Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Saturday, December 23, 2006

We open our presents tomorrow night

Saturday sky for December the 23rd. Warm(40 degree farenheit) and dry.

Poor old BlackJack came home yesterday with a broken foreleg. The vet took x-rays and yep, the radius is broken in two places, and the ulna in one. Poor old man! He's sixteen years old, and the vet wants to send him to a specialist who will commit surgery and put pins in those tiny little bones. For over a thousand dollars. And no guarantee that he will even survive the operation. Anyone out there ever had an old cat get a leg pinned? We don't have to decide right away. The specialist can't fit us in till after Christmas anyhow. Meanwhile, Jack has a honking big splint that he sort of drags around, and a patch that will keep him drugged for three days. We take him back to the vet on Tuesday, when we will reasess our options, and give the old man some new drugs. Poor old cat!


  • At 8:12 PM , Blogger Pat K said...

    Poor baby! It's always a tough decision when it comes to our pets.

  • At 10:58 PM , Blogger Janette said...

    Oh Roxanna - poor, poor BlackJack. I'm so sorry to hear he has been injured. I'm the world's worst person to answer your question, as you know, I'd spend and do anything to help my kitty, as I did with my previous kitty, Misty. Wishing you loads of courage on a tough decision. xx

  • At 3:50 AM , Anonymous Dave Daniels said...

    Oh, poor little Jack. I've had my share of clumsy kitties, but never a bone fracture. My heart goes out to you, it's a tough decission.
    Have a great time with the unwrappings!

  • At 6:38 AM , Blogger Angela Martínez said...

    Working for a vet clinic with two orthopedic vets I have seen my fair share of nasty fractures. Cats can do amazingly well with recovery. I don't know poor Blackjack well enough to promise you that things will be fine for him, but in my experience they do great.

    Another option, less costly, and usually involving a shorter healing time, is amputation. Not sure how you feel about it, but it will probably be an option given to you by the specialist. In my personal opinion the animals do much better adapting to having three legs than they do to long procedures and all of the follow-up care involved.

    Good luck to him, and to you. I'm sure that you'll make the right decision for him.

  • At 10:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm devestated for you, sweetheart--you may remember my own pet issues recently...but BlackJack has been loved and well cared for and he'll probably do amazingly well in surgery. If you have the resources to take that leap of faith for an old friend, go for it. If you decide not to, you know I'm behind you 100%. (angela's comment about amputation was actually a good one.) Not a good year for old kitty friends, I guess--but it feels lame just to say it. At least you don't have to make the decision right now, before Christmas.

  • At 6:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Cool! Seven scarlet scarves, Isn't that a name for a mystery book or something?

    Sorry about the old kitties broken leg. I hope everything works out OK.

    Happy Holy Daze.


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