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Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 02:37 pm
about a hedgehog named hoggle

yesterday was rough. around one month ago i noticed hoggle's urine was pink-tinged. we monitored him after that and it didn't happen again. after much online research, i chalked it up to constipation. a couple days ago, it happened again and then two more times in 24 hours so i booked him an appointment at our vet in skokie yesterday. while sitting in the room with him i noticed that the right side of his face looked a little swollen, which i mentioned to the tech.

here is everything i know so far:

hoggle has a mass that is not supposed to be in his lower body.

the doctor showed me the x-ray and that is pushing his intestines towards his upper body they are not sure if it's his bladder just hugely expanded if he has a urinary tract infection or if it's a tumor.

the vet took a sample of the thing on his cheek and said it had abnormal cells, but that there was a chance it was his salivary glands or something she was not familiar with. she was going to confer with the other doctor, who is actually the hedgehog specialist.

since there is no harm in doing so, i got meds to combat the possibility of it being a UTI. i got three meds. two of them are to be given twice a day and one is only once a day.

i am hoping that this is just a uti that has caused his bladder to expand and not a tumor or the c-word. if it is only a uti, then the mass (which could be his bladder) should go down. if it doesn't go down with these meds, then there is something deeper going on.

the vet said that both the mass inside him and the thing on his cheek should be operable. hoggle's follow up appt is monday 3/9. the hedgehog specialist and this doc will be there at the same time, which is good.

nothing else is different. he's his usual crabby little hoggle self. he's eating, drinking water, pooping - all normal.

i had a terrible nightmare last night where i was running because the world was falling apart and a crazy rockslide was happening and we were trying to get to the highest point and when i was trying to alert everyone, a lot of people couldn't be bothered to come along because they were having sex and they wanted that to be the last thing they did before they died. my heart was racing in the dream because it had been on and off since i received this news yesterday. and it is now.

please think good thoughts for hoggle, or if you pray, please pray for him. he's our little baby and going through this is taking a toll on us. i've cried once so far today and teared up 3 times. i need to stop reading about worse case scenarios and just keep my chin up until i know more.

Current Location: work
Current Mood: exhausted
Current Music: the clacking of keys

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supersnackcake
supersnackcake
Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)

Oh no, I'm so sorry! A million good thoughts to you and your little dude.


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thimblewinder
thimblewinder
designated designer
Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)

i hope hoggle is feeling better soon! i'll be thinking of you guys.


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jennycakez
jennycakez
THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS
Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)

oh man! i am thinking serious good thoughts for little hoggle!! here's one of then: it's just a uti and he is maxin' n relaxin' in a hot tub of warm, bubbly cranberry juice, sitting back, sipping on a cape codder with an umbrella in it!

get well soon, little guy!

and if you need some distraction, this website is AWESOME: deputy-dog.com


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thegirlversion
thegirlversion
thegirlversion
Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)

Puppies and I are on Hoggle for the win. Hoggle all the way! Thinking good thoughts for you Z and Hoggle, I will call later in the evening.


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jettison
jettison
turned back the clocks in my room; i needed time!
Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)

Poor Hoggle. He can join Magneto in the 'sickly sweet pets in need of someone to throw them the proverbial bone' club. F U pet lumps. :(


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indiaromeo
indiaromeo
ileana
Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)

Oh, wee little Hoggle friend, I'm pulling for you!

Hope he gets to feelin' better, Leigh. I'm thinking good thoughts for you both!


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yowsah
yowsah
hello 20, 15!
Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)

I'm sending so much <3 to Hoggle!


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steadierfooting
steadierfooting
southernish
Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)

I'm so sorry, Leigh. I know how it is to have a sick pet. The uncertainty and waiting is agony. I hope he feels better with the meds and I am sending good vibes your way for his next doctor visit.


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michaelpop
michaelpop
Canadian Tuxedo Optional
Fri, Feb. 27th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)

Get well soon, Hoggle!

(And hang in there, Leigh!)


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cloudshapes
cloudshapes
the sand and the sea
Sat, Feb. 28th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)

i hope he will be okay, and you too. i'm sending lots of love.


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carryboo
carryboo
maryboo
Sat, Feb. 28th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)

Oh no! We're pullin for you Hoggle! Tons of good thoughts to you guys :)


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madebytess
madebytess
madebytess
Sat, Feb. 28th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)

Poor little Hoggle! I am thinking of him and hope that everything is okay!!


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symptom
symptom
shhh.
Sat, Feb. 28th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)

oh leigh. xoxoxo thinking good thoughts like whoa.


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checkersumthing
checkersumthing
checkersumthing
Mon, Mar. 2nd, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)

Oh no! I"ll be thinking good thoughts for you and Z and hoggle.


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treefort
treefort
giggles
Tue, Mar. 3rd, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)

I am so sorry, Leigh - good good thoughts for Hoggle from me. I am going to put up the Hoggle postcard from Christmas at my desk and I will be thinking of all three of you.


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sauceus
sauceus
amber
Thu, Mar. 5th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
<3

Thinking of you and your little snorggler.... xo.


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spanishbombs
spanishbombs
e
Fri, Mar. 6th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)

That's horrible. poor little guy.


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