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Man-ic Monday (err Tuesday…) :My Supermen

This isn’t my typical Man-ic Monday post as it has zip to do with guy stuff, but everything to do with my beautiful cat. Those of you whom are avid followers already know that the second main man in my life, my dear boy cat Maestro, has been going through a rough time. Thus, my husband and I have been having a difficult time as well. If you’ve never had a pet you may not fully understand but they truly are members of the family and in my husbands and my case they’re like our children since we don’t have any. Seeing your pet in pain is excruciating. As humans at least we comprehend, for the most part, what’s going on when we’re sick or having surgery. I think that’s what breaks my heart the most. Knowing that my sweet cat just doesn’t understand why he’s in pain or why we’ve done this to him.

Lets start from the beginning. Fairly recently my husband and I noticed a lump under Maestro’s left nipple. It wasn’t hurting him and as far as I’m concerned he probably didn’t even know it was there. Nonetheless, when we went for their annual vet checkup last week we had our amazing veterinarian Lisa take a look at it (shout out to Forest Hill Animal Clinic— the most amazing animal clinic I’ve ever encountered). Like most doctors, she told us not to worry but that we should have it removed immediately. Not worry? Have we met? I’m the President of the Worrying Association so easier said then done. I’ve refused so far to even say out loud what the possible outcome could be as I don’t want to put that into the universe. As far as I’m concerned the tests have to come back benign—end of story.

Yesterday (the 17th) was the big day. My amazing husband took him into the vet bright and early while I stayed at home trying to console our other cat, Diva, as she’s extremely attached to Maestro and since a kitten has refused to be separated from him. What a treat that was. Those of you who know me know that Diva is deaf and thus has no idea the sheer sound barrier breaking volume that comes out of her mouth. Needless to say she felt much better when her brother got home yesterday evening. Turns out, he had two masses. The one we noticed and another developing under the parallel nipple. How lucky are we that our vet is thorough? I can’t even imagine having to put him through something like that twice.

So here we are. Giving him two antibiotics a day and pain injections 3 times a day for the next week and waiting for what I can only hope is good news. The point of this post? To express how special my Maestro is and how much I love him. But also to share how lucky I am to have a wonderful and supportive husband. This has been a very difficult time and the timing not great to boot. I’m currently writing as I fly home for Christmas. Meaning I’ve had to leave my Maestro in his time of need. I definitely considered cancelling my flight and just staying but my husband, the special man that he is, insisted I go and that he’d ensure Maestro is ok and has the best care. I feel enormously guilty about it but here I am. I’m very blessed to have both these amazing boys in my life.

This post is for you— Scott and Maestro. Scott, thank you for always doing anything and everything to look after me and make me happy and stress free. Words aren’t enough to express what an incredibly loving and selfless person you are. I thank my lucky stars everyday that for some crazy reason you picked me! Maestro, you are the most loving, gentle giant cat in the entire world. My life wouldn’t be the same without you.  I promise soon you’ll feel better and will be back to eating everything in sight and jumping on the dresser in the middle of the night, much to my chagrin.

Please keep Maestro in your hearts in the coming weeks. He needs all the positive energy he can get. And to those who have shown your love and support, thank you. I can’t thank you enough.



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