Saturday, April 10, 2010

Not Just Yet


Old Kelsey had a blood test a few weeks ago as part of his annual check-up. The results came back with an ominous imbalance, which was confirmed in a re-test.

The most likely cause (but not the only possible cause) of the particular abnormalities is cancer of a variety of forms. His vet arranged for ultrasound testing in addition to full-body x-rays.

Waiting for results.

Those tests were carried out yesterday, and the results came back clean: no evidence of cancer, no tumors. We slept well for the first time in a while last night.

What is causing the abnormalities is still unknown, but the remaining possibilities are all imps to cancer's dragon. The imps are easier to deal with than the dragon if we know one's there this early, before it actually becomes visible.

Ultimately, of course, news will arrive that is not so good, for Kelsey, or for me, or for you. But not this time, not today.

We have been granted more good moments to live in, and we intend to take advantage of them as best we can. He knows how to do it.







Jeannie said...

So glad for Kelsey and for you two! Whew!

Ronnie said...

But this reminds me: who cares for the residents of Fort Harrington during your absence? I don't remember what you did last time.

ronnie said...

Such good news! We have been wondering what the outcome of the tests would be. Thank you for letting us know!

Jessamyn said...


More years, lovely Kelsey. More!

Mike Peterson said...

Psst -- Kelsey! You can now get away with damn near anything you want. See some meat on the counter? Take it. It's yours. No, really -- do it and see what happens. (Don't tell Dad I told you this.)

Sherwood Harrington said...

Thank you all! We're very relieved.

Ronnie, the last time we were away for an extended time, Diane's older son, Ryan, and her sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Mel, shared the time here. We are particularly grateful to Carolyn and Mel who had to put up with some not-wonderful stuff (including a skunking) while they were here. Next time, Adam will be taking care of things here.

Mike, Kelsey is the one things get stolen from around here, generally by Jax.

Vicki said...

I'm so glad, for you and for Kelsey! Their lives are way too short anyway, and cancer is so unfair and vicious. I'm very happy that Kelsey has more good time ahead of him.

CJ said...

Kelsey was our pal when we house sat when you guys were in Ireland. He deeply sympathized with what we were going through with the braty spaniels and mischievous cats. He is a special dog and it is sweet the way you love him. "A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast." Proverbs 12:10CJ

Adam said...

Thanks to the great news, KELSEY and Adam will be taking care of things there.

Was kinda worried about a possible mutiny by the rest of the crew without the ever reliable, ever logical Mr. Spock by my side.

Good boy!