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Wiki started developing another lesion (eosinophilic granuloma, for the morbidly curious) on her neck on Friday; you can see its progress on Saturday a little bit in this photo:

Sunday things were looking better, so I held off on taking her to the emergency vet. We’ve put enough drugs through her system that I don’t want to be overzealous.

By this morning the lesion was about 1.5 inches in diameter and bleeding regularly, with matted blood-covered fur around the lesion. Earliest I could get her into the vet was this afternoon, so got her there, and they gave her another Depomedrol injection. So, with luck, she’ll be free of it for another six or so months until the next one. The vet was new (to me, at least), straightforward, charming, and engaged. Refreshingly, she didn’t just leap to prescribing the umpteenth course of Zeniquin, nor did she seem overly fond of topical creams on the lesion (“they heal better when they’re left dry and alone, anyway, we just have owners use these creams to make them feel like they’re doing the right thing, and they usually cause more harm than good”).

In other news, my grandmother started coughing up blood the other day, and has had substantial swelling, in a continued worsening of her symptoms that started a few weeks ago. In particular, her uvula swelled up to the point where she couldn’t talk anymore. They finally found an antibiotic that could take out her pseudomonas infection (an opportunistic infection that thrives in the compromised tissue in her legs), but it provoked an allergic reaction in her that hasn’t really stopped since. The response to this has been heavy steroids and (perhaps unrelated, I don’t really know how this stuff works) diabolical effects on her blood sugar, and that brings us to where we are now. She got moved to the specialty hospital today, and we’ll see what happens. I’m glad I got to see her over the holidays; I don’t know if I will again.