Bandi was sedated and had an ultrasound and aspiration biopsy on her left rear leg today. In this picture you can see the bandage on her left front leg where the IV was placed. You can also see the knee on her left leg that has been shaved and looking rather swollen.
If you look closer, you might be able to tell that her right rear leg is about to buckle under. Just after I took this picture Bandi nearly fell into her water bowl. She is extremely tired and weak.
During the ultrasound on her leg, the technician could see that there is a definite mass, or tumor in the middle of the stifle (knee) joint. In the diagram below, if you look at the bottom picture where the knee cap has been peeled back, imagine a mass of soft tissue so large in the middle of that joint, that the femur, tibia and fibula bones are separated and pushed out of place. That’s what has been happening in Bandi’s knee. Ouch.
A needle was poked into the mass and some fluid was pulled out of the tumor. We now must wait for the results of this test (cytology) to determine what type of cancer this is. The doctor who did the biopsy assumes it is either Synovial Cell Sarcoma or Lymphoma.
No cancer is good news, but I feel like we’re getting closer to at least knowing what our possibilities are. Peace of mind is always a good thing.
I’m sure Bandi has been in pain more than she has shown it. She is such a trooper. I love the following quote, which teaches me about the sweet angelic spirit of dogs.
“Dogs have more love than integrity. They’ve been true to us, yes, but they haven’t been true to themselves.”