Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Max is having a MRI

He is knuckling on front legs

Can't stand, but has some strength in back legs

Still has deep pain, but is slow to retract on front legs

No poking or prodding in physical exam elicits a pain reaction from him

Dr. concerned with my mentioning his relatively new habit of wandering the house to get water and such at night; I thought old age she thinks maybe a brain tumor as a potential cause.

He was sent off for an MRI. I won't know results until very late tonight, possibly early tomorrow as they only work 8-5. He will be cared for at night by the same emergency docs that have come to know and love him as they share the same space.

MRI's are very expensive. Like $2,500.

Surgery could cost upwards of $5,000 and lasts anywhere from 2-3 hours.

If it's a tumor, we will let him go. I refuse to torture him for our sake with surgery and radiation to buy time.

So, more worrying, crying, and regretting all the things I wish I had just one more day to do with him. I'm just thankful we have insurance because without it, I think we would have to let him go. Just thinking about it makes me want to vomit.


  1. Again, I am so sorry to hear this. He seems like he has such a great spirit. I am keep you in my thoughts and hoping that there is nothing on the MRI and everything turns out alright.

  2. I'm so sorry - you are in my thoughts!

    (from a nestie who came across your blog and just love it)

  3. Oh I am so sorry. I sure hope you are able to learn more from the MRI


  4. Have been keeping your precious boy in my thoughts and will continue to do so.

    Stay strong Max!!