One year ago today, at about 5:25pm, my phone rang. My caller ID said it was CARES. I anticipated that this call would come. We were waiting on the results of Harry's lung biopsy and bacterial cultures and despite wanting to know, it terrified me. It also stressed me out because no matter how the call went, it was going to be a defining moment on what our future looked like.
Dr. Astor from CARES was on the other end of the line. I remember him asking me how Harry was doing and me getting a little choked up in the moment telling him he was doing great and that he was just such a good boy. And then, it happened. Dr. Astor said, "we received the results of Harry's biopsy and I think you're gonna be pretty happy, it's not cancer."‼️I was overcome with emotion and cried tears of happiness for the first time in weeks!! I then remember him saying he had a pretty severe case of pneumonia caused by large colonies of bacteria - a type he'd not seen before. On that call, our course of action changed dramatically. We were going to treat with amoxicillin for a minimum of 8 weeks with progress x-rays on a monthly basis. We did ten weeks of antibiotics just to be safe. My boy made it. 💗
Veterinary diagnostics, surgery and medicine led us to this outcome. FIV is very likely the reason this bacterial infection happened, but he prevailed! FIV may have weakened his immune response, but not his will to live! With the right tests and the right approach, he beat this thing. This huge, terrible looking mass that mimicked an aggressive carcinoma, was, in fact, not cancer. Do all roads lead to this outcome? Unfortunately, no. But I'm grateful every single day that Harry's did. I'm also grateful to have had people with the knowledge and expertise to recommend a path to take to find out exactly what was in his lungs too. Harry did his part to heal from everything, he just needed a little help. He's got some scarring in his lungs but sometimes warriors end up with scars. It's proof he showed up for battle and won. 💪
A year ago today, my cup was refilled, and I'm thankful today and everyday to have my boy with me.