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Freya's tale

Our journey starts with a single step on three legs

Life is good

Filed under: amputation,cat,three legged — mschelleau at 10:40 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tripawds is a user-supported community. Thank you for your support!It is coming up to three years since I found that lump on Freya’s leg. Three years. And I have to say – amidst the confusion of diagnosis and panic and despair  – amputation was the best decision and started a journey that continues to this […]

Day 3 AA

Filed under: amputation,cat,Uncategorized — mschelleau at 10:21 pm on Sunday, December 23, 2012  Tagged , , , ,

Tripawds is a user-supported community. Thank you for your support!Well, last night wasn’t quite as easy as the night before. Not necessarily because of the amputation but because when I went to go to sleep Freya had somehow managed to extend herself across almost the full width of the mattress. So I was mostly contorted, […]

Day 2 AA

Filed under: amputation,cat,Uncategorized — mschelleau at 10:27 pm on Saturday, December 22, 2012  Tagged , , , ,

Today Freya managed to get around some more, she had a solid movement (oh joy) and has taken her required doses of painkiller and antibiotics.  The antibiotics in particular feel like a win – she doesn’t take them orally at all well and so I sneak them into some of her food (strong smelling fish […]

Photos and more photos

Filed under: amputation,cat,Uncategorized — mschelleau at 11:05 am on Saturday, December 22, 2012  Tagged , , ,

I’ve gone and inserted photos into my earlier posts. Now for some reason they are too big on the post to see all of the photo but if you click on the photo it will take you to a full size version. I hope they convey a little of the lovely cat she is. I […]

Freya Date – Day 1 AA (After Amputation)

Filed under: amputation,cat,Uncategorized — mschelleau at 10:15 pm on Friday, December 21, 2012  Tagged , , , ,

Well, I’m calling it Day One. Day One After Amputation. Today, 21 December 2012, I picked Freya up at the vet’s in the afternoon. After a hefty bill was paid (come on down pet insurance people!! Show me the money!! Wait – mixed metaphors there – who cares!) and pain killer prepared and antibiotics obtained […]

Surgery and Survival

Filed under: amputation,cat,Uncategorized — mschelleau at 3:31 am on Friday, December 21, 2012  Tagged , , ,

We lay on the bed together that morning. I was reading – Freya was sleeping. I turned a page and Freya scratched an ear … with a left hind foot. I stared. Part of me, the flippant ‘hide your pain’ part of me was all ‘enjoy that while it lasts’. Another part was quietly weeping inside. Not […]

Anxiety and Amputation

Filed under: amputation,cat,Uncategorized — mschelleau at 2:13 am on Friday, December 21, 2012

Tears. Fears. Hope. Despair. Worry. Right. Wrong. Up. Down. World. Ending. Accept. Calm. Rational. Logical. More tears. More fears. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. ………… Then, the day is here.

Specialists and Speculation

Filed under: amputation,cat,Uncategorized — mschelleau at 1:07 am on Friday, December 21, 2012  Tagged , , , ,

So, all seemed fine. The way ahead was clear. Observe and then act. But my vet said he’d like to consult with a veterinary specialist oncologist on management of Freya. OK thought I. No worries. Probably really good to get a specialist to give a second opinion. So, we took a lymph node sample, which […]

Discovery and Diagnosis

Filed under: amputation,Uncategorized — mschelleau at 12:48 am on Friday, December 21, 2012  Tagged , , , ,

You know how it is. Things seem fine and then out of the blue something catches the corner of your eye. But a brief trip down memory lane first. I first met Freya when she was three weeks old and brought into my workplace with her mother and the rest of her litter.  She was […]