- Supporter in '16
I cried so much yesterday that I have an actual hangover. And nobody greeted me this morning or asked for head-kisses. I'm going to miss him a whole lot, I really am. I was very lucky to get to be his mom.
In the short term, I think Cookie and VW will be fine. I'm a little more worried about Cici, who is definitely the odd pig out and worshipped Snickers. I'll have to snuggle her a whole lot -- and she'll have to get used to it, because she doesn't actually like snuggling with me!
It sounds like Miss Cici should be the one to do the picking next time.
- Supporter in '16
Exactly a week before he died (so just over two weeks after the heart disease diagnosis), Snick had his heart medicine follow-up. I didn't think he was doing much better and Dr. A agreed, so she did some x-rays, and discovered that there was nothing wrong with his heart at all -- he actually had a tumor on or near one of his lungs. It was big enough that the nearby lung appeared to have collapsed.
At 6.5 years old, Snick didn't need to undergo biopsies or any of the available treatments for whatever the tumor was, in my opinion. Dr. A thought he probably had a week to three weeks to live, untreated. So I stopped giving him all heart medicines, greatly increased his metacam dose, and started giving him everything I could think of that he had ever enjoyed to eat, including the calcium-rich veggies he hasn't had since Ouiser passed her first stone. The night before he died, Snickers ate an entire bunch of parsley all by himself. I had intended to share it out with the other pigs after he had his fill, but "his fill" was the entire bunch, thankyouverymuch. So I let him have it. And while he wasn't feeling great on his very last day -- which is why it was his last day -- I think he had a pretty decent last week full of very tasty and very exclusive treats every evening.
I'm really sorry if I worried anybody or if it seemed sudden. I didn't really want to talk about it, and I was hoping Dr. A's prediction was pessimistic, and I might have more time. But really, in the end, no amount of time would have been enough. :(
- And got the T-shirt
I'm just so sorry you lost him. They're all wonderful, and we miss them all when go, but some of them just worm themselves into a special place in our hearts. I'm still grieving over Flourish, and it's been nearly a year.
Sending comforting thoughts to you and the ladies.