So I thought I was doing the thing where you joke in relief earlier when I was talking about my dog.
Ginger, first of all, is the love of my life. I’ve had her 8 years, since she was 3 months old.
She has had, since her spaying when she was 1, a lypoma on her stomach. It’s just a fatty deposit and is generally harmless. I had been told for years that the lypoma was no big deal and that as long as it didn’t start to mess with her intestines she’d be fine. Well, hers got bigger and bigger over time and, as of last week, has torn a hole in her stomach. So basically the only thing separating her intestines from the wide world is her skin. She had emergency surgery last Tuesday/Wednesday (3 am!) to correct what is now a hernia. Two hours of surgery, two weeks of pitiful puppy and $2300 later I found out that the surgery failed. The emergency vet didn’t suture up the inside of her stomach lining, so basically, the hernia fell out again.
I know this may be gross, but I’ve got to vent. I’m positively devastated. She’s my girl. It’s just me and Ginger, you know? The vet says that she needs surgery again this week, but we’re not sure how long she’s going to live. My understanding right now is that she could live for 4-5 more years or she could go on the table.
So I’ve cried all afternoon, not so much because of the surgery or the money or any of that, but because the vet basically said ‘you might want to look at getting a puppy in case something happens.’ Now, I know that those of you who aren’t animal fans might not understand, but, um…if your kid was diagnosed as terminal would you run out and adopt a new one to replace them? The thought makes me sick. She’s my GIRL.
Anyway. It may all be fine. Hopefully since this surgery will be scheduled it’ll be much cheaper and they’ll do it right and she’ll have a few more years in her. God, I hope so. I just can’t think about the alternative. I just can’t.
So, if praying for animals is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Would y’all mind lifting up a few prayers of intercession for me and my pup? I would appreciate it more than you can know.