Stress, Stress, And More Stress?

Wow, my family seems to be getting hammered by the universe this year.

We’ve had some really huge challenges to face, and they just keep coming.

I’ve chosen not to blog about most of these things.

Tuesday evening a close relative was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma and is in surgery today.

Just when you think nothing else can go wrong …?

This will be another thing I won’t be blogging about, other than mentioning it in passing today.

I really need a big dose of GOOD NEWS in my life.

On a positive note, I think Fred is going to be okay.

I had a very scary couple days with him.

He stopped eating, he became unresponsive, etc., etc.

But, Fred and I spent a good chunk of yesterday with Dr. Berry (a neurologist)  at Southern California Specialty Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Berry was excellent – I was very impressed.

The hospital itself doesn’t handle “normal” vet stuff like vaccines, etc.

They have a cardiologist, orthopedic surgeon, ophthalmologist, and neurologist working there … along with other types of specialty veterinarians.

They deal with emergencies and/or specialties regular vets don’t.

Our “regular” vet referred Fred there as an emergency case.

Dr. Berry spent a lot of time with Fred … even going for a walk with us outside so he could observe Fred walking, turning, etc.

The good news is Dr. Berry feels he’s ruled out the scary stuff.

He made some adjustments to the medications Fred had already been given, and Fred seemed to respond positively within eight hours.

I can’t say Fred is healed/normal/one hundred percent yet.

But, he is much improved over a day ago and that is very good news.

Hopefully, as he continues on medication, resting, etc., he will improve quickly.

I’ve cancelled everything for this week except for PT.

The rest of my week will be devoted to caring for Fred,

And, of course, our family as we face a very serious crisis.

16 Responses to “Stress, Stress, And More Stress?”

  1. Jenny Sylvester

    So very sorry to hear this news. I am sending positive thoughts for the best outcome for your relative and for Fred’s recovery from his mystery illness. Scary and stressful, indeed.

  2. Missy Stalcup

    Hoping for a good outcome for your relative and for Fred.

  3. Mj

    Glioblastoma has reared it ugly head in my daughter’s brother-in-law. It is very serious indeed. I pray your relative is in good hands and the surgery goes well. Stay strong for him or her because they will need it.
    Glad to hear Fred is doing better!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      It is the most horrific cancer …. I’m still reeling from the diagnosis.

  4. Linda Tustin

    Oh Suzanne- I am so sorry to hear of your family’s troubles. (((hugs)))))

    I hope Fred gets fixed up too!!

  5. Michelle

    I have nothing to say, except that you and your family (which includes Fred!) will be in my prayers. And I do pray!! 🙂

  6. Sandra

    That’s what my mom had. 🙁 I’m so sorry. Hoping only for the best for your loved one and family. I read up on a lot of cases and “met” some people (family and patients) on a FB glioblastoma site. There are some hopeful stories out there. (((Hugs)))

    • Suzanne

      I am so sorry Sandra.
      It is such a terrible type of cancer.
      I think there will be developments to increase longevity in the future, but it doesn’t seem like the science is quite there yet.
      It’s my brother-in-law.
      He’s only 46.
      We thought he was fine last Monday, on Tuesday we learned he wasn’t and what he is facing, and on Thursday he had brain surgery.
      It has been a lot to take in and adjust to in a very short amount of time.

      • Sandra

        🙁 So young.
        However, the younger the patient, the better they seem to do. That’s what I found thru my research anyway. Also, the clinical study where they use a polio drip into the tumor seem positive. He may be a candidate if he’s willing/able to go that distance.
        Hugs to you and your family.

        • Suzanne

          Yes, I’m familiar with the Duke polio “clinical trial.” We will certainly look into it, but I’ve been informed very few people qualify. One day at a time … it’s a very difficult time as you know all too well. : (


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