Mu's Musings...

The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen!

May 11th 2010 12:54 pm
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On Monday the 10th of May at approximately 5:02 P.M., Her Royal Highness Queen Mu went gently and peacefully to the Rainbow Bridge. Her royal physician was in attendance. She fell asleep wrapped in a pink blanket and cradled in her Mom's loving arms. She was cremated at the Royal Crematory at Oak Crest. Her ashes were returned to her family enshrined in a mahogany urn and have been placed as a memorial to Her Highness' memory in the family home. She was loved by many and will be missed.

 

Making Ready for the Journey

May 7th 2010 4:01 pm
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It seems that we have had a setback. The cancer is aggressive and we weigh only 5 pounds. Our vet has stated that we now have a heart rhythm which suggests an enlarged heart. We are not hydrating well and the edema in our legs is worse. We were given Lasix and antibiotics yesterday but really to no avail. We are in a very weakened state and have been given a revised prognosis of 1 to 2 weeks at most. We had hoped to make our 13th birthday on August 20th but that is obviously out of the question. In light of this, our dear love Sir Sonny Bono has decorated our page in a magnificent birthday theme and will be throwing us an early birthday party on Saturday May 8th. It will be an all day affair and it would be lovely to have as many of our dear friends drop by as is possible. We love you all so very much and when we make our journey to the Rainbow Bridge, we shall take you all with us in our heart! Do not be saddened by the news we bring. If we can but have a gentle crossing, then surely all shall be well.

 

Prognosis

April 24th 2010 6:37 am
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The surgery is two weeks past, the sutures have been removed and the vet has said that we are doing well. She expects the lymphedema to be temporary and resolve within the next few weeks. We have passed the four month mark since the time of diagnosis when we were given only two months to live. Now that the large tumor has been removed, there remain some very small ones in the left groin area. At what rate they may grow is anyone's guess and the vet told Mom that she would not draw any conclusions as to how much time we have. She said it could be months to a year or more. She also said that she had to remove so much tissue during the surgery that there is not enough skin remaining to accommodate any further surgery in the groin area and that if another tumor were to grow there and abscess, the only option will be to send us to the Rainbow Bridge. To those of you who love us, we humbly ask for your continued purrayers. We thank you all for your concern. There is indeed hope that all shall be well.

 

Perspective

April 7th 2010 2:06 pm
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First of all, the surgery was a smashing success. One day later, we are still taking medicine for pain but this pain is different. The tumor that had abscessed was painful and we had an infection and did not much feel like eating. We had lost a pound. The pain that we are feeling today is a different sort of pain. It is the sort of pain from which hope springs! Because of this surgery, we may yet see our 13th birthday in August. Most importantly, though, we shall spend what time remains in relative comfort. We were not looking for a cure, only relief from the debilitating discomfort brought about by the abscessed tumor. That was not going to heal; this incision will. We shall regain our appetite and feel good again and have the opportunity to spend a bit more time with those we love--including all of our dear friends here at Catster. We are grateful for the outpouring of support we received from everyone here--you are all part of the reason we came through this so well. Today is a wonderful day...and all shall be well!

 

On Behalf of Her Royal Highness Queen Mu

April 6th 2010 8:58 am
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We are posting this diary entry on behalf of Queen Mu to make known the fact that she is having surgery this morning to remove a tumor that has abscessed. She will return to update everycat as soon as she has recovered sufficiently to do so. We do not have any further information as to her condition at this time. We ask that you keep her in your thoughts and purrayers. She sends her love to all.

J.E.M./ Sec'y to H.R.H. Mu

 

The passing of the Storm

February 13th 2010 6:09 am
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The storm has passed! All of the worry and fear is gone and it is as if the raging sea has calmed and the sun has reappeared in the sky. We shall not pursue any medical interventions with regard to the cancer and are at peace with that decision. We are feeling good and enjoying being spoiled by our Mom and our friends. It is natural to go with the flow of the universe and to remember that all things come to pass and no thing comes to stay. It is this very impermanence that makes life sweet! If we did not count our days, would any of our days really count? We think not. When the time comes, we shall be with the angels and all shall be well.

 

A Good Day

December 27th 2009 6:20 am
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Today is a good day. We have good furiends who love and support us, Fancy Feast to eat and a box full of lovely crinkly tissue paper in which to nap. We are not afraid, for the love of furiends and family is forever and we shall carry it with us always. Death is but a doorway; it is rebirth into eternal life. And if one stops to think about it--healing is relief from suffering and death is nature's ultimate healing because it ends pain and suffering when all of man's interventions have failed. There is always hope! Hope for life here in this world and on into the next! A day filled with hope is truly a good day!

 

Changes

December 26th 2009 11:22 am
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It seems that we have lost a bit of weight. One and one half punds to be exact since our vet visit in the spring. Apparently it goes paw in paw with a cancer diagnosis. We do not think about the diagnosis; we have found no expiration date stamped anywhere on our body. We plan to continue living as we have always done! Greet each day and treat it like the gift that it is and it will give back every time! We napped on Mom while she watched a movie this morning. She spent Christmas Eve with us and part of Christmas Day and she has promised to be here all of the day today. None of us really knows if we have a tomorrow in store; we have now and we must be in this moment! This lovely never-ending moment! The only guarantee we have is that there are no guarantees! Change is inevitable and we can try and fight it or we can embrace it. We choose to embrace it and see where it leads.

 

Today is the first day of the rest of our life!

December 20th 2009 9:33 am
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What does one do upon waking each morning and seeing the beginnings of another glorious day? A good stretch is always in order. A delicious breakfast is a necessity followed by a leisurely bath. Greet your humans benevolently and find a sunny spot for a rest. This is good for the digestion! After that, be a cat! Run, play, sing, dance, meditate and always have a box filled with tissue paper in which to pounce and catnap. Are you getting the picture? Take nothing for granted! Live each day as though it were your last and should it turn out to be your last day, you will have no regrets!

 
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