I have always tried to be authentic in my blogs. My personal take on blogging has been to share with my readers the ‘reality’ of my life. I believe that Bloggers who do this bring enrichment to the world at large. Max’s blog is no different.
In the past 18 months, I have sought to bring you the truth about our lives with our animals as well as to imbue the posts with interesting snippets and humour. Had I ignored authenticity, then this blog would have been a total farce. Indeed, because of the truth and honesty in my posts, I have made a number of ‘real’ friends across the globe.
So what happens when there is seriously bad news?
Do we seek to hide it for the sake of appeasing our own need for good, happy news or do we share our pain with the world? Again, I believe strongly that sharing one’s reality has positive consequences...People in general only learn from the trials and tribulations which others face.
Many of you will know that Max had a mast cell tumour removed 2 months ago. We were so blessed with the fact that the surgery had gone well and the tests and abdominal scans gave him the all clear. He had recovered well since then with the scar healing up and him resuming the happy, energetic and playful companion that he has always been.
In the past couple of weeks however, I have noticed changes in him...lethargy, pale gums, going off his food, flatulence and a general restlessness. He has also missed his morning visits to my bedside to check on me and that usually indicates that something is seriously amiss.
Last Monday, my observant Vet felt an enlarged liver but blood tests revealed that all was supposedly fine. He gave Max a course of antibiotics and liver support medication. On Friday last week I felt that there was a small positive change in him but it didn’t last long. On Saturday he seemed worse, so I took him back to the Vet who said we should do another scan.
Max went in for a full abdominal scan yesterday...
The reality is that my boy is gravely ill. From a clear scan two months ago, his liver is now substantially enlarged with what appears to be a very large tumour. He has a lot of fluid build up and things don’t look good at all. The technician and Vet did a number of further tests and have sent 5 slides off to toxicology. The results for those slides will only be back tomorrow evening, but my Vet has prepared me for the worst.
On face value (of the scan and his palpable condition), Max doesn’t have long to live - unless by some miracle we are granted a course of action from the test results. I have been told that we, most likely, will be looking at euthanasia in the not too distant future. In summary, Max’s condition is serious and grave.
I have decided that I am going to share the events with you all as they unfold, in the hope that this will be Max’s gift to the world. He is a great dog with a big heart and an incredible spirit. I am fully aware that he is loved by many of you and that you will also be heartbroken and devastated by this news – like I am. I make no excuses for being totally forthcoming with my blogging friends. Afterall that is what blogging is about.
I ask that you remember Max and us in your prayers.