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Old 12-18-2019, 10:10 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Vinh & Ann---thinking of you as your appt. is at 10:45 today---prayers continue & we await more info when you can. We are all pulling for little PC.
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Old 12-19-2019, 03:51 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Update: The doctors and staff completed their initial examination of Pork Chop and combining with the time-line of symptoms and how quickly they worsen, they said they have never seen something like this happening this fast and they were very concerned.

The MRI is scheduled for 2 PM today and we are going to get an update at around 3 PM on what their findings are. They are also going to do a biopsy to confirm the tumor, including additional testing like; bloodwork, etc. to ensure they ruled out any other options like fungal infections. Though the doctor said that fungal infections are more common in cats and less likely to happen to dogs. They are also planning to do XRAY to take a closer look at his chest to ensure there are no potential issues since we have been feeding Porky pretty much in a lie-down position and that potentially can put Pork at risks where food particle can make their way to his lungs leading to other complications.

The surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Due to how aggressive the issue/symptoms had occurred they are also taking the aggressive approach to help Porky as best as they can within their capability.

They did inform Ann and me of some significant and potential risks when dealing with spinal cord tumor and the surgery process to get rid of the tumor.

- breathing issues; due to the nature of this type of tumors which exists inside the lining of the spinal cord, often surgery can post a risk of hitting critical nerves that can cause breathing problem post-surgery. Porky may need help from a breathing-aid.

- Porky will need to go through post-surgery radiation therapy which can be referred to LSU (Louisiana State University) as they are much closer to our home.

So at this point Ann and I are anxiously awaiting the MRI and test results then we are going to have to wait to see how tomorrow's surgery goes.

More updates to follows...so please keep PorkChop in your prayers!
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Oh, poor Pork Chop I'm so sorry you guys are going through this Big prayers coming your way!!
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Thinking of you and Ann and Pork Chop. Sending hugs and prayers.
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This is all so frightening. Sending prayers for Pork Chop, you and Ann.
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Yikes!
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Old 12-19-2019, 05:15 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Old 12-19-2019, 08:00 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Update: MRI imaging confirmed it's a tumor, tests for other complications came back as negative so at least we know we are dealing with just the tumor. The estimated size of the tumor is approximately .44cm and it is located within the spinal cord right above one of the first disc. The surgery is scheduled for tomorrow around 10:30 AM-11:00 AM and the entire procedure is estimated to take around 4 hrs. They are keeping Pork Chop overnight for observation and will be transporting him to the main campus Hospital tomorrow where the surgery will be taking place. Ann and I don't expect to know the outcome until 4-5 PM.

I have included some screenshots to show the location of the tumor. Once the tumor is removed, they will do a biopsy on it and send the tumor for further examination to confirm what type of tumor it is.
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Old 12-19-2019, 08:36 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Thanks for the update Vinhle and many prayers and positive thoughts are being sent your way.
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