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An Unexpected Call

I know I said I wasn’t going to write anymore about Truman… but then I got good news.

I’m working when the phone rings.  It’s our vet, calling to check on Truman.  I let her know that he was still the same.  Still eagerly eating, still the same personality, and still paralyzed with crusty eyes.

She told me that she had been discussing Truman’s illness with a radiologist who also sometimes worked with the guinea pig specialist she sent me to see last week.  She told him that both vets believed it was either a clot or spinal cancer.  He didn’t think so.  And he was willing to do an ultrasound on Truman for free to find out.

My vet promised that Truman would be awake for the ultrasound and it wouldn’t hurt at all.  I told her my fear was that they would definitively find something, and I would be encouraged to put him to sleep.  She promised me that she would never suggest that while he was still relatively happy.  All this would do would give us answers so if I had to make a choice in the future, I would do so knowing what we were dealing with.

Truman and I drove over to the vet, my stomach in knots.

A nurse took Truman back while I stayed in the waiting room, and came out to retrieve me when it was over.  She was sort of smiling, but I don’t know her well, so I didn’t know how to read that.  But when I walked into the examination room and the vet was beaming, I knew it was good news.

No clot.  No spinal tumour.  Nothing amiss found internally.

I know it sounds weird to be excited that we now have a completely unexplained illness, but taking the worst things off the table is a bit of good news.  She warned that it could still be lymphoma in his brain, but it could also be something else.  And while she doesn’t think that he will ever walk again, and she tempered my excitement by saying that every extra day is a blessing and she can’t predict how this will go, I drove home with a huge grin on my face and gave him so extra lettuce to celebrate.

Our vet shows such deep care for Truman.  But moreover, I cannot thank that radiologist enough for making that offer and giving us peace of heart.


Yes, I snapped a picture of Truman in the waiting room at the office.  So what?  (Okay, I may have snapped about 12 photos.)


1 katherinea12 { 07.20.16 at 8:47 am }

I’m so glad that you got some good news! It’s lovely that the radiologist was willing to take a look, fill in some missing puzzle pieces, and give you some peace of mind. Here’s hoping for more good days ahead.

2 Beth { 07.20.16 at 8:47 am }

YES! This is great news! Keep fighting, Truman!!!!

3 Ana { 07.20.16 at 9:09 am }

Yay! Happy for you and Truman, and touched by the radiologist going out of their way to help!

4 Cristy { 07.20.16 at 9:11 am }

Amazing news!! Thank you for he update. And I’m so glad you have the vet you do.

5 Charlotte { 07.20.16 at 9:18 am }

It’s just the best when unexpected good news comings amidst so much sadness and despair. SI happy it’s not any of the worst things, and that Truman is holding his own!

6 Jen@FrugalSteppingStones { 07.20.16 at 9:37 am }

Well, that was encouraging!

7 Middle Girl { 07.20.16 at 9:46 am }

Good news indeed. Happy for you all.

Keep on swimming Truman

8 Lori Lavender Luz { 07.20.16 at 10:33 am }

Hello, sweet Truman. I’m so glad you are around for my friend Melissa. Congrats on your MRI results. You are so handsome.

9 a { 07.20.16 at 11:12 am }

Maybe he’s faking an illness to get more attention from you? 😉

Glad they haven’t found anything discouraging. I hope he beats all the expectations…

10 Delenn { 07.20.16 at 11:39 am }

On behalf of little pets anywhere–Hooray for Good News!! 🙂

Keep on Truckin’ (Chewin’), Truman!

11 SuzannaCatherine { 07.20.16 at 11:42 am }

Good job, Truman! So happy to hear your good news. What a kind thing of the radiologist to offer the test at no charge. Renews your faith that not everyone is just after the money.

You and Truman are continuously in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you and lots of head scratches for Truman. ?

12 Battynurse { 07.20.16 at 12:03 pm }

Yay for good news. I’m glad that you got a bit of it. Hope he continues to be happy.

13 Jennifer { 07.20.16 at 1:35 pm }

I’m so glad you got some good news about Truman! It sounds like you have a fantastic vet who really cares. I hope that he continues to be his fantastic happy self and enjoys his cookies and lettuce for a long time. And please do update when and if you can. Many of us out here are pulling for him!

14 35jupiterdrive { 07.20.16 at 2:38 pm }

I love kindnesses, and I’m very glad some of these diagnoses were ruled out. 🙂 Hang in there, Truman!

15 JustHeather { 07.20.16 at 3:24 pm }

*hugs* Love the good news! Hang in there, Truman!

16 Justine { 07.20.16 at 4:19 pm }

That is such good news … so grateful for your caring vet! <3 to you both …

Hang in there, Truman!

17 Mali { 07.20.16 at 7:53 pm }

Poor wee Truman. I want to give him a cuddle now. How lovely for you both to have such caring vets and vet radiologists (I didn’t know there was such a thing).

18 Jess { 07.22.16 at 12:53 pm }

What an amazingly special vet. I am so glad that nothing was uncovered, and that Truman is happy (if crusty-eyed and paralyzed). Hooray for good news! Love the waiting room picture, too.

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