(Well, a week and a day. 🙂 It’s been a hectic week!)
I can hardly believe it’s been a week (and a day) since my little Rosie Bee has her surgery. She continues to improve – and I am relieved seeing her get back to her old self. Her bruising has gone down considerably and her hair is starting to grow in. (I think this is just too cute – kitty hair grows so fast!) She’s jumping on things a bit more and moving around with ease. I was a little concerned because her “mews” seemed a bit quiet – but today after work she was meowing more like her old self. (“It’s time for dinner, Mom!”)
My other concern was she seemed a bit wheezy, like maybe she had phlegm in her lungs. I called the awesome vet and he said so long as she’s eating and not exhibiting any other signs, it should be okay. Today it was a bit better, but I’m going to keep an eye on that for a while.
The pathology report also came back this week. If you’re so inclined, here is it:
Masses on ventrum. Received a 4 cm skin biopsy, 3 cm skin biopsy and 3 X 4 cm tissue.
– Right axillary mass. DESCRIPTION: Effacing nodal architecture is a neoplasm comprised of polygonal
cellsarranged in nests and lobules. Cells have distinct borders, moderateamounts of eosinophilic
cytoplasm, ovoid nuclei, vesiculate chromatinand prominent nucleoli. There is karyomegaly and
anisokaryosis. Mitoses average 2-4/HPF. MICROSCOPIC FINDINGS: RIGHT AXILLARY LYMPH
NODE: ADENOCARCINOMA,METASTATIC. PROGNOSIS: Guarded. – Lesion from right ventral
thorax. DESCRIPTION: The mammary neoplasm is approximately 0.75 cm in diameter andcomprised of
polygonal to cuboidal cells similar to those noted in thelymph node. MICROSCOPIC FINDINGS:
MAMMARY GLAND ADENOCARCINOMA. PROGNOSIS: Guarded. – Lesion from left ventral
abdomen. DESCRIPTION:This section contains a moderately well-delineated, unencapsulatednodular
dermal/subcutaneous focus of adipocytes. These cells are insolid sheets and contain nuclei which are
small, and often peripheralized by abundant cytoplasmic lipid stores. There is aslight variation in size of
these cells, but cytologic features areotherwise identical to normal adipocytes. Mitoses are not observed.
MICROSCOPIC FINDINGS: LIPOMA, SUBCUTIS. PROGNOSIS: Good to excellent.
COMMENTS:There is no evidence of malignancy in the sample from the left ventralabdomen. The right
mammary mass appears to have been excisedcompletely with margins of approximately 0.5 cm to either
side and 0.3cm deeply. If not already performed, thoracic radiographs should beevaluated for evidence of
The awesome vet, I’ll call him Dr. Awesome from now on, lol, said he was hopeful. He didn’t feel anything in her lymph nodes, and he didn’t have any reason to believe it had entered the system – there just weren’t any signs. Maybe it’s there and we can’t see it, maybe it’s not, but this is the tack I am taking: She is free of tumors. She has received a good prognosis for now. She is healing well. Every day with her is a gift. She is getting back to her 100% happy, bouncy, super sweet kitty self and I could not be happier. I’m tearing up just typing that. Every day with her is a gift, and I am cherishing it (and her). And I am spoiling her rotten. I have a feeling rotisserie chicken is going to become a weekly staple in this house! 🙂
We see Dr. Awesome next Tuesday for stitches and staples removal. I’m going to talk with him more then. In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions or advice or anything, I’m all ears.
I tried to get a shot of Rosie’s tummy, but she’s not too keen on rolling over lately. However, you can see that the bruising has gone down considerably and her fur is starting to grow in (yay!). I also thought it was funny how she got her leg up like that! Maybe this weekend we can get some glamour shots. Thank goodness the weekend is almost here!!
Susan and Rosie Bee 🙂
The little miss tidying herself.