what?