Wednesday, May 28, 2014

It's been a strange few days

Sunday night we had some friends over for dinner and Jessica was holding our dog and noticed that his lymph nodes were swollen.  He'd been acting lethargic too, and it was worrying enough that I took him to the VCA Animal ER on Monday, Memorial Day.

ASIDE: If you ever need emergency care for your pet, go to VCA at 18th and Alabama.  They were absolutely great.

The vet felt around and said it was lymphoma.  I wasn't really processing it and was like, "What's lymphoma?"  Lymphoma turns out to be cancer and it's incurable and basically now my dog is going to die.  We're working on treatment options with our regular vet but it doesn't look great.

I just found out I have cancer. Does this is any way get me more treats?

So that was Monday!  On Tuesday, we found out that my Dad's cancer, which we thought had mostly gone away, had metastasized and is now all over and it's pretty bad and my sister and I are flying to be with him on Friday.

My Dog and My Dad Have Cancer!  It's a country song.  Except it's real.

I'm not putting all this out there in a shameless ploy to get your sympathy, but more by way of explanation about why I probably won't be blogging for a while, or if I do, it's probably going to be pretty depressing.

I'm gonna need some whiskey
Cause I feel pretty blue
My Daddy got the cancer
And now my dog does too

I guess I'll work on the lyrics some more.

Oh, one funny story at least has come out of this so far.  Last week my Dad was doing some testing to check for brain cancer I guess and our half-sister sent my sister a text and she looked at her phone and it said "Dad has passed" and then she clicked on it and the rest of it said "his cognitive testing with flying colors!"  And the moral of the story is BE VERY CAREFUL HOW YOU PHRASE YOUR TEXT MESSAGES.

12 comments:

GG said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry. Hang in there.

babydragon said...

Oh, I am so very sorry. Going through very similar things with my oldest friend/sister and just put my invalid Father in a nursing home Saturday. Life is handing "us" a lemon tree! I feel as if finishing a whole day without breaking down a blessing now.....strange. But, I am also letting myself find "happiness" in the small, inconsequential things. I hope you do, too.

babydragon said...

Oh, I am so very sorry. Going through very similar things with my oldest friend/sister and just put my invalid Father in a nursing home Saturday. Life is handing "us" a lemon tree! I feel as if finishing a whole day without breaking down a blessing now.....strange. But, I am also letting myself find "happiness" in the small, inconsequential things. I hope you do, too.

Lisa said...

Geezus.

I am so so so sorry. If you need internet support or...anything, we're here.

Michael Strickland said...

I don't see how you can improve on the lyrics of:

My Daddy got the cancer
And now my dog does too

Best of luck on a very tough road ahead, with both daddy and doggy.

thesoniashow said...

Fuck cancer.

I am so sorry to hear about your dad and your dog! I'm sending my good thoughts your way.

Tamagosan said...

thesoniashow is right: FUCK CANCER.

I'm so sorry to hear on both accounts.

To answer your pup's questions: YES UNLIMITED TREATS NOW.

Godspeed.

TK said...

Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate it.

Zed said...
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Zed said...

Sorry to hear about the news, TK. Please accept whatever comfort a random fan of your Internet weblog can offer.

I concur with the above, F*ck Cancer.

ourswimmer said...

What an awful week. I am very sorry.

Rachel said...

So sorry to hear this, TK.
Take care of yourself (yourselves!)