First and foremost, I apologize for doing this in a post. But I honestly do not have the energy to send a bunch of private messages today. At some point, I was going to have to write all this out and now turned out to be the time.
On Friday, Marley had 4 seizures (she’s 9 and has never had one before). After consultation with our local vets we rushed Marley to the VRCC in Denver.
After an excruciating weekend, during which she had two more seizures each on Saturday and Sunday, she had an MRI Monday that revealed a mass on her brain (in the meninges). We got VERY lucky. The mass happened to form in only part of the brain in which they would even try to operate.
Beyond the mass, she also had significant edema and, after 3-4 days of treatments and drugs to reduce the swelling and remove excess fluid from the brain, she had surgery this morning.
Marley has made it through surgery and into recovery. The doctor was able to remove all of the mass, which was a tumor, during surgery and was pleased with how her brain looked (i.e., it did not appear affected or bothered by the intrusive surgery).
Post-surgery, Marley is reported to be resting and doing well. Her Vet Tech, Lori, reports that she can move herself into more comfortable positions as she needs. Marley is also aware of the techs when they come in to check her vitals, etc. but then eases back to rest. This is very good and, as Lori noted, is ‘exactly where they want her’ at this time.
The biggest concern of the immediate future is no seizures. In particular, they would like her to stay seizure-free for the next 24-hours. They have a protocol in place should she have one, which is not altogether uncommon with these types of surgeries, but it would certainly be better for her to remain seizure-free tonight.
A sample of the tumor has been sent to Colorado State University for pathology and it will be close to a week before we hear back on the exact nature of this growth.
We have only been able to speak to her tech as Dr. Lane had to move quickly to his afternoon appointments but we should be able to speak to him at some point this afternoon. As I am sure you can imagine, we are anxious to speak with him to get a better sense of what lies ahead.
Thank you, all, for your thoughts, love, support and encouragement over the last week. It has helped more than you may know.
Make sure you hug and love on your littles today … life really is precious and we never know when one of those seminal days will come … the ones that change everything.