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Postby Hissmonster » Fri Oct 15, 2004 10:57 pm

Hola Everyone..

No I haven't died..this isn't an apparition..just taken a short Hiatus...have a lot to sort out and manage in order to devote time to my writing...

So I will be sporadic for another month or so...then as Holidays approach...I'm hoping to be more in the merry making...story telling mode....


I can't guarantee anything, but will try to update this as much as possible...
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Postby Power of Cheese » Fri Oct 15, 2004 11:07 pm

Well you just got to post now Hiss, this is your time of year. I mean this is the season to Hissmonster right?
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Postby Anblick » Fri Oct 15, 2004 11:14 pm

Yes, it better be! This will be MY first H-Ween not dressing up in 15+ years! And TRUST ME this is only because of the move!
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Postby Hissmonster » Fri Oct 15, 2004 11:17 pm

I love this time of year..the lil monsters are already begging me to reveal the Halloween theme...nope...we go traditional..on all Hallow's Eve the veil between the worlds is lifted and those with mind to may catch a glimpse of those beyond, but by the light of dawn..blink and all will be gone.
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Postby Power of Cheese » Fri Oct 15, 2004 11:23 pm

Very well said Hiss. I always try and hang out in the local cemetery around midnight on All Hallow's Eve to catch a glimpse of the paranormal but I've not had any luck yet. I did once find a police cruiser that escorted me off the premises however... I sure hope you'll post pix of your costume.
Anblick, dude, I'm moving too but I'm not going to let that stop me. I'm wrapping my self in tin foil and going as leftovers...
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Postby Anblick » Fri Oct 15, 2004 11:29 pm

I have that day and the day prior available as my ONLY days to clean my previous abode. I truly wish it was otherwise. This is my #2 holiday of the year (4th O July being MY no 1)...
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Postby Hissmonster » Fri Oct 15, 2004 11:33 pm

so glue sponges to your shirt and go as a squeegie..smile..

and Cheese..I've got to see THOSE pic's lol...

You dressed in tinfoil toting all your worldly possessions..think you will get another police escort.. :wink:
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Postby Hissmonster » Wed Oct 20, 2004 12:20 am

Why is it when you are feeling down, life shows you that things can always get worse?

Please excuse my saracasm and bitterness...I haven't slept and my crankiness has reached new heights.

You see the wonderful thing about pets is the fact that they give you unconditional love. They don't care what you look like, or if you're in a bad mood, they just love you....

At 3am this morning the closest thing I have to a son, wakes me up crying. His normal goofy face contorted in pain. In my groggy state, I thought that he just wanted to go out. I regret that now, my shortness with him. Like infants dogs can't tell you what's wrong, you have to interpret their cries and physical mannerisms to piece together the puzzle.

The poor thing froze on the third floor landing unable to go a step.
Dee hoisted his full 110 pound frame up and I guided her down 2 flights of a stairs. 20 minutes later we rolled into the emergency room parking lot of the Angel Memorial Hospital. My greatest fears wrestling in my head: Tumors, blockages, poisoning...his stomach is destended and tender to the touch....what did he eat?

As KC was escorted from us looking very much like he was being lead to the gallows, Dee and I were left with nothing more than canned talk show repeats for comfort. At 5 am, a doctor finally comes to us and tells us that there is no blockage (foreign objects) or food poisoning... whew...

Well that was the good news.

His spleen was swollen and fluid in his belly. An ultrasound was ordered but that and the labs wouldn't be done til 8:30 when the techs come in.
KC was being admitted and we would have to see finance.

Since we did not invest in the new "pet health insurance" all bills must be paid in a 50/50 split--50% down and 50% when the animal is released. If you have been following the great debate on health insurance in this country just have a pet get sick and it will bring home the truth on how expensive it is to get sick, no health insurance and need an operation.

The preliminary test results came back by 9:30. CANCER....Blood in the belly, Spleenectomy, Kemo, 3-8mths.....may be benign...Ultrasound to find out..

Ultrasound followed by immediate surgery if it confirms a "Mass" in the spleen. New estimate..more $$.

More waiting...Ultrasound came back...large mass in the spleen, blood in the belly, but no surgery yet? Why? more tests came back, may indicate massive cancer throughout the body or just an infection. Therefore, more tests. However, he is on pain meds and fluids and responding better..prognosis is slightly better, but we have to wait.

Finally get to see KC at 6pm..he's awake and lucid and at first appears like any other day, but very soon, we see that his excitement to see us had masked his pain. We spent the next hour patting him and consoling him. The holding area was cold and he is sensitive to the cold, I gave him may coat as a blanket. He curled up under it, his head on Dee's lap and napped for a while.

When we were forced to leave for the night, he was standing at the gating looking confused, the coat cast off into the corner.

"Why are you leaving me. Where are you going. You promised you would never leave?" he's eyes called out from behind the gate.

My heart crashed into piece. All I could say is I woud be back tomorrow.

I walked out of there, longing for yesterday and the belief that everything was ok.

Now I wait. Holding my breath and praying that by some miracle that cancer is not the diagnosis.

My credit cards are maxed out and money will be tight, but how can I let money be the determinant on his life? If I have it, I will give all I have to see him healthy again...
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Postby Power of Cheese » Wed Oct 20, 2004 5:59 am

Hiss, I truly hope that it turns out to be simple and something easily repairable. What kind of dog is KC? How old is he? I know what you mean about leaving your pet at the vet's office. You know it is best for them to have to leave them there over night, but how can you explain that to them when they look at you while you're leaving them with a look of fear and betrayal in their eyes? It hurts. When will you find out more? Hang in there...
Lastly, I personally try very hard to NEVER say "it can't get any worse," because yes, it can ALWAYS get worse...
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Postby Mlou » Wed Oct 20, 2004 7:18 am

I hope it turns out to have a sunny side, Hiss. I've lost pets over the years in similar circumstances and it's heart wrenching. And the worst part is that they trust you unconditionally and you can't explain things to them. Please keep us posted.
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Postby xcheck24 » Wed Oct 20, 2004 8:52 am

oh my...that's horrible news, hiss. i hope everything works out for KC and that things are easily fixed and he will be his happy, painfree self very soon. do keep us posted!
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Postby JillStar » Wed Oct 20, 2004 9:12 am

I'm so sorry Hiss . . . keep us updated.
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Postby Erin Lemley » Wed Oct 20, 2004 7:50 pm

Hiss I am so sorry about your dog! I too have experienced several pet illnesses/passings. They can get very expensive, but if I had to eat top ramen and tuna for the next 3 months to pay the bills I did it. How can anyone say no to a pleading pup when there is a glimmer of hope at the end of it all?

Thoughts and prayers going out to you and KC!
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Postby charlesp » Wed Oct 20, 2004 8:11 pm

Hiss you know I feel for you right now. Felix spent the weekend at the Vet while we were in Chicago so he could get his insulin... and when we picked him up we got the bill from his last bout with death (another $450 to go with the $2000 or so from last year)... It's a tough call to make, it's even more tough when you're not sure how you'll pay those bills... We've been torn recently on how much more to do for him, when are we keeping him alive for us and when is his quality of life so low it's not worth it anymore? My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours hiss...

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Postby Hissmonster » Thu Oct 21, 2004 7:02 pm

Thanks guys...

well we have KC home and are awaiting test results. He definately needs surgery..the tumor in his spleen is about the size of a watermelon.

However, they won't operate til they are pretty sure that he isn't riddled with cancer.

We got a glimmer of hope today...turns out that there is one possible option...We use a flea and tick collar on KC, as he hardly goes anywhere to contract ticks and is highly allergic to the tick treatments.

Well Dee had him at Wood Island park...a marshy grassland in East Boston.

The vet asked me if I was sure he didn't get a tick bite, I can't be...if Dee had him at the beach or just as our home, I would be, but at that park..I just don't know, even though I haven't seen any ticks on him.

So, we are bringing him back for another blood test and antibiotics..if he does have this tick disease it mirrors symptoms of multiple melynomas..so right now..however slim...I'm rooting for it....

and cheese..KC

Is a Vizela (hungarian hunting dog). He's a beauty...weighs about 110lbs, is russet color from head to toe, including his eyes.

As for his age, we're not sure..you see KC is short for

Kizmet Casil Hayes..which loosely translates to "Lucky dog we found in our raspberry patch"

4 years ago on one of the coldest February nights, we found him. He had made it to our yard. Turns out who ever bought this pure bread dog, had been systematically torturing him. They had ripped his dew claws off and there was a large verticle gash in his throat. The vets surmized this was some sort of device to prevent him from jumping as these dogs are known for it and they can jump 6ft in the air from a standing position.

When we found him, he had been on the streets 3 weeks (estimated) and was nearly starved to death, he weighed 35 lbs.

We can only estimate that his age was 3 years, based on his teeth, this would make him about 7 years old now..so he's still a young dog, his breed has a life expectancy of 15-18 years.

I know it will be tuna and ramen noodle for me too....for a while as I would sell just about anything if it meant that the dog would be healthy. I have had dogs and cats, and a various menagerie all my life and yes, I have had to put more than a few "down". Will only do it, if the animal is in too much pain and his suffering will only increase.

But I will make you laugh...got an itemized bill, they charged me $48.00 to take the dog's blood pressure and another $48.00 to set up his file...no I am not kidding..the administrative set up fee was $48.00. Each test is averaging $300.00.

I've racked up around $4600 in bills in 3 days and that isn't including the surgery, which they have estimated at another 2200.00 with out the follow up care...since they won't know if he will need kemo...there goes my elaborate Halloween plans this year as well as much of the holidays...

Hey, but it's only money right...

I wil tell you....to all the parents out there...

I really don't know how you do it..I don't know how you cope with a child in pain, especially an infant. With there being so helpless and unable to tell you exactly whats wrong or really help in resolving their problems.

I don't know how you deal with the helplessness of handing your children over to "medical professionals" and then being left to wait, helpless and alone in a sterile room....

KC's my boy..and I love him dearly, but I can only imagine that those feelings are amplified a thousand times with your own flesh and blood...and I'm in awe at how you all manage to get through it...

If I've done this right a photo of a vizela should appear below..coincidentally they had one on the home page of MSN, when I logged in today..if not..oopsie..(CP--I'm hopeless, lol)


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Postby Erin Lemley » Thu Oct 21, 2004 7:57 pm

Hey there Hiss. Our Tucker contracted Lyme disease and his spleen was really swollen, etc etc like you're describing with KC. After a very expensive course of antibiotics he recovered. He did have flare ups later, but it only seemed to affect his joints(poor thing). He did recover however, and was a very happy dog. I hope KC's experience is similar.

There was another tick disease the vet thought it might be, before he responded to the antibiotics:"ehrlichia" pronounced "er-lick-ee-ah". This we were told was a rare and more serious situation but still hopeful. Again, hoping KC recovers with tail wagging, from whatever has him so ill.

Hang in there!
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Postby Hissmonster » Thu Oct 21, 2004 8:02 pm

it is the latter that they think he may have..as it produces the same symptoms as the cancer they are afraid he DOES have..

just curious..did your dog need his spleen removed or did that adjust itself w/ the meds?
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Postby charlesp » Thu Oct 21, 2004 8:06 pm

I've racked up around $4600 in bills in 3 days and that isn't including the surgery, which they have estimated at another 2200.00 with out the follow up care...since they won't know if he will need kemo...there goes my elaborate Halloween plans this year as well as much of the holidays...


Emergency Vets are the biggest racket... (or is that wracket?) In a big city there's going to be a market for them certainly... but the rates are SOOO out of reasonable range. When Felix fell over last year we spent $1000 on essentially one day and night in the ER vets office.

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Postby Hissmonster » Thu Oct 21, 2004 8:12 pm

I couldn't agree with you more Charles and here's the rub in Boston..(the city)

Angell Memorial is the only emergency center for pets open 24 hours...so when you need care at 3am..they are the only ones open to take them..

Our regular vet does a lot, but certain surgeries and procedures that need a lot of delicate equipment, still call for a trip to this hospital...

I swear it's a monopoly...they claim to be non-profit, but my visit is help paying for 3 receptionists to sit around with nothing to do, but talk about the Red Sox...they don't provide information, they don't handle billing or finance questions and they don't handle the animals..just hand out a clip board for you to sign in..and evidently three of them are needed to keep themselves from getting bored..

and they are very callous there..the attitude of the "finance" managers ( a glorified word for cashiers as they finance nothing) was if you don't have the money..take the pet home to die...

That attitude ticks me off more than anything else.
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Postby Erin Lemley » Fri Oct 22, 2004 1:57 pm

Hiss, since he had Lyme disease he just needed meds. If he hadn't responded as he did right away then the vet would have been discussing the options you are facing.

If Tucker hadn't tested for lyme we would have had to wait for erlichia test to return and, removing the spleen and testing for cancer would have been included in our options.

Has KC bounced back yet? Is he still lethargic,etc?Poor baby. :(

I have found a website, I am sure there are better, but this gives a description of symptoms and what to look for prognosis-wise.
http://www.vetinfo.com/derlick.html#ehrlichia

I really feel for you Hiss and your family. I can barely imagine what you must be going through at this time. Keep us posted.
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Postby Power of Cheese » Sat Oct 23, 2004 7:52 pm

Hang in there Hiss, dogs have amazing recuperative powers. If he isn't 'riddled' with the ugly 'C' word I bet he'll be right as rain in no time. BTW, he looks like a beautiful dog. Reminds me of my childhood doggy, Snoopy. Snoopy was a German Shorthaired Pointer, and man did I love that dog.
And BTW GOOD ON YOU! For taking in KC like that. You've proved once again what a big heart you have.
And yes, vet bills are outrageous, and I think it really sucks that the one you took KC is so callous. I mean yes, if you work there, I imagine you have to have some distance between yourself and your animal patients or I think you'd lose your objectivity. But being snobbish and just plain cold hearted is wrong. Makes you wonder why they even bother doing the business, eh?
Best of luck again Hiss, please keep us posted.
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Postby Hissmonster » Sun Oct 24, 2004 11:14 am

Thanks guys..

latest updates..

we're still waiting for the test results, they won't be in before Tuesday...

had to bring KC in for some more bloodwork Friday night.

Don't ever let them tell you that dogs aren't smart; he knew exactly where he was going and didn't want any part of it.

We were early so instead of taking him right in, we thought we would calm him down a bit and take him down the street to the seve-eleven parking lot, where he coud get out and walk a bit.

He seemed to be doing ok. Though when we brought him back to the car, the poor thing was still shaking. I was sitting in the back with him, trying to calm him and no sooner does Dee get in the car when KC throws up all over me and my suede pants.

I sat there stunned for a moment and then nearly puked myself. Dee, trying to contain her laughter, gets a still trembling KC out of the car and tosses me handiwipes...

Now luckily, we had put down newspapers and an old sheet on the seat and floor of the car, so it was pretty much me that took a bath.

Once everything and everyone :roll: (me) was cleaned up, we got KC to the vet. The poor thing was terrified and didn't want to go, but then again, he didn't want to stay with me either as I wasn't smelling too good by then. The handler was having trouble getting him to walk, so Dee had to coax him a bit.

In less than 10 minutes he was back and over joyed to see even stinky me. He was very put out to find that I wasn't waiting just for him, but for Dee who was at the pet pharmacy getting him his meds. He kept looking at me like "Hurry up! Come on let's leave, before they decide to keep me!!!"

When Dee finally returned, KC bulleted out the door, leaving me to check out with Finance.

We got him home and had one more 'bout of 'nervous stomach' after his ordeal. I gave my pants a nice burial, and took a shower.

Saturday morning, (one day after the antibiotics) was feeling much better. He had been sleeping down on the first floor w/ mom, but came running up the stairs that morning much like his old self. Happy to wake everyone up!!!

Spent most of Saturday in another emergency room, this time with Dee for an ear infection.

I tell ya, if I don't see the inside of a hospital in another 6 months, it will be too soon.

So how are you all doing? 8)
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Postby Mlou » Sun Oct 24, 2004 11:24 am

Hiss...so glad KC is hanging in. With luck and a good bit of help, he'll be okay. My sad news is that Grady (the silver gray cat you saw) has been missing for 4 days. He's not a roamer so we fear the worst but still are hoping for his return.
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Postby Power of Cheese » Sun Oct 24, 2004 11:20 pm

OK Hiss, maybe some of that Sox luck will rub off on KC eh? I'll keep my fingers crossed for you...

Mlou, that's terrible news, I'm sad to hear you're missing one of your kitties. I'll also put in a word to the patron saint of pets for your Grady too...
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Postby TheMudge » Mon Oct 25, 2004 9:45 am

Kayla the Wonder Pig is curled up in a little ball by the stairs.

You guys remind me that I should enjoy it while I can.

Glad KC is feeling better, Hiss. Maybe you should take DragonLady to the same vet . . .
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