Questions for Finney’s Surgeon

I’m going to hand these questions to the vet who may or may not be performing surgery on Finney. They’re going to put him under to do the ct scan, and they prefer to proceed with the surgery right then and there, depending on what they find. They don’t like to put cats his age under anesthesia more than is necessary. So I’m going to ask them to call me after the ct scan. This is what I’m giving him before the CT scan:

1. Now that you know the extent of the tumor, and if the cancer is in other locations, what are the chances he will survive two years? I can’t help noticing that the tumor seems to have grown significantly larger in just this past week.

I absolutely want to avoid making his last months alive spent recovering from such a major amputation. If he doesn’t have good odds for two years I do not want to go ahead with the surgery, and I would prefer to try radiation to shrink the tumor to give him more time, if that might work.

2. How well do you think he’s going to be able to manage afterwards, now that the weird collapsed right front foot will have to take on more weight and balance?

3. Now that you know the extent of his arthritis, how well do you think he will do on three legs?

4. Everything I’ve read indicates that pain management is key to recovery. What will I be able to do for him at home?

5. Would he manage better with a ramp instead of steps to get up on the couch? (I want to either make one or buy one right away if this is the case.)

Creepy hand Halloween decoration. Interesting that I chose to post a picture of a disembodied hand today.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Questions for Finney’s Surgeon

  1. Those are great questions. When you have answers to them, you will know what is the right thing to do. You are handling this beautifully and thoroughly and with Finney’s best interests in mind and at heart. Body and soul go together. Sometimes, the medical profession tends to forget about the soul and just concentrate on the body and so it is left up to the owner of the soul to make sure they stay together. Or the guardian of the animal soul.

    Feel the love, in your heart, and out here in the universe.

  2. Thank you so much for your caring and continued feedback. I’m waiting to hear the results of the CT scan and I really need to hear soon. I need to make a decision and to move forward, in whichever direction ends up to be the best. I can’t stand being in limbo!

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