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Trying not to panic.

Postby chewbecca » Tue May 11, 2010 7:09 am

We woke up this morning and Ella was slightly limping. Just thought she was stiff since it rained last night.
But then we visibly saw a tennis ball sized lump at the base of the front of her neck. It's, like, at the base of her neck/shoulder area.
She jumps up on our bed with no issue or hesitation.
We have NO IDEA what it could be. We're hoping maybe a spider bite. She hasn't done any exercises that should have caused issue. She's not limping anymore, but the lump is still there.
We tried icing it, and I don't know if that helped.
But we're taking her in for 8 am to the vet.

You don't have to feel the lump, you can see it. We have no idea what she could have done this time.

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby Chasesmom » Tue May 11, 2010 8:27 am

Good luck at the vet. I hope it is nothing serious. Keep us updated.

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby ilikelily » Tue May 11, 2010 8:28 am

swollen lymph node? not even sure if that is where they are located on dogs...
Good luck at the vet!

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby jamielvsaustin » Tue May 11, 2010 8:30 am

First: *breathe*
Then *breathe* again
Don't freak out :hug:

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby dogs4jen » Tue May 11, 2010 9:58 am

Sending the good thoughts out to you and Ella! I hope it's just a bug bite or something minor like that.

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby Adrianne » Tue May 11, 2010 10:05 am

jamielvsaustin wrote:First: *breathe*
Then *breathe* again
Don't freak out :hug:

x2
:hug:
:pray

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby chewbecca » Tue May 11, 2010 10:37 am

It's her lymph node.
Doc came in the room, took a look at her, we put her up on the table, and he put his hand on it, gentle grabbed it, winced and said, "oooh, that's her lymph node."

He also found, what he believes, to be 3 mast cell tumors right near the lymph node.

I'll just type out what the papers state that we received from them:
"10 cm diameter swelling over the right prescapular lymph node. Three 1 cm diameter inflamed and raised areas just ventral to the right prescapular lymph node; in-house cytology shows basophilic granules."

He believes the three 1 cm lumps are mast cell tumors, but since he didn't want to say for sure, he took several slides. He took bloodwork. The bloodwork results will be in tomorrow, but the labwork will be another 2-3 days.
He aspirated (is that the correct term?) the swollen lymph node and it clogged the needle. Poor Ella was so poked and prodded today.

As soon as he said "It's her lymph node", I swear every organ in my body bottomed out and my eyes swelled, and I thought, "Oh god, it's cancer". Then I immediately started closing doors in my head and straightening up, and forcing myself to go, "Nope, you don't know. Not until the results come back."
All this was going on and we all stood and talked about the...the possibilities for what it might be.
The good thing is, it's only that one lymph node. All her other lymph nodes are fine.
So, he also gave us an antibiotic and some cream for her.
We're PRAYING it's a simple infection. Even a major infection that the antibiotic will take care of.
He obviously thinks the three small lumps have to do with why the lymph node is swollen, and this wouldn't be her first bout with mast cell.
She did have one removed 2 years ago that came back a level II, so we knew it was a possibility that more would pop up.

We check Ella EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY we have her hands on her and we feel for lumps and bumps. And we NEVER noticed those three bumps.
Perhaps it's still a bug bite? Who knows. But I am FORCING MYSELF NOT to panic. It's difficult, but I cannot panic until I hear the lab results.

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Postby julie64 » Tue May 11, 2010 10:45 am

Lots of good thoughts and hugs to you & Ella.

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby pblove » Tue May 11, 2010 11:00 am

:pray for nothing but good results for Ella

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby ilikelily » Tue May 11, 2010 11:01 am

all the good thought in the world to you and Ella!!!!! Give that girl a great big kiss from me.

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby chewbecca » Tue May 11, 2010 11:12 am

Thanks, guys!

Now, I KNOW I don't know a thing about cancer. I don't know how these things work AT ALL.
But, I just don't know. The thing that is making me NOT think cancer is this all popped up suddenly within less than 8 hours time.
I mean, does cancer work THAT fast??? It just screams sudden infection/illness or acute-something-or-other, but not cancer.
Again, I am not an expert. But this thought has me hopeful!

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby Ilovethepits » Tue May 11, 2010 11:18 am

Stay hopeful for your sanity sake. I will keep you, your family and Ella in my thoughts and prayers.

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby elegy » Tue May 11, 2010 11:36 am

sending lots and lots of good thoughts to ella!

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby BabyReba » Tue May 11, 2010 11:58 am

i don't have a lot of experience with lymph nodes, but tucker did have the nodes on one side of his neck swell pretty dramatically when he was young and we feared the worst, but it turned out to be an antibiotic resistant staph infection.

hang in there, and i'm hoping for the best for you guys!

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Re: Trying not to panic.

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Tue May 11, 2010 12:00 pm

chewbecca wrote:Thanks, guys!

Now, I KNOW I don't know a thing about cancer. I don't know how these things work AT ALL.
But, I just don't know. The thing that is making me NOT think cancer is this all popped up suddenly within less than 8 hours time.
I mean, does cancer work THAT fast??? It just screams sudden infection/illness or acute-something-or-other, but not cancer.
Again, I am not an expert. But this thought has me hopeful!


Is it just one lymph node? Everycase I've seen of lymphoma for example, the nodes were bilaterally swollen. It could be a reaction to all the lumps on that side of her neck?

Stay positive! I'm sure it's nothing! Sending healing thoughts to you!!


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