A few days ago, I mentioned that Bernice is having some health issues. Well, things are going pretty well. The veterinarians think the lump on her chest is something called a hemangiopericytoma. The bad part is that it seems that it's a type of cancer, but the good news is that it doesn't have quite the danger factor of what we usually think of when someone says "cancer." It doesn't usually metastasize. Instead, it tends to remain in its original site and grow there. The downside is that it not only grabs the tissue behind it, but these things often recur after they're removed.
Now, the really good news is that today's x-rays showed what they expected. It hasn't spread. In fact, the vet who met with us today (this is a multi-vet practice) thinks the surgeon may be able to get every bit of it out. We sure hope so!
Tomorrow she goes back in (and, believe me, she's not liking all of these trips to the vet!), and they'll do an echocardiogram, in order to get a better handle on the heart murmur they're hearing. Apparently, it's a slight murmur, so they think it's just a matter of seeing if there's something cardiac developing. If there is, they can medicate her to minimize issues in future. Not a big deal, and her heart looked good on the x-rays (no enlargement).
We expect her to have her surgery next week. And then Marc and I move into a cardboard box, because we'll have to sell everything to pay for Bernice's care! ;) Okay, maybe not, but this is costing a lot of money! This girl is getting better medical care than most people get!
Now, for no other reason than that this is a Bernice post, here's one of my favorite photos of her...
Isn't she pretty? :)