Another (minor?) health scare


This just has NOT been a very good six months for my baby’s health. I’m not sure what’s up– she is usually so healthy! Not too long ago, I noticed a small lump on Makiko’s side. I touch Makiko all over many times daily as we play, give her puppy massages, cuddle, etc. She is so good and will literally let me touch everywhere. Well, one day I noticed a small lump on her side. Soon after I saw my aunt, who is a veterinarian, and she just thought it was a cyst. A few weeks later we saw her again and she didn’t think it had grown – she said dogs get these and they aren’t to worry about unless they grow, etc. So I hadn’t done much about it because she said there was nothing to worry about. Then a few days ago Makiko started acting funky — a little more sluggish, a little more clingy, just different – so I took her to the vet on Friday and they said she might be a little nauseated so we have been giving her a lot of water. They stuck a needle in the “cyst” and expected it to come out clear or white (they described it like toothpaste) but instead it came out bloody with a few other cells.. so they sent it off to the lab. I expect to hear back tomorrow. I trust my vets immensely. Dr. Lindsay said that she doesn’t expect it to be anything serious but it could be many different things.. well this of course scares me because in the last 2.5 years I’ve lost two people to sudden cancer and I also lost our last dog, Rusty, to cancer. I CANNOT lost Makiko right now – I just can’t. I know I shouldn’t be thinking that serious yet but it’s true – she is my everything. So, I’m a little nervous…. and anxiously waiting to hear back tomorrow.

Again, I am super blessed that donors give money to GDB so when we need to rush our dog to the vet, we don’t have to worry about the cost.. helps us take care of these creatures without the worry of money. Of course, I try to help pay when I can and I would get her taken care of regardless, but it’s just another thing that we DON’T have to worry about in these kinds of situations.

Prayers and thoughts would be appreciated. 🙂

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

2 thoughts on “Another (minor?) health scare”

  1. Dear sweet Jess and Makiko,
    You have my prayers! I am sure the fear and worry are occupying so much of your thoughts right now, understandably so! It’s so difficult to wait for the news, and we all hope for an explanation which is treatable and won’t force any changes that neither you or Makiko would want to deal with! Thanks for sharing so openly about your experiences, and please know we have nothin but respect and love for you both!
    ❤️Sue

  2. Jessica, This is so scary and I am praying for you and Makiko! Please let us know as soon as you find out. My pup is such a part of my life and like you, I’ve lost a pet to Cancer. There are no words; just know I’m praying for you all!

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