Lump, day 7 (exactly one week post vaccine) - feels fluid filled yet we weren't able to get anything out of it at the vet.
Lump, day 11 - lump turned hard (like cement), and it was obvious that it was her skin that was hard and not something else.
Lump, day 13 - visibly smaller! Started second course of antibiotics, still on anti-inflammatory, also continuing warm compresses w/ heating pad twice/day. No longer feels like cement, but is hard. We have major progress -- thanks for everyone's concern and prayers.
So, took Nola to get her annual wellness exam and vaccine last week. Blogged about it here, and discussed how I had been back and forth about even doing it since just about EVERY major veterinary group recommends every 3 years. Regardless, it was done. She had an immediate reaction, I asked about it and Dr said it should go away in a couple of days, if not - call. So I called a week later. We went in, tried to aspirate, got meds, came home. Lump changed, went back to vet, got meds, came home. It measured 3" in diameter on Sunday and it's about 2.75-2.5" today.
I've had a hard time with this and feel like I'm walking a fine line between completely freaking out and being proactive. My ultimate fear is that this could be an injection site sarcoma. That is pretty rare in dogs and usually is a cat thing, but it can and does happen. I expressed my concern about this and our vet agreed that it is a possibility but not a great one. She has said that if after a month since the vaccine the lump is still there, we'll remove/biopsy.
We're hoping and praying that the lump is simply the vaccine that went IN the skin instead of under it and her body will absorb it... we're doing warm compresses 2-3 times/day hoping to increase the blood flow.
I have pictures of said lump but can't find my camera cord to get the files to the computer. Perhaps tomorrow...
A color tease... I used to know exactly what colors I wanted: plum and raspberry; but when we decided May would be the month, the colors seemed a bit too deep summer/early fall. Every other combination I played with wasn't right... turquoise and orange, yellow and pink, green and blue... everything seemed ALL wrong for early Spring. Finally, someone asked me what colors I wore a lot. Easy: pink, peach, mango. So that settled it. What an easy way to make a decision... and perfect colors for early Spring! Official colors are light pink and peach. (My sister seems to have a hard time with this and says pink and orange, which could be true, only very light orange would be more correct.) We'll have splashes of green and white polka dot to mix up the color a little... Think vintage chic meets urban traveler. Make sense? I didn't think so... :) Nothing's new!
A couple weeks ago, our AWESOME photographer B-Dub Diddy came over to design our 'save the date' cards -- Nola was utterly and totally psyched to see her!
...she even brought fun toys!!! Check it:
We picked out some pictures, talked about fonts, listened to Twilight soundtrack, got distracted, talked about everything under the sun, and she peaced out right before Halloween festivities kicked off in full swing... Fast forward two weeks (three?) and our cards arrived in the mail. They are AWESOME!!! THANKS B-DUB DIDDY YO!!!!!
Otherwise, just doing some reading... having some dates with Beth Moore (we've been discussing Daniel).
Our current love affair however, is with Leah - she works in Virginia and has exercised extreme patience with us. Did I mention that we emailed her to just to ask if a photo on their website was real? Yeah.... we did. And then we had some back and forth chat about it - it was after 10pm... she's that awesome. And she STILL talks to us -- actually, she's answered a TON of our questions, so we really do like her lots.
It's pouring rain here... my day has consisted of making soup and apple pie and watching The Proposal and Bride Wars. I didn't much care for Bride Wars... Proposal was very cute. Watch it! Now, date with Beth Moore.