Monday, January 16, 2012

9 Cherishing Each Day. . .

A week ago today, Nate and I took our 13 year old Border Collie to the vet. She hadn't been feeling well and wasn't eating. Long story short, the vet told us Wrigley had cancer in her spleen which could rupture any minute and kill her. Our options were: we could do nothing and she could die any minute or she could live up to a month, she could have surgery in which she could live 2 months to a year (but she could die during surgery), or we could just go ahead and euthanize her. Needless to say, we were pretty shaken. The vet told us if Wrigley's spleen ruptured, she would just slowly go to sleep. She didn't seem to be in any pain, so we decided to take her home and pray about it. 
Looking back on that day, I am thankful for so many things. I changed Wrigley's appointment to my off period so that I could go with Nate to the vet.  Everyone at my school rallied together and different teachers covered my classes the rest of the day so that I didn't have to go back after our appointment. Another blessing is that one of our closest friends is a vet in another town! So throughout this process, Nate was constantly on the phone consulting him. God is so good! 
On Tuesday, our sweet vet friend recommended an excellent radiologist who looked at Wrigley to see if she had any tumors on her other organs. After the examination, he recommended that we do the surgery because everything looked good! 
Wednesday morning, we brought Wrigley back to the vet. Our vet's own dog had this exact surgery and lived 8 more months. But of course, he warned us of the risks. So before Wrigley went into surgery, we had to say goodbye. Although this was incredibly hard, we felt a peace about the surgery, no matter the outcome. 
That day was long . .. but finally, a nurse called Nate and told him Wrigley was waking up, the surgery went well, and our vet thought all of her other organs looked great. 
Wrigley is home and acting better than she has in weeks! 
Worse case scenario, she has two months left. . .
 but, believe me, we are cherishing each day with our sweet girl! :-)
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  1. Aw, sweet Wrigley! I was wondering what was going on since you hadn't posted in awhile. So sorry about your dog! I know how much I love my own. Cherish your time!

  2. ahh elizabeth ann my heart break reading this! ill be praying for you for sure what a difficult situation but hopefully wrigley will not be in pain and definitely cherish each day.

  3. Poor Wrigley! So glad she made it through the surgery safely...I'll be praying for lots more months with her:)

  4. Oh no, that is so hard. I'm so glad Wrigley made it through surgery! What a sweet girl! She is in my prayers...and you too my sweet friend!

  5. I'm so thankful Wrigley's surgery went well! It's amazing just how much our sweet dogs mean to us. :) Praying that she will live many more healthy months!

  6. Aww thinking about you and your sweet doggie.

  7. You and Nate did such a good job praying and deciding to do the surgery. We feel for you guys and know you'll enjoy each day with Wrigley and share so many more memories!

  8. That is so hard! So glad Wrigley is on the mend though!

  9. This is heartbreaking. :( What a gorgeous dog.


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