Sad day.

Oct. 9th, 2015 09:12 pm
ofearthandstars: Paper cranes hanging from a blue ceiling (cranes)
[personal profile] ofearthandstars
This morning it sort of felt like I'd jumped off the great big cliff of anxiety and into the canyons of depression. In hindsight, I am probably grieving.

A few days ago we noticed that one of our hamster babies, Mini, was feeling a bit heavier. By Wednesday night I noticed that she had a severely swollen belly. I took her to a Banfield vet in Wake Forest yesterday and they were able to establish that her heart and lungs were healthy, but they recommended us to a different vet b/c they did not have the tools to make a true diagnosis. So this morning I drove Mini up to Avian & Exotic Animal Care in Raleigh, where they were able to get an x-ray and see what was going on in her tiny abdomen. (She was sedated for this because her although her first favorite past time is sleeping, her second is running.)

The news was not good. Based on the films and a more thorough abdominal exam (easier when a hammie is asleep), we're pretty certain that Mini has a tumor/mass on her liver. It's probably been there for some time, but it's likely only recently began growing more rapidly and encroaching on her other organs.

At this point, there is not a lot that can be done for her that is curative. That said, we have some medications and supplements that we will be giving her to help her quality of life (she is currently, for the most part, still eating/drinking and coming out to engage with us/obtain treats, although she is much slower and has a harder time carrying herself around). Although the medications we have will help manage her pain/swelling, it is anticipated that the tumor will progress.

I know it may seem a bit crazy to be so enamored with such a tiny creature, but we don't have dogs or cats or other pets. Our hamsters are our furbabies. We spoil them and they in turn spoil us with their affection and adorableness. Mini has only been around for a couple of years, but she is a most precious part of my life. Holding a sweet hammie after a long day at work or having one snuggle up against you to fall asleep (as seen here) is pretty good therapy, and she never seems to mind it, either.

I cannot begin to tell you how sad I am.

Date: 2015-10-10 02:03 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (hands full of light and water (roxicons))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
I'm so sorry. :( Your poor little fluff!

Date: 2015-10-10 03:15 am (UTC)
raze: A man and a rooster. (Default)
From: [personal profile] raze
I am so sorry to hear that your hammie is sick and it definitely isn't silly to be so attached to the little ones; they are just as precious.

Date: 2015-10-10 07:45 am (UTC)
rainbow: drawing of a pink furred cat person with purple eyes and heart shaped glasses. their name is catastrfy. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rainbow
oh, i'm so sorry. and i don 't think it's crazy at all--your sweet mini is your friend and companion. her size and species don't change that.

hugs offered and good thoughts that she has as much good time wiht you as possible xo

Date: 2015-10-10 10:13 am (UTC)
heartonsnow: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heartonsnow
Poor little Mini. Of course it is quite normal to be upset over a sick pet, people without pets may not get it tho.

Date: 2015-10-10 04:56 pm (UTC)
silveradept: A kodama with a trombone. The trombone is playing music, even though it is held in a rest position (Default)
From: [personal profile] silveradept
Perfectly normal. Went through something similar earlier in the year, if you need talk or shoulders.

Date: 2015-10-10 06:17 pm (UTC)
ilyena_sylph: our hen, shinra, sitting on my wrist (Photos: shinra)
From: [personal profile] ilyena_sylph
I'm so sorry to hear this.

It's always awful when a furchild is sick and there's nothing you can do to help. No matter the furchild (or featherchild +eyes hens in backyard+) species.

Date: 2015-10-10 08:47 pm (UTC)
zhelana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zhelana
I'm sorry :(

Date: 2015-11-05 11:00 pm (UTC)
crimsoncorundum: (Default)
From: [personal profile] crimsoncorundum
I'm so sorry. :( I understand exactly how you feel.

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