And Update on Luna…and me

Luna continues to improve after her surgery. She has had her stitches removed and she was clear to be cone-free. Her energy level, appetite, and affection have all returned to normal. And we have been enjoying quite a bit of time together.

Luna and Amanda at CatSynth HQ

This is all good news, though her overall prognosis remains challenging. We will be going forward with her first chemo treatment in a couple of weeks, the first of up to four, depending on its effectiveness and how she handles it. The most important step was the surgery, but this will hopefully reduce the cancer a bit more and give her a longer and better quality of life. It still remains difficult to reconcile the dire diagnosis with the lively and affectionate cat that I still see every day. We will just have to take things as they come.

In the midst of Luna’s health crisis, I suddenly find myself facing one as well. Two Wednesdays ago, I suddenly started having distorted vision in my left eye and localized headaches in the vicinity of the same eye. I quickly went for an eye exam, and it deemed serious enough to warrant a visit to a retina specialist as soon as possible. That visit happened, and while I will spare the details in this article, it was pretty serious. (Those who are really interested can Google “central vein occlusion” and “retinal hemorrhaging”.) It’s not as dire as Luna’s diagnosis, but it remains physically problematic and has been quite disruptive – I have already canceled a few music gigs – and it reverberates though other aspects of my health. I’ll probably have a better sense of things in the next few days. Meanwhile, I have a few upcoming shows in the next two weeks that I plan to still play, but beyond that I am keeping things pretty low-key for September and October, focused on solitary creative projects (e.g., resuming work on the solo album), and on healing. Indeed, Luna and I are now healing each other together.

10 thoughts on “And Update on Luna…and me

  1. WE are happy to hear Luna is doing well and is happy.
    So sorry to hear about your eye and vision problems.
    Hoping the doctors will be able to fix that so you will be well.
    WE will keep the two of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Nancy and the kitties

  2. I’m so sorry to hear this, but happy that Luna seems to be doing better. I had a mild retinal scare a few months ago. Turned out not to be anything worth worrying about, but my mind ran amok imagining the worst. Praying its a very temporary thing for you, and keeping you and Luna in my thoughts and purrs.

  3. So sorry to hear about your challenges. Hope that well-being returns for both of you and wishing you well from afar.

  4. Wow. I’m so glad you went in to have it checked; just think what might have happened if you blew it off. You and Luna will be in my prayers…

  5. We are glad to hear about Luna, but very worried about the news about you, Miss Amanda.

    Sneakers wasn’t here when Daddy had all his eye problems in late 2012, including cancer and 2 surgeries. Nikita and I, Elvira, were very worried about him through the Spring of 2013.

    I don’t like being worried!

    Our purrs and purrayers to you and Luna and Daddy sends his thoughts as well.

  6. We are glad to hear that sweet Luna is feeling more comfortable. Your eye issue sounds pretty serious, Amanda. 🙁

    We are sending lots and lots of healing purrs and prayers for both of you.

  7. Sorry to hear about your eye problems. I hope this gets resolved soon and your eye can return to normal.
    Good to hear that Luna’s free from the cone. She still looks quite majestic.
    I hope you both get well soon. Lots of thoughts and prayers to you both.

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