Have you ever played the whack-a-mole game?  You know the one where you have a giant hammer and moles pop up from different holes really fast and you get points every time you whack a mole.

Well my life feels that way right now.  I wanted to do a happy update that Maddy’s eye was all better, and it was for a little over a week but then last Sunday the tear duct gland popped out and tomorrow we have an appointment with the eye specialist.  More money and a possible third surgery.

Not to even mention the living situation and the business issues I am also dealing with at the moment.


Well a couple of weeks ago I noticed a lump on my cat, Selena.  Since Maddy’s eye was still the primary concern I figured I would deal with the lump once that got settled.

Well Monday evening I noticed that there was a patch of exposed skin where the lump was.  I put some aloe vera on it and made a bandage as best as I could for a cat.

We just got back from the vet a bit ago.  The lump is malignant cancer and it has become ulcerated.  Because the lump seemed to appear out of nowhere 2 weeks ago the vet says it is a fast growing lump.  The prognosis is simply to make the cat comfortable.  He said something about weeks to months but really I think he did not want to say days or weeks.  Other than the lump Selena is fine and acting normal. She is eating, drinking and sleeping and laying in the sun like she normally does.  The fact that the lump is not bothering her was a symptom that it was malignant.  I am not sure how that works. It kind of confused me.  He gave her a shot of antibiotics, cleaned up the wound and put a pink bandage on her.  He also sent me home with pain medication for her.  She is not in pain now but it seems as the cancer grows and becomes invasive she will be.  I feel like I just want to hold her or put her in the piano room where the puppies can not bother room.  But that does not seem right as she loves to sit out on the patio in the sun.

I don’t want her to suffer and I also don’t want to have to put her to sleep.  And I don’t want to come back from a long day at work to find her passed away and that she died alone. I can only hope that she just dies peacefully in my arms as her brother Diamond did.

So there you have it. I have definitely been whacked upside the head.

Below is a picture of Selena with her pink bandage.



10 Responses to “Whack-A-Ivonne”

  1. ramblingsfromamum Says:

    Oh my sweet- I am so sorry. Poor little girl, it’s a hard decision when we know there is nothing we can do for our fur babies. As long as she is as comfortable as you can make her I guess, we can only hope that she falls into eternal sleep in your arms. You certainly have gone down a hard road with your babies and personal circumstance. {Hugs} from this side of the world hun, try and be strong. Hopefully Maddie’s eye will get sorted once and for all. Hugs to Selena and I wish you all the very best. xxx

  2. sakuraandme Says:

    Oh NO!!
    I’m so sorry, Ivonne! If that was my Sakura I would be beside myself. And to top it all, poor Maddy’s eye again.
    My thoughts are with you and your babies. I’m hugging you tight, I hope you can feel my love and support?
    Hugs to You, Maddy and Selena. Paula xxxoooooxxx

  3. Sex, Spirit, Soul Mates and Chocolate....Ivonne's Journey Says:

    Mumsy and Paula thank you so much for your support. Yes, I can feel the hugs. I just want to get back in balance so that I can continue to blog. My kittty is 21 years old so yes she has lived a good long life with me.

  4. Eric Tonningsen Says:

    Ivonne, I’m wishing you some intentional silence, in which you can be with both yourself and Selena. Silence can actually be more comforting than the most well-intentioned words. Many of us have been exactly where you are now – dealing with an aggressive cancer in a loved companion. My heart feels for you. May you and Selena be blanketed in warmth and peace.

    • Sex, Spirit, Soul Mates and Chocolate....Ivonne's Journey Says:

      Dear Eric, thank you so much for your kind words. They touched my heart.

  5. Maryanne Says:

    I am so sorry Ivonne. (((HUGS))

  6. Paula Says:

    Oh, Ivonne, I am so very sorry to hear this. Luckily, she has you and the pain meds available to help her die peacefully. Thinking of you. ❤

  7. Girl for Animal Liberation Says:

    Ivonne, I currently have 6 cats, the oldest is 12. Last year the 12 year old (Seti) suffered a heart attack but lived because I was home at the time and was able to rush him to the ER Vet. He is on 3 different medications: 1st is to prevent blood clots, 2nd for high BP; the 3rd is for emergencies only — if he should go into respiratory failure. Thankfully I was home the last few times he has gone into Res. Failure but every morning when I leave for work, I worry if I am going to come home to Seti having passed on without me being there for him. It is a horrible feeling so I know exactly what you are going through. There isn’t much you or I can do except to make their lives as comfortable and normal as possible — don’t change up their routines just let them be and love them. 🙂


  8. celestedimilla Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that Ivonne – I feel for you girl. That really is whack!! Celeste 🙂

  9. Terry Says:

    Oh Ivonne, I am so sorry to hear these sad statements. I feel for you and you do this all alone. Your pets are so special to you and they love you so. I hope that the medications help and her life is spared for some time yet. Let us know what the vet says about the eye

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