Good News, Everyone!

Well, the good news is that Haru’s lump (see previous blog post) has gone down by a lot. I noticed it was shrinking but today I couldn’t even find it! The vet thinks it might have just been a swollen lymph node. The antibiotics really seem to be doing the trick, so I think he’ll be just fine. Yay! Color me relieved.

Anyway, as I mentioned a while back on Facebook, I am currently in the planning stages of my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) book. I’m going in a very different direction this year. Rather than go with fantasy again (I don’t seem to connect to fantasy the way I want to), I’ve decided to try my hand at horror. This will be ah, interesting, to say the least but I have a couple of really fun ideas percolating. I guess you’ll have to wait until November to see which idea I end up going with! *wink*

I’m actually looking forward to this.

That being said, I’m probably going to take down my current novels soon because they’re both amateur drivel and I don’t believe I’m going to be continuing either of them as a series. The Lightning “series” is actually a standalone novel that I’ll be editing and compiling soon and it will see a new release sometime next year. My experiments proved less than fruitful and I have several suspicions as to why. As for the Calydon series, while popular with friends and family, I also believe it received less than stellar editing so I’m going to have to revisit it again in later years.

For now? Let’s see how I can handle horror, shall we?

Haru + Lumps

The hairy vet bill.
The hairy vet bill.

My guinea pig, Haru has a weird lump on his throat right now. For those of you who don’t know, I got Haru back in July while I was vacationing at my friend’s place in Grover beach. A couple weeks back, I noticed he had a weird lump on his neck but I didn’t think much of it. It seemed to grow bigger and I panicked–but then it went down again, so I’m not sure what the heck it is. From researching the web, it seems that lumps are normal and typically not harmful but I wanted to be sure… So I took Haru into the vet.

 

Without getting a look at what’s inside the lump, it’s hard to tell WHAT it is. So the vet wanted to cut the lump off. However, the idea of putting him under really scares me. I’ve only had to do this once in all my years of having guinea pigs but it’s a scary procedure and it’s common enough for guinea pigs to respond badly to surgery. So to be on the safe side–especially if this lump is nothing to be worried about–I just decided to put him on an antibiotic for the week. It’s Baytril, which also worried me, since it’s awfully strong for what might just be a harmless cyst. The worrisome part being that I’ve seen Baytril kill a guinea pig’s appetite so fast–and once they stop eating, things get real shitty, real fast.

 

Injecting the Baytril can make it much less harder on the digestive system, so I decided to let the vet just inject him once a day for the rest of the week. The annoying part of course is getting him out there and back… I don’t like driving him around more than I have to, especially in 100 degree (F) heat in a car without air conditioning. I’m paranoid, okay? At the same time, you don’t just put a guinea pig on antibiotics and then stop, so I’m going to get him his shot once a day every day this week and see how it goes.

 

The antibiotic might not do a damn thing, and if nothing happens to the lump, I’m faced with two options: getting the surgery after all so we can see what the lump is. Or letting it go and just keeping a sharp eye on him to make sure nothing happens to it over time. The location, which is on his neck, is worrisome too but I don’t know if it will affect him adversely if we leave it alone or if it’s just a thing he’s going to have for the rest of his life.