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As we announced earlier this week, today is the day that both Mel and Lulu are having surgery to remove mast cell tumors; Mel from his tail, and Lulu from the side of her abdomen. We're worried sick, to say the least. 

True to their personalities, as we prepared to leave, Lulu had a big goofy grin on her face. Mel, on the other hand, in a Mission Impossible move, tried everything in his arsenal of tricks to escape his pet carrier. 

We dropped them off before eight this morning as instructed. 

We also had a chance to talk to our vet who will be performing the surgeries, ran through a list of additional questions we had, and yes, I might have melted down into an incoherent blob of snot and tears. And much to Alex's embarrassment, when I head down this road, he's not usually far behind.

So now we wait. We expect to receive a call mid afternoon with an update on how the surgeries went, and we'll be able to take them home early evening. The real wait will then begin, as it will take roughly a week until the pathology reports come back, and we know just how serious and advanced the tumors are. 

We want to extend a huge heartfelt thank you for all of the advice, kind words, prayers, positive affirmations, and well wishes we received earlier this week. We can't tell you all just how much it means to us to know you're thinking about us. We're so grateful for all of the wonderful people we have in our lives, who understand just how much these two little characters mean to us, and what an integral role they play in our family. 

Thank you too to our friends, for the emails, messages, phone calls, and thoughtful gestures. We don't know what we would do without you. 

We'll be sure to post plenty of photos and updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram over the weekend for anyone interested in how the patients are doing. 

Any bets on just how pissed Mel will be when he realizes he missing part of his handsome raccoon tail? Only time will tell.

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8/31/2012 at 10:00 AM
I'm so sorry that you and Alex have to go through this, again!! I'm rooting for your little guys, and your whole famdamily are in my prayers.
But yeah, Mel's gonna be pissed... As any proud feline should be :)
Thanks, Whitney. Yep, our money is on super pissed off too. :-)
8/31/2012 at 10:01 AM
I have come to look forward to your posts every day and as the owner of a beloved 13 year old cat, I can imagine how anxious and worried you are. Sending lots of good vibes - hope all goes well today and that you get great news next week with the path reports.
Thanks, Stacy. That's so nice to hear!

We appreciate the good vibes. We're still waiting to hear how they're doing...
8/31/2012 at 10:05 AM
I've been thinking about Mel and Lulu all morning and keeping my fingers crossed that everything turns out OK!
:-) Thanks! Us too!
Karin K
8/31/2012 at 10:08 AM
I'll be thinking about the adorable patients, and hoping for the best possible results! And try to enjoy their post-anesthesia drunken-ness.
Thanks, Karin! We're going to have to try to keep a sense of humor about it all, and an anesthesia stupor definitely helps. :-)
8/31/2012 at 10:58 AM
Thinking of you guys today!! And like Karin said, try to enjoy their loopiness when they're coming out from anesthetic.
Thanks, Ashley! We'll try!
Threadbndr (Karla)
8/31/2012 at 11:06 AM
Sending good thoughts your way today. Best of luck to the fur-clad ones.
Thanks, Karla!
8/31/2012 at 12:00 PM
Sending lots of hugs and ear rubs on this blue moon Friday. And aw, I bet Mel won't even notice his tail, although he won't be too happy about the pain and meds, sulk :( Now Lulu, if she is anything like Tasha was, she will be back to her wiggly self in no time. Speedy recovery to them both. xox
Thanks, Michele! I think trying to keep Lulu calm and away from her stitches is going to be a challenge. She's super wiggly!
8/31/2012 at 1:54 PM
Hope everything is going well today. Thinking of you.
Thanks, Margie. We're still waiting to hear from the vet.
9/3/2012 at 3:51 PM
I'm in tears. I know exactly how you feel. Our kitties were our babies. We lost one when she was 12 and we lost our last one when he was 15. We both were hysterical. I'm not over stating the truth here. So, I do understand. Completely. Prayers for good reports for both fur babies.
I'm so sorry to hear about your kitties, Tee. We completely understand the tears and hysteria that come along with the thought of, or losing, a beloved four legged family member. The last few days have been really rough, so let's hope we'll get some good news soon.
Kate 'Katya' Viar
9/11/2012 at 6:18 PM
They're in my prayers.
Susan Rossi Murchison
9/11/2012 at 6:18 PM
I hope it went well for the little guys.
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