Thank you, everyone, for your very kind comments and thoughts. It’s a double-feature post today. (Remember double-features? Memories of my Dad taking me to “the flicks” at the Sellwood Theater!) Firstly, Tilly is now home after 48 hours in the veterinary hospital, being treated for a badly infected wound from the surgery she’d had two weeks previously to remove a lump.
While at the hospital, she had tests done a few weeks earlier than planned. This showed that the cancer hasn’t discernably spread beyond the lymph node. Also while at the hospital, she fought every single procedure they did with her, even proving greatly resistant to sedation. “She’s a real hothead!” one of the vets told me over the phone. The plan now is that she will have one more operation, to take out the cancerous lymph node and other mammary tissue. But she will not have any chemotherapy after that. She gets too stressed and uncooperative to tolerate many more medical interventions.
I think the oncology vet thought that he would have to convince me about not doing chemotherapy. He said, “Because of her nature, and the risk to our staff…” But I completely agreed with him. It isn’t about prolonging her life by as many days or weeks as possible. (Median survival time once all known cancerous areas are removed, and with no chemotherapy, is 414 days for cat breast cancer. The average with chemo goes up to more than 1,000 days.) It’s about her being as settled and happy as we can make her. I think she can manage one more operation, and a few more checks, but not a lot more than that. He was doubtful that we would manage to clean the wound twice a day, or give her the antibiotic tablets – but she has so far been very good and cooperative with me and Michael. So perhaps just being at home will be the most life-extending thing for her.
It would be so nice to think that she could enjoy the end of summer this time next year. She has only been out in the garden once since September 18th, and it will be at least three weeks until she can get out again.
[Intermission: in other news, my mother is home and doing a lot better with a new regime; and the Dafter had a good day today at college.]
The second part of this double-feature post is about the Oregon cardigan, which I realise is a rather specialist interest. If this is as far as you read, thank you, and I hope to post again soon!
Today I did the last steek cutting that it will require, namely the rest of the front steek. You might recall that in July, I sliced the V-neck part of the front steek so that I could try it on (photo here). It has had no special handling since then, I can assure you.
That’s as far as I got today. Once I have knitted the buttonbands, I’ll show you the final finishing. For now, some helps:
So that is my news for now. I am hoping that life will settle down a bit more soon. And I am still looking forwards to sharing our Harris trip in August with you. Thanks again for your kindness and moral support. I hope you are having a good week!