Monday, November 5, 2012

I’m baaaa-aaaack!

Edited to add: I wrote the post below on Saturday.  We have since taken Tucker to the NCSU vet school and found out that he has advanced cancer, most likely not lymphoma, which we’d have a fighting chance against.  He has a number of masses, and the vet thinks one of them may be causing a blockage that’s affecting his gall bladder, which is the immediate concern.  His gall bladder could burst at any time, causing him a lot of pain and forcing us to do the inevitable: end his suffering via euthanasia.

So we have chosen to spend the day with Tucker while he’s still feeling okay.  And then we will put him to sleep so we can keep him from hurting too much, or more than he already has.

We know we aren’t the only ones who love Tucker and we appreciate everyone’s concerns.  Feel free to leave a comment here or send an email, but I’m not sure we’ll feel much like talking today so forgive us if we don’t answer the phone or return calls.

Sorry I didn’t schedule a few posts or make a better effort to write a little something while we traveled last week.  Tell you what – the day I get paid for this little blog of mine, I’ll make sure a vacation doesn’t get in the way of your reading pleasure.

If you didn’t know, the McHusband and I went west to San Diego and Las Vegas last week.  We spent roughly three days in California, then spent the remainder of our trip in Vegas where we met up with Shawn, Vanessa, Kevin, and Eric.  Lots more on our trip to come, but you can check out my Intagram pics for a sneak peek.

Vacation was awesome, but it was really nice to finally get home Friday night/Saturday morning.  Our flight into RDU touched down around 12:15, and we got home an hour later.  The McHusband and I were so happy to see and love on our animals, especially Tucker who gave us such a scare earlier in the week.

Tucker still hasn’t been officially diagnosed with anything, but he’s on some medication and some special food that the vet seems to feel confidant will help.  The McHusband took Tucker to the vet for repeat bloodwork on Saturday so we’ll get those results today.  Fingers crossed that we see an improvement.  Thanks to everyone for their vibes and concern.

And a special thank you to my mom, who stayed with the animals for the first few days while we were gone.  She also picked up meds for Tucker and got him to the vet for his ultrasound, all of which was arranged from the Denver airport Friday afternoon.  Another huge thank you to our friend Ryan K. who picked Tucker up from the vet on Halloween and got him home.  And last but not least, we are so grateful to a couple of wonderful neighbors, Sherri and Julianna, who took on animal duty for the second half of the week.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!  I can’t believe we’re already a few days into November, which means that Christmas is basically next week.  I don’t even know what I want let alone what to get other people.


Gma said...

You are most welcome. Truth be known, four days of peace and quiet was a nice respite! The walks around the neighborhood and of course, the mandatory throw and fetch of the frisbee was icing on the cake.

We love you Sweet Tucker...

Gina said...

Hey you guys, I am so sorry to hear about Tucker. I remember when you first brought him home at the old house and he was so tiny...but not for long! I remember him running circles around Bella before she even knew what had happened. He is the cutest, smartest, sweetest big guy and I'm sorry that you have to say good-bye so soon. We are thinking about you guys.

McMom said...

Take him out for a cup of fro yo. And give him HUGE hugs from us...we will miss him... hug each other for us too..McMom and McDad

Heather said...

I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. I hope you know how we feel about your McFamily and we're hear to listen or for a shoulder to cry on. Love from the Butlers

Vickie said...

We are so sorry to hear this. I can't imagine what you are going through. But know that we love you and are here for you. He was a great boy and lived a great life thanks to his McParents. You are making the right decision by putting his needs above your own grief - not an easy thing to do.